Deciding to own a gunite swimming pool is a big commitment, one that comes with a lot of added responsibility. Fortunately for pool owners, there are companies like Danna Pools Inc. who are professionally trained and provide impeccable service in the swimming pool industry. Many clients, or potential clients, ask us about cracks in the walls of the swimming pool and possible leaks that could occur. Leaks and cracks can have a large effect on not only your pool, but your wallet as well.
There are many different types of cracks that could occur in the walls of a gunite swimming pool. The crack could be in the shell of the pool, the plaster surface, and it could even be inside the plumbing or next to a skimmer or drain. There are many times that clients come to us with concerns about cracks because their pool is losing water, when the pool is actually just naturally losing water from things like evaporation and excessive use. By using state of the art leak detection gear, we are able to tell if the pool has a crack or is just losing water naturally. Fill the pool up to the top of the tile line and do not use it for 24-48 hours. If the water has dropped anywhere from ½ an inch to an inch or more, you most likely have a leak somewhere in the pool.
Leak Detection Can Save Your Pool
Once you have determined that you have a leak, it is time for Danna Pools, or your regular pool company, to detect where exactly that leak is coming from. As a professional service company, we like to use up-to-date techniques to detect leaks. We would check the plaster and shell of the pool, the fittings around the pool plumbing, the skimmers, and even the equipment such as the pump, filter, and heater. When it comes to detecting a leak, you should leave no stone un-turned. The sooner you find and fix the leak, the sooner you can stop paying extra monthly fees for water and electricity.
There are many different solutions that can come about to fix the crack or leak depending on where it is detected. If the leak is in the plaster or shell of the pool, sometimes it can be fixed using a mortar mix that patches the leak or crack, and sometimes we would need to cut out a small section of the pool to repair it. If we find the leak in the skimmers after performing leak detection, this can be very easy to fix. We would either patch the skimmer, or we would cut the concrete around the skimmer, remove it, and then replace the whole thing. The most difficult leak or crack to fix is the underground plumbing leak. If you have a broken or busted pip in your underground plumbing the costs to dig up the plumbing and replace it can be high.
Danna Pools Inc. has done many different types of leak detection and repair, and we can honestly say that we are up to the challenge no matter how difficult the job. Experts in the pool industry always say that prevention is the best solution. Getting weekly maintenance and regular services on your swimming pool can prevent many different leaks or cracks waiting to happen.