Pools naturally lose water from too much sun (evaporation) and too much fun (splashing). So how do you know if you have a leak problem? To complicate matters, leaks may occur in a variety of places – cracks in the pool material, around the drain or lights, or in the return lines or skimmers. Answering ‘yes’ to any of the questions below make it a good idea to get a professional evaluation.

  • Does your pool or spa regularly lose more than ¼ inch of water within a 24 hour period?
  • Do you find yourself adding two or more inches of water to your pool or spa each week?
  • Do you have tiles that continue to fall off the pool, even after you repair them?
  • Are your water bills higher than normal?
  • Do you need more chemicals to keep the pool in balance? (If you have a pool service, be sure to ask.)
  • Do you have soggy or ‘greener than normal’ areas in your yard?

How Raytek accurately detects pool leaks

We use headphones connected to waterproof microphones that we submerge in your pool. Once we identify the suspected leak area, we add dye to the water to confirm the location and extent of the leak. A tiny video scope lets us watch the dye follow water into the leak. Similar to a medical procedure scope, the tiny video camera can go into piping and places not easily seen from the surface of the water.

Vinyl liner leaks require different technology. An electric current is shot into the water using a detector to reveal the source of the leak. Technicians apply a simple fix using vinyl patches to repair the leak.

Plumbing leaks are detected with pressure tests to plumbing lines. Results of the tests lead to next steps to identify the leak location.

Don’t delay

Water loss is never good, and a leak can break down the fill material that supports your pool. Just a pencil-tip sized leak results in hundreds of gallons of lost water per day. Water bills spike, need for chemicals escalates, and the entire structure of the pool is at risk. It only takes about 1-2 hours for our professionals to determine the source of a leak (depending on the severity of the leak).

First steps to find a leak

You can expedite the process for finding a leak by answering the following questions:

  • How old is the pool?
  • What type of pool do you have? (concrete, gunite, fiberglass, vinyl liner, pool/spa combination)
  • When did you first notice a possible leak?
  • Was anything going on that could cause a leak?
  • Have you had any recent repairs to the pool?
  • Is there a certain level at which the water level stops dropping?
  • Do you notice a difference in leaking with the pump on or off?

The information you give us helps us determine the type of detection or repair service you need. We always want to see the pool and talk with you in person before providing an estimate.