Leaks in a pool can be extremely costly and damaging. Depending on where the leak is, the excess moisture can damage your pool equipment or cause the foundation of your pool to sink. Additionally, a pool leak wastes water, and you may find your water bill rising to make up for that lost water. If you suspect you have a leak, pool contractors should be called in to determine if there is a leak. There are many different ways that pool leak detection can be completed. Here are a few of the different leak detection methods.
Measuring the Water Level
One of the simplest ways to determine if you have a leak in your swimming pool is to measure the water level and the evaporation level. In fact, this is so easy, you can do this test yourself. Place a bucket or large bowl on the first or second stair of your pool and fill it so that the water level is even with your pool water level. Turn off any self-filling features you may have on your pool and stay out of the pool. In two or three days, check the water level. The two should be evaporating at the same rate. If the water level in the bucket is higher than the water level in the pool, you have a leak in your pool.
Pool Leak Detection Dye
If a pool professional sees what they believe to be a crack in your pool, they may do what is called a pool dye test. A small dye tablet is placed near the suspected crack, altering the color of the water in that area. If the dye starts to seep into the suspected crack, you have a leak. This is not only a great way to see if there is a leak present, but it can also be used to determine where the leak is.
The last way that pool leak detection may be completed is through thermal imaging. Thermal imaging can be done around your pool to see if signs of moisture are present. Leaks can change the temperature around the pool, and thermal imaging can pick up on these temperature changes.
If you find yourself filling your pool up more frequently than normal, or you notice your water bill increasing drastically, you may have a leak in your pool. If you suspect you have a leak, you will want to call a professional pool contractor to complete one or more tests to determine if a leak is present. Reach out to a professional for more information about pool leak detection.
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