It can be a bummer and expensive if your pool should develop a plumbing problem. This can also be a hard thing to detect. It's not like the toilet or a sink. There are a lot of intricate little parts in a swimming pool plumbing system. The symptoms of a plumbing issue with a swimming pool may elude you if you don't know what to look for. We at Orange County Best Pool Service can do the plumbing job for you but it's better if you are able to catch the problem as soon as you can and call us.
Tell Tale Signs: There are little tell tale signs that seem small but can be very significant. Some of them may be a little less easy to spot because of the climate you live in and other reasons as well. Here we will tip you off about what to look for before you call us so you can prevent the issue from getting any worse.
Evaporation Test: Your pool may certainly lose water if you live in an area that is very arid like Arizona or Southern California. So, there is an easy and free way to test for evaporation. Well, it will cost you the price of a bucket. There is a bucket test. Fill the bucket like ¾ of the way and mark the water mark. Place the bucket by the pool. Mark the pool water level and compare the water loss in each vessel in a 24 hour period. You will then see if it's a natural loss or if it's a leak.
Structure or Plumbing: This is a way to find out if it's the plumbing or the structure giving the problem. Make sure the plumbing is turned off and if you are still as yet losing water--then it is probably a hole in the structure. We will make sure we also perform our own tests to rule out the plumbing or not.
Check the Pump Area: If there is a puddle near the pump area then that is an almost sure sign that it is a plumbing problem. Turn the system off after removing the initial water and see if it appears again. Check the condition of the parts that intake the air like valves and the condition of any seals.
Once a Leak is Detected: Once a leak is detected we will then test the plumbing system to see if the leak is worse when the pump is circulating. This could be a leak that takes place from the down stream from the pump. Once the pump is pressurized, a leak of any kind can occur from minor bubbling leaks to major squirting messy leaks. Either way, this has to be taken care of immediately.
Leaks when the Pump is Off: High pressure leaks like the one in the ladder form in the last point--will continue to leak when the pump is off.
Leaks in the Shell: This is among the simplest form of leak detection. If it's all leaking with everything turned off for more than 24 hours--then it's a hole or crack in the shell.
We at Orange County Best Pool Services will repair your pool plumbing lines or replace your plumbing system. We understand that pools are more of an investment on your home and its value than just a hole in the ground you may get tired of. If a pool in any way is unmaintained whether it is aesthetically or in the structure it will cause a chain of future issues.
Plumbing Bonus Tips: Make sure you are checking the filter basket and cleaning it out at least once a week. Your filter is like your kidneys. It does the same job. Your filter basket can get clogged with everything from leaves to small toys. This means trouble for your pool when it gets out of hand and sits there unmaintained from neglect.
You can also set your pump to backwash and make sure your pipes are clear. These are simple regular steps to take to insure the pool stays in optimal peak condition for you.