Learning the Art of Leak Detection

Swimming Pool Leak Detection isn’t taboo. We do find in our day to day work that some companies treat it like it is. When they perform their work, they don’t want you to see what methods they use, as if it’s some big secret. What’s worse, a lot of people think detecting a leak in a pool involves putting on a wetsuit and flippers and swimming around the pool squirting dye all over the place. It’s simply ridiculous.

Our training for leak detection was with LeakTronics. Our training was all taken using their online platform and our complete training package came with all the tools we need to perform a proper leak detection WITHOUT having to dive into a swimming pool and implement invasive, and frankly unnecessary techniques to find the leaks. I’ll add one more thing, our total training WITH equipment came in around $4000. Yes, I will repeat that ONLY FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS – and it was what we needed to launch a very lucrative business.

With our Pro Complete Leak Detection Kit, the equipment we received when we enrolled in the online certification course from LeakTronics, we now find leaks by simply listening – and there is no secret to how we do it. We even ask our customers to listen to them when we find them. It starts like this:

  • 1. We get to know your pool, the equipment that runs it and how it’s laid out. This includes all the places water enters and exits the pool regularly – the skimmer, the returns, the drains, etc.
  • 2. We take a look at the shell. We look for areas that have damage, or areas that might cause a leak – stuff like cracks and delamination, broken plastic and things that might look like areas of leaks.
  • 3. We drop in our PoolScope and start to listen. I myself usually start at the skimmer, because it is off the pool itself, I like to get in there and rule it out as non-leaking if I can. It’s easy. i put the mike inside the skimmer bucket and listen for the sound of a leak. It might be that a leak is in the area where the concrete meets the skimmer bucket, and that’s the easy one. If I hear it when the PoolScope is over one of the skimmer lines, I can use a smaller microphone, the PipeMic, to listen inside that line – more on that in a minute.
  • 4. If the inside of the skimmer checks out, I like to start my walk around the pool with the PoolScope at the skimmer throat. I listen around the plastic and start to walk the pool, listening along the tile line where the concrete sits on the pool shell, and listening to anything that comes through the pool wall – this includes lights and suction ports, return fittings, etc.
  • 5. I drop the mic in the pool and drag it on top of the drain cover to listen for leaking in and around that. When I’m on the pool floor, any cracks or areas on the floor that look suspect – I drag onto them to listen too.
  • 6. If I hear a sound inside a pipe that runs away from the pool, I have a smaller mic that goes inside of them, it’s called … of course … the PipeMic. I can get right inside those pipes and find out how far into the pipe the leak is and know where the repair would have to be made.

When I do find leaks inside pipes, and customers love this. I have a camera – the Hand Held Video Pro 1.5 – and I can show the customer their leak on screen and they get it. It’s an immediate “Well look at that!” and it helps them understand the process we will go through to fix it and stop the water loss. Customers love to see just where the issue is.

I do use dye sometimes, but it’s just to prove the leak I’ve found, and 99 out of 100 times, I just have to reach in the water with the dye a few inches, either around a light or at the tile line, just to see the dye going in and to be able to show the customer what’s going on. We like to call that – backing up our findings. (Can’t take credit for that line, we actually learned it in our training)

The best part of learning the Art of Leak Detection with LeakTronics is that their entire training is a business builder. From square one, we adapted to a better way of taking our customers phone calls and getting an understanding of what the issues might be from what the customer tells us. We also received paperwork to deliver our findings to the customer and we learned the process of getting the job, performing the job and getting paid. The entire process of the leak detection, for the most part, is done in an hour from arrival to departure. Most of the time we find leaks in the first ten minutes – but we always check the entire pool and spa for leaks even when we find the first one right away. Lots of customers are sure there is only one leak and they just want confirmation on what their pool guy told them, but a complete leak detection is required or we simply won’t do the job. After all, if they’re so sure it’s just in one spot, why do they call for a leak detection – it’s all or nothing, and most of the time, the customer who has one suspect area of a leak has more going on than they expected. That’s what we find for them when we do the whole job.

So why would I tell you about how I landed a sweet business opportunity? What would make me give away my secrets?

I can’t do all these pools! I got into this thinking I’d be fighting with American Leak Detection for work, but the simple answer is – this is a full time job and the market is wide open! Come join the brotherhood of leak detectors! I did it – you can do it too and you’re going to get paid for it and it sure as hell beats digging holes for fences or nailing down shingles (two jobs I have done in the past).

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