First, lets see what some of the clues to check for pool and spa leaks happening:
- Water bill high. Is your water bill higher than normal? Compare it to last year or previous months.
- Loss of water. Do you have to add more water than you normally do? Are you leaving a hose in the pool?
- Disproportionate chemical use and imbalances. Are you needing to add more chemicals than in the past? Ask you service pro.
- Excessive algae growth. Is there more algae than normal, especially soon after adding chemicals?
- Dirty or discolored water. Does the water appear darker or off color?
- Cracks in the pool body. Are there cracks in the pool body or at the skimmer areas?
- Cracked, loose or damaged tiles. Are there damaged tiles. Especially at the water level line.
- Moisture on retaining wall. If there is a retaining wall on the downhill side of the pool; is there moisture on it?
- Soggy spots in lawn. Are there wet or mushy areas near the pool?
- Loose or cracked coping. Is there loose or damaged coping on the pool perimeter?
- Pool out of level. Is the pool or spa out of level?
Evaporation plays a major role in swimming pools losing water and the amount of water that a pool looses from evaporation varies greatly. An average pool will lose about ¼ to ½ inch of water a day depending on the wind, temperature and humidity. In order to know if a pool is actually losing water, simply listen in the pool with the Aquafone Underwater Microphone.
By simply dangling the Aquafone Underwater Microphone in the pool, the sound of water escaping from a leak becomes evident. If you hear the whooshing of a leak at a structural crack or a return fitting, you can use the dye tube included in the kit to verify precisely where the leak is. Listen at all protrusions in the pool, wherever plastic comes through the pool wall. When you hear where the leak is, making quick repairs to stop water loss is easy and your pool is back to being enjoyed without the worries of leaks.
Pool leaks, if not discovered and fixed in a timely manner, often get worse and more expensive to repair; therefore, doing a quick inspection of your pool and spa every few months with the Aquafone LD is the right idea. DIY homeowners who want to find water loss and fix it fast use the Aquafone LD Leak Detection and Repair Kit. Get yours today and have it handy for when you suspect leaks in your pool or spa.