Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ On Swimming Pool Leaks And Repairs

The most common sign of a water leak is a larger than normal drop in water level. This water loss may not be obvious if your pool has an automatic fill device (that keeps the pool at a constant level), so keep your eyes open for other symptoms that may be leak related:

  • Increased chemical demands (to treat new water that is added to the pool)
  • Increased water bills
  • Cracks in the deck resulting from settling earth
  • Unexplainable evidence of water outside the pool
If you notice any of these symptoms of a pool leak, turn your automatic fill device off for 24 hours and monitor the water level.

Keep in mind that an uncovered pool will also lose water due to evaporation. Evaporation is dependent on a variety of environmental conditions and can vary greatly from pool to pool and even from season to season. A simple way to account for evaporation and confirm a leak is to do a Bucket Test. The directions for the Bucket Test are listed below.

Air in the Pump or Blowing out of the Return Lines

A pool leak in the suction side plumbing (from skimmers and main drains to equipment), may pull air into the lines where it will show up in the pump or be blown back into the pool through the returns. This symptom can also be caused by a blockage or obstruction in the suction lines. Either situation will require immediate professional attention to avoid causing mechanical damage to your pool equipment.A qualified pool leak professional from your area will be able to provide more information to help you determine if the symptoms you have observed are indeed leak related.

The “Bucket Test” is a great test to run to check if you have a leak vs evaporation. Also the bucket can be performed on heated pools
  • Fill the level of your pool to normal operating level (normally mid skimmer).
  • Fill a bucket with pool water to about one inch from top.
  • Place bucket on first or second step of pool.
  • Mark water level on inside of bucket.
  • Shut off pump and mark pool level on outside of bucket.
  • Resume normal pump operation.
  • After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the inside water level, there is probably a leak.
  • Contact Charleston Pool Leak Experts to make an appointment!
In case of rain, repeat the test.
The “Water Loss Test” is a fast and easy test to determine if your pool has a leak.
(This test does not work if the pool is heated. In this case use the “ Bucket Test”)
  • Fill the level of you pool to normal operating level (normally mid skimmer)
  • With either a pencil or piece of tape, mark the level of the pool (you can also mark the inside of the plastic pool skimmer with a pencil for a very accurate reading)
  • After a 24hr period, check the level of the pool. If the level has dropped a ¼” or more than you most likely have a leak (Pools can loose up to ¼” a day from evaporation)
  • Contact Charleston Pool Leak Experts to make an appointment!
Leaks can happen for many reasons. The deterioration of pool surface, poor construction or even ground movement can cause pipe damage, which are the most common reasons for leaks.
Our company uses the most advanced leak detection equipment ranging from Ultrasound Listening Devices to Gas Sniffers.
We need you to have the pool filled to the middle of the skimmer or tile line before a technician comes out on the day of your appointment to ensure the detection covers all areas of the pool. Also, be sure your pool is clean enough for a technician to dive in, if necessary.
The water seeps into the soil and back into the underground water-tables. This will undermine your pool and pool plumbing, which causes pipes to break and cracks to form in your pool’s shell.
A technician will pin-point the exact location of the leak and a written estimate will be sent out to you.
Typically a full leak detection can take anywhere from 1-3 hours.
No, most common repairs can be done without having the pool and/or spa drained, unless there is a major repair within the pool, and ALL leak detections require that the pool be filled to the middle of the skimmer to ensure the accuracy of the leak detection.
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