Do you find that you are now required to add water to your swimming pool more often than in the past? If so, the problem may be a hole in your pool's liner. Thankfully, determining whether or not a hole exists, and repairing this hole (if necessary), can be a relatively simple task. To complete this task on your own, simply follow the steps outlined below.
- large bucket
- waterproof tape
- tape measure
- water bottle
- red food coloring
- self-adhesive vinyl repair patch
Step 1: Determine If A Leak Exists
You will need to perform a simple experiment in order to determine whether or not your pool has a leak. The water loss may simply be due to evaporation. In order to perform this experiment, begin by filling a large bucket with water from your pool. Next, clearly mark the water line inside both the bucket and your pool using waterproof tape. Leave the bucket of water next to your pool for approximately 24 hours.
After a day has passed, use a measuring tape to measure how far the water level has dropped in both the bucket and your pool. If your pool has lost more water than the bucket, you have a leak.
Step 2: Find The Hole
Finding a small hole in your swimming pool can be quite difficult. However, there is a simple trick that you can use to help make this process much easier. Begin by filling a water bottle with pool water and adding a few drops of red food coloring to the bottled water. Next, slowly poor the colored water into your pool and watch as the water exists the pool through the hole. This will allow you to determine the exact location of the leak.
Step 3: Patch The Leak
Now that you know exactly where the leak is, you will be able to easily patch this hole using a self adhesive repair patch. Begin by cutting the patch so that it is several inches larger than the hole in all directions. Next, round each of the corners to allow for better adhesion. Finally, enter your pool and position the patch over the hole.
Once the patch is in place, slowly remove the backing to expose the adhesive and press the patch into place starting in the top left corner and slowly working your way over the entire patch. Be sure to press all air bubbles from under the patch by applying pressure from left to right. This will ensure that the patch forms a watertight bond with your vinyl liner.
While small leaks can be patched on a DIY basis, more severe damage to your pool's liner may require the services of a qualified pool contractor like Oasis Pool Service LLC. If you find that you are still losing water after attempting to patch the leak on your own, be sure to contact a reputable contractor in your area for further assistance.