During periods of dry weather, such as winter in Florida, you might notice your pool levels getting lower more often and wonder; is my pool leaking? Sometimes it’s as simple as it being a dry time and not raining very often. But it also could be more than normal evaporation. Typical evaporation is 1”-2” per week. Pools with a water feature such as waterfalls can experience more evaporation. Warm days and cool nights also cause pool water to evaporate more quickly. If you notice you are filling your pool more than 2” on a weekly basis, it might be time to perform “the bucket test”.
Bucket Test Steps
- Fill your pool to its standard level
- Get a 5 gallon bucket, fill it to an inch from the lip, and place it on the top step of your pool.
- If your pool has an autofill valve, be sure to turn it off
- Mark the water levels on both the inside and outside of the bucket.
- After 24 hours, compare both the inside and outside water levels.
- If the water outside the bucket has dropped more significantly than the inside level, you most likely have a leak and will require the help of a professional.
- Repeat the test in the case of rain
- Don’t wait longer than 24 hours to perform the test
When left untreated, even small swimming pool leaks can lead to major problems. Problems can include:
- Pumping systems
- Structural damage
- Internal plumbing
- Proper chemical balance
LaPensee Plumbing Pools and Air is here to serve all your pool needs. Our commercial pool contracting license allows us to offer a variety of pool services which include leak repairs. Finding a leak sooner not only saves on your water bill, but can save on costly repairs down the road if left untreated. LaPensee Plumbing, Pools & Air is the full service answer you have been searching for, contact us at (941) 778-5622 and get that leak fixed fast!