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How to Find Leaks in a Winterized Pool

On Dec 11, 2017

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If you’ve winterized your pool, you have covered your pool for the cooler months, and you will not use it until the weather warms up again in Central Florida. You have added the necessary chemicals, and the motor is timed to run eight hours every day.

You may roll back the cover occasionally to check the pH balance and notice that the water level is a little lower than expected. You remember that the water level in your pool should be about two-thirds above the bottom the skinner assembly even in the winter when you aren’t using the pool. Then you discover water on the deck, an indication of leaks in a winterized pool.

Where to Look for Leaks in a Winterized Pool

Check the Pipes and Plumbing

Water on your deck is puzzling to you since there were no problems when you covered the pool in late October or early November. Water on the pool deck in dry weather would indicate a possible leak in the underground plumbing system. A coupling could come loose, or a pipe might have cracked.

Pipe cracks can occur when the ground freezes. This is rare in Central Florida, but the freezing weather does occasionally happen during January and February. The frost does not last long, and the temperature usually only drops at night. You should check the ground and decking around the pool for excess water after a winter frost. A slick spot that can indicate you have a slab leak due to a pipe crack.

Any leaks around a winterized pool need to be fixed immediately to prevent further water loss and possible damage to the filter and pump system.

Check for water on the floor of the pump room. This is another indication of leaks in a winterized pool. A pipe leading to the filter system may be loose in which case it needs a simple adjustment. An O-ring or gasket may need changing. These repairs require immediate attention to avoid more problems even though the pool is not in use.

Vinyl Pools

A vinyl-lined pool set in the ground or a frame above the ground must frequently be checked, even during the winter months. The lining can stretch out and tear, especially if it comes into contact with hard objects.

Small leaks in vinyl pools are easy to repair before they grow into large leaks. Look for water on the deck or a lower water level under the pool cover.

You do not have to get in the pool to run your hands along the liner checking for small tears at the waterline or just above it. If the water settles to a lower level, you are right to suspect a tear just above the waterline.

Concrete and Fiberglass Pools

If you see water in the winter on the ground around your concrete or fiberglass pool; check all fittings, especially around ladders. Make sure they are tight. Look at the areas where metal comes into contact with the pool surface. A loose fitting can cause a leak. This is easy to repair.

It’s important to fix leaks in a winterized pool as soon as possible. Call Aquaman Leak Detection if the water level in your pool drops any time of year. We can repair your pool in most weather conditions. This includes checking the underground plumbing with minimal damage to the area.

Aquaman serves all of Florida with specially trained technicians you can count on! We aim to respond with same day service and can usually complete repairs during our first visit.

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