Why Is Our Pool Losing Water? [Expert Review!]

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The pool is a place that we all look forward to spending time in during the warm summer months. It’s a place to cool off, relax, and get rid of those extra pounds we gained over the winter. But now that the warm season is here, we’re finding that our beloved pool is losing water!

What could possibly cause this serious of an issue? Is it an invasive species, a leak in the foundation, or is it just the changing of the seasons and the water going down the drain? It’s time to figure out the answer so that we can fix this before it’s too late!

The Main Threat To Our Pool

One of the primary threats to our pool is extreme weather conditions. During the winter months, it was very cold and snowy, and the ground was covered with several feet of snow. The plow truck would come by and clear the driveway, and all of the sudden, our pool would get a good dousing of snow. This is why we need to make sure that the gutters are clear and that the downspouts are not clogged so that when it snows, water does not build up around the pool area.

But during the warmer months, when it’s not snowing, the rain is not flowing, and the sun is beaming down, our pool faces a whole different set of threats. Summertime is when insects and pests begin to appear, and one of the most serious is the mosquito. Mosquitoes breed rapidly during the warm season and can quickly lead to an outbreak of disease. In fact, it’s been estimated that one person dies every two weeks due to complications from mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and yellow fever. (World Health Organization)

To avoid this, it’s essential that we do everything possible to keep these tiny creatures away from our pool. One way of doing this is by using mosquito coils. These are long-lasting, odorless, and effective ways of keeping the mosquitoes at bay. But even more importantly, we need to make sure that our pool area is well-stocked with some of the most effective and safest insecticides. (For more information, check out this great blog post from Northern Paddlers who have some great tips on how to keep mosquitoes at bay in your pool area!)

Isolating The Source Of The Problem

If you’re searching for the source of your pool’s water loss, you’ve come to the right place. There are numerous potential causes for this issue, but before you begin fixing anything, it’s important to first isolate the problem. The quickest way to do this is to shut off the faucet that is connected to your pool. If the water starts to drain away once you do this, then it’s an indication that the issue is most likely nearby. (In most cases, this will be the main faucet which is connected to the spigot near the bottom of your pool.)

Turning off this faucet stops the inflow of water, and this will allow you to examine the surrounding area more closely. After you’ve turned off the faucet, it’s time to go over each and every part of the piping system, starting from the top and working your way down. If you locate the source of the problem, you can fix it. Otherwise, you may need to call a professional plumber.

The Changing Of The Seasons

Another major factor that could be contributing to the loss of water from our pool area is the changing of the seasons. As we’ve previously discussed, mosquitoes are one of the biggest problems during the summer, and it’s time for them to hatch and begin laying their eggs. Once these eggs hatch and the larvae begin feeding on organic matter, the pool will begin to lose a significant amount of water. (For more information on this subject, check out this great blog post from Alaska Life Guard & Aquatics.)

So if you begin to notice a drop in the water level in your pool area after the onset of the warm season, this is a sign that you need to renew your diligence in keeping the area clean of debris and standing water, as well as take other necessary precautions. If this issue is ignored, you could be facing serious problems in the not-too-distant future.

The Leakage From The Basement

Another factor that could be causing the loss of water from our pool area is the leakage from the basement. It’s quite possible that during the winter months, the ground was frozen and secure, but at some point, all of those frozen grounds began to thaw. (This is why you should always thoroughly clean out and inspect your pool area after a particularly harsh winter.) As a result of all that frost, the plumbing and the cement walls which enclose the pool area began to deteriorate. (Even when the ground is covered in snow, there will be areas where it hasn’t frozen and where water can drain away.)

In the springtime, when temperatures begin to rise, it’s only a matter of time before these defects begin to appear. Once they do, it becomes quite obvious where the water is coming from. If you notice that the water is seeping in from multiple locations around the pool area, this is a serious sign that you need to have your pool inspected by a professional plumber, who can pinpoint the exact location of the problem and fix it. (Unless of course, you’re happy to live with the leak.)

So if you begin to notice a significant drop in the water level in your pool area after the warmth of the summer, then it’s time to renew your diligence in keeping the area clean of debris and standing water, as well as take other necessary precautions. But before you begin fixing anything, it’s important to first isolate the problem. The quickest way to do this is to shut off the faucet that is connected to your pool. If the water starts to drain away once you do this, then it’s an indication that the issue is most likely nearby. (In most cases, this will be the main faucet which is connected to the spigot near the bottom of your pool.)

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