IS MY POOL LEAKING?

Saturday, January 22, 2011
                            DO I HAVE A LEAK????
 
 
THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS ARE APPROACHING FAST AND THE POOL LEVEL
WILL FLUCTUATE DRAMTICALLY AND SOMETIMES IT CAN BE DIFFICULT DETERMINING
IF THE POOL IS LEAKING OR EVAPORATION IS TAKING PLACE.  WIND AND TEMPERATURE
 CONDITIONS ARE MAJOR FACTORS IN WATER LOSS, BUT IF YOUR POOL IS LOSING
MORE THAN 1/4" OF WATER PER DAY, A LEAK IN THE PLUMBING OR THE POOL SHELL
ITSELF MAY BE THE POSSIBLE CAUSE. REGARDLESS,  BEFORE YOU CALL A POOL
PROFESSIONAL, THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS THAT YOU, AS A POOL OWNER, CAN LOOK
FOR TO DETERMINE IF YOUR POOL IS INDEED LEAKING.

1.  UNUSUAL ALGAE GROWTH OR EXCESSIVE CLOUDINESS OF YOUR POOL WATER
MAY BE A WARNING SIGN THAT COULD INDICATE AN IMBALANCE OF CHEMICALS
DUE TO INCONSISTENT WATER LEVELS.

2.  TILES THAT ARE LOOSE OR FALLING OFF, CRACKES IN THE POOL DECK, OR
UNSETTLEMENT IN THE GROUND SURROUNDING THE POOL ARE ALSO INDICATIONS
OF A LEAK.

3.  STANDING WATER, SOFT SPOTS OR UNEVEN GRASS GROWTH AROUND THE POOL AREA,
OR THE POOL ACTUALLY SETTLING INTO THE GROUND ALL CAN BE STRONG INDICATORS OF
UNDERGROUND PLUMBING LEAKS.
 
4.  UNUSUAL GIRGLING SOUNDS CAN ALSO BE A SIGN THERE IS A LEAK PROBLEM.
 
          IF ANY OR ALL OF THESE FACTORS EXIST IN OR AROUND YOUR POOL, IT IS TIME TO
CALL YOUR LOCAL POOL PROFESSIONAL OR LEAK SPECIALIST BECAUSE ONE TINY PINHOLE
OF A LEAK CAN COST YOU PLENTY OF HARD EARNED DOLLARS.
 
 
                    SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LEAKS
 
    A.) APPROXIMATELY 1 IN EVERY 20 POOLS HAS A LEAK.
 
    B.) A LEAK THE SIZE OF A PINHEAD CAN WASTE ABOUT 360,000 GALLONS OF WATER PER YEAR.
         THAT IS ENOUGH WATER TO FILL 12,000 BATHTUBS TO THE TOP.
 
    C.) A 1/8 INCH HOLE IN METAL OR PLASTIC PIPES, AT 40 PSI, CAN LEAK 2500 GALLONS OF WATER IN  
         24 HOURS.
    D.)
A DRIPPING FAUCET OR HOSE BIBB CAN LOSE UP TO 180 GALLONS OF WATER PER MONTH.
 
 

 

TRACE 1/22/2011 8:16:00 AM

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