To avoid serious water damage to your home, leaks have to be located and dealt with as soon as possible. Walls, floors and ceilings exposed to too much water can cost a pretty penny in repairs and refinishing. If you are unable to identify the source of a leak within your home, the sooner you contact your local plumber, the better. With the humidity reaching new heights outdoors, it’s important to keep your home free of leaks to avoid water damage as well as mold. Homeowners with backyard swimming pools have a whole other set of plumbing to worry about.
Are you aware of the serious problems a swimming pool leak can cause?
World’s Worst Water Bill
A pinhole-sized leak in an in ground pool with normal pressure will hemorrhage hundreds of gallons of water in a single day. Not only is this a terrible waste of a precious commodity, but also will quickly lead to outrageous water bills. If you suspect that low water levels are due to a leak, and not evaporation, do a simple bucket test. Mark the inside of a five-gallon bucket, about five inches below the top, and fill it with water to that line. Place the bucket in the water on the top step of your pool. Mark where the water sits outside of the bucket. After 24 hours, if the new water level outside of the bucket is much lower than the new water level inside the bucket, you probably have a leak.
Landscaping and Home Destruction
A serious leak in your swimming pool’s plumbing will lead to permanently damp earth around your pool. If the leak goes unfixed, your landscaping will suffer from chlorine exposure and shifting earth. If the damp earth reaches your home, your foundation could possibly shift, cracking walls and floors inside your home.
Damage to Your Pool
Aside from the leak itself, your pool is at risk for costly structural distress. Damp, shifting earth can lead to cracks in the pool and settling damage to the pool and its structure. This damage can be purely cosmetic or lead to more troublesome leaks. Either way, it’s going to mean more money out of your pocket to repair the damages.
If you suspect a leak in your home, call a local plumbing company like Mr.Plumber Plumbing Co. for prompt and professional service. If you suspect a leak in your swimming pool plumbing, be sure to contact On Time Elmer Pools to stop a leak before any major damage is done.