Pool and spa news article on Leak Seeking

Think you might have a leak?

Believe it or not but you might not have a leak at all.  When pool water is warm and the night is cool water loss from evaporation can look like a possible leak.  To find out whether or not you have a leak you must determine how much of your water loss is from evaporation.  The bucket test is the ideal way to measure how much water loss is from evaporation.

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Place Bucket near skimmer
Marking the water level
Always measure with a ruler

Bucket Test

Before you begin...
          We REQUIRE this test to be done before any leak find is scheduled
Turn off any heaters or solar systems before attempting the bucket test.
During the bucket test do not allow anyone to touch the bucket or swim in the pool.
 

For IN-GROUND POOLS

Turn ON the pump & filtering system.

  1. Fill a bucket half way with water from the swimming pool  and place it next to the pool.
  2. Mark the water level in the bucket and in the pool (a good place to mark the water level in the pool is on the skimmer faceplate with a crayon).
  3. Wait 12 hours, then mark the water level again in the bucket and pool.
  4. Measure and record the distance between both marks on the pool and bucket with a ruler.
  5. Turn OFF the pump & filtering system.
  6. Repeat steps 2 to 4.
  7. Call with the results of the bucket test.

 

For ABOVE-GROUND POOLS

Turn ON the pump & filtering system.

  1. Check around the outside of the pool and filtering system for any leaking.
  2. Fill a bucket half way with water from the swimming pool  and place it next to the pool.
  3. Mark the water level in the bucket and in the pool (a good place to mark the water level in the pool is on the skimmer faceplate with a crayon).
  4. Wait 12 hours, then mark the water level again in the bucket and pool.
  5. Measure and record the distance between both marks on the pool and bucket with a ruler.
  6. Call with the results of the bucket test.

Note: For Above-Ground pools you do not need to turn off the pool, since there are no underground lines that could be leaking.  If your above ground pool does have underground lines perform the bucket test as instructed for an in-ground pool.

Bucket Test F.A.Q.

 

Some images of us in the field using the leak detector.