Swimming Pool and Spa Leak Detection

Depending on the region and climate in which you live, it may not be uncommon for your pool water level to vary from day to day. Environmental factors such as humidity, wind, and air as well as water temperature can have an effect, causing you to lose up to ¼ inch of water a day or about 2 inches per week.

You may have a leak if:

  • Pool has air in the system
  • Equipment loses prime
  • You see cracks
  • Pool deck is sinking or lifting
  • There are soggy spots around the pool
  • You add water more than once a week
  • Pool loses more than regular evaporation

Preparing your pool for a professional leak detection

Clean Not Green

In most cases, it is recommended to have the pool vacuumed spotless prior to your detection. Leaks as large as 1″ in diameter have been missed until the dirt covering them was vacuumed or brushed away. Make sure the water is clean and not green. If it is green, the water could contain molds, fungus, larvae, and other contaminants that could make you sick, besides making it almost impossible to test.

Have the following information ready when you call to schedule your professional pool leak detection

  • Is it a pool only or does it also have a spa?
  • Is the pool equipment above or below ground?
  • How many pumps?
  • Is the pool constructed of fiberglass, gunite, marcite, or vinyl?
  • How many skimmers?
  • Does it leak more with the filter on or with it off?
  • How much water does it lose over a 24-hour period?

Call us today for more information

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Swimming Pool Cover Removal

Have your pool cover free of water and debris. The most important thing you can do in order to facilitate the opening process is to have your pool cover as free of water and debris as possible.  Although we are equipped to remove large or small amounts of water and debris from covers, the time to open a pool is significantly reduced if the cover surface is clean and dry.

Do not mistakenly pump water from the pool. If you decide to remove water from the pool cover, be careful that you do not mistakenly pump water from the pool itself.  It has been our experience that light weight poly covers can allow a minimal exchange of water between the pool cover surface and the pool itself.  Also, a minor hole in the cover can allow a much greater exchange of water.  When pumping water from the cover, we strongly recommend that the water level on top of the cover be monitored closely to avoid pumping a large amount of water from underneath the cover.  Resecuring the cover to make it more taut  when the water on top of the cover is reduced can help eliminate erroneous removal of  pool water.

A Helpful Hint: If the area that you are pumping the water to is lower than the level of the pool cover, you can start a siphon by running the pump for a few minutes until water starts flowing and then turning the pump off.  Once the siphon is started, water  will continue to flow even though the pump is not running.  As above, we recommend that you monitor the water level on top of the cover to avoid removing water from the pool.

For more information call Palm Tree Pools today.

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