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How to Find a Leak in an Above Ground Pool

Discovering a leak in an above ground pool, whether it’s just a hole in the liner or an entire wall is leaking, is an invaluable skill to possess. Not only will it save you money and energy but it also makes taking care of any issue before it escalates into something bigger or takes over your life much simpler.

No matter the size or location of the hole, there are various repair options to choose from. Generally, try to patch it as soon as possible using waterproof tape or vinyl patches; the former being the cheapest and simplest option while vinyl patches offer greater resilience for use in pools.

First, drain the pool and clean around the hole or tear. This will guarantee that the patch sticks firmly to the water’s surface and won’t tear in the future. For added pliability, sand the area before applying the patch for extra adhesion.

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Once the patch is dry, securely stick it over the hole or tear and press down for good adhesion. Let air dry for at least half an hour in order to guarantee a strong bond between both pieces of tape.

If the patch doesn’t adhere well, you have two options: remove it and apply a new one; or cut the existing patch to size and round off the corners so it is less likely to snag and cause more harm.

Another option is using a dye test to locate the leak. A special leak detection dye squirts into the water and flows naturally towards any integrated parts, plumbing fixtures or the skimmer or pump so you can see where it is situated. Ideally, make sure the pool is as empty as possible so dirt or debris doesn’t get in the way.

Before conducting any leak inspections or repairs, it’s wise to turn the pump off. Otherwise, dye or other chemicals could be drawn into the water. Furthermore, wearing goggles and a pool mask while conducting these tests helps protect you from drowning.

Swimming pool leaks are unfortunately common, and above ground models in particular can be particularly challenging to fix since they sit atop the ground. Water that seeps from beneath the pool typically travels through sand or earth beneath it, creating minor valleys, divots and holes in its once flat bottom.

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Most likely, your pool liner is leaking. However, if you’re uncertain, try digging around at the bottom to uncover where it’s coming from. Once located, repair should be relatively straightforward and without much fuss.

Before beginning any leak repairs, it’s wise to have a professional come and inspect the pool and plumbing. This can help determine whether a repair is necessary or if you need to get your pool refilled. You also get to decide if the cost of fixing the leak justifies its expense. Once determined that repairs are worthwhile, an experienced technician can tighten loose components and patch up holes as necessary.