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Pool Leaks

Did you know…? –It is estimated that one pool in every 20 has a leak. –A pinhole-sized leak in a pool plumbing system with 40-pound pressure (psi) will lose approximately 970 gallons of water in a 24-hour period. This comes to about 30,000 gallons a month or 360,000 gallons per year. That’s enough to drain and refill the average residential swimming pool more than a dozen times. But if you have an automatic refilling float, you will not notice.

Warning signs of leaks include:

–An astronomical water bill –Loss of 1/8″ or more water in a 24 hour period –Algae formation too soon after chemical treatment –Loose or falling tiles, pool deck cracks, pool shell gaps and cracks –A settling of the whole pool or spa structure into the ground –Constant damp soil surrounding the pool or under your house –A letter from your neighbor’s attorney advising you that your leaking pool is destroying their foundation

To determine whether your water loss is evaporation or leak, place a bucket on the top step of the pool and fill it to the pool’s water level. The next day, if the water level in the pool is lower than the bucket, there probably is a leak in the pool structure or plumbing system. (If it rains, the science experiment is off.)

To further investigate, measure the water loss with the pump running for 24 hours and again with the pump off. If more water is lost when the pump is running, the plumbing is probably the cause.

Thanks to up-to-the-minute technology, we can find and repair most pool or spa leaks without major disruption or the need to take out a second mortgage. We can find leaks the size of a pinhead. Try us!

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