When looking into pool leaks, you need to examine the entire system. Leaks don’t just happen in the pool itself, they can be part of the pump and filtration system. In an inground pool, these leaks can also be in the piping. Care must also be taken to make sure that a leak actually exists, rather than water loss through evaporation. Be sure to confirm that a leak is the actual issue before attempting to locate the source of the leak.
Determining if You Have a Leak
To find a leak, use a bucket (preferably without a handle), and something to mark the water level on the bucket (a marker or duct tape). Place the bucket on the second step of the pool and fill it to match the level of the pool, using the marker or tape to mark the level of the pool. Let it sit for 24 hours and if the pool and the bucket have the same level of water, it’s evaporation. If they have different water levels, then it’s a leak that needs to be found. To fully isolate the leak, test twice, once with the pump on, once with the pump off.
Locating a Leak
Once a leak is known to exist, the ink method can be used to find it. While the method doesn’t work if the leak is on the bottom, because water needs to be present, it’s great for finding leaks. First, drain the pool through the leak. Next, the location of the leak is then narrowed down by finding where the ground (for an aboveground pool) or the pool wall (for an inground pool) is wet. Once the wet spot is found, add ink to the water in the form of a dye or food coloring, and watch to see where the ink flows to. Once there’s an idea of the flow, the leak can be located.
Patch kits are available that work under water to help repair leaky pools. The liner patch can be cut in a large circle and placed over the hole so that the pool can be ready to use again. If this method is ineffective,w e suggest that you have your pool inspected by a professional.
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