Are pool leaks easy to detect and repair?
Depending on the location of a pool leak, pool leak detection can be done quickly with little or more expensive cost. One of the telltale signs that some work needs to be done on your pool property is a leak.
At Nelson Pool Company, we make it a point to find the leaks in your pool in the most efficient and cheapest way possible. However, pool leaks come in many forms and detecting and repairing some of them may be more complex than detecting and repairing the others.
For instance, a leak in the hose connection may not be as complex as a leak in the pump system. If our pool leak detection experts discovered that the leak is coming from your pump system and you need to replace it with a new pump and motor system, then that may cost you anywhere from $800 to $2,400, depending on your pool’s size.
The extent of the leak is another point of consideration. Usually, pump systems break down when debris plug in the intake lines of your pool or when the skimmer basket becomes too full to allow water circulation. The complexity of pool leak detection depends on many other factors, including the location of the leak, how long your pool has been leaking, the type of leak, and the amount it takes to do the necessary repairs.
Why is early pool leak detection important?
It is no secret that having a pool is a great addition to your home. Having a pool in your yard does not only let you spend the summer making beautiful memories with your friends and family, but it also keeps you cool in the heat.
While there is a lot that goes into taking care of your pool at home, there is one thing that you wouldn’t want to skip—fixing leaks. That’s because even a tiny leak can become a huge problem if you don’t give it the immediate attention that it needs. Don’t delay your pool leak detection just because you’re afraid of how much it may cost you. Remember, how much you spend on your pool leak detection now is a far better investment than having to deal with a flooded yard later.
We understand that just like any pool owner, you don’t want to have to deal with a pool leak. However, we also understand how one minor leak can lead to bigger problems in the future if you wait too long to fix it. Early pool leak detection is important because while fixing a leak, you may also find that you have some major work to do in your yard in the process. When you detect a pool leak early, you can get it fixed before it becomes a major problem for you and your property.
If you are not capable of detecting a pool leak yourself but you suspect that your pool has a problem, your best bet is to reach out to us at Nelson Pool Company so you can immediately get the help that you need.
How much does it cost to fix a swimming pool leak?
There are a lot of factors that determine the cost of your pool leak detection and repair. From the size of your pool to the complexity of your plumbing, all these are considerations to take into account in determining the cost of detecting and fixing your pool leak. Usually, pool companies charge between $300 for pool leak detection, depending on the pool size, fittings and features.
Along with detecting leaks, we at Nelson Pool Company also develop an effective plan to fix the leak for you so you can eliminate the problem sooner and get back to enjoying your pool. Working with the same company that detected your leak will not only save you time but will also help ensure that your pool leak is handled the right way.
There are many methods that can be used to repair a pool leak. In this article, however, we are only going to focus on how much pool leak detection costs when you have a gunite (concrete) swimming pool.
Typically, the repair of a rectangular concrete pool with a size of 12’ x 24’ varies depending on the issues. If the leak is minor and can be easily repaired, the cost may range between $300 and $500. If a major leak that requires replacement or re-plastering is involved, however, the cost usually ranges somewhere between $2,500 and $5,000.
What specific costs are involved in pool leak detection?
As a pool owner, the easiest and most basic way you can detect a pool leak yourself is by conducting a bucket test. Food dye is also a popular way of detecting leaks, as the dye easily seeps right through the holes. Conducting those tests will not cost you a lot, but if you are unable to find the cause of a leak after conducting them, it is best that you call us at Nelson Pool Company so our leak detection professionals can help you.
When it comes to plumbing and pipe leaks, the only way to detect them is by conducting a pressure test on each line. While you can do this yourself, we recommend that you engage a professional to ensure that the test is done as it should be. Whether or not you engage the same company to do the repairs, this may cost you between $200 and $300. At Nelson Pool Company, we use an ultrasonic equipment to pinpoint the leak.
Now, if you are convinced that your pool has a leak and you opt for a DIY, you may use an epoxy to just seal the leaks you find. We recommend the use of epoxy over tire sealants because it is more effective.
If pool professionals find that there is a need to replace your pool liner, then prepare to spend between $2,500 and $3,500 for your liner replacement. This usually includes the labor charge and takes up to two days to complete. At Nelson Pool Company, we charge $2,500 for small pools that require only standard materials.
If there is a crack on your pool’s beam, however, you are charged per linear foot. The cost per linear footage of a crack repair is determined once the crack has been examined. The cost is usually around $65 per linear foot to repair and this can be very extensive as this process requires that your entire pool be repaired. In case that the entire perimeter of your pool needs to be repaired, that will cost you around $4,680.
There are instances when a pool leak is too bad that it will require you to replace your tiles. Tile replacement can cost up to $20 per linear foot, plus $100 per skimmer. The amount you spend on your tile replacement will vary depending on the type of tiles you choose. At Nelson Pool Company, we usually recommend the use of porcelain tiles for their pools and charge only $40 for skimmers.
While the cost of pool leak detection usually just involves the abovementioned items, there are also enhancement and improvement costs you need to take into consideration. For instance, pool accessories such as lighting, diving boards, water features, and water slides may cause leaks and require repair. Leaks from these features usually occur either due to cracks or improper fitting, and they require isolation for testing. If you don’t want your pool accessories to cause you major problems in the future, make sure to check them regularly for rusted or loose bolts or cracks.
Also, remember that underwater lighting may cause pool leaks due to improper fitting or failed seal. A pool leak professional usually includes the checking of all your light fixtures in the leak detection test to ensure that they are watertight and in their best condition. If we find that your fixture has already corroded, we may require you to replace your lighting. We can only determine the need for lighting replacement once we’ve identified the issue with your pool. Otherwise, we won’t be able to determine the cost for the service.
Pool leaks can occur at any time in various places in your pool. With proper detection, however, these leaks can be addressed at the same time, helping you save costs on leak detection services. If you stay on top of maintenance and ensure that your pool stays healthy throughout the season, you can avoid costly swimming pool repairs in the future. Start with regular cleaning by skimming debris and cleaning out your strainer baskets every week.
While there are repairs that you can take care of by yourself, there are repairs that will require the help of a professional. At Nelson Pool Company, we work to detect and fix leaks immediately. Call us at 941-256-4079 and we will get your pool back in tip-top shape again.
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