Pool Leaks: What to Look Out For

A household swimming pool is bound to lose a little water here and there, whether that’s through over-enthusiastic splashing or just natural evaporation. But if your pool ever springs a leak, you’ll want to know about it as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Here are a few handy tips to help you spot a leak.

Check the ground around the pool. If you notice any unnaturally moist spots or soil erosion, that may be a clue as to where the leak originates from. 

Place a marker to indicate the water level. Then check it again in 24 hours or so- if the water level has dropped by more than a quarter of an inch, chances are you have sprung a leak. 

It’s a good idea to check your evaporation rate, too. This will help to rule out water loss through natural means. To check how quickly your pool water evaporates, take a bucket and fill it with pool water. Mark the water level in the bucket the same way you did in the pool, and place it on the pool steps. Then check it again in 24 hours. The water level drop in the bucket compared to the pool itself will give you an idea of your pool’s overall evaporation rate.

There’s always the “ink method.” This is a good way to check if you think the leak may be in the pool wall. To go about this test, you’ll just need a drop or two of pool leak detection dye. If you think you know where the leak is, place a drop of the dye on the surface of the water, then watch closely. If you’re correct, you will see the dye move toward the source of the leak, and eventually disappear through it. 

But it might not be the pool, it might be the equipment. Another thing you’ll need to check is the plumbing, as this is a frequent source of leaks too. A good way to go about this is to turn off all equipment (the heater, pump, valves, filter etc.) and see if the leak is still ongoing. If it is, then chances are you have got yourself a pressure-side return leak. 

The bottom line is, if you’re ever in doubt, to call in a professional. When it comes to pool remodeling Los Angeles, you don’t want to take risks that might cause long-lasting damage. Visit