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Do-It-Yourself Tips

There are many things you can do to figure out where you might be losing water, and even possibly fix the problem economically.  Your first challenge will be to find the leak, and if done carefully, you'll have greater success in taking that first step, which can be the the most difficult since leaks have a habit of hiding.

The first steps is to determine exactly how much water is being lost over a 24 hour period.  There are a couple of good methods for doing that (and each of these are linked to a more detailed explanation):

Marking & Measuring a Visible Location on the pool, and
The time tested "Bucket Method"

Once you've measured how much water is being lost, it can be helpful to calculate that into gallons (for cost analysis), and to translate that into gallons per hour (for visualizing "hole" size).

A couple more tests can be performed by the DIY'er:

  1. The Mark & Measure Test can be done comparing the water loss both with and without the pump running.  This will tell you whether the hydrolics of the pump are helping, hindering or not impacting the water loss.  Precision in conducting this test is essential!
  2. The "Passive Test" can also be performed, but with great caution !!   This test is done simply by letting the water go down (#1 with the pump off), and waiting to see how far down it will go (#2 without letting it go below a) the surrounding water table, or for a liner pool, b) 10" in the shallow end).  This might tell you the level of the place where the water is leaking out of the pool (but instead it might only tell you the level of the water in the ground! ;-).

From there on, only a keen eye (or expensive leak detection equipment!) has a chance of finding the leak without calling a professional.  But once the leak is found, it's repair is usually straight-forward, such as patching a liner, patching one of the pool fixtures, or worst of all, digging up piping and replacing a broken section.

To understand the general process of Leak Detection, visit our "Basic Leak Detection" page.  And if you'd like to get a feel for our services, visit our "Leak Detection Services" page for a description of a basic service call. 

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