Leak Detection

Blue Splash: Unveiling Hidden Issues with Expert Leak Detection and Swift Solutions

Blue Splash will perform a thorough test of your pool, spa and fountain and is capable of resolving your water loss issues. We perform a dye test to identify structural leak, a hydrostatic test to identify plumbing leaks and electronic leak analysis. After your leak has been located, we can make the necessary repairs to get you back to enjoying your pool again.

Leak Detection

How to Determine if your swimming pool is experiencing a leak.

Did You Know?

Even minor swimming pool leaks can cause substantial damage and result in huge water bills and it is estimated that one pool in every 20 has a leak. Just how serious can a leak become? A pinhole-sized leak in a pool plumbing system with 40-pound pressure (psi) will lose approximately 970 gallons of water in a 24-hour period. This comes to about 30,000 gallons a month or 360,000 gallons per year. That’s enough to drain and refill the average residential swimming pool more than a dozen times. (Source: H2Ouse)

Signs You May Have A Leak

  1. Structural Fractures: Observe noticeable fractures and breaks in the pool’s structure.
  2. Excessive Water Demand: Find yourself refilling the pool more frequently than once a week.
  3. Chemical Consumption Surge: Experience an unexplained increase in the consumption of pool maintenance chemicals.
  4. Pump Equipment Prime Loss: Notice a recurring issue where the pump equipment loses its prime.
  5. Surrounding Saturation: Detect areas of dampness or saturation in the vicinity of the pool.

Pump On / Pump Off Test

  1. Compare the results of the “Bucket Tests” with the pump on for 24 hours versus the pump off for 24 hours. The comparison can provide additional information regarding your leak.
  2. More water loss when pump is ON? Leak on return plumbing. (Pressure side plumbing).
  3. More water loss when pump is OFF? Problem at skimmer / main drain plumbing leaks, (Suction side plumbing).
  4. Same amount of water loss when pump is ON or OFF? Leak may be due to shell, liner or fitting leaks, (Structure).

Bucket Test Procedure

  1. Bring the pool water to its normal level.
  2. Fill an empty bucket with pool water to about 1 inch from the top of the bucket. (by filling the bucket close to the top you are ensuring that air movement over the surface of the bucket will be similar to that of the pool).
  3. Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool. To keep it from floating away it may be necessary to place a brick or a rock into the bucket. (by placing the bucket into the pool water you are ensuring that the water temperature of each will be similar).
  4. Mark the water level inside the bucket.
  5. Mark the water level of the pool on the outside of the bucket, on the pool wall, or skimmer faceplate.
  6. Operate the pool for 24 hours as it has been operated when a leak was first suspected.
  7. After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the bucket inside water level, there is probably a leak.

Pressure Testing

Pressure testing is used for checking the plumbing lines that run from your pool or spa to the pump. This involves using special rubber plugs and a pressure inducing valve that will pressurize the lines with water to a safe pressure for testing. If a plumbing line fails to hold pressure the technician will isolate the exact line for further pinpointing the leaks exact location.

Dye Testing

A trained technician will scuba dive your pool and use a non-harmful dye to test for leaks around the main drain, skimmer, return lines, pool lights, tile grout lines, and the overall structure of the pool or spa.

Electronic Listening

This test involves a technician pressurizing a plumbing line that has indicated a leak while pressure testing with an inert gas such as nitrogen. The inert gas will then bubble out the leak and the technician will use an electronic listening device to listen for the leak and pinpoint the exact location of the leak.

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