Pool Leaks

The Bucket Test

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A few things to keep in mind before starting the test

  • The Bucket Test must be performed in a 24 hour period to be correct.
  • Swimming in the pool or using the spa will void the test.
  • Inspect equipment and solar for any visible signs of leaks as equipment leaks will void the test.
  • Make sure that you start the test before your system comes on in the morning.
  • If you have an auto fill, you will need to shut it off for the test.

So how do I get started?

First, grab a bucket! Any bucket will do, as long as it 1.) Holds water, and 2) will fit on the top step of your pool and stick above the waterline. Make sure that you start the test before your system comes on in the morning.

  • Shut off the auto-fill, if present.
  • Fill your pool to its normal level.
  • Mark the water level in the pool inside the skimmer or on the waterline tile. A #2 pencil will generally do. A permanent marker can be used inside the skimmer.
  • Next, set a bucket of water on the first or second step of the pool or spa, leave a few inches exposed to catch any rain water.
  • When the water in the bucket is completely still, mark the water level in the bucket in the same way you did the pool.
  • Now you’re ready to allow the pool pump to run through its normal cycle.
  • After 24 hours, and before the system comes on in the morning, compare the water level in the pool to the level in your bucket.

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Pool Volume Calculator

Here is a great tool to calculate the volume or capacity of your pool. Important! remember to measure from the depth of the water rather than the height of your wall.

More complicated pool shapes will require multiple calculations and adding them together. For additional help, contact a Swimming Pool Professional.

Capacity calculations involve calculating surface area and volume of the pool or spa.

This article describes in detail how to calculate the size and capcity of the pool you are planning. Calculating a pool’s area in square feet is the first step in determining information including pool gallons, maximum capacity of persons and other important information about your pool.