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Is My Pool Leaking? How to Check Your Pools Water Level

As a pool owner that frequently uses their swimming pool, having a leak can be a major frustration. If a minor leak is left unchecked, it can result in big problems down the road. Not only does it waste water, energy, and expensive pool chemicals, but it can also cause significant water damage to your home. If you suspect your pool might leak, here is what you should do.

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Look for Warning Signs of a Leak

Do you know what to look for when searching for a swimming pool leak? Check out these 5 common reasons/signs a pool could spring a leak.

  1. If you notice mild to moderate water loss that doesn’t seem to match up to the current climate conditions/evaporation, you should consider a leak.

  2. Dramatic shifting or displacement of pool tiles could be a telltale sign of a leak or water damage.

  3. A spike in your home’s utility or water bill may be a clue that your pool is leaking.

  4. If you have been on a strict cleaning maintenance schedule, and there is an increase in the algae growing in and around your pool, you could have a leak.

  5. If you notice medium to large-sized puddles of water in your yard or anywhere on your property - call your pool repair pro as soon as possible.

Get to the Root of the Problem

Is it a leak or could it be something else? If the only sign of a possible leak is a lower water level, it could simply be due to evaporation. If you are new to pool ownership and haven’t dealt with maintaining your pool year-round, seeing a slight decline in your water level could be a cause for concern. Do not worry, a typical pool can lose nearly two inches of water per week, especially in states with more severe weather conditions, like Florida. Some other things that can cause your pool’s water to evaporate faster than usual include: high sun exposure, extremely high temperatures outside, low levels of humidity, and other climatic conditions.

Perform a Bucket Test

Still not 100% positive your pool is leaking? The Clean Pool Company recommends performing a bucket test to make sure your pool is really leaking. The bucket test is commonly recommended by most pool industry professionals. Follow these instructions to perform your very own bucket test, and find out if you have a leak!

  1. Fill a regular bucket with water from your swimming pool.

  2. Place that bucket on one of your pool’s steps and match the water level on the inside of the bucket with the water level on the outside of your bucket.

  3. Make an indication mark of the water level with some colored tape. Mark the level on both the outside and inside of the bucket. This will let you know the water level in the pool as well as the water level inside your bucket.

  4. Compare the water levels of the buck and the pool to see if evaporation is occurring at the same rate. If the water level of the pool is lower than the level of the water in the bucket, you know that you have a leak. (This may take 24-72 hours depending on the season, weather conditions, etc.)

While the bucket test might not show you exactly where or why your pool is leaking, it is a good trick to give you confirmation that there is a water leak somewhere.

If you have read this article, performed a bucket test, and still cannot locate the source of your leak, feel free to give The Clean Pool Company a call or submit a request for an onsite inspection - we would be more than happy to come out and take a look.

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