Swimming Pool Leaking Water?
The first indication of a leak problem is that you may notice an increase in the chemicals required to maintain proper balance especially within salt pool as salt tends not to evaporate. There maybe excess algae growth due to the new water that’s being put into the pool is being diluted.
A leak the size match-head can result in hundreds of litres of water lost per day. In addition to the replacement cost of the water, leaks in your pool will increase chemical demands, and may lead to more serious structural and mechanical problems.
The most common indication of a leak is that the water level within the pool is dropping faster than what is normally attributable to evaporation or splash-out. Often leaks are big enough that excess water loss is obvious. If you wake-up to find that your pool has dropped several inches overnight you know you’ve got a problem. The bigger challenges are the smaller, yet just as serious, leaks that may develop slowly. In these cases it is important to determine what is “normal water loss” and thus avoid wasting time looking for and worrying about a leak that really isn’t there. A simple way to account for evaporation and confirm a leak is the bucket test.
Suction line leaking air?
Pool may seem to not loose water but with an Automatic suction cleaner plugged in, may fail to operate, be sluggish and have lots of air bubbles returning to the pool, This could be a fractured pipe suction line and will inhale air from the ground with the system running because of the vacuum created by the swimming pool pump.
To find out if you do have a leak in your swimming pool, fill a bucket with water from the pool and set it on the steps of your pool with the top of the bucket above water level. This will keep the water in the bucket the same temperature as the pool and mark the water level within the bucket and the swimming pool. Now, compare the water loss between the bucket and your pool over a period of several days, the longer the better. You may also note at this stage if the leak decreases or increases when the filter system is running or has been switched of for a period of time.