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    Water level bucket test

    I can’t seem to find the link to how to perform the bucket test to test for a leak.
    Can someone post the link?
    What I read in Pool School wasn't what I remembered seeing before.
    13,500 Gal / DE / IG / Gunite

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    Re: Water level bucket test

    I mean is it really as easy as just putting a bucket on a step and matching the water level and then waiting a few days to see if they are still the same?
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    Re: Water level bucket test

    Yep.

    By setting the bucket on a step you're matching the sun exposure and evaporation of the pool. Mark the level in the bucket with a Sharpie.
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    Re: Water level bucket test

    How long should I wait for the best idea if I have a problem?
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    Re: Water level bucket test

    With the bucket being on a step in the pool you will have the same evaporation effect in the bucket as the pool. Both will loose the same amount of water. I don't think there is a set time frame to watch for changes. If you have a small leak you may not notice a difference for a few days between the two. Do you have an auto fill on your pool? If you do make sure it is off while you do the test.
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    Re: Water level bucket test

    Nope, don't have auto fill unfortunately. it has been extremely hot here in texas the last few weeks so I wouldn't be surprised if it's all evaporation. this is my first summer with this pool so I don't know what is usual.
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    Re: Water level bucket test

    You can usually tell in 24 hours if it's a leak or evaporation.
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