As a pool owner, I have first hand experience with how frustrating it can be to have a leak. All sorts of questions ran through my mind. How do I go about finding out where this leak is coming from? If I hire someone to take care of it, will they have to destroy my entire pool to fix the problem? Who is the most reputable and skilled pool repair company? Will it cost an arm an a leg to repair? Before starting my own pool company, these types of questions would really stress me out.
However, because I’ve had a lot of first hand experience with these issues, I made it my business to come up with a sure-fire way to detect leaks in pools. We stand out from other leak detection companies because we focus specifically on the pool leak itself which makes the entire process painless for you!
Detecting Swimming Pool Leaks
It’s natural that your pool will lose a little water to evaporation, splashing and waster water from back-wash. And you may also gain a little water from rain fall. However, I policy is you should never lose more than 1/4 inches of water within a day’s time. This is the scenario in which you would need to take special measures to detect the link in your pool. The goal would be to thoroughly check for leaks in your skimmers, lights and drains, return lines and even cracks hidden within your pool masonry.
Sure, pools are built so that they will be water tight. However, it’s important to keep in mind that eventually your sealant will begin to wear out. Also, the more your pool settles, the more it shifts and gets more worn out. No matter what you do, pools can leak through their accessories, fittings, shells and plumbing. So if you would like to preserve water, chemicals, heat and the integrity of your pool structure, it’s crucial that you take the time to be proactive with leak repair.
Swimming Pool Leak Warning Signs
Even if you are not presently dealing with pool leaks, it’s important that a responsible pool owner always keep an eye out for problem signs. Let’s take a moment to list a few signs that you may soon be in need of a repair.
- You find that your pool is losing over 1/8 inches within a 24 hour period.
- You notice a build-up of algae even though you’ve recently given the pool a chemical treatment.
- You notice that some of the tiling around your pool is loose or even fallen.
- You notice a few cracks in the deck or in the shell of the pool.
- The ground around your pools always seems to be soggy or contains standing water and grass that is uneven. (In most cases, this means that your automatic filter is releasing water non-stop.)
- There are bubbles in your pump. (This often means that your main drain has a leak which is not only bad for your pool but potentially fatal for swimmers.)
How to Test for a Pool Leak
In the hottest months of summer your pool may seem to lose water faster than usual. Our bucket test will help to determine if the higher rate of water loss is due to a possible leak or just evaporation. Use the following steps to determine if your pool, spa or fountain is leaking.
- Bring pool water to the normal operating level.
- Fill a 5 gallon bucket with pool, spa or fountain water about 3-4 inches from top.
- Place bucket on first or second step of pool, spa or fountain without immersing it.
- With pencil, marker or electrical tape, mark the water level on inside of bucket.
- Shut off the pump and mark the pool, spa or fountain level on the outside of the bucket.
- Resume normal pump operation. Make sure that the auto fill valve is off during test.
- After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the inside water level (inside mark), there may be a leak.
If it rains, repeat test when it stops raining. The test is not valid after 24 hours.
Our Leak Detection Process
Tobia Pool Care has a three step process which makes leak detection not only simple but precise. First, we take time to do a complete inspection of your pools plumbing and around its surface. Next we perform a dye test while using ultra sonic listening technology which is designed to pinpoint your leak. Finally, after we have detected the location of the leak, our leak detection Lake Worth specialists design a custom plan specifically for you. So if you’re a resident of West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach, get in touch with us; our desire is to find a solution that will fit your pool to the tee.
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"Always willing to take the extra time" — ROBERT ALou does a fantastic job at our house. Beyond providing top notch and consistent service, he is always willing to take the extra time to answer our questions and provide advice. His service allows us to enjoy our pool worry free.
"Always friendly and extremely honest" — MELISSA RWe have had a number of pool cleaning companies since moving to Florida years ago and am thrilled to have found Lou and Tobia Pool Care! They are by far the best we have ever had. Never missing a cleaning, never rushing through the job, always friendly and extremely honest about any work or repair that needs to be handled. Most importantly Tobia Pool Care has been the most affordable of all the companies we had in the past. A sparkling clean pool is a guarantee with them! Thanks Lou!
“Tobia Pools is the BEST pool service” — DENNY CTobia Pools is the BEST pool service. Lou cleaned our pool in Boca and when we moved to Boynton we continued to have Lou clean our pool. We had a leak and Lou detected it and fixed it right away. We also wanted to purchase a Barracuda cleaner. Lou offered us to purchase one through him, which was substantially less than anywhere we had found. He had it installed and running right away. He not only skims and vacuums but he also scrubs the tiles and cleans the filter. Great guy!