How do you tell if you have a swimming pool leak?
It is called the bucket test. Get a 5 gallon bucket from your home or any hardware store (try for a white bucket) and fill it to a good height. At this point get a marker and carefully put a mark at the point where the water height is in the bucket. After try to place you bucket in a spot in your backyard that gets about the same amount of sunlight/wind that your swimming pool does. Then, get a pencil and place a few marks on your swimming pool tile is usually at a easy spot like by the steps of the pool. Reminder to turn off all equipment for 5 minutes before you mark your tile because the wave action may make it too hard to find the true water height in your swimming pool. Mark a calender and give your pool and bucket 7 days to do it’s leveling. After 7 days go to your swimming pool and measure down from the mark on the swimming pool tile to the current water level of the pool. Then go to the bucket and measure down from the mark in the bucket to the current water level in the bucket. The pool and the bucket should go down close to the same amount in the week’s period. If the pool went down a considerable amount more than the pool call an expert because you probably do have a leak. With water prices continuing to rise in the United States it is better to get the leak fixed now compared to later because of the amount of water you are wasting times the given time period you wait. If you live anywhere in the New Orleans, Louisiana area please give us, Crystal Pools and Spas a call at 877-649-DIVE (3483). Thank you and if you have any pool related question please contact me by posting a question!
If you suspect you have a pool leak you should tend to it sooner rather than later. There are some builders out there that put automatic pool fillers on their pool so that if a pool leaks they won’t notice, leaving the builder off the hook. Older auto fill lines are unreliable because they are based on the same principle as the toilet float. If anything gets in the filler and the float gets stuck, the water will keep running until the homeowner notices. There is better technology on the auto filler end but if you have a leak it is VERY hard to detect when water is automatically being put in your pool.
Remember if you pool is leaking, take care of the pool leak ASAP!!!