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Spring: Flowers, Showers, and Leaky Swimming Pools
The Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches determines whether a pool is leaking and the best way to fix it with a state-of-the-art detection process and unsurpassed warranty.
Some pool repair companies simply replace or repair an entire section of the pool or pool equipment when there is a leak. However, that type of maintenance is usually not necessary if the exact location of the leak can be found. By mending only those areas that actually need repair, pool owners can significantly cut costs. Common leak repairs could include:
· Drain and skimmer replacements
· Underground pipe repairs
· Grout line repairs
· Injections or staples to repair cracks
· And other underwater repairs
Pool owners may think there is a leak in the pool because they notice a gradual loss of water. However, owners may not realize that some water loss is common because of evaporation or general pool usage. As temperatures rise, pools may lose about two inches of water every week. Owners should be concerned if the water loss is greater than average. Other signs of a potential leak include: air in the pumping system, the surrounding pool deck is either sinking or rising, the need to add water more than once a week, or the water bill has increased.
Sometimes it is very difficult to determine whether there is a leak. The Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches suggests a simple test to verify that there is a leak in the pool:
1. Start the test with the pool at its normal water level.
2. Fill a 5-gallon bucket about three or four inches from the top with pool water.
3. Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool. Do not immerse the bucket in the pool, but be sure it is surrounded with water as much as possible.
4. Use electrical tape to mark the water level inside the bucket. Then, follow the same process to mark the water level on the outside of the bucket.
5. Allow the bucket to sit for 24 hours. Compare the two water levels. If the pool water is significantly lower than the bucket water, then there may be a leak.
The Pool Doctor recommends leak detection services if the pool is losing more than one half of an inch per day. It is important to address a leak as soon as possible so that it does not become worse and create unneeded expense.
For more information about leak detection, visit The Pool Doctor’s website at http://www.poolspalmbeaches.com/