Here are some simple tricks and advice when looking for a leak on your pool Leaks in a pool can be costly and some fixes might be simple and inexpensive to repair. Use the simple steps to see if you are needing to call a Leak detection service in your area. This advice is only to steer you in the right direction to help save you money in chemicals and in water.
A quarter inch of water loss per day is most likely evaporation. The evaporation rate in your area will depend on humidity, sunlight intensity, barometric pressure, winds and the level of activity in the pool or spa.
- Bring the pool water to the normal level. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with pool water to about two-thirds from the top.
- Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool. Ensure the bucket is immersed in the pool at least five inches.
- Mark the water level inside the bucket.
- Shut off the pump and auto fill and mark the pool water level on the outside of the bucket.
- Resume normal pool pump operation.
- After 24 hours, compare the two water levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the bucket's water level, there is probably a leak. If levels are the same, only evaporation has occurred.
After the bucket test is completed, use a calculator to determine how many gallons you're losing in a 24-hour period, an hour, and even per minute. There are many available on-line if you search "swimming pool water loss calculator" of look in your CPO book.
If it rains during the test, repeat the bucket test. Expect water loss from normal evaporation.