Summer is here, which likely means the kiddos are spending more time in your backyard pool than out of it. This is great for you, as it keeps your little ones occupied while also providing some relief from the heat for you! Residential swimming pools have many wonderful benefits, but they can also cause a major headache for homeowners. One of the most important aspects of having a pool installed in your backyard is the maintenance. In order for it to last for many years to come, you will need to pay attention to any signs of wear and make sure you have it looked over by an Arlington swimming pool technician on a regular basis.
There are numerous things that can go wrong – from broken lights to contaminated water to leaks. In fact, leaks are one of the most common problems that plague Texas pool owners. One of the biggest problems with leaks is that they can be expensive, however, they can also cause all kinds of damage. It is estimated that the average in-ground residential swimming pool in the United States contains about 20,000 gallons of water. Given this impressive number, it is easy to see how leakage from a pool may be subtle and hard to detect. Furthermore, tracing it to it’s source can be even more challenging. In order to help you better address any leakage problems, let’s go over some troubleshooting questions to give you a better idea of what the problem is and how it can be fixed.
Does Water Loss Always Indicate a Leak?
Many people may not realize this, but a sudden drop in the pool water level isn’t always indicative of a leak. In fact, evaporation is the common culprit of a drop in water level. Evaporation can happen as the result of changes in air temperature, season, humidity, and even wind speed. The best way to test if evaporation is to blame for water loss over a leak is to fill a bucket with water and mark the level of the water in both the bucket and the pool. After 24 hours have passed, check the water level of each and, if the water level in the pool has dropped more than the level in the bucket, you likely have a leak on your hands.
When is Leakage the Greatest?
You will need to conduct a couple of tests in order to determine where the leakage is coming from. Leakage that is greater when the pump is running is most likely a sign of a leak in the return plumbing downstream from the pump, which is known as the pressure side of the whole system. On the other hand, if you notice a greater leakage when the pump is not running, it is most likely a problem with the pipes, fittings, or valves on the suction side of the system. Keep in mind you can always call an Arlington swimming pool repair technician to help you determine where the leak is coming from and what steps need to be taken in order to fix it.
Does the Pool Leak Regardless of Whether the Pump is on or Not?
If this is the case, it likely means there is a leak somewhere in the shell of the pool. This doesn’t always mean there is a structural defect, but could be a problem with the fixtures installed, such as underwater lights or other joints in the pool.
A swimming pool leak can be frustrating and time-consuming, which is why we encourage you to contact one of our professional technicians right away if you think something is amiss. We are here to help you and will do everything we can to get your pool back up and running, without costing you an arm and a leg.