With summer almost here, you want to make sure that your pool is vacation-ready. That means you want to ensure it is well-maintained and free of any issues like a clogged filter, cracks at the bottom and in this blog’s case, leaks! It’s often hard to tell whether your pool has a leak but it’s important to troubleshoot it as soon as possible because ignoring it will lead to water wastage, loss of heat and damage to your pool deck. To help you find leaks in your pool, the pros at Leak Finders are here to help. Here is a guide on how you can detect a pool leak!
- Increase in Water Bill
If you notice an increase in your water bill, it might be caused by a leak. While pool season and increased usage of your pool might lead to an increase in your water bill, a leak will show you a very noticeable spike in your water bill. A simple leak in your pool could lead to over 900 gallons of water lost per day.
In addition to an increase in your water bill, you might also notice a spike in your electricity bill, especially if this leak has been going on for a long time. A leak might force your filter or pump or other electrically powered pool components to work overtime and increase your energy usage.
- Soggy Spots
If you notice any soggy or damp spots around your pool such as in your yard or around the pool deck, you might be dealing with a pool leak. This is a pretty visible leak and can worsen the condition of your yard, causing landscaping to shift and sink. In addition to that, it can loosen the structure of your pool deck.
- Cracks in Tiles
Since pool leaks cause landscaping and the pool structure to shift and sink, it can lead to cracks in tiles. This is usually caused by the presence of excess water, most likely caused by a leak. The bond beam, which is made of concrete where the pool’s waterline hits, will most likely have a few cracked or falling tiles if you have a leak in your pool.
- Try the Bucket Test
Try the bucket test to check if you have a leak. Simply place an empty 5- gallon bucket on the second step of the pool. Fill the bucket and align it with the water level in the pool. Use duct tape or a marker to mark the water level in the bucket. Then turn off the pump and wait 24 hours and check to see if the water level in the pool is LOWER than the level in the bucket. If that is the case, you have a pool leak. However, if the water level in both is lower but still the same, that means you have only lost water due to evaporation, not a leak. Try repeating this test a few more times to be sure.
Are you sure you have a pool leak? Well, get in touch with the pros at Leak Finders ASAP! Call us today at 804-767-3580 or schedule a service online!