The swimming pool leak detection process involves collecting and analyzing a great deal of information. Knowledge of swimming pool operation and construction, use of specialized equipment, and on the job experience will all come into play as we locate leaks in your pool.
The first step to any swimming pool leak detection job begins before the pool leak professional ever gets to your pool. You should be prepared to provide information about your pool or spa to the technician over the phone when you first call. When did you first notice the leak problem? How much water is being lost (based on the results of the bucket test)? How old is the pool? What type of pool is it? The more information you can provide about the suspected pool leak, the more efficiently our technicians can assist you.
Based on this information, our swimming pool leak detection technician should be able to give you an idea of what type of detection or repair will be required and schedule the job.
Once a technician is at your pool, the first step usually involves a pressure test of your plumbing lines to determine whether the leak is in the plumbing or the shell of the pool. This testing will be done with specialized test plugs and pressure induction systems that are designed to give quick results. Based on the results of the pressure test, the technician will then apply a variety of tests involving sophisticated electronics or diving equipment to pinpoint the pool leak.
Listening devices are used to pinpoint underground plumbing leaks by detecting the distinctive bubbling sound created when air is blown through a leak into water saturated soil.
- Helium detectors may be used to find underground plumbing leaks if the soil conditions are such that noises can’t be made at the leak location.
- LeakTrac Vinyl Liner Leak Detectors use patented electronics to track vinyl liner leaks with a small electric current that is induced into the pool water.
- Hydrophones (underwater microphones), special dyes, and SCUBA diving equipment are used to find leaks in the shell of plaster and concrete pools.
We provide Written Leak Report and Written Repair Estimate.
We are the first local company that utilizes the “Leakalyzer”,
which can determine in about five minutes if a pool or spa is leaking. The “Leakalyzer” has revolutionized swimming pool leak detection. The Leakalyzer is so sensitive that water loss of less than a gallon from a 20′ x 40′ pool is readily indicated.
Locating metallic or non metallic lines is a simple task for us. The “Energizer” is a hand held receiver used to pick up a radio frequency signal that is put “onto” or “into” the line to be traced. This signal can be put onto conductive (metal) pipes or cables either by clamping the “Energizer” to the exposed portions of the line or by placing the “Energizer” over the line which is buried in the ground. A remote transmitter which can be pushed or pulled through the pipes is used to emit a signal in non-conductive lines, such as PVC plumbing around swimming pools. Simple movements of the receiver once the signal is detected allow determination of location of the buried line. The unit effectively determines the location, direction and depth of buried pipes and cables.
Helium Detectors are used primarily in situations where sonic detection methods are not effective (inability to maintain pressure in the line or soil saturation). Instead of “listening” for the sound of escaping gas from the leak, the Helium Detector actually detects the leaking gas itself. Because Helium has a small molecular structure and rises, it will often make its way to the soil’s surface very close to where the swimming pool leak is.
All leak detectors will discover that getting into a pool to search for or fix a leak is inevitable. We have methods to efficiently get underwater without the need for bulky scuba tanks.
If you have performed The Bucket Test and believe you might have a pool leak, contact us !