Tracing pool leaks can be so challenging if you don’t have the knowledge to identify them. Hiring a pro to inspect your pool can help speed up the process and offer accurate solutions. However, some pool leak detection tasks can be a DIY thing. You can use a pool leak detection dye to pinpoint the place where the leakage is occurring and use DIY guidelines to do the repairs.
This is how it works. You switch off the pump and wait for the water to still. Then gently squirt a drop of the dye at the place you suspect the leakage is happening. If you notice the dye moving and disappearing into a crack, you have spotted the source of the leak. You can repair the pool by sealing the crack using a pool leak sealer suitable for your pool type.
Here are other pool leak detection methods you can use:
- Inspecting the ground adjacent to the pool walls
Keenly check the ground around your swimming pool for signs of wetness. Probably there will be grass growing at the place if you can’t see the ground. But the presence of green grass, especially during summer, is a pointer to a leak.
- Inspecting the pool equipment
Moisture on the pump, pipes, and the electrical system can be a sign of leakage. But before you conclude so, wipe the equipment with a dry cloth. Check again after about 15 minutes. If you still see moisture on the equipment, then that is the source of the leak.
- Identifying signs of tearing
Tears are common in vinyl liner pools. Check for tears in the skimmers, fittings, steps, etc. Skimmers do come off the concrete in a pool, resulting in leakages. So check if the skimmer is intact. If you spot cracks, shoot some dye around them to see if it gets sucked up.
- Use of indelible ink
Mark the water level on the wall using indelible ink. Check after 24 hours to see if there is a drop below the mark. An excessive reduction of water signifies leakage in the pool.
- Use advanced technology
You may not have the technology pool repair experts use in detecting leakages. Well established contractors use pipe inspection cameras to detect sources of leaks in a pool and fix them quickly. Consider hiring a camera if you don’t seem to get the point where your pool is leaking.