Having your own swimming pool in Lanzarote is great fun. You can go for a swim any time you want, even in winter, as the temperature doesn’t usually go below about 20°C. However, there can be certain issues with a swimming pool, the most obvious being a pool leak in Lanzarote.
Part of the problem with a swimming pool is that it is not always immediately obvious that you have a pool leak in Lanzarote. You could have a small leak for weeks or months without really noticing anything. However, the danger is that a continuing leak can lead to expensive repairs and restoration further down the line.
There are a couple of things that you can do to check for a pool leak, one of which is to check your water bill if you have a pool that automatically levels the water. A sudden increase in the bill could well indicate that your pool is leaking.
Another indication of a pool leak is if you notice that your water is turning green. As your water leveller keeps adding water to the pool it could create a chemical imbalance, and this would allow algae to flourish in the pool.
There can be other indications of a pool leak as well, such as a boggy area of ground, cracked tiles around the pool, or obvious depressions or movement in the substrate around the pool.
However, if you think that you might have a leak, there is a way to check for it in pools which do not automatically level, and it is to use the good old bucket test. Fill a bucket with water, leaving a few inches at the top, and place it on a step in the pool so that the pool water level is half to two thirds of the way up the bucket. Mark the levels in the bucket and on the outside of it in the pool with a permanent marker or a sticky tape, and don’t let anyone swim in the pool for 24 hours.
Now check the levels. If the amount by which the water in the bucket and the water in the pool have decreased is the same, because of evaporation, then you are OK. However, if the pool level has decreased by more than the bucket, then you have a leak.
Find It And Fix It
Now all you have to do is to find it and fix it, and that can be difficult to do. It’s not so much the fixing it that is the problem, as finding out where the leak is in the first place.
The first thing to do is to check all the equipment, with the pump both on and off. There could be something dripping or a spray. If there is a leak in the equipment, then you know what needs to be fixed. However, if there is no leak there, then you need to look elsewhere. There could be a leak in the pool liner for instance. Time to go for a swim.
You need goggles or a snorkel and to get close to the sides and bottom of the pool to inspect them. If there is nothing immediately evident, there can still be a leak. You need to check for it with a syringe of pool leak dye. Turn off the pump and filtration because the water needs to be still. Go to areas where there may be indications of a leak on the pool surround and release a little dye. If there is a leak, the dye will move towards it and through it.
Still no luck? Time to call us at Canary Detect because it has to be in the pipework somewhere underground. It’s either us or doing a lot of digging, blind.
We have the tools and the expertise to locate your leak precisely. When we have found it, we can also fix it for you.