Swimming Pool Leak Detection and Repair, hire a specialist.

Leak Detection

After performing a complete swimming pool leak detection in Austin, we found a suction line leak about three feet back behind the skimmer at the shallow end of a residential pool.  We provided the customer with a complete report of our leak detection finding and continued to follow it up with an estimate for the necessary repair.  The customer decided to use the company who

services their pool to perform the repair.The other company cut the deck at the skimmer area, dug up the skimmer line and told the customer that the pool leak wasn’t there.  The homeowner wasn’t happy and immediately called us.  We went back while the area was still cut open and proceeded to take a look.  We then pressure tested the skimmer line and the water shot up at us.

putting a line under pressure showed the leak

What the pool service guy didn’t know was that suction lines need to sometimes be put under pressure to show their leaks or to saturate an isolated area.   The homeowner then asked us to finish the job.

Note for future reference: let a pool service company perform pool service, let a swimming pool leak detection specialist (such as Austech   Pools) locate and repair swimming pool leaks.

It may take months to notice a swimming pool leak if you have an autofill by Austech Pools, Leak Detection and Repairs

Leak Detection, Pool Repair
Don’t let your swimming pool cost you more than it has to!

When a typical swimming pool that does not have an autofill is leaking, it is pretty noticeable considering the water level will drop. Pools that have either manual or electronic type auto fill devices will keep filling the pool even though the pool may be leaking.

Because of water conservation issues, it is rumored that some cities might ban the use of such autofill devices. Cities in Travis and Williamson Counties including Austin, Lakeway, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander and San Marcos are just to name a few.

If consumers who have an autofill on their swimming pool would only shut the swimming pool equipment down for 1 day every 2 months, many of these problems would not exist.  Normal evaporation rates vary from different areas and different terrains. Example: a house high up on a hill in Lakeway will usually have more evaporation due to wind than a typical home in Austin.

Either way a good rule of thumb is that a typical pool should not lose more than an inch of water max due to evaporation. If your pool is losing more than these rates you need to call a qualified swimming pool leak detection specialist who specializes in swimming pool leak detection and repair like Austech Pools.   Swimming pool leak detection and repair is all that we do.

Austech Pools performs underground pool leak repair.

Leak Detection, Pool Repair

Depending on the circumstances, Austech Pools may be able to perform an underground pool leak repair.

A few weeks ago, we received a phone call from a customer who was experiencing a swimming pool leak in the Austin area.  The customers’ swimming pool wasn’t losing a lot of water quickly, it was losing a minimal amount of water, but there were visible air bubbles coming from the swimming pool return lines.  The customer had no idea what was happening and after weeks of trying to self diagnose what the problem was, they decided to give Austech Pools a call to perform a swimming pool leak detection for them.

After testing all other components in the swimming pool, including the structure, we determined there was a leak in the skimmer suction line.   Fortunately for this customer, they had a brick paver patio and we were able to make the skimmer line repair underground.

Below is a picture of us performing the underground leak repair.

Austech Pools performs under deck line repair


Austech Rescues Pemberton Heights Residents

Leak Detection

Homeowners of the Pemberton Heights area in Austin, Texas have been dealing with standing water in their backyards for months on end.  No one, not even the City of Austin can resolve the issue. Homeowners are frustrated and infuriated by the issue.

The City of Austin contacted Austin Water Utility to get some answers to resolve this delinquent issue.  They performed extensive testing – all inconclusive.  They then hired an independent contractor to conduct sonar testing on the main water lines – those tests resulted inconclusive as well.

KXAN News who has been following and reporting on this story since the beginning decided to take matters into its own hands and hire on Austin’s premier leak detection firm: Austech Leak Detection (that’s us!).

It did not take long for Darren Merlob (owner) and his team to get a hold of the problem.  When residents learned of Austech’s findings, they were elated.

Darren Merlob says: “We dug in a few suspect areas, but when we hit the motherload, the area right before it runs downhill, we knew right away,” he told KXAN.

Merlob said the water could be coming from a couple of sources, but the main problem appears to be from a wastewater line.  “This water over here smells like sewage, it needs to be tested and taken from that point on.”

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story, and in the meantime watch the video above.

Video Scoping

Leak Detection

We understand how important your time is and that’s why our leak detection equipment is state-of-the-art.  Getting you back to an operational level is our number 1 priority.

Detecting Leaks with Video Scope
Detecting Leaks with Video Scope

Does Your Pool Leak?

Leak Detection

“I’m adding water to my pool every week. I swear I have a leak!”

Austin Texas Leak DetectionDepending on the climate in your local area, it is not unusual to be losing a 1/8″ of pool water a day due to evaporation. This means almost 1″ a week! The biggest factors affecting this are humidity, wind, and air and water temperature.

To find out if you do have a leak in your swimming pool, fill a bucket with water from the pool and set it on the steps of your pool with the top of the bucket above water level. This will keep the water in the bucket the same temperature as the pool. If you do not have steps, you can try balancing the bucket on the top ladder tread. Now, compare the water loss between the bucket and your pool over a period of several days, the longer the better. We are assuming that your bucket doesn’t have a hole in it! If you see a difference, you have a leak.

If you believe your swimming pool has a leak, don’t waste another minute.  Contact us or call us right away at (512) 904-0118.  Austech Leak & Pool Repair has been in the business for more than 20 years.  We’ve worked with all kinds of applications: Gunite, Tile, Plumbing, Planning & Strategy, Leak Detection, Salt Chlorine Systems, Pool Heat Pumps, High-end Fiber-optic lighting, the works.

Austech Pools is owned and operated by Darren Merlob, the inventor of Torque Lock Staples, a patented product directly related to fixing leaks on major structures.  Torque Lock is so highly regarded in the industry it was voted a “Top 50 Product” by Pool & Spa News and is now utilized world wide.