Pool & Spa

Pool Leaks are Like Finding a Needle in a Hay Stack

Was your pool leaking last season?  Doesn’t it drive you crazy to have to fill your pool up with water every day?  I bet you ask yourself, “what am I doing wrong?” And I would say, probably nothing at all.  It may just be evaporation.

A quick and easy way to check to see if your pool is leaking or if it is evaporation is to do a “Bucket Test”.  Here is what you do…

  1. Bring the pool water to its normal operating level.
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket with pool water about 3 – 4 inches from the top.
  3. Put the bucket on the second step of your pool.  Do not submerse the bucket.
  4. With a marker or piece of tape, mark the water level on the inside of the bucket.
  5. Mark the water level of your pool with a piece of tape.
  6. Wait 24 hours.  No swimming is allowed during this time period.

After 24 hours, compare the two levels.  If the amount of water lost is the same in the bucket and the pool, then it is evaporation.  If the water in the pool has gone down more than the water in the bucket, then you have a leak.  Trying out this “Bucket Test” before calling is a great way to save the expense of a service call.

If your pool has a leak, then here are some potential causes:

Unless you can see water dripping around your equipment, chances are the leak may be somewhere in your pool’s underground pipes.  Your swimming pool has hundreds of feet of piping underground surrounding your pool.  Determining where that leak is, is a difficult task.  It is like finding a needle in a hay stack.  Professional Industries, Inc., has trained technicians to locate your potential leak.  We have sonar equipment that helps us listen to detect the area where your pool is leaking.

Underground plumbing is where approximately 75% of leaks occur.  It is also possible for leaks to occur around your light fixtures, around your skimmers, in your tile, a crack in the pool surface, or a hole in your liner.  For these types of leaks we perfom dye testing to determine whether or not your pool is leaking.  The last place to look for a leak is in the equipment.  For this we are able to do a visual inspection to determine what the best course of action is.

If you think your pool is leaking, you can call us at (314) 428-6095 or email us at and we will evaluate your situation and discuss your options.

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