Evaporation varies by environmental conditions such as the wind, water temperature, dew point, barometric pressure, pool size, etc. Because of this, the evaporation rate can vary from day to day. If you are concerned that the water loss in your pool may be more than just normal evaporation you can do an easy test called the bucket test. Basically, the bucket test exposes water in a bucket to the same conditions as those affecting your swimming pool or spa. The Bucket Test is an easy test to see if you are losing too much water in your pool or spa. If you are, you may possibly have a leak or is it just normal water.
The Bucket Test:
- Bring water to a normal operating level usually the middle of the skimmer or tiles.
- Place a bucket filled with pool water on the top step of the pool.
- Mark the water level on both the inside and the outside of the bucket.
- The starting point levels should be the same.
- Check the mark 24 hours later.
If there is a greater drop in the line on the outside of the bucket, a leak in the pool is indicated and it is time to call All Pro Leak Detection. Please note that during the middle of the summer season you will lose water from evaporation. This is a normal occurrence you can experience from 1” to 2” of water loss in 1 week due to evaporation, children splashing, and filter backwashing. This amount will normally occur when the temperature is in the high 80’s to 90’s, less when it is colder. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact All Pro Leak Detection at 972-690-4000