Expert Pool Work, Inc.

providing expert pool work since 1999

(402) 341-8132

Utilize pressure testing to leak detect underground plumbing


Expert Pool Work, Inc. is industry-trained, experienced, and equipped to pressure test the underground plumbing for pools in Omaha and the surrounding areas.

We excel in the overall field of pool leak detection. As such, we will only recommend pressure testing only when you and us are both equally convinced that the plumbing is at least a likely leak source. 

The cost for a pressure test starts at $229.00 and could cost more depending on the number of pipes being tested, the diameter of the plumbing pipes, the way the pool is plumbed, and certain other variables that may be unique to your pool and its plumbing. However, we will provide a free onsite visit to discuss your pool leak as well as provide some initial leak analysis; during this initial visit, if a pressure test is needed, we will convey an actual cost for the pressure testing.

Have you ever called a pool company to report a leak and they immediately told you they need to pressure test your pool without gathering any other information other than the fact that your pool leaks? Yikes. Well, a pressure test is not for all pool leaks; a pressure test is merely used to prove or disprove that the pool plumbing - not necessarily all of the plumbing but at least somewhere within the plumbing - is the (or perhaps just a) leak source. 

There are two types of leaks that are common with inground pools:

A static leak is a leak at the structure or shell of the pool or perhaps around a fixture, such as a light or a skimmer or a hydrostatic relief valve inside a main drain at the very bottom of the pool; a static leak source can be anywhere inside the pool. With a static leak, the pool will continue to lose water until until the water level in the pool gets to the static leak source. 

A plumbing leak is a leak in the plumbing, mainly due to a break/crack in a pipe or a bad connection fitting. NOTE: If the plumbing leak is on the return side (which is the pressure side) of the pump, then the rate of loss is almost universally higher - and perhaps significantly higher - when the pump is on.

A pressure test will be a monumental waste of your money if your pool leak is not in the plumbing.

A pressure test will determine if a plumbing pipe leaks or does not leak; it will not, however, determine where within the pipe the leak is located. But, a pressure test is a starting point to detect leaks in the underground plumbing. If a pressure test does confirm a plumbing leak (or multiple plumbing leaks), then follow-up listening tests would be performed. While it is not always 100% conclusive, a follow-up listening test will pinpoint the (at least proximal) location of the leak source within a given pipe that was just proven by a pressure test to be a leak source. If the pressure test determines that a given pipe leaks, the cost for a follow-up listening test is $90.00 per hour. Again, before any of this is accepted, we will provide a free onsite visit to discuss your pool leak as well as provide some initial leak analysis; during this initial visit, if a pressure test is needed, we will convey an actual cost for the pressure testing at least a solid ballpark cost for any follow-up listening testing, if applicable. We try to - and so far we have always been able to - cap the follow-up listening test at $180.00 max, which gives us two hours to locate the leak source; the clear majority of the time, if a follow-up listening test is needed, we can usually complete this within an hour.

You can contact Expert Pool Work, Inc. at 402-341-8132 or info@expertpoolwork.com to discuss your pool leak and schedule your free onsite leak consultation.

 

 

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