What is a Dive and Dye Test?

One approach to detecting leaks in a pool or spa is known as a Dive and Dye Test. Using a small syringe with colored dye, our Diving Technician searches throughout and around the shell of the pool, for any cracks or holes that may be causing your leak. Inserting just a small amount of dye around the area being tested allows our Technician to see if the dye is:

  1. being drawn into the crack or hole,
  2. remains stagnant around the crack or hole.

If option a) is the case, where the dye is being drawn into a pool’s crack or hole, our Technician can conclude that the crack is leaking. If the area being tested is sucking dye into the crack or hole, it is also sucking water. This is a very clear method to establish that this particular crack or hole in your pool is leaking and causing water loss.

If option b) is the case, where the dye remains stagnant around a crack or hole, our Technician can conclude that the area being tested is not leaking. A crack or hole that does not draw dye will not draw water.

Colin Irons Diving and Pool Service offers two different kinds of Dye Tests. One is a Surface Dye Test, where our Technicians dye test skimmers and spillways. This is a quick and simple way to eliminate leaking skimmers and spillways, which are common culprits of leaking pools and spas.

The next course of action is a Dive and Dye Test, which encompasses the entire pool and spa structure for possible leaks. This includes all drains, returns, skimmers, lights, fountains and any cracks or holes that seem like potential leaks. The Dive and Dye Test is a comprehensive procedure to locate leaks inside the interior structure of the pool and spa.

Following a Dive and Dye Test, we recommend proceeding with a Pressure Test to pinpoint any potential leaks in your pool’s plumbing that previously would be undiagnosed with a structural leak test alone.

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