Is Your Pool Losing Water?
The Bucket Test
If you are experiencing water loss in your pool this is an easy way to determine whether this is natural water loss due to evaporation or whether this is the result of a leak in the pool.
This test must be performed under specific conditions:
· 24hrs of no rain
· Pool equipment must be turned off and remain off the entire testing period
· There is to be no usage of the pool
Step 1. Turn off your pool equipment at the breaker to ensure that it will not be turned back on by the timer.
Step 2. Fill a bucket ¾ of the way full. When the water in the bucket is still, mark the height of the water level using either a grease pencil or a piece of tape. Note that the tape should be able to stay affixed and not fall off during the testing period.
Step 3. Place the bucket on the top step of the pool so that it is partially submerged and resting securely on the step.
Step 4. With the bucket in the pool, mark the level of the water in the pool on the side of the bucket with either a grease pencil or a piece of tape. Note that the tape should be able to stay affixed and not fall off during the testing period.
Step 5. Wait 24hrs and measure the water lose in both the pool and the bucket. It is very important that there is no rain or anyone using the pool as that will alter the results of the test.
We expect the pool to have lost up to 1/8th of an inch more water than the bucket due to seepage. This occurs at all fittings that go through the pool shell and is an acceptable loss by manufacture standards. Seepage is a normal occurrence in all swimming pools and is impossible to prevent. That is why we must take this into consideration when measuring water loss in the pool. If your test results show that the pool has lost the same amount of water or up to 1/8th of an inch more than the pool there is no reason to suspect that your pool has a leak. If your test results show that the pool has lost more than the allotted 1/8th of an inch then there may be a leak in the pool and will need to be looked at.