Friday, August 26, 2011

Suspect a pool leak?

American Leak Detection provides a step by step test to find out if your pool is leaking or if the water is evaporating at a faster than normal rate because of the heat.

  1. Fill the pool to the level recommended for operating: usually pool companies suggest halfway up the pool skimmer.

  2. Turn off the pool pump and any other device that adds water to the pool.

  3. Take a five gallon bucket and fill it to within 1" of the top.

  4. Place the filled bucket on the 1st or 2nd step of the pool with the bucket under water at least six inches. Make sure the bucket won't tip or float.

  5. Mark the water level inside the bucket.

  6. Mark the water level on the outside of the bucket.

  7. Turn the pool pump back on.

  8. You won't be able to swim during the test.

  9. Wait 24 hours and compare the level in the bucket with the level in the pool. If the pool level is lower than the bucket level, then you probably have a leak. If the levels are the same, then the Texas heat has struck again, and you are experiencing normal evaporation.

Those pools with a spa, fountain, waterfall, or negative edge will lose slightly more than the bucket because of increased evaporation.

Of course, in the unlikely event that it rains, you will have to repeat the test. (We hope you have this problem!)

Thanks again to American Leak Detection. If you do have a leak, you might give them a call for advice and service at 817-789-4571 or 972-441-4030.

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