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Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips: Detecting A Pool Leak

No matter how healthy your pool is—or how new it may be—pool ownership is costly. However, when you have a problem, such as a pool leak —those maintenance costs can go well beyond your means if left untreated. The trick is detecting a pool leak early before it becomes even more costly to repair.

In this article, the Atlanta swimming pool experts at The Pool Butler will cover how to troubleshoot, and treat your pool leak so that you can swim stress-free all summer long!

The Biggest Problem About a Pool Leak

If you’re a U.S. pool owner, there’s a good chance your pool takes up roughly 20,000 gallons of water—which means that when you have a leak, it’s not always easy to detect.

In fact, tracking the source of many leaks involve costly dye methods and underwater listening tools. The good news is, the majority of leaks exist in the above-ground pipes.

Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips Detecting A Pool Leak [infographic]

Are You Losing Pool Water Without An Explanation?

Although there can be many reasons you could be losing water, a leaky pipe is one of its greatest culprits! To rule out evaporation and other water loss issues, try this test:

  1. First, turn off your pool pump. 
  2. Place a five-gallon bucket on the second step of your pool. Fill it with water to the same level as your pool. To make things easier, mark the water level with a marker or tape.
  3. Compare the water level in the pool and the bucket 24 hours later. If the pool water level has dropped lower than the bucket water level, you may have a leak.

Is Your Pool Leaking Water When The Pump Is On And Circulating?

If you think you have a pool leak, but the bucket test didn’t show a leak, try the test again with your pump on. If the leak only occurs with the pump on, it is likely the pressure side of the pump, that is, the length of pipe after your pump, between the pump and the returns.

Even if you did notice a leak with the bucket test, you can help find the leak by rerunning the test with the pump on. If the leak goes away when the pump is turned on, the leak is likely on the suction side of your water system.

And if the leak occurs with the pump on or off, the leak is likely in the pool itself.

The Easiest Way to Fix Your Leak

If you have a leak (or presumed leak),contact your local Atlanta pool professionals at The Pool Butler right away.

Our experts can answer all of your questions and determine what type of leak you have. By acting on a leaking pipe today, you can save money in the long run when problems arise, and enjoy your pool with the peace of mind that you’re an efficient and responsible pool owner.

At The Pool Butler, we’ve been serving pool owners throughout Atlanta and surrounding communities for many years. We offer a range of swimming pool services that includepool cleaning, repair, maintenance, andmore. We can’t wait to add you to our long list ofsatisfied customers!

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