If you have a pool and a spa and are losing water due to a leak, you may want to know which part of your pool is leaking. Whether you suspect it is your pool or your spa, there is one thing you should do to determine where the leak is coming from.
Why should you do this test? If you narrow down the leak to the spa, then here at True Blue, we will charge you less just to check your spa. Simply doing this test may save you some money.
Follow these easy steps to determine if your leak is in your pool or spa
Total Time: 2 days
Turn the spa completely off
Turn the spa completely off at your equipment. Typically this is done by manually turning valves. This may also be done electronically, depending on the system you have. Here’s a quick video on turning off your spa. Each spa is different but hopefully this will help a little bit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hq6poV3KU8
Run the pool equipment by itself
For the next 24 hours, you will run the pool equipment normally without running the circulation through the spa.
Check the levels of the pool and spa after 24 hours
If the spa does not lose water, but the pool does, the leak is in the pool. If the spa loses water, then there is one more test to run before determining if it is a leak in your spa.
Run the spa by itself
If the spa stays full while running it in spa mode for 24 hours, then the “leak” in the spa is not a leak but a bad check valve that you or a pool equipment company can easily fix.
If the spa loses water while running in spa mode, then the spa has a leak and you will need a leak detection company to pinpoint the leak.
How do I measure the water loss in my pool or spa?
There are two ways to measure the water loss in your pool that we recommend.
The first is to do a bucket test. This is super simple and accurate. It measures the difference between evaporation and water loss so that you can accurately see how much water you’re losing.
Click here for directions on how to do a bucket test.
The second method is much easier. All you need is some tape and a ruler. Place the tape at the water level. Wait 24 hours and go back with a ruler and measure how far the water has dropped.
There are rare occasions where this test may not give you the full picture of the leak in your pool and spa. However, in most cases doing this will tell you if your leak is in the pool or spa.
Feel free to call us or email us with any questions. We will be so happy to help!