A Quick Guide To Using Your Pool's Pump To Determine Why Your Pool Is Losing More Water Than It Should

23 February 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Given that your pool probably has about 13,500 gallons of water, by the time you notice that the water level is not what it should be, the financial repercussions of that loss can be significant. In order to control the loss and prevent unnecessary expenses, it is best to know what problems to check for when an excess amount of water has gone missing from your pool. Therefore, the following information will be quite helpful.

When The Use Of The Pump Increases The Reduction Of Water 

You may be surprised to learn that if you turn on the pump and then notice that the water loss seems to increase, it might mean that the leak is on the pressure side of the unit. In that instance, your swimming pool contractor might need to look for an impaired filter or fitting, as their damage frequently leads to clean water unnecessarily making its way down the sewer. 

Although the water loss is obviously concerning for a myriad of reasons, it is also important to note that in many areas, it is illegal for clean water to make its way through the sewer because of environmental concerns. Therefore, it is crucial to have the issue repaired as soon as possible to minimize the consequences.     

If The Use Of The Pump Doesn't Matter

If the pump has been running for some time and the loss does not seem to be affected by it, the cause might not be mechanical. Instead, water could be leaking out from a weak spot in the pool. Fortunately, the issue could be something relatively simple and easy to address, like an accessory that your pool uses failing to completely connect to the pool. If your pool features lights, fountains, or other accessories, your pool repair expert will probably want to check those connections.

Otherwise, all of the connections on each component of your pool should be evaluated. If they are all intact and a weak spot cannot be found, it is then necessary to look for cracks, damage, and other imperfections to the construction or foundation of the pool itself. Tiny cracks are not always visible to the naked eye, so a special dye may be inserted into the water to effectively monitor its movement. Alternatively, there are also tiny and secure listening devices that can be used to listen for water flow and loss.

In conclusion, since the evaporation of pool water is likely to increase as the day's temperature increases from one day to the next, some water loss from the enclosure is usually to be expected. However, when it seems that too much water is missing from the pool for no obvious reason, it is a good idea to be able to troubleshoot some of the common problems that are often linked to that loss. Therefore, you are likely to find that the facts shared above are quite helpful.