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Pool Leak Detection Using Ultrasound

Pool Leak Detection Using Ultrasound

PrintNo one wants a leaky pool and yours seems to be lower today than it was yesterday. A lot lower. Lower than normal. You know that your pool water level can go down a quarter of an inch due to evaporation, but it seems like it’s been losing more than that lately. Pool leaks can cause your pool to lose more water than it would under normal circumstances. With pool leak detection services, you can quickly locate underground leaks and have them repaired before they cause major damage.

What should I do before conducting pool leak detection services?

Your first instinct might be to start digging to find the leak. The issue with digging is that you may just end up making a bunch of holes in your yard. Just because you see water on top of the ground surface doesn’t mean you’ve located the actual leak. Often times, with underground water leaks, the water does not surface at the spot of the leak. Digging will not necessarily help you find the leak, it will only leave your yard with random holes that have to be filled back in later.

Instead of digging up your yard, use the bucket test to determine how much water your pool is actually losing in a given day. The bucket test helps you measure the amount of water your pool is losing versus a control, the bucket. To perform the test, follow these steps:

  1. Gather the following supplies: 5 gallon bucket, tape, a ruler, and a pen.
  2. Place a piece of tape on the inside and the outside of the bucket.
  3. Fill the bucket with water and place it on the top step of the pool stairs.
  4. Allow the water to settle inside the bucket, then mark the water level on the inside and outside of the bucket. Your mark should go on the tape.
  5. Leave the bucket for 24 hours, making sure no one goes swimming and it doesn’t rain.
  6. After the 24 hours, mark the new water levels below your original lines.
  7. Dump the water out of the bucket and measure the differences between the lines.

If your measurements from inside and outside the bucket are the same, then you are most likely only losing water due to evaporation. If the measurement from outside the bucket is greater than inside, then there is a good chance you have a leak somewhere.

What if I think there is a leak somewhere?

The best way to find a pool leak is to use ultrasonic water leak detection services. Using a combination of infrared thermography, ultrasound, helium detection, and correlator technology, experts are able to locate specific underground leaks. If your pool’s plumbing is underground, then these detection methods will be more precise than digging holes randomly in your yard. Pool leak detection is made much simpler with ultrasound and other advanced technology, which can end up saving you time and money.

What is ultrasonic pool leak detection?

During ultrasonic pool leak detection, a certified detection specialist will use a combination of equipment to find specific areas of leakage. Depending on the type of pool and where your pool pump system and plumbing is located, the specialist will use various combinations of detection equipment. Ultrasound allows the specialist to listen for the leak, once the underground plumbing lines have been located. In some cases, leak detection requires other equipment like thermal cameras allowing specialists to find different temperatures in water lines, which indicate areas of weakness in plumbing and potential leak spots. In other cases, pool leaks require helium detectors. During this process, helium is forced through the plumbing and a detector reads where the gas is leaking out of the plumbing.
No one wants to deal with a pool leak. It can cause your entire yard to flood, your pool equipment to fail, and can end up costing you a lot of money. Instead of digging up your yard looking for pool leaks, consider using ultrasonic water leak detection. If you think you have a pool leak, contact TSI Energy Solutions for a pool leak detection quote!