No matter where you are in the country, if you own a swimming pool, you should know these tips. One swimming pool leak can cause major issues regardless of what type of pool you have. So if you're experiencing a hot summer like we do here in Phoenix, don't be stuck with our your pool. It's what keeps those hot days bearable! If you suspect you might have a pool leak, be sure you contact a professional leak inspection company quickly!
Pool Leak Facts That Pool Owners Should Know
1. Most Pool Leaks Are Invisible To Your Eye
We see this happen so many times here in Phoenix. A pool owner calls us after they've just received a massive water bill that's 3x more than usual (or higher). They are confident it must be the pool, but have no idea why. Or another instance is when major damage keeps spreading in the backyard of a client and they're just now taking action.
Pool leaks tend to be difficult to locate and if they start small, they can go unnoticed for a long time. The bad news is that the longer the leak occurs, the works it gets. There's several places that are the most common for leaks to occur, but many owners seem to overlook these areas.
If you have a professional pool service company handling your weekly maintenance, you should ask them if they notice any signs of a leak. Often, they are more aware of common leak signs than the owner will be and they can guide you.
2. Wet Spots In Your Grass Aren't Always Caused By Overwatering
This can really trick many pool owners, especially ones that have automatic lawn watering systems or use a lawn service. Signs of a pool leak can often overlap the same signs as overwatering your lawn. If you come across a wet and squishy spot in your lawn, don't immediately assume it's overwatering. It could be a signal that something is wrong with your swimming pool and you need to investigate.
Start investigating your pools auto-fill feature. Does it seem to be running more frequently? Are you noticing that you're losing water in your pool faster than normal? Evaporation is normal in pools (especially in Arizona), but there's a limit to the amount of water loss from evaporation in a pool. Feel free to try a DIY Bucket test to get a better grasp on whether your wet lawn is actually overwatering or if it's a sign your pool is leaking.
3. Higher Water Bills Are A Common Sign Of A Pool Leak
Some people tend to think that higher water bills mean the family is showering too long every day. While this could be true, it's also very plausible that it's the first sign of a pool leak, especially if the leak is newer. It might be hard to identify the location of the leak, which is why you should hire a leak detection specialists, but at least you know you need to call one!
4. Unmanaged Leaks Can Create Sinkholes
People tend to believe that sinkholes are random acts of nature. This is true, but sinkholes can absolutely also be caused by underground water leaks. The water can wash away the soil underneath the structural elements of your pool. Give it enough time, and that lost soil can eventually be replaced with water and completely fall in on itself (aka a sinkhole). Erosion is a slow but dangerous process and can lead to some massive repair bills. Don't hesitate if you suspect you have a pool leak. Call Phoenix Leak Detectors today!
5. Many Leak Occur Where You Cannot Find
The underground plumbing system for your swimming pool is a common cause of leaks. These pipes are often built to withstand major forces, but the earth is undefeated in the battle agains structures humans create (when given enough time). When a leak is occurring underground, it takes special skill and equipment to locate it. That's why hiring professionals makes sense. Our team goes through extensive 12-week training to become certified leak specialists. We use state-of-the-art equipment to navigate through your pipes and locate the leak. It's a special process that normal pool service techs often cannot handle.
6. Leaks Keep Costing You Money Every Day
This should seem obvious, but it's worth stating. Not only do you have a higher water bill, but you also can increase your other costs for running the pool. Your pump uses energy, your auto-filler uses energy and all the chemicals need to be replaced as the water leaks out. That alone should scare you, but in case you need more here it is. The longer you put off fixing a leak, the larger your pool repair bill will be. And that could be thousands if you're not careful.
7. Your Pool pH Will Not Stay Balanced
Having a balanced pH level in your swimming pool is crucial. It helps keep the pool healthy and algae free for you and your family to use. The longer a leak is ignored, the more pH balanced water leaves the pool leaving it vulnerable and exposed. Plus if you have a service company, they might just keep replacing the balancing chemicals and charging you for this. It's just a bandaid to the real problem of a swimming pool leak.
8. Continuous Auto-Filler Running Should Concern You
The auto-fill system in your pool is designed for only one thing - to keep the water level consistent in your swimming pool. Ideally, this system runs only when you use the pool since people jumping in and out can reduce the water level fast. If the pool isn't being used, it's uncommon for the system to run more than once a day. Evaporation shouldn't take enough water out to run non-stop. If you keep hearing your auto-fill run many times per day, something is wrong and you need to investigate. You likely have a leak.
9. Evaporation Shouldn't Take More Than 1/4 Inch Of Water Out of The Pool
Even in one of the hottest and driest climates, evaporation is only a minimal aspect of a swimming pool and its water content. Yes evaporation will remove some water each day, but the amount is far less than people think. We tell our clients the MOST is 1/4 of an inch per day. And that's on the absolute hottest days here in Phoenix. If you don't live in this type of climate, your evaporation rate will be even less.
10. Pool Leaks Can Affect You AND YOUR NEIGHBORS
Water leaks don't really have a boundary. The water flows where it can, and sometimes that can even be your neighbors yard. And you are 100% liable if your pool leak causes damage to their property. We are not insurance experts, but we would guess your policy is going be unhappy if you ignored a leak and cause damage to two properties. Make sure if you suspect a leak, you get it treated quickly. One leak should never turn into two damage claims!