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Swimming Pool Leak Repair Cost

Swimming Pool Leak Repair Cost

National average
$500 - $3,500
Low: $175

(replacing a broken gasket around a light)

High: $6,000

(fixing a cracked beam and replacing the perimeter tiles)

Cost to repair a swimming pool leak varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from swimming pool builders in your city.

The average cost of repairing a swimming pool leak is $500 - $3,500​.

In this guide

Pool Leak Detection Cost
Inground Pool Leak Repair Costs
Above Ground Pool Leak Repair Costs
Pool Liner Replacement Costs
Pool Waterline Tile Replacement Costs
Enhancements
Additional Considerations
FAQs

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Swimming Pool Leak?

While your swimming pool may be a major source of enjoyment, it needs to be kept in good working order to be usable and not damage the surrounding area. Even with regular cleaning and care, any swimming pool can spring a leak. Leaks can damage the land around your pool and cause your water bill to skyrocket, so it is a good idea to have them fixed as soon as possible.

Numerous pool issues can lead to a leak, from cracks in the concrete and tears in vinyl liners to equipment failure. Because of these various factors, the cost to repair a leak has a lot of variation. The average cost to repair a leak ranges from $500 to $3,500, with most homeowners paying around $900 for detecting and repairing a crack in the wall of the pool.

Cost to Repair a Swimming Pool Leak

Swimming Pool Leak Repair Costs
National average cost$900
Average range$500 - $3,500
Minimum cost$175
Maximum cost$6,000


Pool Leak Detection Cost

To determine what part of your pool is leaking, you may need to have a pool leak detection test done. Some DIY methods involve dropping food coloring near where you suspect the leaks, but most leaks are quickly detected using ultrasonic equipment to find where the water is leaving your pool. Depending on whether you hire the same company to make the repair or not, this can cost from $100 to $500 on average, depending on the pool type and where the suspected leak is. For example, above-ground pool leak detection is usually less expensive than for an in-ground pool, and cracks hidden behind things like tiles or pipes that are buried beneath the ground may have higher detection costs.

Why Is Early Pool Leak Detection Important?

Pool leaks are a sign of a problem, and many of these problems can become worse over time. For example, if the leak is caused by a failing seal around lights or equipment, this could eventually damage that equipment.

In addition, leaks can damage your landscaping, with soil erosion and muddy lawns being very common with ongoing leaks. Keeping your pool full with a major leak can quickly raise your water bills as you attempt to keep the pool usable. By finding and fixing the leak early, you prevent more expensive problems from adding up in the future.

Inground Pool Leak Repair Costs

In-ground pools have a wide variety of places that may be the source of the leak, and finding and fixing each of these issues has a separate cost:


Inground pool leak repair costs

Inground pool leak repair costs


Type of ProblemRepairAverage Cost
Broken seal around the skimmerReplace the gasket$100 - $125
Broken seal around the lightReplace the gasket$125 - $175
New vinyl liner beading requiredReplace the beading to tack down the liner$130 - $200
Spreading spider cracks in fiberglassClean, sand, and apply a new coat of gelcoat to the area$300 - $500
Small tear or hole in the vinyl linerApply a vinyl liner patch and adhesive to the area$350 - $550
Crack in the plasterFill the crack with cement and replaster the area$500 - $700
Large tear or hole in the vinyl linerReplace the liner$1,700 - $2,500
Crack in the pool beamResurface and patch the crack for the entire length of the pool$4,000 - $5,000


Pool Main Drain Repair Costs

Sometimes, the leak is not in the pool liner or the pool itself but is part of the pool plumbing. The pool’s main drain can crack and require repairing, which can cause serious leaks. Most of the time, the leak is above the frost line, so the warmer your climate, the deeper the crack could be. This repair will likely cost between $400 and $700 unless the entire drain needs to be replaced. In this case, the costs will be closer to $4,000 - $7,000.

Pool Pipe Leak Repair Cost

Pipes can cause leaks in swimming pools, especially if they are older and have been through a few seasons. They have starting repair costs of around $500 but can go much higher, depending on the pipe’s location.

Pool Crack Repair Cost

If the crack in the pool is major, such as down to the beam, this is a serious problem that can be difficult and expensive to fix. It costs around $65 a linear foot to fix, and most people spend between $4,000 and $5,000 in total.

Pool Pump Leaking

Equipment failure is the most common cause of leaks in most pools. If your pump is leaking, you will likely need to replace it at a cost of $2,100 to $3,000.

Above Ground Pool Leak Repair Costs

Above-ground pools are usually easier to diagnose and repair than in-ground pools. This is because the leak is often easier to see and reach. Most above-ground pool diagnostic fees are around $100 - $180, and patches can be purchased for leaking liners for about $20. If you need to replace the entire liner, this typically costs approximately $300. But keep in mind that gaskets and pumps may also be the problem.


View of a metal steel frame pool


Pool Liner Replacement Costs

If you have significant tearing in a vinyl pool liner, it probably needs replacing to stop the leaks. Vinyl liners only last around 7 years on average, so this is a common problem for vinyl pools. The cost to replace the liner is around $1,700 - $2,500 on average.

Pool Waterline Tile Replacement Costs

Sometimes, the cracks or leaks in a concrete pool are near or under the tile, which means you will have additional costs to replace them. This costs about $20 a linear foot to repair.

How to Find a Leak in a Pool

If you do not want to hire a professional to locate the leak, you can do the job yourself if you are willing to get wet. First, examine the pool and any likely areas. In a vinyl liner, this may look like a dark place that will not get cleaned with the vacuum. In a concrete or fiberglass pool, this can look like a crack. If you do not see any visible areas, focus on any penetrations in the pool, such as filters, pumps, and skimmers.

Once you identify the most likely places where the leak could be, get into the pool with a pair of goggles and a small bottle of food coloring. Squirt the food coloring next to the area where you suspect the leak. If this is the area, the food coloring should be sucked into the leak.

If you are unable to find the cause but are sure there is a leak, call in a professional because the leak may be in the plumbing or equipment.

Enhancements

Pool Accessories

Anything that penetrates the side of your pool could be the cause of a leak. This includes lights, filters, pumps, waterfalls, and diving boards. When checking for leaks, investigate all these features. In some cases, they may need to be replaced. This could cost anywhere from $100 - $1,000, depending on the issue.

Additional Concerns

  • Prevent rips or tears in your vinyl liner by keeping any sharp or abrasive objects out of your pool.
  • Leaks can occur in different places at the same time, but with proper detection, they can be repaired together, saving money.
  • Plaster is subject to freeze/thaw cycles that can cause it to crack. Make sure that you winterize your pool properly to prevent this.
  • Pool lights can cause leaks if the gasket fits poorly or fails. If the fixture has corroded, it needs to be replaced at a cost of around $200.
  • Most in-ground pools last around 30 years or more with proper maintenance. Above-ground pools last 15 - 20 years. Conduct a regular maintenance routine to prolong the life of your pool.
  • Small leaks can be repaired with patch kits. They cost around $20, but you need to follow the instructions carefully to ensure a good repair.
  • Fiberglass pools are nonporous, so they are easier to maintain and rarely crack. If they need repair, however, it can be expensive.

FAQs

  • How much does it cost to fix a pool leak?

There are many causes of pool leaks, which leads to a wide range of costs. The average cost to detect and repair a leak is $900.

  • Does homeowners insurance cover pool leaks?

Sometimes, pool leaks are covered. This depends on your policy and whether the leak could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

  • Can a pool leak be fixed?

Yes, in nearly all cases, a pool leak can be fixed.

  • How do you know if your pool is leaking?

Signs of a leaking pool include a soggy ground around the pool and a rising water bill. If you suspect a leak, have a pool company come and investigate it.

  • Can a pool leak cause a sinkhole?

Yes, if a leak goes on long enough to cause soil erosion around the pool, a sinkhole may result.

  • Why does my pool water level keep dropping?

Pools lose an average of 2 inches of water a week naturally. In hot or dry weather, this could be more. It is also possible for a pool to leak, losing even more water.​

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Contractor putting back lining in a swimming pool after repairing a leak

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albany, NY
+17%
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Allen, TX
+23%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Covington, GA
-12%
Cypress, TX
+8%
Dallas, TX
+10%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Elk Grove, CA
+6%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Garden Grove, CA
+20%
Goshen, IN
-5%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Katy, TX
+63%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Lakeland, FL
-13%
Laredo, TX
-31%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Los Banos, CA
-25%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Maryville, TN
-15%
Mckinney, TX
+23%
Melbourne, FL
-16%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Muskogee, OK
-33%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Norwich, CT
+6%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Pensacola, FL
-19%
Peoria, AZ
-2%
Petal, MS
-5%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
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