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Pool Leaks BY "The Original Leak Wizard"

 First Thing "DOES YOR POOL LEAK"?


1. Bring the pool water to its normal level.

2. Fill an empty bucket with pool water to about one inch from the top of bucket. (By filling the bucket close to the top you are ensuring that air movement over the surface of the bucket will similar to that of the pool.)

3. Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool. To keep it from floating away it may be necessary to place a few bricks or rocks into the bucket. (By placing the bucket in the pool water you are ensuring that the water temperature of each will be similar).

4. Mark the water level inside the bucket.

5. Mark the water level of the pool on the outside of the bucket, on the pool wall, or skimmer face plate.

6. Operate the pool for 24 hours as it had been operated when a leak was first suspected.

7. After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the inside water level, there is probably a leak.


EVAPORATION is dependent on a variety of environmental and pool related conditions, (wind, water temp, dew point, barometric pressure, and other to a lesser extent). Because of this the evaporation rate can vary greatly from day to day and even pool to pool. Before becoming too concerned about a leak you can do a simple test to determine if water loss in your swimming pool is due to a leak or is just evaporation. This simple test is called the bucket test. Basically, the bucket test exposes water in a bucket to the same conditions as those affecting your swimming pool. By comparing the water loss in each, it is possible to determine if the pool is leaking or if supposed leaks are just the result of water being lost to the air.

Calculating the gallons of water lost from you pool
To more effectively visualize the leak or leaks you have it will be helpful to translate inches of water lost into gallons of water leaking. First subtract the bucket loss from the pool loss. The result will be inches of water lost due to leaks. Next calculate the square footage of the water surface of your pool. Then enter these results into the following equation: Inches of water lost x Area of Pool Surface (in square feet) x .62 gallons Visualizing the actual size of your leak is easier and as you can now translate this number into gallons of water lost per hour or per minute. You may also find it valuable to calculate how much you are spending on chemicals or for that matter water to re-treat or replace the water that has leaked from the pool.


Is the pool leaking only with the equipment on?

This may indicate a pressure-side return leak. With the filter pump on, the plumbing on the pressure side is under pressure. This can open up small drips into spraying gushers. Check the waste or backwash line for water consistently running. One inch of your pool water can equal 500 gallons.
Is the pool leaking only with the equipment off?

This usually indicates a suction-side leak. With the filter pump on, the plumbing on the suction side is under vacuum. Air can be drawn in through otherwise leaking voids. You may notice air in the pump basket (if you have a clear lid), air bubbling out of the return lines, or air repeatedly built up inside the filter tank. Use tape or a pencil to mark water levels. Is the pump basket lid on tight with a good, lubed o-ring?
Does the pool leak all the time?

This does not rule out leaks in the plumbing, but turns a suspicious eye on the shell of the pool, looking for cracks in the plaster or tears in the vinyl. Look closely at the tile line and look real closely inside of the skimmer(s). The most common leak we fix is a separation between the plastic skimmer and the concrete pool. This is easily fixed with some pool putty. If you see something that looks like a crack, drop some of your pH indicator test reagent near it with your pump shut off and water still. See if the dye is sucked into the crack. Under water lights can and do leak as well. Especially in the conduit that runs from the light niche to the junction box. Filling the opening of the conduit in the back of the light niche with putty, silicone, or caulk is a way to fix this problem.
Are there leaks at the equipment pad?

Look closely at the filter, pump, heater, and valves. Check the ground for moisture. Turn the pump on and off looking closely for spraying water when the pump is turned off.

NOW for the Downtown Way:

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For a FLAT FEE--- we Find the leak by all means... Dive, Electronic, Dye test ... We fix all surface leaks we find or light leaks... We NOW WARRANTY OUR WORK ( That we have found "ALL" of your leaks for 120 days.. That is right we are so confident that we find your leaks we put our name behind it!! 


Downtown Pools now has the inventor of the leak wizard the unit that changed the way leaks are found in swimming pools to this very day on staff and ready to find your leak. Its simple if you know what you are doing and you can say you have over 25 years doing just that one job you become a specialist at it. So we have one rule at downtown pools now. IF WE CAN NOT FIND ALL YOUR LEAKS YOU PAY NOTHING!..



BOTTOM LINE: He finds your leak for one fee only...

 All this testing is done with:No deck destruction AND No cutting of pipes

We are capable of finding and repairing any leak, including structural cracks in the pool shell. If you have a broken pipe under the pool or pool deck, we prefer to cut a hole and re-plumb the pipe, relieving any tension that may have been on it. We will also restore the access hole as close as possible to the original deck or plaster.

Preparing your pool for a professional leak detection
Clean Not Green

In most cases, it is recommended to have the pool vacuumed spotless prior to your detection. Leaks as large as 1" in diameter have been missed until the dirt covering the leak was vacuumed or brushed away. Make sure the water is clean and not green. If it is green, the water could contain molds, fungus, larvae, and other contaminants that could make you sick, besides making it almost impossible to test.







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