Many people looking for leak detection services in Delray Beach, FL, do so only after a severe storm or hurricane has hit. A hurricane can damage yards, gardens, roofs, property cladding, and even swimming pools.
If you have a pool on your property, you can prepare your pool for hurricane season by taking the following steps:
- Invest in a tight cover,
- Remove all items around the pool, such as garden furniture and toys, and
- Remove items such as ladders, slides, steps, and diving boards if a storm is brewing.
After the storm, make sure your pool is free of debris and check that it has not been flooded due to the amount of water that has made its way into your pool. Carefully monitor the pool so that you notice if the water level drops significantly over a short period of time as this could point to a leak in the structure of the pool.
If garden furniture, tree branches or roof tiles were blown into your pool, it could cause cracks or tears to the pool’s structure. Other elements to check for damage include your pool’s pump as well as the underground plumbing lines around your property.
One of the most common ways to check if your pool has a leak is to do the ‘bucket test’. This will determine whether your pool is losing water due to evaporation or a leak in your pool. Here is what you will need to do:
- You will need a five-gallon bucket, tape, and a pencil.
- Put a strip of tape on the outside of the bucket and a strip of tape on the inside of the bucket.
- Then you need to fill the bucket with pool water. Fill it until it is almost full and place the bucket on the top step of your pool.
- Once the water has settled down, take a pencil to mark off where the water touches the tape on the outside of the pool as well as on the inside of the pool.
- Leave the bucket for 24 hours and then return to the bucket.
- If the distance between the pencil mark and the water level on the outside of the bucket matches the distance between the pencil mark and the water level on the inside of the bucket, then you know it is due to evaporation. If there is a large difference, then you will know the pool is losing water due to a leak and not evaporation.
Do you need help to determine whether there is a leak in your pool? Contact National Restoration Experts for more information about leak detection in Delray Beach, FL, today.