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How to Detect Pool Leaks with a Bucket Test

Check out our video on the three different methods of doing a bucket test for pool and spa. This video will show you how to detect pool leaks using a bucket test.

Swimming Pool Bucket Test Video instructions

Pool Bucket Test

Knowing how to do a bucket test on your pool is an important step in maintaining healthy pool environment. With the right supplies and a little bit of effort, you can quickly and accurately test the water loss of your swimming pool using the bucket test method.

What is a bucket test for a pool?

First of all, what is a bucket test for a pool?

This test is the most simple way you can find out for certain if your pool is losing water due to a leak or evaporation.

Simply, by doing a bucket test, you are comparing the water loss in a 5 gallon bucket (evaporation) to the water loss in your pool. It’s extremely simple, takes five minutes to set up, 24 hours to wait, and you will know if your pool is losing water due to evaporation or a pool leak.

When to do a bucket test?

I know if you see a puddle of water in your backyard, the first thing you’ll want to do is call a pool leak detection company. But, not so fast! That puddle can be coming from anywhere. Before you spend hundreds of dollars on a leak detection test, be sure that your pool has a leak.

By doing this test, you can determine if your pool water loss is due to pool evaporation.

Pool water loss from evaporation or a leak?

Many pool owners think that if they lose 1/8th to 1/4 inches a day, they must have a leak. But water loss that high happens in texas, even in the winter.

Having an accurate idea of how much water your pool might be losing due to a pool leak is very helpful to many leak detection experts.

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How to perform a swimming pool bucket test.

  1. Find a 5-gallon bucket.

    The first step in the bucket test process is to find a 5-gallon bucket. These can be any clean, non-toxic bucket that is made of plastic or metal. You don’t want to use any containers with cracks or openings as this would cause the test to fail.Bucket test equipment needed

  2. Fill the bucket about an inch to the top.

    Next, fill the bucket about an inch to the top. We want it as high up as possible to replicate the pool conditions in the bucketFilling up a 5 gallon bucket

  3. Put the bucket on the first or second step inside your pool.

    Put the bucket on the first or second step inside your pool. Ideally it should be as on the lowest step possible before being submerged. You may need to weigh it down with a brick.5-gallon bucket for a pool leak detection bucket test

  4. Mark where the water level is on the inside of the bucket.

    Mark where the water level is on the inside of the bucket. You can use a piece of tape or a permanent marker.Put tape at top of water level

  5. Mark on the outside of the bucket where the pool water level is.

    Mark on the outside of the bucket where the pool water level is . You can use a piece of tape or a permanent marker.Put tape on outside of bucket at the pool water level

  6. Wait 24 hours.

    Wait 24 hours. Make sure that your autofill is turned off and that the weather will not rain. It is also important that no-one swims in the pool and that the bucket can not be drunk out of or played with by your pets.Wait 24 hours for a pool bucket test

  7. Come back with a ruler.

    Come back with a ruler. It is very important that you use a ruler as accuracy is necessary to understand what is going on with your pool.

  8. Measure the distance between the mark you made to where the water has dropped on the inside of the bucket.

    Then, measure the distance between the mark you made to where the water has dropped on the inside of the bucket. This is your evaporation level. Since the bucket has no leaks, the amount of water loss in the bucket is only due to evaporation. You can expect your pool to lose at least this amount.Use a ruler to measure bucket water loss

  9. Measure the distance between the mark you made to where the pool water has dropped on the outside of the bucket.

    Measure the distance between the mark you made to where the pool water has dropped on the outside of the bucket. Pool Bucket Test measure the outside of the bucket

  10. Compare the two measurements.

    Next, Compare the two measurements. If the measurements are the same, you do not have a leak. However, if the measurements are different (the pool measurement should be greater) then your pool does have a leak.

Benefits of doing this test

  1. You can know if your pool is actually losing water
  2. If a leak detection company tells you that you don’t have a leak, this is proof
  3. If you were told by a plumber that your pool is leaking but you feel like it isn’t, this is proof as well
  4. You will have peace of mind knowing what is going on with your pool.

You’ll be glad you did a bucket test pool leak test. Evaporation levels can vary greatly between Plano, Fort Worth, Dallas, and all of Texas. So doing this bucket test, no matter where you are, will help. And the evaporation level just might surprise you!

For a more detailed explanation of how to find a leak, go to our website “How to find a pool leak”

And if you need even more info, here’s a great article on WikiHow:

https://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Leak-in-Your-Swimming-Pool