Test for pool leaks

Pool Leak DIY Tests

Performing a DIY test to check for leaks in your pool is a simple process that can save time and money in the long run.

We recommend doing one of the two pool leak DIY tests detailed below: The Bucket Test or Pool Isolation Test.

Below you’ll find information for how to test if your pool is leaking. Follow the step-by-step instructions and watch our tutorials. If you find that your pool or spa is indeed leaking, contact the experts at Bullseye Leak Detection.

Bucket Test

The best way to determine if your pool, spa, or fountain is losing water due to a leak (not natural evaporation) is to perform a bucket test.

Follow these steps below to perform a bucket test on your pool. Watch our pool leak bucket test tutorial video for more details.

Step 1: Place a 3-5 gallon bucket on the bench or first step of the pool. The water in the pool should reach two-thirds the height of the bucket. Put a large stone in the bucket to hold it down.

Step 2: Fill the bucket to the level of the water in the pool. In other words, the water inside the bucket should be at the same level as the water outside the bucket.

Step 3: With a piece of tape, mark and date the level of the pool water on the side of the bucket. You will also do the same on the inside of the bucket.

Step 4: Run the system on its normal timed cycle and check the pool water level after 24 hours.

Isolation Test

How to determine if your pool or spa is leaking.

If you have a combination pool/spa, isolate the pool and spa by closing the valves between the two and see which one leaks.

Warning: Never let your pool drain to empty. As little as two pounds of ground water pressure can lift a plaster pool out of the ground. Thorough testing requires that the pool and/or spa are filled to normal operating level.

We price our leak detections according to the type of system you have. So the price for a basic pool will be less than the price for a pool/spa combo, which will be less than the price for a system with multiple pumps and features, such as fountains or a disappearing edge.

Note: We do not test portable spas. We do not resurface pools, and we do not perform major structural repairs. We are happy to refer you to a reputable, fully licensed contractor for such services.

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