Pool Leak Detection
AquaRama Pools & Spas offer a professional and dependable leak detection department. Many people question how they know they have a leak, depending on the region and climate in which you live, it may not be uncommon for your pool water level to vary from day to day. Environmental factors such as humidity, wind, and air as well as water temperature can have an effect, causing you to lose up to 1/4 inch of water a day or about 2 inches per week.
You may have a leak if:
In the heat of the summer your pool can seem to lose water faster than usual. The bucket test helps determine if the unusual rate of water loss is due to a high evaporation rate or a possible leak. Use the following steps to determine if your pool is leaking.
Test your pool for a leak with the Bucket Test.
- Bring pool water to normal level.
- Fill 5 gallon bucket with pool water about 3-4 inches from top.
- Place bucket on first or second step of pool (preferably the second step without immersing it).
- With marker or electrical tape, mark the water level on inside of bucket.
- Shut off pump and mark pool level on outside of bucket.
- Resume normal pump operation. Make sure auto/manual fill valve is off during test.
- After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the inside water level, there may be a leak.
In case of rain, repeat the test.
Test is not valid after 24 hours.
Evaporation will occur at the same rate regardless of the area of water. A bucket will lose a quarter inch of water as fast as a swimming pool loses a quarter inch of water.
If the pool is leaking, AquaRama Pools & Spas leak detection can expertly determine if the leak is in the structure, plumbing, or accessories, and isolate the leak to minimize the required repair expense.
Preparing your pool for a professional leak detection
Pool needs to be Clear and Clean, Not Green
In most cases, it is recommended to have the pool vacuumed spotless prior to your detection. Leaks as large as 1" in diameter have been missed until the dirt covering them was vacuumed or brushed away. Make sure the water is clean and not green. If it is green, the water could contain molds, fungus, larvae, and other contaminants that could make you sick, besides making it almost impossible to test.
Have the following information ready when you call to schedule your professional pool leak detection
- Is it a pool only or does it also have a spa?
- Is the pool equipment above or below ground?
- How many pumps?
- Is the pool constructed of fiberglass, gunite, marcite, or vinyl?
- How many skimmers?
- Does it leak more with the filter on or with it off?
- How much water does it lose over a 24-hour period?
Leaks can create a fear in a homeowner, but with AquaRama Pools & Spas, we put an ease in the fear. We have a detection team that travels to your home, with state of the art equipment and prepared to detect your leak in a professional and dedicated manner. Call our Leak Detection Scheduling Center today at 770.422.6291.