I seem to be topping up my pool water a lot lately. Is my pool leaking?
As pool leak detection experts, Dallas pool owners come to us a lot with this question. It’s perfectly normal for your pool water level to fluctuate, especially in the hottest summer months when strong sun causes evaporation, swimmers splash out water and you are backwashing and vacuuming your pool more often. While we are happy to come out and assess your pool for you, there are things you can do yourself first to determine if your pool is leaking.
The Bucket Test is a reliable method for DIY pool leak detection.
- You find the water level going down at least two inches in a week.
- You seem to be refilling your pool more often than normal.
- You notice water puddles around your pool deck or equipment when the pool has not been in use.
- You see cracks in your pool surface
- You notice air in your system
The Bucket Test
The Bucket Test is the most reliable method of do-it-yourself pool leak detection. Dallas area hardware stores sell plastic buckets for just a few dollars, so this is also a very cost effective method of pool leak detection. This test is best done early morning on a dry day. Here’s how it’s done:
- Weigh your plastic bucket down with some rocks so it won’t float away.
- Fill the bucket half full with water.
- With a permanent marker, mark a line on the inside of the bucket just above the water line.
- Place the bucket on the first step of your pool, or in any shallow, level area of your pool. (Do not fully immerse the bucket. Make sure that at least the top four inches are above water.)
- Mark a line with your marker to indicate where the pool water hits the outside of the bucket.
- Leave the bucket there for twenty four hours. It’s best to keep swimmers out of the pool during this time to avoid water splash out.
- The next day examine your bucket. If the water level as gone down on the outside of the bucket more than on the inside, this indicates that you have a leak in your pool. If the water level decrease is the same both inside and outside of the bucket, then it is likely due to evaporation.
If you due determine that you have a pool leak, measure your water loss before calling us. This will be helpful information for our pool leak detection technician. Do not put pool leak repairs on the long finger. If left unrepaired, pool leaks can cause extensive damage to the pool as well as nearby structures. These damages are often much more expensive to repair than the initial pool leak itself.
For professional pool leak detection, repair, pool cleaning, pool maintenance and service or water chemistry assistance in the Dallas area, contact Dolphin Pool Supply and Service. To find more helpful tips on caring for your pool, subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook.