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How to Find a Pool Liner Tear Without Losing Your Mind

On Aug 13, 2018

How to Find a Pool Liner Tear Without Losing Your Mind

Finding a swimming pool leak isn’t easy, especially when it’s in your pool liner. But once you confirm you are losing water from a leak in your pool liner, you’re one step closer to getting it fixed.

Before starting investigation of the tear in your pool liner, you need to ask yourself a question. How old is your pool liner? Pool liners have a lifespan of 6 -12 years. If your pool liner is on the tail end of that window, you may want to consider that your best option is to replace the pool liner all together. However, if your liner is brand new, or only a few years old, it's time to find the pool liner tear and get it fixed!

How to Find a Pool Liner Tear Without Losing Your Mind

Allowing a pool liner tear to go unrepaired could cause severe damage to your pool. The longer you ignore a leak, the larger the tear will grow. Before you get into the pool, first check around the exterior. Look for any damage around the pool, as well as excess water that has pooled in an area, which may help pinpoint where the leak is originating. After completing this step, you are ready to do the internal search.

You will need:

  • A clean and clear pool
  • Goggles and/or snorkeling gear
  • Pool Dye
  • Time and patience

Finding a pool liner tear is not impossible; however, it takes time and patience. It is important to remember this, so that you do not easy become frustrated after five minutes of searching. Also, keep in mind, this is the most cost-effective approach to finding a leak.

What you will do

Before you get into the pool, make sure that you turn off the pool pump and confirm the water is calm. No one else should be in the pool during this process.

While the water is still, look for tiny bubbles on the surface. If bubbles are present, start first by checking the pool liner in that area. Enter the pool and slowly begin checking the liner with both your hands and eyes. Start at the seams and work from there. Depending on the size of the tear, you may be able to locate it with simply a visual inspection.

However, if the tear is tiny, you will likely need to use dye to pinpoint the area. When using dye to find a pool liner leak, you will have to slowly squirt the dye close to the liner. The dye will be drawn to the tear, identifying the location. Since it’s possible for a pool liner to have more than one tear, you will need to repeat this process making your way around the pool.

Check out this video to see how pool dye works.

If you find that you are unable to find the tear in your pool liner, or if your patch repair is unsuccessful, it’s time to bring in the professionals. Contact Aquaman Leak Detection to have a professional pool repair contractor find and repair the tear in your swimming pool liner.

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