Spotting In-ground pool leaks. Have you started to notice that your pool’s water level is lower than usual? You may think it’s just evaporation, but it’s also likely that you’ve sprung a leak. Now, you’re probably wondering how this happened and what it’s going to cost you. In-ground pool leaks can be caused by a variety of issues, including:

1. Structural Leaks


Sometimes a pool leak is caused by structural damage. This can result from fissures in the concrete surrounding the pool or inside the basin due to a variety of factors such as poor installation, overgrown tree roots, changes in temperature, moving ground, or increased pressure from soil or groundwater.

2. Faulty Pipes


Leaks can occur due to broken return pipes or a damaged main drain, skimmer pipe, or equalizer line. Your pool’s plumbing system is also more prone to leaks if it is easily movable due to poor installation or shifting of the ground. You may need to contact a pipe lining company if you’re concerned about your pool’s plumbing, as they can quickly find the cause and make the repair.

3. Damaged Fittings


Leaks also tend to occur around lighting fixtures, returns, and jets. Fortunately, broken fittings are among the most common and easily fixable pool issues.

4. Mechanical Problems


Your pool can start to leak if its automatic fill device isn’t working correctly. These are often signaled by excess algae growth even after treating your pool with the necessary chemicals, a significant increase in your water bill, and unpredictable chemical imbalance.

5. Aging


As with any material thing, your pool will inevitably degrade over time and become more vulnerable to leaks and other problems. Older pools may need more repairs as their seals, fittings, pumps, and other equipment starts to deteriorate.

Common Signs of Pool Leaks

All types of pools can suffer from leaks, so it’s essential to look out for the warning signs. Understanding the signs of pool leaks can help you find the leak faster and get it fixed as soon as possible so that you can get back to swimming! Here are a few indicators of a pool leak:  

  • Noticeable cracks in the concrete around or within the pool
  • Standing water or grass growth near the pool
  • Evident lower water levels
  • Substantial increase in water or electric bills
  • Algae forms soon after chemical treatment 

There are numerous ways to detect a pool leak on your own. The Bucket Test and the Ink Test are a couple of commonly used methods that can give you a better idea of the type and severity of leak you’re dealing with.

Contact a Professional for a Pool Leak Repair


Pool leaks should be repaired as soon as possible to save time and money in the long run. It’s also important to service your pool on a routine basis to prevent leaks.

If you’re experiencing a pool leak, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for help. Contact your local pipe lining company to ensure your leak is examined and repaired appropriately.

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