Pool Specialists has more than 10 years’ experience with inground swimming pools and hundreds of satisfied customers in the extended Raleigh-Durham area. Our friendly and experienced staff uses the latest technology in Leak Detection. We offer electronic leak detection and electronic leak measurement equipment to measure the severity of the leak and accurately identify the source/s of the water loss. Once the source/s are identified we can recommend and provide an estimate for the repair. To request a quote please call us at (919) 847-4117. All quotes are based on the size, depth and features of your individual pool so please be ready with the following information:
The water in the pool or feature MUST be clear and MUST be filled to the normal operating level upon our arrival for us to perform the leak test and detection.
Unfortunately, there is no magic number or standard formula to determine evaporation loss. Evaporation can range from 1/8” to 1/2” per day. There are many variables that effect evaporation such as water features and weather. Water features such as: spa spillovers, infinity edges, sheer descents, bubblers, deck jets/laminar jets will ALL significantly increase water loss. Evaporation caused by weather is most significant in the fall when we have sunny warm-hot days and cool nights with low humidity Evaporation increases with:
Evaporation is not affected by the depth of the pool, it is affected by the surface area (length x width for rectangular shape pools). Keep in mind, that in North Carolina, if you do not add water to the pool, it will completely evaporate within 1 year.
The “Bucket Test” allows you to check the evaporation rate compared to possible water loss. Here is how the test is performed:
In addition to the cost of the water, there are additional chemical costs. Some municipalities in North Carolina, such as OASA in Chapel Hill/Orange County frequently fine homeowner’s for “excessive water use”. If you are adding water via city water or community water in North Carolina, the water companies add phosphates to reduce metal buildup in the supply and sewage pipes. These phosphates need to be removed from pool water as they will promote algae growth, therefore increasing chlorine demand. If you are adding city water or community water or well water it has algae and metal contaminants that also need to be addressed. Regardless of where these conditioning chemicals/products are purchased, they are NOT cheap. If you do not have an autofill and are not constantly on top of refilling your pool, the water level can easily drop below the skimmers and pumps and plumbing will most likely be damaged from the pumps overheating. Almost ALL pool maintenance contracts defer maintaining the water level to the homeowner and are NOT liable for pump and/or plumbing damage caused by low water levels. If you have a pool maintenance contract with chemicals included; almost ALL agreements have a clause to charge for chemicals due to excessive water loss. Excessive water loss is easy for the pool maintenance company to identify, especially if you have a salt system. Below is a simple chart of how water loss adds up annually: 1/2” Per Day Leak Pool Size Surface Area Gallons per Day Gallons per year 14 X 28 392 sqft 122 44,530 15 X 30 450 sqft 140 51,100 16 X 32 512 sqft 160 58,400 18 X 36 648 sqft 202 73,730 20 X 40 800 sqft 250 91,250 40 X 75 3000 sqft 935 341,275. Bottom line is that it is much less expensive to pay for the leak detection and repair than the continued burden of cost of the leak.
There are many reasons why pools leak:
Pool Specialists is trained to perform your leak detection. Give us a call to get a quote!