It is normal 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. Give us a call to schedule your pool or spa maintenance at 352-728-2093.

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.  Preforming the bucket test will help to determine if the higher rate of water loss 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 or spa water about 3-4 inches from top.

•  Place bucket on first or second step of pool or spa without submerging it.

•  With pencil, marker or electrical tape, mark the water level on inside of bucket.

•  Shut off the pump and mark the pool or spa water level on the outside of the bucket.

•  Resume normal pump operation. Make sure that the auto fill valve is off during test.

•  After 24 hours, compare the two 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 major repair.  If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned issues, call United Pools right away.  We use state of the art pool leak detection technology that can diagnose almost any pool leak.


To prepare for a Pool Leak Detection Diagnosis, make sure your pool is clean.  It is easy to miss leaks when they are covered in dirt.  We recommended that your pool is vacuumed or brushed thoroughly prior to your detection appointment.

Make sure the water is clean, No green pools!  In addition to obvious health risks with a green pool like molds, fungus and other nasty contaminants that could make you sick, it’s almost impossible to test for leaks in a green pool.


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