Got a leak ????
A leak in a pool can be a major cost, not just in the constant topping up of water but in the power to pump and heat the water. Replacing chemicals which are constantly being diluted by the addition of water are another cost factor.
Should the water drop below skimmers there is the risk of burning out pumps, an expensive exercise!!
Here is a simple test that you can do your self to determine if you have a leak in your pool or spa.
IS YOUR POOL OR SPA LEAKING?
Before calling in professionals to find the leak in your pool or spa it pays to do some investigating to determine if it is in fact leaking.
Evaporation is commonly mistaken for a leak because no two pools evaporate at the same rate and no one can give you a figure without testing.
The test for evaporation is simple. Place a bucket of water on the step of your pool- sitting in the pool water so it becomes the same temperature.
Mark the water level within the bucket and the pool water level on the outside of the bucket. This is then left for two days at the most and the water levels to the marks measured.
The measurement from the mark inside the bucket to the current water level in the bucket is your evaporation.
If the measurement outside the bucket to pool level is greater than the measurement for evaporation the pool is leaking.
POOL AND SPA
Once you have determined that the system is leaking it will also help to determine if the pool or the spa is leaking, if you have both. In most systems you can isolate the pool from the spa. Simply do this and see which is still leaking. If both appear to leak isolation most likely has failed. It would be advisable to get a professional to isolate one from the other.
PIPES OR STRUCTURE?
To determine if the leak is within a pipe or within the pool structure, carry out the evaporation test twice. Once with the system shut off, that is, no filter operating. Then once with the system running for an extended period.
You may end up with one of three possible results:
1 - No difference between tests - Indicates probable structural leak.
2 - Higher loss with system running - Indicates probable pressure pipe leak.
3 - No loss with system running - Indicates probable suction pipe leak.