Where Did The Water Go? Four Tips To Help Find And Repair Water Leaks In Your Pool

Posted on: 11 August 2015


If you have a pool with a vinyl liner, it may eventually spring a leak. The water that is lost from your pool can cause other problems, such as erosion of the sand or bedding of the liner. Finding the source of a leak can also be difficult. Sometimes, the liner may have a small pinhole in it.

You liner may not even be leaking and the problem can be evaporation. If your pool has sprung a leak, here are some tips to help your find the source and get the repairs done:

1. Testing For Evaporation And Preventing The Loss Of Water

Before you begin to search for leaks in your pool liner, you may want to test for evaporation. Use a bucket filled to the pool water level and set it on a step or tie it somewhere so that it is secure and the same level as the water. If the pool loses water and the bucket has the same level as when you put it in the water, then you likely have a leak somewhere.

If the problem is evaporation, using a cover on hot days can help reduce water loss. You can also use a solar cover to help maintain water temperature and reduce cleaning needs of your pool.

2. Fixing Small Pinhole Sized Leaks In Vinyl Pool Liners

Most of the leaks that you will have in your pool will not come from big tears in the liner. Usually, leaks are small and difficult to find. They may just be a small pinhole leak. To find these leaks, you can use a dye to see where water is going. To do this, mix food coloring and water, then put it in a small bottle and spray it in the water where leaks may be. If there is a leak, the dye will disappear in the small holes.

Patching these leaks can be done with a leak repair epoxy rather than a patch kit. The epoxy can be applied to the holes in the liner to repair the problem. You may want to use an epoxy and a patch for a better repair.

3. Repairing Tears In The Liner With Water In The Pool

Another problem with repairing a liner is that leaks are often in several feet of water. This means that they either have to be fixed in the water or the pool has to be drained. To patch holes with water in the pool, you will want to fold the patch with the adhesive on it before getting in the pool. This will prevent the glue from washing away before you put the patch in place.

4. Repairing Leaks Around Pool Mechanicals, Stairs And Ladders

If you are unsure of where the tears in the liner are coming from, it is a good idea to check areas around pool stairs and any mechanical components included in the pool. If these areas are the source of your leaks, you can seal them with an epoxy. The mechanical components may also have rubber gaskets and seals that need replacing, rather than an actual tear in your liner.

Vinyl liners have the benefit of being simple to patch without needing complete replacement. Following these tips can help you find the source of your problems and fix them. If you need help with repairs to your liner, contact a pool repair service and talk with them about what can be done to get more life out of your pool liner.

Contact a company such as Budget Pool & Spa Tech Inc. to learn more.