It can be hard to keep water in a pool. Every swimming pool or spa is probably going to start leaking at some point in its lifetime. These problems can be more than just an inconvenience. Even a hole the size of a pencil tip can result in hundreds of gallons of water loss per day. In addition to the replacement cost of the water, leaks in your pool will increase chemical demands. And could possibly lead to more serious structural and mechanical problems. Fortunately, if you can catch the problem early effective leak repair solutions are available.
By far the most common indication of a leak is the water level dropping faster than what is normally attributable to evaporation or splashing out. Often leaks are big enough that the water loss is obvious. If you wake-up to find that your pool has dropped several inches overnight you know you’ve got a problem. The bigger challenges are the smaller leaks that may develop slowly. In these cases it is important to determine what is "normal water loss" and thus avoid wasting time looking for and worrying about a leak that may not be there.
If you have an automatic fill device on your pool a dropping water level may not be as readily evident; high water bills may be the first indication of a leak problem. You may also notice an increase in the chemicals required to maintain balance, or that there is excess algae growth because the new water that’s being put into the pool is untreated.
Other pool leak symptoms may be actual physical evidence of the water that is leaking from your pool. Wet, mushy, or "healthy" spots in the lawn may be evidence of underground plumbing leaks. Structural damage, cracks, and settling of the deck or pool may also be indications of underground leaks. If left un-repaired, these problems can quickly become more serious.
Once you know you have a pool leak it’s time for action. The longer a leaking pipe, liner or pool shell is left un-repaired the more costly the eventual fix will be. You have options, some pool leaks can be easy to find and fix. In most cases however a qualified, and experienced pool leak professional will be able to provide more efficient and effective pool leak location and pool leak repair solutions that get you back into the water. Call your pool company to have a trained professional come out and decide whether or not you may have a leak and how best to go about fixing it. Most of the time this will save money and hassle in the long run because they can find and fix the leak faster.