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Think You HAVE A LEAK? TRY THESE TESTs First!
There are several things you can do to determine if your property has a plumbing or pool leak. Save yourself some money by conducting these tests. Doing this will give insight into if water loss is the result of a leak or natural causes.
The Water Meter Test
Have a pool, How much Water evaporates from your pool every day?
The Bucket Test
The pool water loss calculator
Or give us a call, we are happy to provide a skilled technician to perform an official examination.
Water Meter Test
Have you had exceptionally higher water bills lately? By performing the meter test, you can find out how much water you have lost to a leak. You can perform this test at your property without help from a leak specialist. The results should give you some idea of how big the leak is.
Take a moment and make a note of the current reading on your water meter. Return after 30 minutes and check the meter again. If the numbers are the same as they were when you started the test, you do not have a water leak in the supply water system and can stop the test here.
If the numbers did change, go inside, and shut off the valves at all fixtures on your property. Now repeat the test. If the numbers changed after shutting off all the valves, it means the leak is coming from one or more of your fixtures. (Toilet running, faucet dripping, etc.)
If the numbers did not change, even after turning off all the valves, you may need a professional leak inspection. If you have a pool, proceed to the Pool test for next steps.
Swimming Pool Test
How Much Water Evaporates from a Pool Each Day?
It can be easy to misdiagnose pool water evaporation. Evaporation rates depend on both geographic and environmental factors. Pool owners who notice a sizeable water loss in their pool should implement the Bucket Test to determine whether their pool has a leak or is just experiencing routine water evaporation. If pool owners or maintenance workers are constantly filling up the pool, there may be a leak.
On average, swimming pools lose about a quarter of an inch of water each day, yet variations in wind intensity, humidity and sunlight can drastically change water loss rates.
Is it Evaporation or do I have a water leak? The bucket test is an easy way to rule out pool leaks without calling a professional.
How to Perform a Bucket Test
Ensure your pool filled to its standard level. Utilizing a typical bucket, fill it 1 inch from the top with pool water. For this test, ensure no one adds water or if you have an auto fill valve, it is turned off.
Set the bucket in the pool where it is submerged to within about 5 inches from the top.
Mark the water level inside the bucket and the water level outside the bucket.
Wait 24 hours and then 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. (Again, make sure no water was added to the pool while you were away)
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