Pool Maintenance and Plumbing Tips

Having a pool at home may seem like an attractive option. Your backyard offers the luxury and privacy of swimming at your own convenience. It is a great escape from hot weather, and a place to just relax. It is also a great deal of work to care for.

A pool requires a large amount of water to be functional. It is essentially, a sitting body of water on your property. This comes with its own set of challenges when we consider the plumbing that is involved.

Pool water contains chemicals that can be harmful if they start to leak into your surrounding yard. Pools can also gather large amounts of bacteria if they are not properly drained or cleaned.

Leaks And Troubleshooting

The worst part about owning a pool is noticing when you have a leak. It is a pool owners nightmare for practical reasons. You can test to see if you have a leak by marking the water level and checking a few days later to see if it has dropped. There may be several different solutions, depending on what kind of pool you have.

Leaks in above ground pools

Leaks in above ground pools are easy to identify. They are generally really easy to repair once you have located them. Look for areas of wetness around the pool area. Check the vinyl lining for any tears or rips in the fabric.

The hole can be tiny in the fabric so be sure to clean the pool out first. The smallest collection of leaves, grass or dirt can hide the leak. Holes in above ground pools usually occur in the bottom of the fabric, where a small rock or excess pressure could cause it to tear.

The hole can be tiny so you may need to get in the pool to see what's happening beneath the surface. The fastest way to locate a leak is to take food colouring or dye and place a few drops where you think there's a tear. the dye will be pulled into the crack and you will be able to see where the crack is!

To repair a leak in an above ground pool, you will have to patch the fabric. You may also simply want to replace the entire pool liner if it is getting worn out. This usually happens after around 5 years.

Leaks in below ground pools

Below ground pools are a little trickier to figure out leaks. This is simply because the majority of the plumbing for below ground pools are underground. This means that leaks in your pipes will require digging.

In below ground pools, there can either be a leak in your plumbing and drainage system, or in the actual concrete structure of the pool itself. If you suspect a leak in the structure, scan the layout for any cracks. You can easily patch a leak with a cement patch, or similar, waterproof material.

A leak in your filter or the drains and plumbing of your pool is slightly more difficult to fix, due to the fact that you probably can't see where the leak is coming from. It may also require some digging... literally, to find and repair the pipe with a leak. We recommend that you call your plumber if you experience this type of leak in your pipes.

They can use special devices to quickly identify where the leak in the pipes is coming from. They also have the tools and experience to quickly and safely fix the situation. Your plumber may need to replace part of your PVC pipes that sit underground and connect to your pool.

Depending on whether or not you have rigid or flexible pipes, you may have a higher risk for getting leaks. It is best to use rigid PVC pipes when your pool is installed, despite the fact that they take longer to install.

Winterize And Drain the Pool Properly

If your pool is properly insulated and installed, you should not have to worry about the effects of winter temperatures. However, older pools that have not been updated can suffer cracks from changing temperatures in the winter months.

Always drain your pool before cold weather starts and ensure it's properly cleaned. You don't want your pool collecting and breeding bacteria while it is empty.

Place the insulated pool covers over the surface so that the pool is protected from snow, fallen leaves, curious animals or other potential problems that arise in the winter months.

Book A Yearly Cleaning And Servicing

Whether or not you think you need one, a yearly pool servicing ensures that your pool is working smoothly. A leak in your pool can be hazardous to the environment, it can lead to property damage and be a major waste of water.

That is why it is a good idea to have a plumber or specialist check the pool every year. This ensures it is properly cleaned, functional and working smoothly.

At Hillcrest Plumbing we have over 50 years of experience dealing with plumbing needs and emergencies. If you think you may have a leak in your pool, or you need help repairing it, give us a call!