THINK YOUR POOL IS LEAKING?
In the west central area of Florida it
is normal to lose a 1/8’’-1/4’’ of water in your pool each day due
**Remember, pump and filter leaks will
result in drips, puddles, and spraying of water at pool equipment.
Water loss in the pool will fluctuate
depending on environmental conditions such as the weather and your
pools proximity to water (ie. The gulf winds and/or open golf
courses). Design factors regarding your pool will also affect its
water loss- the surface area, whether or not there are fountains,
spa overflows, and such water features which expose the water to
air. Heating the pool or covering it will also affect its
Note: in Florida the lack of humidity
(dryer air) causes greater water loss- this is usually in our winter
months NOT summer months. Also, more water loss is experienced when
we have larger temperature differences between day and night. Also,
warm water and dry cool air cause a lot of evaporation (ie. using
your spa on a cool night).
The best way to find out if the pool is
leaking is to do a 24 hour measurement of the pool’s water loss.
Fill the pool to the normal level (half
way up the skimmer mouth). Refer to diagram.
Mark the level (next to skimmer) with a
piece of duct tape.
As close to 24 hours later as possible,
measure (with a tape measure) the amount of water loss. Be sure to
regard and report rainfall in your area.
If you measure 18 hours or 25 hours or 29 hours later this is ok,
just don’t go into a 2 day or more period. One of the reasons for
the measurement is not only to confirm water loss but also to aid in
referencing the size of the leak.
You may run your pool pump as you
normally would for this measurement.
If you call in for a leak repair, please
have the following information on hand:
24 hour measurement.
Gallons of pool (A general gallonage
calculation formula is Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.5).
Is there an attached spa?
Location, if any, of previous leaks (ie.
Light, skimmer, tile, return fitting, main drain).
Surface type (ie. Vinyl, marcite,
Is pool heated-if so, is it covered with
a solar blanket?
Does the pool leak more with the pump on
If you are unable to do an accurate 24
hour measurement, we are happy to do it for you.
Note- the day the service technician arrives to search for a leak
the pool must be clean and clear and filled back up to the normal
**Remember, the more accurate you can be
with your measurement, the more cost efficient we can be in locating