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How to Find a Leak in Your Commercial Swimming Pool

On Jun 6, 2016

How_to_Find_a_Leak_in_Your_Commercial_Swimming_Pool.jpgCommercial swimming pools are found in hotels, athletic facilities, municipal pools, apartment communities, country clubs and condominiums. These pools are usually in-ground and often larger than backyard pools. They are used more often than residential pools and subject to more damage by careless swimmers.

Residents and Florida vacationers want to enjoy a cool, blue pool that is filled to the right level and spotlessly clean. A leaking pool or spa tub may affect business at a hotel or resort.

Commercial swimming pool leaks waste hundreds of gallons of water every day. This is expensive and a leak can lead to flooding decks and surrounding landscaping at a resort or apartment community. Property damage as a result of a leaking pool can be extensive.

Cloudy, green water could be a sign of a leak in the pool's surface where it connects with the ground. Consistently lower water levels not caused by evaporation or splashing are also signs of leaks.

Bucket Test

It may be difficult to run a bucket test in a pool or spa tub open to the public or a large group of people since the pool must be closed off for 24 hours. The pump motor should be off as well.

  • Put a five gallon pail filled with water on a pool step.
  • Mark the water level inside and out.
  • Compare the two levels after 24 hours.

The loss of water inside the bucket indicates evaporation. A greater loss below the outside mark signifies a leak. It is time to inspect the pool, fix the leak, and reopen the pool for hotel guests or local swimmers as soon as possible.

Finding Leaks

Check the pump room floor for water caused by leaks in the intake or return line system. You may have a leak in a hose or pipe that can eventually ruin your pump motor. All of the pool's exterior connections and the skimmer should be carefully checked including ladders and light fixtures.

A loose ladder can cause a leak in the pool lining. Underwater fixtures can become loose due to extensive use. Many hotels and resorts have beautiful tile work beneath the surface. A few loose tiles and grouting can also weaken the underlying structure of the pool and cause a leak.

Drains need to be checked by a professional service technician who is a diver. An underwater check can also locate loose tiles on the side or bottom of the pool along with cracks in the cement or fiberglass structure.

Spa tub jets need to be checked out along with skimmers and intake lines. It may be easier to check a hot tub for leaks since they are smaller than resort pools although they are used as frequently.

Check the decking around the pool for leaks and cracks. A deck that is wet even when swimmers are not around is an indication of a plumbing problem. This must be fixed immediately to avoid further damage.

Fixing the Leak

A professional leak detection company is needed to find commercial swimming pool leaks. Aquaman Leak Detection is experienced in finding and repairing surface leaks in large commercial pools so guests, residents or club members can return to the pool. Pools and spa tubs do not have to be drained.

Aquaman uses sophisticated sonar equipment to locate and repair leaks under the decking. This does not involve tearing out the entire deck. A small hole can be drilled to repair a leaking pipe. It's important that the repairs be done properly to ensure long-lasting results.

Aquaman Leak Detection is headquartered in Brevard County and serves all of Florida. We respond to emergencies within 24 hours and make immediate repairs whenever possible. Call us immediately for repairs to commercial swimming pool leaks.

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