If you have a suspicion you have a pool leak then you have come to right place! We have been performing pool leak detection and pool leak repairs for over 20 years! We were one the first in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and still the best. From exercising dedication and patience we can locate your pool leak usually within a 12"x12" area. This minimizes the amount of deck area that is demolished to gain access to your leak. Sometimes we have arrived at job site only to find that there is not a pool leak detection or a pool leak repair needed. It can be as simple as an adjustment to your pressure side pool sweep. So let's find out how to identify if there is pool leak, easy ways to test at home to confirm a pool leak, and then what you need to do once a pool leak is present.

Pool Leak Indicators

Indications you have pool leak include but not limited to:

  • A pool leak is considered to be more than 1.5" of water loss per week.
  • Excessive amounts of pool chemicals are being used to maintain your pool.
  • If there is deck movement or settlement.
  • An increase in one's water bill.
  • Wet spots in the yard or around the pool deck.
  • Filling the pool with water more than once per week. (especially in the off season)

Common Ways to Check for Pool Leaks

The Bucket Test

The most common and easiest test to see if your pool is loosing water is the bucket test.

  1. You will need a five gallon plastic bucket. 
  2. Fill the bucket with water approximately 6".
  3. Then set the bucket on the first step of the pool.
  4. Adjust the water in the bucket to match the water level on the outside of the bucket.
  5. Mark with tape or a permanent marker the new water level inside the bucket.
  6. Wait 24 hours and check the water level in the bucket versus on the outside. 
If the water level in the pool and the bucket move the same amount then you do not have a pool leak! If the water level in the pool is lower than the water level in the bucket then you do have a pool leak

Pool Equipment On/Off Test

This test shows if you pool leaks more when it is running or when it is off and determines if you have a plumbing leak or structural leak.

  1. Mark the water level of your pool on the tile with tape. (Make sure your pool water level is in the middle of the tile.)
  2. Leave all your valves at the pool equipment are all their normal positions.
  3. Allow your equipment to run 24 hours continuously. (Leave your pressure side cleaner and water features with separate pumps off.)
  4. Check and measure the amount of water loss incurred.
  5. Readjust the pool water level if necessary.
  6. Turn your pool equipment off for 24 hours continuously.
  7. Check and measure the amount of water loss incurred.

Now based on this information, if the pool lost more water when it was running then when it was off then it has a leak most likely in the pool plumbing. The pool's plumbing will need to be pressure tested for a pool leak detection. If the pool leaked the same amount of water whether it was on or off then it most likely has a structural leak. A structural leak is considered to be in the pool's shell or gunite. In this case a scuba diver will need to be called out specializing in pool leak detection and pool leak repair. Also at this point you can elect to do an "on" test with your pressure side cleaner and other water features with separate pumps or you can leave it to the professionals.

If you find your pool does in fact have a pool leak or you are just completely frustrated and cannot bring yourself to do these tests feel free to call and ask our pool leak detection professionals for help. We will gladly help over the phone. Most of the time, we recommend the caller to perform an "on/off" test. This not only saves us time but more importantly it saves you money!