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Leak Detection Basics

Leak detection is simply the process of narrowing the possible sources for the leak from a list of possibilities by a process of elimation. This is done through the collection of pool owner observations, on-site examination, and the use of sophisticated equipment.

Essentially, pool leaks can be narrowed into two general catagories:

Pool Shell Leaks, and
Pool Circulation System Leaks

Pool Shell leaks can range from a hole in a liner to a crack in a gunite or fiberglass pool.  Finding these can sometimes be easy enough to visually identify, and dye test to verify, or they can be more difficult because of size of the hole and complicating aspects of the site such as ground water or debris in the pool.  Once located, it is simply a matter of applying the correct method for the water envelope breached.

Pool Circulation System Leaks can be further divided into three areas:

Equipment Leaks,
Plumbing Leaks, and
Pool Fixture Leaks

Equipment Leaks can be something as simple as a seal or O-ring that has failed, or it can be a hidden crack in a piece of equipment or the connecting piping.  Once located, the fix or replacement if apparent.

Plumbing Leaks are the most difficult to locate since they usually are buried in the ground, and often under a concrete deck.  This is usually most economically done by a professional who has both the equipment and experiance to quickly find your leak.  Once found, these usually are the most labor intensive to repair because it often involves breaking concrete and excavation.

Pool Fixture Leaks can also be very difficult to locate because they are submerged, but these would include skimmers, returns, drains, lights, and other accessories.  The good news is that once found, these can usually be patched, even if it's only a temporary fix.  Sometimes a permanent repair will neccessitate extensive measures to accomplish.

If you have a leak you might do some initial investigation to see if you can find the source, and for the "do-it-youself'er", visit our "DIY Tips" page.  If you don't care to search it out yourself, you can get a feel for initially what we could do for you on our "Leak Detection Services" page.  And if you don't care to mess with it, and just want to get-r-done, give us a call (360-568-7563) - we'd be happy to help!

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