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Pool Leak Detection in Woodland Hills
Helpful Pool Information:
Your pool will logically lose some water because of evaporation, possibly due to backwash wastewater or splash outs too. Likewise, you will also obtain water from rainfall. The golden rule is that if you're regularly adding over two inches of water to your pool each week, you most likely have a leak that is worth spending some money and time repairing.
Pools are constructed to be watertight. However, sealants will weaken while other sections of your pool settle and shift or wear down. Pools can leak through any of the accessories, plumbing, or fittings. You could have a pool leak coming through the shell.
It is crucial to get a pool leak detection to not only repair leaks, but to save heat, chemicals, and water. Also, early detection stops the decline of pool structural components and the washing away of dirt that supports the pool deck and pool wall.
Pool leak detection is a very specialized section of the industry and ideally, you want to find a leak expert who is also based around Woodland Hills,CA.
Take it easy. If you can't take care of the issue yourself, our specialist is skilled to do it for you. If you believe that you have a leak, check the following things before contacting for service.
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Is the equipment on when the pool starts leaking?
This may denote a pressure-side leak. If the filter pump is on, the plumbing behind the pump (on the pressure side) is under stress. This stress can turn small drips into spurting gushers. Check the backwash or waste line for continually running water. One inch of your pool water equals about 500 gallons.
Additionally, you want to examine downhill from your pool, inspecting for weepers where underground leakage is developing. Look for wet or soft spots in your yard, on the side of the pool where the plumbing carries water to the pool.
Is the equipment off when the pool starts leaking?
This usually signals a suction-side leak or a leak on the pipes that deliver water from the pool. With the filter pump on, the suction side plumbing is under the vacuum. Air can be pulled in through the leak. If you have a clear lid, you could see air in the pump basket, air frequently building up inside the filter tank, or air bubbles out of the return lines. We recommend using pencil or tape to mark water levels.
Does the pool constantly leak?
This doesn't mean any leaks in the plumbing, but take a look at the shell of the pool, particularly for tears in the vinyl or splits in the plaster. You should also examine the tile line as well as the inside of the skimmer.
When we perform pool leak repairs for Woodland Hills or Calabasas properties, for example, the usual leak we repair is the split between the concrete pool and plastic skimmer. This is fixed merely with pool putty. If you happen to see anything that looks like a crack, put some test dye near it with the pump cut off and the water stagnant to see if the dye is pulled into the break.
Underwater lights leak too, primarily found in the conduit that runs from the junction box to the light niche. To repair the problem, fill the opening of the tube in the back of the light niche with black butyl tape, a cord stopper, or pool putty.
Is the equipment pad leaking?
Inspect the heater, pump, valves, and filter. Also, examine the ground for wetness. Turn the pump on and off, watching for spraying water when the pump is turned off. A little drip won’t be the reason for the leak. If your water level is draining, it will be a trickle and not a drip.
Is the water stabilizing at a certain level?
You could close the skimmer valve and let the water level drop below the skimmer, operating the pump on the main drain. If the water is still going down, we can take the skimmer off the list.
When the water steadies at any specific level, you should dye test and carefully examine around the pool. Look for debris which may have been pulled into any voids or cracks. This is a good sign of a leak. If the water stops at a pool light, wall step, or wall fitting, give it a closer inspection.
Do you see wet spots around the pool?
Take a stroll around the pool deck, between the pool and the equipment pad. Look for eroded spots and wet soil. If your pool has a downward slope near the pool, go downhill to see if water is coming from the hillside.
How functional is your vinyl liner pool?
If you own one, there are specific concerns. Watch for sinkholes in which the sand under the liner that has been washed out. Look for separations and tears around the skimmer, cleaner line, pool lights, steps, returns, and main drain. Also, you want to pay real attention to corners and steps where the pool liner could be stretched more than usual.
If an animal has the bad luck to fall into your pool, you may see tears and claw marks (jagged tears) just below the water line. Spending some time under the water with a mask may be needed to discover a leak in your pool liner. When pool liners are old, they can quickly get pinhole leaks.
There can possibly be more than one leak. Though most of the time, it’s a rip in the liner, which is repaired with a clear vinyl sealant or a vinyl patch kit. We have magnificently patched liners with tears as big as 18" before. You can use transparent vinyl patch material, which over time, has a habit of turning yellow.
You can also use a piece of liner sample or the drain / step / light cut-outs /skimmer from when the liner was fitted. Another option is the Anderson Flexible Sealer or EZ Patch 28 clear sealer which are tube gels that are manually applied over the damaged area.
Do you know your evaporation rate?
To measure evaporation, you can do the “bucket test.” Here’s how it goes: put a bucket of water near the pool and mark both the water the pool water level and the water in the bucket. Wait a day and assess the loss of both. If the pool has less water in it than the bucket, you’ve got a leak.
Is your underground plumbing leaking?
A lot of pool leaks aren’t in the underground plumbing. It's every pool owner’s bad dream, a backhoe tearing up the pool deck. It does sometimes happen that a leak is at a pipe connector beneath the skimmer or beneath the pool deck. Repairing seldom involves a backhoe.
In order to know if the pipes are leaking, the best way is to plug all the lines after shutting off the pump. If it is still leaking, we know it isn’t the pipes. If the leaking ends, the plugs can be detached one by one to see when leaking continues, though some pools only leak when the pump is on. When a leak is confirmed, a pool plumbing pressure test is done on the underground plumbing pipes to find out which one is the culprit.
A pressure testing stick or rig is used to test individual lines, to see if they can hold any pressure. Also, professionals can put air into the pipe, and with a great big stethoscope and headphones, listen for the sound of air escaping from the underground leak. This way, experts can accurately put an “X” on the deck or in the yard, so it is known where to dig.
In most instances, a small hole can be cut into the deck to fix the break. Hardly ever does the whole run of pipe requires replacing. If it did, it would probably be abandoned and a new pipe put in its place.
Does your tile have a leak?
For concrete pools with the customary perimeter tile band at the waterline, leaking is typically found inside the skimmer. In some cases in which the pool bond beam snaps behind the tile, and also breaks it, water can seek out of a pool via a crack at the top of the pool wall. Fractures in pool tiles can be cleaned, dried and packed with EZ Patch 22.
Leaking cracks in the pool?
For surface cracks in concrete pools, these usually don't leak, mainly the littler surface cracks or cracks on steps. But for more significant breaks, these indeed can leak and can be dye tested for verification. Cracks can be packed with silicone, a plaster mix, or pool putty to close most small cracks. Big breaks going down the walls or across the pool will require more prep and a two-stage pool repair of injected sealant proceeded by a coat of plaster mix.
A leaking pool skimmer?
Virtually all inground concrete pools will have leaking issues at the skimmer throat. Contraction and expansion of the deck and pool shift the skimmer a little, splitting the cementitious seal between the skimmer and the pool wall. The seal is on both sides and the bottom of the front of the skimmer.It's important you find someone who specializes in pool leak detection in Woodland Hills so they understand the topography of where your home is located.
With the pump off, the seal can be dye tested to reveal if water is being pulled through the cracks in the front part of the skimmer opening. Frequently used, pool putty is a short-term repair to close up leaking concrete skimmers. For a more permanent repair, chisel out the plaster and substitute with EZ Patch 1.
Also, vinyl pool skimmers can start to leak water where they are sealed up to the wall. Use a big #3 Philips head screwdriver to very tightly install all screws around the skimmer faceplate. Interchange the skimmer gaskets (2) for the skimmer faceplate if the leaking doesn’t stop. With the pump off, dye testing can be used around vinyl skimmer faceplates to confirm leaking.
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