If you constantly fill your pool with water, there may be more than evaporation going on. Most pools, even in warm climates like Sacramento and Northern California, should not need to be refilled more than once a week. With a pool cover, you can further conserve water by limiting the effects of evaporation. If it seems like you’re always adding water, perhaps you have a leak!
A simple way to check for a leak is to make a mark of the water level in your pool with some tape or by taking a measurement at a specific point. Then leave a bucket of water near the same location, likewise with a mark to indicate the water level. You will need to avoid lots of swimming activity to prevent water leaving by wave action and wet bodies. Also, you need to turn off any pumps or filters to rule out plumbing problems. Check the two water containers (your pool and the bucket) a couple days later. If the pool has lost significantly more water level, you likely have a leak in the waterproofing. If there is no or little difference between the water change in the two containers, you probably have a plumbing leak.
The Cause of Swimming Pool Leaks
As mentioned, two things cause swimming pools to lose excessive water: plumbing problems or a failure in the waterproofing. If the problem is plumbing, Victors Pools has installed and repaired pool plumbing for over 35 years. We have the crew, tools and knowledge to zero in on the issue are repair it quickly.
If the problem is your waterproofing, then the question revolves around your type of swimming pool, its age and the condition of the waterproofing layer.
Vinyl Pool Leaks
These leaks are the simplest to repair. Much like fixing a leak in a tire or inner tube, a vinyl liner can be patched. The sooner you fix a vinyl leak, the less likely the repair becomes a replacement of the entire liner. Remember, NEVER drain your vinyl pool without consulting a specialist from Victors Pools.
Fiberglass Pool Leaks
Fiberglass pool leaks come from a failure in the gel coat that waterproofs the fiberglass fabric or a crack in the fiberglass itself. Fiberglass can be a finicky material that does not lend itself to DIY project people. Rely on the experts at Victors Pools to repair your fiberglass pool leaks properly. Remember, NEVER drain your fiberglass pool without consulting a specialist from Victors Pools.
Gunite Pool Leaks
When the plaster coating your concrete pool starts to leak, you either have a crack that needs repair or the pool is due for a resurfacing. If it’s been less than seven years since your last resurfacing, you probably have a crack. More than seven years and it may be a matter of replacing the plaster. Trust the professionals at Victors Pools to give you the honest truth and provide the options and information you need to get your concrete pool working properly!
For all forms of swimming pool leak detection, the pros at Victors Pools are ready to point the finger at the problem and make the repairs that keep your water where it belongs — in your pool!