Pool leaks are the nightmares of every homeowner. Besides the obvious waste of water, they can cause great pool damage and even cause structural problems if ignored. Additionally, the leak will show up on your water bills very annoyingly. As a homeowner, if you are suspicious of a pool leak, we will go over how you can identify them in this article.
The first thing to check for is evaporation. It’s only natural for a certain amount of water to evaporate over time. However, if more than half of the water is somehow "evaporating," this isn’t due to physics laws and certainly is related to a leak.
If you don’t notice any change in the water levels, this can be due to the automatic fill systems of the pool. They will quickly fill the pool when the water is lost, so you may not notice any abnormal evaporation sign. However, the leak evidence will certainly show up on your water bills. So, if you have increasing water bill costs, this is a big finding.
Leak water will get under the tiles and will cause them to become unsettled and can even lead to cracks or falls. So, if you notice abnormally loose tiles or cracks on the tiles, this indicates a possible leak.
Abnormal grass growth around the pool area or even algae growth also indicates a leak.
The most certain way to know if your pool leaks is by performing the bucket test. For this, you can get a bucket and fill it with water. Put the bucket on the step of your pool and ensure the water level inside and outside the bucket is the same. After this, mark the level inside and outside the bucket and wait one day. Later, compare the level of lost water. If the levels are the same, most likely only evaporation is happening. If the pool loses more water, then a leak is happening.
After ensuring that there is a leak, you may want to locate the leak. You can use food coloring. Go to the plumbing fixtures and put some food coloring somewhere near them. The coloring will go to the area of the leak. Getting goggles to see the route of the dye in a clear manner is a good option.
If you are sure there’s a leak but are unable to locate it, or if you found the leak but aren’t sure about how to fix it, call the home inspectors of Atlanta Property Inspection. We can help you detect a leak and examine your pool during a home inspection process. We can also guide you to the professionals of pool care. With their professional equipment, they will be able to solve your problem in no time. Call us today to learn more.