Kanata Pool Leak Detection

There is no better way to beat the heat than diving into a swimming pool but a pool leak can put an abrupt stop to your summer fun. If a pool is leaking it isn’t only bad for structures, it is bad for surrounding areas too! Leaks might start small but they will only get worse over time so book your Kanata pool leak detection at the first sign of water loss. 

Leak Detection in Pools: What to Watch Out For 

The first step to repairing a pool leak is diagnosing it in the first place but this is easier said than done. If you are noticing water loss it is important to identify whether it is happening naturally or due to a leak. The most obvious sign of a leak in your pool is reduced water level, impossible to balance chemicals, high water bills and in severe cases, puddles forming in nearby areas. 

When temperatures are high it is normal for swimming pools to lose water due to evaporation. This, combined with a high rate of usage means water is being carried or splashed out. On average, it is normal for a pool to lose anywhere from 3-5 inches of water over the course of a week. If you find yourself having to add water on a daily basis to combat water loss, you might be dealing with a leak! 

Some pool owners opt for a bucket test to confirm unnatural water loss. This process involves putting a bucket of water near poolsides and marking the water level in each. If after a few days the water level has dropped more inside the pool than it has in the bucket, you’d better call Puddle Pool Services right away. 

Puddle Pool Leak Detection Services: Identifying & Isolating Problem Areas 

Part of what makes pool maintenance so difficult is that you can’t always see the problem areas. For example, when dealing with plumbing, leaking can happen behind the scenes or even underground. When dealing with an above ground pool, leaks are easier to identify because structures and plumbing are on display but inground models are harder to diagnose. Luckily, there are experienced Puddle technicians in Kanata that know how to handle these hard to reach areas. 

A visual inspection can help to identify obvious signs of physical damage but for anything other than cracked concrete, it is important to test thoroughly. 

Pressure Testing: Used to identify plumbing leaks, pressure testing involves applying a steady stream of air to plumbing and return lines. If there is physical damage inside the lines it will create air bubbles that will show up in return lines. In the case of underground leaks, saturated soil might make gurgling sounds that can be followed. 

Dye Testing: Identifying structural leaks or a leaking pool liner is best done using a dye test. For these tests to be effective it is important to turn off pool pumps and wait for water to settle. Once still, coloured dyes are applied to pool water strategically. Coloured dyes will be attracted to the vacuum created by damaged concrete or tears in vinyl liners. When caught quickly a torn liner can be repaired with a simple vinyl patch but over time, even small tears will get worse and eventually will need a full replacement. 

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