Suspect that you have a water leak?

You may have a leaking pool or spa if . . .

  1. You believe you are refilling more often than normal. Perform a Bucket Test. (see below)
  2. You find algae forming too soon after a chemical treatment.
  3. You find loose or falling tiles or pool deck cracks.
    (All are signs that the surrounding ground is being compromised by water.)
  4. Your pool/spa has settled into the ground and/or cracks and gaps appear in the pool shell or concrete surround.
  5. You find standing water, mushy spots, or uneven grass growth around the pool/spa area.
  6. Your automatic filler is continually releasing water.

Ignoring a pool leak can lead to greater damage and prove more costly than locating and repairing the leak initially. Due to fears of torn up concrete and huge repair bills, pool owners often put off leak detection. But it is possible that your leak detection will be painless. However, if you are loosing water underground think of how the water in the soil could be impacting your pool or even your home's foundation over the long run. What if it causes displacement of your pool or pool deck? The water has to be going somewhere. There is also the ongoing cost of replacing chemicals due and refilling water due to loss.

Active Leak Detection has set pricing on pool testing so you know in advance the pricing. Discounts may apply to multiple tests carried out during the same booking. Contact us for a Quote.

You may have a plumbing leak if . . .

  1. You can hear the continuous sound of water (like a toilet running) when nothing is turned on.
  2. Your water meter reading changes when you arenít using any water. (Mark the indicator on your meter; donít use any water for an hour; then check the meter. If the indicator moved, you may have a leak.)
  3. Your water bill escalates over a period of weeks or months. (Compare your bills month to month.)
  4. Your walls or floors have wet, spongy, moist or discoloured areas when nothing has been spilled.
  5. Your building foundation cracks, vegetation grows unevenly, or earth shifts for no apparent reason.
  6. You find warm spots on your floor, particularly on concrete slab floors.

You may have a leak under your concrete slab if:

  • You feel a hot spot
  • Hear water running
  • Have a high water bill
  • Have a wet spot
  • Have discoloration of flooring

Ignoring a plumbing leak can not only be costly but dangerous. Fears of major repairs and astronomical costs often lead people to put off fixing a leak that they canít see. Water damage is more about what you don't see than what you do see and a simple leak can very quickly become a very major wall, floor and ceiling repair. Water leaks can also lead to structural damage and mould infestations that could be potentially harmful to a household. You will be able to save time, cost and effort by having the leak pinpointed by one of Active Leak Detections trained professionals before the intensive investigation and repair begins.

Active Leak Detection can precisely locate leaks in all hot and cold water pipes, bathrooms, kitchens, under flooring and concrete slabs. Plumbing Leak location is billed at an hourly rate with a call out fee incorporated into the first hour. The average leak location time is within the first hour but as each detection is individual no time guarantees can be provided.  

Evaporation Bucket Test

Evaporation is commonly mistaken for a leak because no two pools evaporate at the same rate and no one can give you a figure without testing.

The test for evaporation is simple. Place a bucket of water on the first or second step of your pool- sitting in the pool water so it becomes the same temperature. Mark the water level within the bucket and the pool water level on the outside of the bucket. This is then left for 24 -48 hours and the water levels to be then measured. The measurement from the mark inside the bucket to the current water level in the bucket is your evaporation. If the measurement outside the bucket to pool level is greater than the measurement for evaporation the pool is leaking. 

To determine if the leak is within a pipe or within the pool structure, carry out the evaporation test twice. Once with the system shut off, that is, no filter operating. Then once with the system running for an extended period.

You may end up with one of three possible results: 

1 - No difference between tests - Indicates possible structural leak. 

2 - Higher loss with system running - Indicates possible pressure pipe leak.

3 - No loss with system running - Indicates possible suction pipe leak.

Please keep in mind these tests are indicators only and may at times give a false reading. Full leak testing of entire system is recommended when water loss is suspected to ensure all leaks are located.


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