Do you suspect that a small hole in your pool's liner is to blame for a recent increase in water loss? If so, locating this hole can often be quite difficult. In fact, finding the source of the leak will often be far more time consuming that actually repairing the leak once it has been located. Thankfully, there are a few tricks that you can use to help make this process much easier.
Is There Really A Hole?
The first thing you need to do is to ensure that you really are dealing with a leak in your pool rather than simply an increase in evaporation. In order to do this, you will need to begin by filing a large bucket with water from your pool. Using pool water to conduct this experiment will ensure that there are equal amounts of chemicals in both your pool and the water inside the bucket.
Next, you will need to mark the water level inside your pool and inside your bucket. This can be done using a piece of waterproof tape so that no permanent mark is left behind on your pool liner once the experiment is complete.
Finally, leave the bucket of water along side your pool for approximately 24 hours. When you return the next day, measure the difference between the current water level and the original water level. If the water level in your pool has dropped more than the water level in the bucket, you will have successfully verified the presence of a leak. If not, you will be glad to know that your water loss is simply the result of evaporation.
How Can You Find The Hole Quickly?
In order to locate the hole in your pool's liner quickly, you will need a 2L soda bottle filled with pool water, a few drops of red food coloring, and a knife or screwdriver to poke a hole in the bottle's cap. Begin by mixing the food coloring into the bottle filled with water by shaking vigorously until all of the coloring has been distributed. Next, create a small hole in the bottle's cap so that you can squeeze the water out without significantly disrupting the water flow in your pool.
Place the top of your water bottle just below the water's surface on the side of your pool that is furthest away from the filter. Gently squeeze the colored water into your pool and watch as the water is expelled from the pool through the hole in your liner. This will allow you to quickly identify the exact location of even the smallest holes.
Once you have located the leak in your pool's liner, you will need to choose between the options of patching the hole yourself or contacting a professional repair contractor like Pool Service Co. to complete the job for you. If your pool is still under warranty, having this damage professionally repaired will likely be your best option as this will ensure that your warranty remains intact.