Swimming pools lose water virtually every day as a result of evaporation. Consequently, it can often be difficult for pool owners to determine whether their pool's water loss is natural or if they have a rip in their liner. This is especially true when dealing with small holes that may only result in minor water loss each day. The problem is, if these small holes are not quickly located and repaired, they can easily turn into much larger holes that may require you to replace your entire liner in order to repair. Thankfully, the simple steps outlined below can help you to quickly determine whether or not you have a rip in your pool liner and repair this damage (with professionals, such as those from Splash Swimming Pools) if necessary.
What You Will Need
- empty 2L soda bottle
- red food coloring
- waterproof tape
- 5 gallon bucket
- measuring tape
- self adhesive vinyl repair patch
Step 1: Determine The Cause Of Your Water Loss
Begin by filling a five gallon bucket with water from your pool. Place the bucket on a level surface near your pool, such as your patio or deck. Next, use a piece of waterproof tape to mark the current water level inside both the bucket and your pool. Now, simply walk away and return in 24 hours.
After a day has passed, use a measuring tape to measure the space between the tape and the current water level. This will tell you how much water has been lost in the last day. If more water was lost from your pool than from your bucket, your pool has a leak.
Step 2: Find The Leak In Your Liner
Finding a small pinhole in a large swimming pool can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, this job can be made a lot easier with just a bit of colored water.
Begin your search for the leak by filling an old two liter bottle with warm water. Add a few drops of red food coloring to the water so that it can be easily seen once it is introduced to your pool. Finally, using a nail or other sharp object, poke a hole in the bottle's cap so that you can slowly squeeze the water out into your pool.
With your colored water in hand, slowly begin squeezing your water bottle into your pool on the side furthest from your filtration system. Be careful not to disturb the natural flow of water in your pool for best results.
Now, simply sit back and watch as the colored water circulates through your pool and see where the water exists your pool. This will indicate the location of your leak.
Step 3: Repair The Leak
Now that you know exactly where the rip is in your liner, repairing this damage will be incredibly easy. Simply enter your pool and allow the water to settle. Next, carefully place a self adhesive repair patch over the damaged section of your liner. Be sure to apply the patch slowly so that you can press any air bubbles out from beneath the patch.
Once the patch is in place, simply apply pressure to the patch for a few minutes in order to allow for maximum adhesion.