How do I identify if I have a leak?
An uncovered pool can lose up to 1/2 inch of water per day depending on weather conditions. Covering the pool should greatly reduce or eliminate evaporation depending on how well the cover seals. If you are losing more than 1/2 inch of water per day, you probably have a leak and we can begin to try and find out where it is. To test how much water the pool is losing due to evaporation you can perform a simple bucket test. Set a bucket next to the pool or on the pool stairs (use a plastic bucket) and fill it with pool water close to full. Mark the water level in the bucket and in the pool and check after 24 hours. The water loss should be similar in both the bucket and the pool as long as the conditions (wind & sunlight) are the same in both "vessels". Now we can begin the process of determining where the pool is losing water. Mark the water level with a piece of tape and measure the loss after 12 hours with the pump off, and then measure after 12 hours with the pump on. Compare the loss with the pump off versus running. This will help determine if the leak is in the pool vessel or the support plumbing.
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