While your pool losing water is (somewhat) natural — via splash-out and plain-ol’ evaporation — if you find you’re having to add more than 2 inches of water to your swimming pool on a weekly basis, it’s highly likely that you’re dealing with a pool leak.
The first question you may have when a leak is found is “how did the leak happen?”. This is a complex question, though, as a leak can come from many sources, including sealant deterioration, wear and tear, and settling of your pool’s foundation. Your pool may leak via your pool accessories, the plumbing, and even through the pool’s lining.
No matter the source, however, it is of the utmost importance to have your leak repaired by a swimming pool services professional, in order to prevent damage to the structural integrity of your pool.
The first step to leak repair is detection. With that said, the swimming pool professionals you hire will need to have a few questions answered before an inspection, in order to ensure the issue you’re dealing with is (in fact) a leak as opposed to another swimming pool complication.
Does The Pool Leak When Your Equipment Is On?
If you’re experiencing a pool leak only when your pool equipment is switched on, this could be an indication of (what is called) a pressure-side return leak.
This leak occurs when the plumbing located on the pressure side is under extreme pressure, which can turn minuscule drippage into gushing leaks.
Does The Pool Leak When Your Equipment Is Off?
A leak that occurs only when the pool equipment is switched off indicated a suction-side leak — AKA a leak on the pipes that carry water from the pool.
This happens when the filter pump is switched on, as the plumbing on the suction side is in a vacuum, allowing air to be sucked in via leaking voids.
If you’re dealing with this type of leak, you’ll likely recognize air in your pump basket, air build-up in the filter tank, and/or air that has bubbled out of the return lines.
Does The Pool Leak At All Times?
While a pool that leaks at all times — no matter if the equipment is on OR off — doesn’t rule out plumbing issues, it raises suspicion on the pool’s shell itself, which could be experiencing tears in the vinyl or cracks in the plaster.
A swimming pool professional in Atlanta will typically inspect your tile line before checking the skimmer. This is because it is very common for a leak to occur when the plastic skimmer and concrete of the pool itself become separated.
Hiring A Professional In Atlanta To Repair Your Leak
If a leak is found in your swimming pool, it’s time to contact the Atlanta swimming pool repair professionals at The Pool Butler.
Our experts have been serving Atlanta and surrounding communities for years with exceptional (and affordable) pool leak repair services. We take pride in providing the best in leak detection and repair, and can have your pool back up and running in no time!