Swimming Pool Leak Detection

It is expected that your water level will vary from day to day. Florida's heat, humidity, and wind can play a vast role in the amount of evaporation that can occur.  However, if your pool or spa is losing more than 1/4 inch of water per day or 2 inches a week, you may have a leak.

Here are signs you have a pool leak:

  • Pool loses more water than regular evaporation (about 1/4 inch)
  • Pool has air in the system
  • Pool equipment loses prime
  • Cracks are visible and can be seen from the water's edge
  • Pool deck is sinking or lifting
  • There are soggy spots around the pool
  • You add water more than once a week

During the hottest months of summer, your pool may seem to lose water faster than usual.  Performing the bucket test will help determine if the higher water loss rate is due to a possible leak or just evaporation.

Use the following steps to determine if your pool or spa is leaking:

  • Bring pool water to the normal operating level.
  • Fill a 5-gallon bucket with pool water about 3-4 inches from the top.
  • Place the bucket on step of the pool without submerging it.
  • With a pencil, marker, or electrical tape, mark the level of the water on the inside of the bucket.
  • Shut the pump off and mark the pool or spa water level outside the bucket.
  • Resume regular pump operation. Make sure that the auto-fill valve is off during the test.
  • After 24 hours, compare the levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the inside water level (inside mark), there may be a leak.
  • If it rains, repeat test when it stops raining. The test is not valid after 24 hours. - Hurricane Prep: Lower pool water level, do not put furniture in the pool.

If left untreated, a small crack can turn into a significant repair.

Give us a call if you suspect you have a swimming pool or spa leak at (352) 728-2093 or use our online contact form and send us a message and one of United Pools customer service reps will get back to you ASAP.

Prior to our a Pool Leak Detection Diagnosis, make sure your pool is completely clean.  It is easy to miss leaks when they are covered in dirt and grime. Make sure your pool is vacuumed or brushed thoroughly before your leak detection appointment.

Make sure the water is clean and clear. It's almost impossible to test for leaks in a green pool.

What your neighbors say about United Pools

I was recently a customer of United Pools, Inc. I had the great pleasure of dealing with Mr. Stewart, Jr., who was very patient and flexible with the handling of my request for a pool. Mr. Stewart listened to my ideas and also offered his opinions to better suit my needs. Construction began in the middle of May 2006 and my family was swimming in our enclosed pool within a few short months. The hard working employees of United Pool were just that, hard working. They would begin work early in the morning and would not leave until that portion of their work was done, which was usually later in the evening. Each employee and subcontractor treated my property with respect. My yard was cleaned up after each workday and never left in disarray. I decided to make a few adjustments during construction and contacted Mr. Stewart about my ideas. He was receptive to my changes and assured the changes were done immediately. My family has been enjoying not only the pool but the lanai as well. Mr. Stewart and the entire United Pool Company has managed to create a new love for my home, one that we will enjoy for many years to come. Thank you to everyone at United Pools for making our home improvement project run smoothly. We got the exact pool we wanted.

Nick and Christine Romanelli

We just wanted to let all of you know how much we have appreciated your attention to excellent customer service. We have had a truly wonderful experience since Day 1 with Tom our Pool and Spa designer. Each week there has been something completed or worked on and the crew has been very professional. If something has gone wrong, your crew and staff have been right on top of it informing us on the procedures. The attention to detail from your staff has been nothing but professional and honest. We have referred United Pools, Inc. to several of our friends and co-workers both at The Orlando Sentinel and Walt Disney World! This has been a very exciting process and we will definitely let all of you know the final outcome, which we know will be fantastic! Thank you all again!

Ken Brown & Vic Getchel

This is to let you know how pleased I was with the service and effort of Tony in draining, acid washing, refilling and balancing our pool last Wednesday and Thursday. He did a great job. Also, Terry is a wonderful representative of the Leesburg store. Always upbeat and helpful she’s super. Shanon is also cheery and helpful. All 3 represent themselves and United Pool in a most excellent manner and are to be commended for the work they do and for caring for the customer - - great customer focus. We greatly appreciate all that they have done for us.

Larry Haid