Why you should never ignore a swimming pool leak 

A swimming pool in your backyard is an investment that can really pay dividends. It lets you and your family have fun, get some exercise, and relax at the end of a long day. You likely have spent a small fortune to build the pool of your dreams, thus you need to maintain and keep it safe and in good condition. 

Still, there’s a lot more to a swimming pool than what meets the eyes. For example, there are several parts and components that, if non-functioning, can result in high repair bills. A leak might be the kind of surprise you don’t want to come home to.

Yet the reality is that every swimming pool is going to fall prey to a leak at some point. Depending on the cause and the area of the leak, the pool will likely need to be closed until the repair job is completed. An un-repaired leak may result in gallons of water loss and can mean severe damage to different components.

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Never Ignore a Swimming Pool Leak

An active leak can cause all kinds of damage to your swimming pool. The water intake at the skimmer decreases as the water level begins to drop, resulting in great damage to the whole pump system. 

Once your pool has developed a leak, in most cases, the water will continue to drop at a very slow and uniform rate. Worse yet, it will take years before you figure it out and the severe damage is done already. Another downside to slow pool leaks is that they cause a pH imbalance and the expensive chemicals that you add to the pool will simply flush out. If left ignored, a pool leak can create sinkholes that can cause severe damage to your pool deck.

Signs of Pool Leak Detection

Pool leaks are so complex that it can be challenging for a homeowner to initially identify them. That’s why, if you own a pool, you need to regularly look for any signs of damage in the pool system.

However, there are some early warning signs to monitor:

A Decrease in the Water Level

One of the easiest ways to find out if your pool is leaking is to regularly check the water level. Evaporation of the water also causes the water levels to drop and considering that, on average, your pool should only lose 1/8 inch of water every day. That means if the water level drops an inch or more then it’s likely that your pool is leaky.

Starting to See Higher Water Bills

As discussed earlier, pool leaks result in gallons of water loss resulting in the increased use of water. If you notice a sudden spike in your water bill it would be wise to check for leaks, not just in the pool but in other places in your home.

Are You Noticing Cracks or Gaps in the Pool?

Closely inspect the swimming pool for cracks or gaps around the borders, and at the bottom. Cracks are an indication that the pool might be settling and leaking. Don’t worry, it’s an easy fix.

Still Water Around Your Pool

If you find a significant amount of water near your pool even after a non-swimming day then there are chances that your pool has an underground leak. Contact a professional to fix this as early as possible, as this can be a sign of some major underlying problems.

Look Out for Significant Algae

As a pool owner, you might be knowing that the pool is chemically treated to keep the water clean. A leak in the pool causes the chemical levels to change and even the slightest imbalance in the chemicals can cause algae formation which is marked by the water color changing.

Sadly, leaks can happen due to no fault of your own and can cause huge trouble if left untreated. Checking for signs of leaks and seeking the help of a pool repair professional should be your first step.

Reach out to Sol Pacific Pools for a free consultation on a pool repair in San Diego.