Swimming Pool Hydrostatic Pressure Problems & Solutions


Hydrostatic Pressure Defined: The pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium at a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to depth measured from the surface because of the increasing weight of fluid exerting downward force from above.

What does this mean for a swimming pool?  Hydrostatic pressure problems consist of the pressure of the buildup fluid/water pressing against the pool surface. This could cause the swimming pool’s surface to crack leading to serious damages. In certain cases in which swimming pools are empty during the effects of hydrostatic pressure, the swimming pool’s surface could lift completely out of the ground causing an extreme financial responsibility for repairs.

Are there any hydrostatic pressure testing pumps and equipment available to prevent this?  A recommended method to prevent hydrostatic pressure pool damage is by installing hydrostatic relief valves. When fluid/water presses up against the pool surface, the hydrostatic relief valves will open and provide an entryway for the water thus reducing the buildup pressure.