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The Type of Swimming Pool Most Likely to Develop a Leak

On May 29, 2018

The Type of Swimming Pool Most Likely to Develop a Leak

Planning to add a swimming pool in your backyard or commercial property is exciting. What's not exciting is encountering leaks once the pool is in place. Choosing the right pool is an important step in preventing future headaches and expense. There are three key reasons why swimming pools leak: structural damage, fittings, and plumbing.

Structural Leaks   

For a pool to hold water, it must have a sound structure. Pools with vinyl liners often develop leaks when there is a puncture to the liner or failure along a seam. A pool with a vinyl liner is the type of swimming pool most likely to develop a leak. The next style of swimming pool likely to develop a leak is a pool with a concrete structure due to the potential for cracks in the concrete. A safer bet in choosing a pool less likely to leak is to choose fiberglass.

Fiberglass pools have the following benefits that prevent leakage:

  •  Fiberglass is flexible and can move with the changing environment without cracking.
  •  The pool shell is thick and durable.
  •  Fiberglass pools are the least likely to leak structurally.

Fitting Leaks

A fitting leak refers to any penetration through the pool shell. Areas with lights or jets are examples of pool fittings that create a potential for leaks. Vinyl lined pools are once again the type of swimming pool most likely to develop a leak, especially when it comes to fitting leaks. The reason for the higher risk of leaks is due to the penetrations and seams of the liner all being underwater. Concrete pools are not watertight by nature and fixtures require sealant which can the chemicals will break down over time opening the pool to the potential for leaks.

When it comes to fitting leaks, fiberglass pools are the better choice:

  •  Fiberglass pools have no seams.
  •  Fixture holes are cut by the manufacturer at the right size for the fitting.
  •  The fixture holes are sealed 100% silicone.

Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing is a vital part of the pool planning process. While not specific to any particular pool type, the plumbing installation plays a major factor in the potential for future leaks. Any plumbing involving pools must have support because without it, the plumbing may move, resulting in leakage. Securing the plumbing, either with straps or by running it down to the ground, is the best prevention against plumbing leaks.

Fiberglass in Florida

When it comes to swimming pools and even hot tub spas in Florida, fiberglass makes good sense. Not only do they provide a better defense against leaks, but they also work well in areas with high water tables. It is important to note, however, that your yard must accommodate a molded pool, customizing is not possible with standard fiberglass pools.

When Leaks Happen

The best step in preventing leaks is to perform regular pool maintenance. If you do experience a leak in your swimming pool, don't panic. Contact Aquaman Leak Detection. Our trusted and professional staff will evaluate the situation to find the best solution. We'll have you back to splashing, swimming, or unwinding in as little time possible. A pool or hot tub spa is a serious investment, protect yours today by responding quickly to any sign of leaks.

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