Bucket Test for Leaking Pools

Do you think your pool is losing water? If you have a pool leak, you want to identify it as soon as possible to ensure it does not damage your property. However, pool water does evaporate and dissipate with use. To determine whether you may have a leak or are losing water from your pool, you can try the “bucket test” to see if you are losing water.

Setting Up Your Bucket Test

The idea of the bucket test is to check if water is evaporating or if there is water leaking from the pool. To do this test, you need to fill a bucket with pool water, about an inch from the top. Also fill your pool to its “full” level. Mark the water level in the bucket and put the bucket on the first or second step into your pool. Also mark the level of the pool water on the side pool or outside of the bucket.

Once your bucket and pool are set, run your pool as normal for at least 24 hours. The bucket and pool water should be similar temperatures, evaporating at the same rate. If after a day the level of your pool has went down farther than the level of water in the bucket, this can indicate a leak. While it does not tell you where the leak is, it does show that water is escaping from the pool beyond just evaporation.

If you suspect you have a leak, call your local pool service that offers leak detection and repairs. The pool service pros can quickly find where your pool is losing water and fix the problem before it causes serious damage to your property or home from erosion and water intrusion.

Posted on behalf of:
Somar Pools, LLC
6538 Collins Ave, #42
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 767-7755

The Science of Finding a Pool Leak

Eventually, every pool will have a leak. It may be small, or it could be significant, but the design of encasing hundreds of gallons of water is bound to fail at one point or another. A pool can last for many years without a leak, but when one does finally occur, the best solution is detecting and repairing it as quickly as possible. A minor leak will only get worse if not repaired. The key is having a pool leak detection expert use the latest technology and methods to find the leak fast, so repair work can begin.

Throw Away the Bucket

The old “bucket test” is still viable for a pool owner to check if their pool is losing water, but it is far from accurate. There are many factors that can impact your water level on your pool, including evaporation and usage. When it comes to finding a pool leak, you want a pool leak specialist that has a scientific method for recognizing a pool leak and determining where it is located.

Pool leak specialists can use a computerized water measuring device that will indicate whether water is being lost in minutes – no waiting for days to measure the water in a bucket. They can also use tools to check the water pressure in the plumbing. Knowing how much the pool is leaking and narrowing down whether it is in the pool or in the plumbing is the first step in pinpointing the leak and ensuring it is repaired quickly.

If you are concerned that you have a pool leak, contact a pool leak specialist that uses the latest technology and tools to quickly find leaks and complete the repair.

Posted on behalf of:
Somar Pools, LLC
6538 Collins Ave, #42
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 767-7755

How to Check for Plumbing Leaks in Your Pool

Pool leaks can occur without you even knowing they are there. It can take weeks, even months, to realize there is something wrong. Many times, the leaks are inside the pool or in plumbing that is under ground, making it difficult to find the source. You may not realize there is a leak until you get a large water bill or begin noticing your pool water is disappearing quicker than normal. Here are a few ways to proactively check for leaks to protect your pool and property.

The first test is to make sure you have a leak. Water does evaporate and you lose more water when the pool is used more often. The bucket test is a quick way to check for a leak. Fill a bucket with water and set it by the pool. Mark the level of the pool water and the level of water in the bucket. Leave them undisturbed for at least 24 hours. If the pool level drops more than in the bucket, you have a leak.

If you know you have a leak in your pool, you can start checking for any signs near your pool equipment. Look for drips or leaks around any visible plumbing when the pump is running. Check for wet spots or green spots on your lawn that may indicate a leak underground. If your pump keeps needing to be manually primed or air bubbles are emitted from the return jets, you could have a leak in your plumbing.

It can difficult to find the source of a pool leak on your own. Call in your local pool service to help find the source of your leak and get the repair you need.

Posted on behalf of:
Somar Pool Service & Repairs
4581 Weston Road
Weston, FL 33331
(954) 840-8544

How To Check If Your Pool Has A Leak

Nothing beats a refreshing dip in your own pool. However, owning a pool require maintenance and repairs, including dealing with leaks. If you own a pool, eventually you most likely will have a leak that needs repair. The important thing is to know how to check if your pool has leak so you can get it repaired quickly before it causes damage to your property and costs you even more money.

There is an easy ways to see if your pool is losing water. Try this simple technique. Take a bucket, preferable plastic so it won’t rust, and put in on the first step in your pool. Fill the bucket to the same level as the water surrounding it so that the bucket water is even with the water in the pool. Make sure your automatic pool filler is turned off if you have one. Also make sure no one gets in to the pool during the test period. Check the water around the bucket once a day. If the level in the pool goes below the level in the bucket, you have a leak. If they stay the same but both lose water, it is just evaporation.

A general rule of thumb is that you should not be putting in more than two or three inches of water a week unless the temperatures are very high causing excess evaporation. If it seems like you are losing water, you probably are. The next step is finding a reliable pool repair company with experience in pool leak detection to find the leak and get it fixed before any more water is lost!


Identifying a Pool Leak

After years of enjoying your pool, you may start to notice that the water level is down a little bit more than usual in the mornings.  Maybe you notice that your water bill has been creeping up.  Perhaps you noticed a mushy area in your yard that never seems to dry.  If so, you may have a pool leak.

Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between a pool leak and water loss through natural evaporation or normal use.  A big leak will be obvious, but smaller leaks are a little more subtle.  If you are not sure that your pool is leaking, try using the bucket test.

Fill a large bucket with pool water to just below the rim and place the bucket on a step in the pool so that the rim of the bucket is at least six inches higher than the pool level.  Put a couple rocks or bricks in the bucket to keep it from floating away.  Use a grease pencil or magic marker to mark the water level inside the bucket and the pool water level on the outside off the bucket.

After at least 24 hours, compare the drop in water level inside the bucket with the drop in the pool water level marked on the outside of the bucket.  If the pool water level has dropped more than the level inside the bucket, you probably have a pool leak.

If you think you have a pool leak, call a local pool service with experience in pool leak detection and repair.  They have specialized tools and equipment to confirm, find, and repair pool leaks.