Swimming pools, regardless of the materials used in their construction, are vulnerable to different forms of leaks. If you’ve noticed some water loss, remember that a leak isn’t the only cause – splashing and evaporation could also be the problem. If it turns out that you do have a leak, don’t panic – these sorts of issues can be expensive to fix, but having an idea of the costs prior to contacting a pool contractor can really put things in perspective.



Cost Breakdown

·         Leak Detection – Although there are a few methods that you can use to test for leak yourself, if you’re unable to find the source you should contact a professional. Depending on the company you have hired, you should expect this service to set you back between $300 and $400. There is a more superior service available, but it will cost you extra.

·         Plumbing & Pipe Leaks – These can only be detected by performing a pressure test on each line or a meter test. Whilst you can perform this yourself, it is recommended that you hire a professional. Depending on the company you have hired, you should expect this service to set you back between $200 and $300.

·         DIY Repair – If you’re convinced that there’s a leak but have chosen to complete the repairs yourself, we recommend using Fix-A-Leak. It diffuses through the water, sealing any leaks that it encounters. One tube costs about $25 and is enough to do most pools. You won’t have to drain the water, nor will you get wet. Patch kits are also available. Do it yourself and professional pool repairs for common issues.

·         Tile Replacement – This cost will vary depending on the type of tiles you have selected. Porcelain (being the most common) will be cheaper, whereas glass will be more expensive. Keep this in mind when making your initial selection. On average, however, you can expect to spend about $20 per linear foot plus $100 per skimmer.

·         Replastering – If the shell of the swimming pool is riddled with leaks and cracks, it may need to be replastered. This requires the whole thing to be drained and a contractor to apply another load of plaster to the entire shell, filling in any gaps. This can cost between $2500 and $4000, so can prove to be quite a costly exercise.

Additional Considerations & Costs

·         Most leaks can be repaired without having to drain the pool. However, if the problem lies in the plaster, draining will be necessary.

·         Changing seasons can actually cause the plaster to freeze, thaw and eventually crack. It’s important to properly prepare the pool for the winter to prevent this from occurring.

·         Leaks can occur at any time and in different places. With proper detection, these leaks can be repaired at the same time.

·         Many swimming pool repairs can be avoided by staying on top of maintenance. Clean it regularly, check and maintain the water levels regularly, and winterise it when required.

At the end of the day, determining the most affordable way to fix a swimming pool leak depends on a number of factors. Some of these include the type of leak, whether you have been able to find it or not, and whether you’re able to handle the repair yourself or not. In many cases, we actually find that the most affordable option is to hire a professional – not only will this ensure that the leak is fixed correctly the first time around, it will be covered by a warranty.