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Is My Pool Leaking?
How to Determine if a Pool is Leaking
A very common question that swimming pool companies hear has to do with water loss—“How much water should I be losing out of my pool?” Depending on the atmospheric conditions, swimming pools will lose up to ½” of water per 24 hour period through evaporation. Most of the time it will be less than this but it should never be more (assuming there is no splash out or backwashing of the filter). If you are unsure if a pool is leaking, the bucket test is an effective method of determining whether the pool is leaking:
The Bucket Test
- Fill the pool to the normal level.
- Fill a bucket with pool water and place it on the top step of the pool.
- Mark the level in the pool and the bucket.
- Measure the water levels in the bucket and the pool after 24 hours.
- If the pool loss is greater than the bucket loss, there is a leak in the pool.
How To Find a Pool Leak
If it is determined that the pool is leaking, it is typically very difficult for a pool owner to find a leak in a swimming pool, due to the vast amount of plumbing and other potential areas of water loss. Therefore, it is normally best to have a leak detection service locate the leak. Leak detection services for swimming pool usually cost $400-$600 for locating the leak, which typically does not include repair of the leak. Once the leak is located, repairs can be made. Prolonged pool leaks can cause damage to the pool structure or deck over time if they are ignored.
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