How to Check If Your Pool Is Leaking

February 16, 2017 2:07 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If it seems like you’re filling your pool more often than usual, or if your water bill seems abnormally high, chances are good that there may be a leak in your pool. Leaks are hard to find, and detecting and fixing a leak is usually expensive if you have to call in a professional pool service in Mandeville, LA to do the job.

If you think you may have a leak, but aren’t certain enough to call in a detection service, there’s actually a simple test you can do yourself to confirm whether or not your pool is leaking. It’s called the bucket test. All you need is a five-gallon bucket and a waterproof permanent marker to get started, and then just follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Fill your pool up to its normal operating level. This is usually about halfway between the top and bottom of the skimmer mouth.
  • Step 2: Fill your bucket 3/4 of the way full.
  • Step 3: Set the bucket of water on the first step of your pool so it’s partially submerged.
  • Step 4: Mark where the water level is on the inside of your bucket using your marker. You can also use duct tape.
  • Step 5: Mark the level of the pool water on the outside of your bucket the same way. Just make sure that the pool water is as calm as possible so you can mark the water level accurately.
  • Step 6: If your pool has an automatic water leveler (AWL), shut off the water flow that leads to it, or prop the AWL float up so the pool does not refill itself while you’re trying to do your test.
  • Step 7: Allow your pool to run as usual for the next 24 hours. Be sure that nothing disturbs the water in the pool or your bucket. Using the pool during your test will make your reading invalid.
  • Step 8: After 24 hours, check your results. Use a ruler or tape measure to measure the exact distance between your mark and the current water level. You should do this for both the water level inside the bucket and the water level of your pool.
  • Step 9: To read your results, you’ll want to compare the measurement from inside the bucket to the measurement from the outside of the bucket. If the measurement from outside the bucket is greater than the measurement from inside the bucket, you’ll know that your pool has a leak.

Don’t waste money refilling a leaking pool this summer. By using the bucket test, you can know for sure whether your pool has a leak.

If you do confirm that your pool has a leak, then it’s time to call in a professional pool service in Mandeville, LA to find the leak and repair it. At Tropical Pool Services & Renovations, LLC, our expert pool technicians will be able to fix your leak as quickly as possible so you can get back to enjoying your pool.

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