Find swimming pool, spa and water feature leaks without destruction

Premier Pools and Spas is the midwests leader in finding swimming pool and spa leaks – with the least invasive methods possible!

Depending on the region and climate in which you live, it may not be uncommon for your pool’s water level to vary day by day. Environmental factors such as humidity and wind can have an effect, causing you to lose up to ¼ inch of water a day, or about 2 inches per week.

Signs you have a pool leak:

  • Pool loses more water than regular evaporation (about 1/4 inch)
  • Pool has air in the system
  • Equipment loses prime
  • You see cracks
  • Pool deck is sinking or lifting
  • There are soggy spots around the pool
  • You add water more than once a week

Test your pool for a leak with the Bucket Test.

Unsure of your evaporation rate?

Place a bucket of water beside the pool and mark both the water in the bucket and the pool water level.  Wait 24 hours then check the loss of both. If the pool loses more water than the bucket,  then you have a leak.

Prices for leak detection and repair will vary widely. Of course, charges will be lowered with your help of  uncovering the facts (see above) needed to determine the leaks location. Average charges range from  $225 or more depending on the extent of your leak. Higher prices will be realized for below ground work; however, many leaks are fixed within one hour. Many pools leak in more than one area so monitoring is important after any repair is made

Preparing your pool for a professional leak detection

Clean Not Green

In most cases, it is recommended to have the pool vacuumed spotless prior to your detection. Leaks as large as 1″ in diameter could be missed until the dirt covering the leak is vacuumed or brushed away. Make sure the water is clean and not green. If it is green, the water may contain molds, fungus, larvae or other contaminants that could make you sick, besides making it almost impossible to test.

Is the pool leaking only with the equipment on?

This may indicate a pressure-side return leak.  With the filter pump on, the plumbing on the pressure side is under pressure. This can open up small drips into spraying gushers. Check the waste or backwash line for water consistently running. One inch of your pool water can equal 500 gallons.

Is the pool leaking only with the equipment off?

This usually indicates a suction-side leak. With the filter pump on, the plumbing on the suction side is under vacuum. Air can be drawn in through otherwise leaking voids. You may notice air in the pump basket (if you have a clear lid), air bubbling out of the return lines, or air repeatedly built up inside the filter tank. Use tape or a pencil to mark water levels. Is the pump basket lid on tight with a good, lubed o-ring?

Have the following information ready when you call to schedule your professional pool leak detection:

  • Is it a pool only or does it include a spa?
  • Is the pool equipment above or below ground?
  • How many pumps are there?
  • Is the pool constructed of fiberglass, gunite, marcite or vinyl?
  • How many skimmers are there?
  • Does it leak more with the filter on or with it off?
  • Are there any fittings in the floor of the pool other than the main drain?
  • How much water does it lose in a 24-hour period?