Swimming Pool Leak Detection
This simple leak detection test can be preformed by absolutely anyone with minimal effort, yet the results from this test are incredibly important in locating the leak in your pool. By closely observing the pool under different conditions and recording the results for comparison, you will have the ability to more accurately and efficiently solve your leaking pool problem.
Why pay a service professional when you can save money by doing the job yourself. Even if you intend to bring in a service professional for the repair it can reduce your expense greatly if you can isolate the leak location before the repair technician ever comes over. This way you can request a specific service, in this case a repair, as opposed to requesting a full diagnostic of your pool system which woul certainly be more expensive.
Much like bringing your car to a mechanic - they always seem to find more wrong than you were there for to begin with. Depending on where the leak is perhaps there is an easy repair you can employ and avoid bringing in a professional completely.
Hydrostatic Leak Detection TestTo determine if the water loss problem is in the plumbing system of the pool, or in the pool structure itself you will need to monitor the water loss over given periods of time in a log book. Start by filling up your swimming pool and marking the water level line with a PENCIL on the faceplate on the mouth of the skimmer. Be sure to let the water settle before making your mark to get an accurate reading. Note the exact time that you filled the pool in your log book.
Next, simply let the pool run as per normal for a full 24 hours and then mark the new water level on the face of the skimmer. You will now be able to measure the amount of water loss with a ruler or tape measurer.
Fill the pool back up and mark your water line again being sure to erase the previous marks to avoid confusion in the future. This time you will turn off the plumbing system for the 24 hour period and then measure the total water loss again.
Find Out Where Your Pool LeaksBe sure to factor into consideration extreme weather such as heat or rain that could easily negate the validity of your test results. If your measurements are in question, repeat the process to achieve accurate test results. Once you have completed the test you will be able to process this data to help you fix your leaking swimming pool using the hydrostatic test conclusions. You can also read more about the testing process for this leak test before continuing to the next section.
The menu on the right is a chronological step by step process to determine where a swimming pool is leaking. This website is written as a readthrough technical assistance guide for locating leaks. When you believe you have identified where the pool is leaking you need to go to our sister website to see pictures and learn more about the actual swimming pool leak repair process.