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Swimming Pool Service and Repair in Central Oklahoma

A-Pro Services, Your Pool and Spa Service Company in Central Oklahoma, repairs swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs in the Oklahoma City area. 

Our specialties include  In Ground Vinyl Liner  replacement and safety cover installation, well as swimming general pool repair.

This page  on  Pool Repair OKC .com   is presented from the repairman's point of view,  about finding and repairing common leaks.   We hope you enjoy this site, and find it useful!

Leaks in Swimming Pools

     Leak repair is a pretty common service request that we get.  It can be anything from a pump seal to cracked underground pipe.  Some leak repairs are pretty difficult for the average homeowner, but sometimes, when you have a sudden leak on a Sunday in the middle August, you need to get your pool up and running pretty quick, before it turns into a swamp.  Since it is often difficult to get a qualified service professional on short notice at that time of year, It is helpful to know at least the basics of how to stop a simple leak, even temporarily, until more permanent repairs can be made.

Common Leaks in Swimming Pools

   Leaks can be a concern, because not only has water becoming surprisingly expensive, having to add a lot of water also has a big effect on your pool chemistry, and cost you a lot of money to keep the pool clear and in balance.  Additionally, if the water level gets to low, it can cause the pump to run dry, ruining your pump seal, and possibly doing even more damage.  Plus, constantly having to add water is a pain in the backside.

   Often, the hardest part of repairing a leak is to find it.  There are leak detection companies, but they can be pretty pricey, and it seems they have more disclaimers than promises. It would be a bummer to have a leak detection specialist show up with a truck full of expensive equipment, take a look at your equipment and say "There it is....Three hundred bucks, please!".   So there are a few things you can do on your own before calling in a specialist.

   First, you want to make sure that you actually have a leak.  That may sound silly, but there are a lot of people who move here from out of state that don't realize how much the heat and Oklahoma wind can evaporate a pool - especially if you are running a waterfall or fountain.

   There is what's known as a bucket test.  Fill a five gallon(ish) bucket with pool water (don't fill the bucket with fresh water, you want it to start out at the same temperature as the pool).  Set the bucket on a step in the pool, and adjust the water level inside the bucket to about the same as the water in the pool.   Mark the water level on the inside and the outside of the bucket.  Turn the pump off and let the pool sit overnight.  If the change in the water level is about the same in the bucket as in the pool, you don't have a significant water loss. If you are losing a significant amount of water, there are a few things you can check.

   Is the leak in the pool itself, or is it in the plumbing or equipment?  You can narrow it down by first, running the pool for 24 hours (or less, if you're losing a lot of water)  and turning it off for the same period of time.  Does it leak more with the pump running, or with the pump off?  If it makes absolutely no difference, it is in the "vessel" - the body of the pool.  If it leaks more with the pump off, it is in a suction line.  If it leaks more with the pump running, it is either in the return lines, or the equipment.

Equipment Leaks

   For starters, look under the pump.  Don't just look at it, look under it.  Often, when the pump is leaking, it is the pump seal. water runs out from the middle under the pump, and you can't see it unless you look under the pump.

   Another common place for equipment leaks is not visible at all, especially if your waste line is plumbed into the sewer.  This is very common with sand filters.  If the control valve does not seat properly, some water can escape through the waste port without ever being noticed.  We once put a liner in a pool, and a week  later, the customer called to say that he had a huge leak.  His house sat up on a hill, and as soon as we turned dowh his street, we knew where the leak was coming from.  He had backwashed the filter, turned the pump off, and went to bed.  He left it in the backwash position, and the water was siphoning  through the waste port and running into the street, where it was plumbed to.

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