How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Swimming Pool Leak?


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Pool Leak Repair Costs

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A swimming pool is not a minor investment. Even a small above-ground pool with a leak can cost thousands of dollars. The exact cost of swimming pool leak repair depends on whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, what type of material the pool is made of, and other factors. All leaks and potential damage should be investigated as soon as possible to minimize damage and repair costs.

One of the most important steps in the process is identifying where the leak or tear is and how it can best be fixed. This process will vary in length, depending on how difficult it is to detect the leak or crack that is present. Above-ground pools are generally easier to repair, which makes them more affordable in most cases, also.

Pool leak repair: common swimming pool leak repair costs, including all labor and materials.

Item Cost
Cracked plaster in a gunite pool: small leak. $65
Vinyl pool with torn liner $100-$500
Cracked fiberglass shell: small spider crack, beginning to spread. $300
Pump system leaks $200-$500
Leak detection and inspection service $300-$400
Total Cost $365-$900


Other considerations and costs

  • You can save a significant amount of money on leak detection if you can identify the source on your own. Some leak detection services have a minimum hourly charge that is required, regardless of how long it actually takes to find the leak. Be sure to ask about this.
  • Plumbers or pool repair pros should perform a pressure or meter test on your pump lines to ensure that the system is not leaking and is in good repair. Sometimes, they will charge a fee for this initially and then discount or remove it entirely if you choose them to do the repairs.
  • Full liner replacement or resurfacing of the pool due to a large crack or extensive damage can cost thousands of dollars and can usually be prevented with a little routine maintenance and regular inspections.

DIY considerations

  • For small leaks and tears, there are DIY products on the market that you can use to make your own repairs. Only do this if you are confident that you have found the issue, however, because many repair services will charge a premium to undo the damage caused by DIY repairs.
  • When the leak or damage is significant or requires complex repairs, it is best to enlist a professional to ensure things are fixed correctly.
  • Proper winterization and storage of your pool during the off-season can prevent a lot of potential cracks and damage caused by weather and debris.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$1,012
  • Bronx, NY$832
  • Brooklyn, NY$693
  • Philadelphia, PA$865
  • Washington, DC$750
  • Atlanta, GA$679
  • Miami, FL$617
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$647
  • Minneapolis, MN$759
  • Chicago, IL$884
  • Houston, TX$912
  • San Antonio, TX$612
  • Austin, TX$693
  • Denver, CO$586
  • Phoenix, AZ$618
  • Las Vegas, NV$678
  • Los Angeles, CA$764
  • San Diego, CA$693
  • San Jose, CA$837
  • Seattle, WA$613

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