Spring Checkup: Leaks in Your Pool

Winter can seem long and when it comes time to embrace spring, you cannot wait to open your swimming pool. Once you go through the process of cleaning and preparing your pool for swimming season, you should still keep an eye on your pool. Cold snaps during the winter can cause damage to plumbing and pool equipment that may not be noticeable right away. Once your pool is open, you need to check for leaks from winter damage.

Pool Pump Leaks

If there is a leak in your pool pump, you can have several issues. There are three common places for leaks on pool pumps: the suction side, the discharge side and at the connection of the motor and pump. If there is a leak on the suction side, it is air and can interfere with the pump function. On the discharge side, it is a water leak that will eventually be noticeable with excess water. If the leak is between the motor and pump, the problem is most likely with the shaft seal.

General Pool Leaks

Whether it is caused by freezing or deterioration, leaks can occur in your underground plumbing and the shell of your pool. Once your pool is filled and circulating again, watch for signs of leaking. Wet or soggy areas around the pool can be a sign of underground leaks. Also watch the level of water in your pool; if you need to add water more often than usual, you could have a pool leak.

If you notice signs that a leak was created during the winter, contact your local pool service for repair. In no time, your pool will be ready to enjoy again.

Posted on behalf of:
Somar Pool Service & Repairs
4581 Weston Road
Weston, FL 33331
(954) 840-8544

Pool Leaks

Almost every pool or spa will develop a leak at some point.  Pool leaks can be difficult to find because a leak can be coming from many different sources.  Pools usually leak around fitting such as drains, skimmers, and light fixtures, but leaks can also develop in floors, walls, and plumbing.

If you notice that your pool is losing water faster than normal, take some comfort in knowing that you are not the first pool owner to have this problem.  There are many excellent pool service companies that have experience with pool leak detection and they will be able to find and repair any leaks in your pool.

With that said, don’t underestimate the seriousness of a pool leak.  Even a small crack or hole can leak hundreds of gallons of water each day.  Replacing this lost water can get expensive and also make it more difficult to keep the proper balance of chemicals in your pool.

More importantly, pool leaks cause underground soil erosion that can be a very serious problem. Most pools are located near the home and erosion around the foundation of your home can cause serious structural problems.  Underground erosion can cause the ground to settle and lead to cracked, broken or sunken pool decking, driveways, and walkways.

Leaking pool water can infiltrate septic systems and leak into basements, crawlspaces, and below ground level living space causing further structural damage, mold, and mildew.

In short, don’t just keep adding water to a leaking pool or spa.  Call a reputable local pool service company with experience in finding and fixing leaks.  They have the experience and specialized equipment to find that leak and get it fixed right.