Water evaporation is normal for pools, but if it looks like more than a half inch of water is being lost each day, then it’s likely there is a leak somewhere. Other signs of a pool leak include swampy areas in the grass or on the pool deck and conspicuous cracked tiles or concrete. It may also be challenging to maintain appropriate chemical levels, as the chemical concentrations will change a lot when you’re regularly adding fresh water to the pool. You may have even noticed your water bill has gone up if you’ve been filling your pool more often.
The equipment pad is another area to check for leaks. If a connection seal has broken or a part has failed, there could be water leaking into the equipment pad. Water may not be immediately visible, so you’ll need to consistently check the area for a few days. Valves, filters, pumps, or heaters can all be the culprits. Be extra cautious when checking this area to avoid accidentally getting shocked by an exposed electrical wire that may be wet.
An effective way to see if the pool water is evaporating or the pool is leaking water is to do a bucket test. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with pool water and mark the top of the waterline with some painter’s tape or duct tape. With another strip of tape, mark the pool water at the top of the waterline. Leave the bucket next to your pool for a day or two, then measure the difference in the water levels between the two tape lines. If there’s a significant difference in water levels, then a pool leak is the most likely culprit, not evaporation.
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