All pools are susceptible to leaks. Leaks can be caused by old plumbing, ground movement/settling, tree roots, and structural issues such as cracks in the plaster. Sunbrite Pools specializes in pool and spa leak detection and repair in all areas of Orange County. Schedule an appointment and we will come out and complete a leak detection on your pool and/or spa. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call first.
A leak detection generally takes about half a day depending on the number of bodies of water, size, and complexity. Our leak detections are fully comprehensive consisting of checking all the underground plumbing including: return and suction lines, skimmer(s) and jet lines. Additionally we will check for any structural leaks in the water line, bond beam surface, light fixtures, etc. Once the cause of the leak is determined we will provide an estimate to repair the affected area.
Common Pool Leaks
Symptoms of a Leak:
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How Do I Know If I Have A Leak (Bucket Test):
Typical water evaporation in Orange County is up to a quarter inch of water loss per day (2” per week) during the summer. The evaporation rate depends on sun exposure, humidity, amount of wind and splash out caused by swimmers.
More About Leak Detections
Unfortunately leaks occur over time. Leaks can be structural or plumbing related. All it takes is one fitting to wear out, a pinhole leak in any underground pipe or a small structural crack in the surface or water line. Water is very invasive. Once a crack occurs the water will continue to cause further damage to the surrounding area. A small pin hole leak can result in 500 gallons a day of water loss. Once a leak occurs spilling water underground, not only is it wasted increasing water bill, but it also leads to settling and ground movement which can be cause further damage.
Settling and Ground Movement can be extremely damaging not just to your pool, but also decking, walkways, steps, patio covers, and your home’s foundation. Imagine pouring water into a glass jar full of dry sand. The sand when wet will contract, when it drys it expands. When the earth around your pool, under your deck and other foundations expands and contracts, it causes ground movement. The ground is much more powerful than the plastic pvc plumbing and even concrete. Enough movement can cause a fittings to become loose, concrete to crack, etc. Remember not always does the water come from the pool. Often times the damage is caused by over watered landscape or run off. All backyards have some natural form of settling and ground movement. Some homes naturally tend to have more ground movement than others. With out advanced soils and engineering reports completed before you buy your home there is no way to tell.