Updated: Feb 12, 2020
It's difficult to determine whether a drop in the pool water level is caused by a leak or normal evaporation. Calling a Swimming Pool Contractor to locate leaks will cost around $450.00 which does not include the swimming pool repair costs. To save money it is best for the homeowner to conduct a bucket test himself which will tell you if the water loss in your pool is the result of a leak or evaporation.
How to Perform a Bucket Test
Have your pool filled to its standard level. Using a 5 gallon bucket, fill it 1 inch from the top with pool water. If you are performing this on a commercial pool, turn any autofill valve off and close access to the pool. Homeowners also need to check if they have an auto-fill device and turn it off.Immerse the bucket in the pool to about 5 inches. Setting it on the first or second step of your pool should suffice.Mark the water level inside the bucket and the water level outside the bucket.Come back in 24 hours to compare the inside water level to the outside water level. If the water level outside the bucket has dropped more than the water level inside the bucket, you likely have a pool leak and need to call a professional.
Upon completion of your leak detection and review of your ‘Leak Detection Report’, it’s time for the next step, the pool repair. We will give you the most cost and time effective option to proceed with fixing all the reported swimming pool leaks.