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    Can't Find the Leak

    Just purchased a new home and I have a small waterfall feature in the front of my house, its probably about 10 gallons. I noticed it was losing water pretty fast. I did the bucket test and confirmed it was, outside bucket line was down 1/2 inch while inside was less than 1/4 inch. I tried to spot the leak using some red food coloring, but didn't see anything. Is there any other way to figure out where the leak is?

    The waterfall is made of concrete.

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    Re: Can't Find the Leak

    Bucket test was done with the waterfall off correct? The falling water would evaporate more than the water in the bucket. Also best if the bucket is close to full at the same level as the water feature.

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    Re: Can't Find the Leak

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    Bucket test was done with the waterfall off correct? The falling water would evaporate more than the water in the bucket. Also best if the bucket is close to full at the same level as the water feature.

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    Yes - everything was turned off..the water was close to the same level inside and outside of the bucket.
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    Re: Can't Find the Leak

    If you have an area that you suspect, the red food coloring can work but the dye must be released VERY close to the leak and with utmost care. If you are just generally fishing around with the food coloring, it is REALLY difficult to check every suspicous spot.

    You can call in an electronic leak detector but they are not always 100% and the are typically a little pricey....seems like someone has posted $200-300.

    I know of no other effective way other than to just keep being a good detective.
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