A Drop in the Bucket - How to Tell If You Have a Pool Leak

by Pool Builders on 06-08-2009 in Articles

Concerns About A Leaking Pool
Water leaking from your pool can kill surrounding vegetation, raise the cost of maintaining your pool through excess chemical and water charges, and in the worst cases, compromise the structural integrity of your pool leading to major damage.

Since a drop in the water level of your pool can be attributed to many things besides a leak, it's important for you to have an easy way to determine if the level change is due to the environment or a leak.

You can use what's commonly referred to as the "Bucket Test" to verify whether your pool is leaking or not. The bucket test exposes water to the very same environmental conditions as your pool, and then you can compare the water loss in each to determine whether there is a leak or not.

How to Conduct a Bucket Test

  • Make sure the pool water is at its normal level.
  • Fill a bucket up to about one inch from the top.
  • Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool. Place something inside the bucket to weigh it down if necessary.
  • Mark the water level inside the bucket.
  • Mark the water level of the pool on the outside of the bucket or elsewhere.
  • Operate the pool as normal for 24 hours.
After the 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water level goes down more than the bucket water level, there may be a leak. If the pool water level and bucket level have gone down the same amount, the water loss is most likely due to environmental conditions, such as wind, water temperature, barometric pressure or something similar.

If you suspect a leak, it's important that you contact a trained professional to help locate and repair it as soon as possible. Leaking water from a pool can be expensive in the short term, but potentially much more damaging over time.

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