Homeowners sometimes see a deck beginning to separate from its original placement, pulling away from the pool. There may also be signs of damage around skimmer throats or maybe fittings appear broken. While it is important to maintain fittings, partially because broken plastic can cause bodily harm, but mostly because if a fitting is broken along its edge, it may be showing that the area where it was formerly sealed could also have failure. Listening to these areas with hydrophones can detect water escaping through even the smallest separation.
Some pool owners see delamination and signs of cracking in the surface of their pool shell. This may seem like an obvious sign of a leak in need of immediate repair. Often, crack repair is costly, but when done properly, it’s a one time repair that can permanently fix structural cracking. It is important, however, to listen along these suspect areas for water leaks before just diving into the cost of repair. Some of these areas that show a potential for leaking are just cosmetic and not something to be immediately concerned with. A professional leak detection technician can deliver results that make that decision for you.
We often hear from a customer who has talked with a friend about their water loss. Mis-information is easily assumed when a homeowner doesn’t understand all the facets of pool design. Where plumbing connects the pool to the equipment and runs under soil or concrete, it’s easy to speculate that a leak is there because you can’t see anything causing the leak up top. While it may be true, leaks do occur in plumbing lines when pipes fracture or separate, this is only one of the multitude of reasons a pool is losing water. Inside the equipment, a bad check valve could be causing the pool to continue running or in some cases, not filling the pool at all, even when it is simply maintaining evaporation loss. Autofill floats are easy targets for failure, but knowing why they aren’t functioning may not be as easy as simply looking at it. A qualified leak detection technician will cover all these aspects.
Some pool guys use bucket tests and awkward leak analyzers that do nothing to identify where a pool is leaking. There are many ways to tell if a pool is losing water – most often, you simply see the level is going down. Finding where the leak is and addressing the precise reason why water is escaping the pool takes more than bucket testing. LeakTronics has created accurate listening equipment and testing methods that find exactly where water is leaking, and at CalTech, we can provide thorough testing and offer the best methods of repair to ensure you never deal with that water loss again.
In short, don’t make assumptions that you know why a pool is leaking. A pool can be expensive, take the right steps to make sure you know what needs repair, and the best methods to get the job done so you can enjoy your pool for years to come, without costly water loss. Random speculation is more costly that a leak detection because making band-aid repairs on pools will ultimately mean you’ll be making proper repairs in a short amount of time. Don’t waste money, time or effort guessing why a pool is losing water – call CalTech today and get a proper leak detection on your pool.