The Bucket Test

to detect

Pool Leaks

Are you losing too much water from your pool because of normal evaporation or a hidden leak?

To put your mind at rest, perform an easy  DIY bucket test on your pool to find out!

What causes swimming pools to leak?

The leading causes of leaks in swimming pools, include:

  • General wear & tear on the pool underwater surfaces
  • Malfunctioning pumps and motors
  • Broken or dripping plumbing
  • Loose rail & ladder fittings
  • Structural leaks through cracks in pool’s shell

These problems may also apply in part to spa tubs, waterfalls, scuppers, fountains and other water features situated in-ground.

Leaks that are not repaired may lead to ground saturation, flooding and water waste. 

2 day test to detect a potential pool leak

Start the Bucket Test!

Day 1 – Part 1:

Test for Structural Leaks

1

  • Turn off your pool equipment for 24 hours.

2

  • Fill bucket with water to about a few cms from top and mark water level in bucket.

3

  • Bring swimming pool water to normal level and mark water line.

4

  • After 24 hours, check water levels of bucket and pool water using marker lines as a guide.

5

  • If levels in bucket and pool are the same, the pool is not leaking.

6

  • If water levels are lower in the pool than the bucket,  there is a leak in the pool.

Day 2 – Part 2:

Test for Equipment Leaks

1

  • Turn on filter unit for 24 hours.

2

  • Fill bucket with water to about a few cms from top and mark water level in bucket.

3

  • Bring swimming pool water to normal level and mark water line.

4

  • After 24 hours, check water levels of bucket and pool water using marker lines as a guide.

5

  • If levels in bucket and pool are the same, the pool equipment is not leaking.

6

  • If water levels are lower in the pool than the bucket,  there is a leak from the pool filtration unit.
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* Humidity rates are about what you’d expect in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane. Often humidity can be 70% in these areas

 

     In both parts if the water level in the bucket is lower there is a leak in the bucket or evaporation.

    If a leak has been established or not it is recommended you contact the Australian Leak Detection Service number is 1300 695 325 or 07 3207 3152.

    I hope this information is helpful in assisting you with this matter.  If we can be of further assistance please let us know.

    If you are not comfortable in doing the bucket test, we can assist and provide this service.  Cost to provide this service and report back on outcome is $88.00.  Please advise if we can be of any further assistance in this matter.