A pressure test will check for a pool leak in the plumbing

Have you ever called a pool company to report a pool leak? Did they immediately suggest a pressure test? Well, a pressure test is not for all pool leaks. It is only useful to prove or disprove a leak in the underground plumbing. It will hep determine if a pipe is cracked or if there is a bad connection fitting. But it will be a total waste of your money if your pool leak is not in the underground plumbing.

If the plumbing is the suspected leak source, then it’s time to schedule a pressure test. This will determine if a plumbing pipe leaks or does not leak. But it will not pinpoint the location of the leak within that plumbing pipe. This is, however, the starting point to begin that process.

Start with a a pressure test

A pressure test will cost about $450.00 in most markets. The actual cost will largely depend on the number of pipes being tested, the diameter of these pipes, and the way the pool is plumbed. Other variables that are unique to your pool and its plumbing will be noted to determine the final cost.

Additionally, if pipes and valves have to be removed for the test and then replaced after the test, then expect a service call for this add-on. If needed, plumbing repairs will cost about $150.00 per hour in most markets for this service.

These are ballpark estimates. However, most pool companies offer free onsite consultation so they can convey the actual cost if a pressure test is needed.

Follow-up with a listening test

If the pressure test does confirm a plumbing leak (or multiple plumbing leaks), then a follow-up listening test should be performed next. This may not always be 100% conclusive, primarily if the pool has leaked for a while and the earth below the pool deck is compromised. But it will still help pinpoint the (at least proximal) location of the leak source within a pipe that was just proven by a pressure test to be a leak source. If needed, a follow-up listening test will cost about $250.00 per hour in most markets for this specialty service. This is a ballpark estimate. However, most pool companies offer free onsite consultation so they can convey the actual cost if this is needed.

Follow-up with a camera

Cameras can also be used to scope the pipes. If a listening test pinpoints the (at least proximal) location of the leak in the pipe, a camera might be able to be scoped to verify this location. But, most residential pools use 1.5″ plumbing, which is too small for most cameras to scope. Even 2″ plumbing is hard to scope. But it may be worth a try if the pool company (or leak detection company) has a camera. If needed, a follow-up camera test will cost about $100.00 per pipe in most markets for this specialty service. This is a ballpark estimate. However, most pool companies offer free onsite consultation so they can convey the actual cost if this is needed.

Leaks in the plumbing fixtures

Some plumbing leaks are not only in the pipes. A plumbing leak can also be in the fixtures, such as a main drain, a skimmer, or a return. A special underwater microphone can be used to test the plumbing fixtures. If needed, a follow-up microphone scan will cost about $200.00 per hour in most markets for this specialty service. This is a ballpark estimate. However, most pool companies offer free onsite consultation so they can convey the actual cost if this is needed.


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We pressure test pool plumbing

If we mutually agree the leak (or at least a leak) is likely in the plumbing, then a pressure test is the starting point for this leak detection.

We typically charge $320.00 for most pressure tests. But the cost could be more or less. The actual cost will depend on the number of pipes being tested, the diameter of these pipes, the way the pool is plumbed, and other variables that are unique to your pool and its plumbing. Additionally, if we have to cut-out pipes and valves during the pressure test, then a fee of $125.00 per hour plus the cost of any pipes, fittings, and valves (if applicable) would be added to the cost (if needed, in most cases, this can typically be put back together in an hour). We will certainly try to pressure test with the equipment and piping as-is above the ground. But this is not always possible. If not, we will have to cut-out pipes and valves to set-up and perform the pressure test, which would result in the additional charge.

If follow-up to a pressure test is needed…

We only charge $180.00 per hour if a follow-up listening test is needed. And we have the add-on kit to the listening devices, which helps detect a closer proximity of the actual leak source. There are times when this can take some time, primarily if the ground under the pool deck is perpetually wet, voided, displaced, undermined or eroded.

We only charge $40.00 per pipe if a follow-up camera service is needed.

We only charge $140.00 per hour if a follow-up microphone scan is needed.

The pressure test will be a set rate. Any follow-up leak detection, if needed, will be pro-rated based on 15-minute increments of the listed costs. You will only pay for the amount of follow-up leak detection needed. When follow-up leak detection is needed, we move swiftly yet accurately.

Free onsite consultation and leak analysis:

Do not commit to a pressure test until some basic information has been processed. This will be a waste of your money if your pool leak is not in the plumbing. Let’s first determine if you likely have a static leak or a plumbing leak or both so that we can determine the best leak detection service.

If you have a leak, we will provide a free onsite visit. While onsite, we will discuss your unique leak scenario, provide some free initial leak inspections, and discuss potential costs involved for professional leak detection, if needed.

Call us at 402-341-8132 or send us an email to info@expertpoolwork.com or submit a short form to discuss your pool leak and schedule free onsite leak consultation.