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Why You May Need to Check For Leaks in Your Pool More Often

On Apr 13, 2016

Why You May Need to Check For Leaks in Your Pool More Often

Swimming pools, spas and decorative water elements can leak, causing damage to the pool, pump system, plumbing and grounds.

Structural Leaks

You should check for pool leaks frequently. Look for cracks and tears in the structure surface. Look for loose fittings around lights, railings or other hardware.

Most in-ground pools are concrete, gunite or fiberglass. Gunite is a mixture of concrete, sand and water. This surface is found in many older swimming pools. This is a versatile material that is usually blown onto a supporting frame. A plaster coating is applied over the gunite for a smooth pool surface.

Cracked plaster can result in major leaks that will damage the porous gunite material. Plaster can crack from old age or from hard objects hitting the surface. The crack may be on the side of the pool. If it is not repaired, it can spread and cause major damage.

Your pool may have decorative tile placed over the plaster surface. The tile may come loose and cause cracks in the plaster coating. Check tiles and grout frequently while enjoying your pool.

Fiberglass pools are popular and almost indestructible. This is a shell that is set into the ground. Newer pools are often made of fiberglass. If there is a crack, the fiberglass pool must be kept full. The empty pool can buckle inward from the pressure of the surrounding soil. Cracks must be fixed immediately in fiberglass pools to keep water from leaking into the surrounding soil.

Vinyl pools are set in-ground in a frame, and they can tear. These leaks must also be immediately repaired to keep the pool intact. They will destroy the vinyl if they are allowed to spread.

It may be possible for you to fix a leak in a vinyl or fiberglass pool or hot tub that is above the ground. These leaks must be fixed immediately to avoid flooding the surrounding area.

Plumbing System

The main drain and the skimmer are part of the suction system that circulates water. A leak in the suction or return line may require penetrating the pool deck for repairs. Aquaman Leak Detection uses sensitive sounding equipment to find underground leaks in pool plumbing if your routine check for pool leaks can't locate the problem.

You should check for pool leaks in the main drain at the bottom of the pool. The drain must be fixed immediately to prevent major water loss to the ground surrounding the pool. Aquaman Leak Detection divers can check and fix the drain while water is in the pool.

Smaller spa pools and water elements, such as circulating waterfalls, also need to have drains inspected for leaks. Decorative elements may only need a daily cleaning to remove leaves and other debris to keep drains and pipes working efficiently.

Your pump and filtration system should be checked frequently. Most pumps last for eight to 10 years, but they do need to be inspected for damaged hoses or impellers. These are easy replacements that can extend the life of your pool's filter and pump.

Contact Aquaman Leak Detection for emergency services if you find a major leak. Call 321-431-4784 in Brevard County or toll-free 844-766-5532. Summer is coming, and you want to enjoy your pool without problems. Aquaman serves 11 counties coast to coast in Central Florida.

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