Question about water loss

BigRedRam95

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Jun 23, 2012
92
Farmington wv
#1
I know it haves been very hot lately 103 yesterday my water was 89F. I happened to see I had lost a small amount of water so I did a test. I got a 5 gal bucket and marked the water line half way up and set it by my pool also marked the water line on the pool with the pump off. I have my pump on a timer it runs from 10 am-2 pm off from 2 pm-6pm on from 6pm-10pm off the rest of the night until 10am the next day. Over the day the bucket lost about 1/8 inch of water the pool had no visible loss. I got up today and the pool level had dropped over night about 1/8-1/4 inch. Why would my pool only lose water at night. Its an above ground pool so I can see all plumbing pipes they have no leaks. Thanks for any help given!
 

JasonLion

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#2
It probably didn't really only lose water at night, it just looks that way. It is often difficult to measure small changes in water level.
 

BigRedRam95

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Jun 23, 2012
92
Farmington wv
#3
What I did was took a piece of tape and put the edge of it at the very top of the water. I did the same thing in the bucket. I could tell the water was going down in the bucket but not the pool? Do you think 1/8 inch is too much for 24 hours?
 

BigRedRam95

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Jun 23, 2012
92
Farmington wv
#5
OK good. But I went out and look at the suction side of my pump and when it is off it is dripping at one of the threaded connections (easy fix I think/.hope). So that is most likely why I am only losing water at night ( the only time the pump is off for more than 4 hours streight). I am going to fix that and see what happens tonight.
 

BigRedRam95

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Jun 23, 2012
92
Farmington wv
#8
Well the water was still just a bit down form last night. But was wondering. I read that more water evaporates at night when the pool water is warm and the air temp drops. Could that be what is happening? Also When the water is moving from the pump it will evaporate slower right?
 

cram

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Jul 29, 2012
18
Cedarhurst, NY
#13
duraleigh said:
Sounds like there may be a tiny leak in the bucket!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Your water loss is fine and less than normal.

What would be a "normal" water loss? It's been pretty warm her with little rain. It looks like I may be losing 1 to 1.5 inches per day.
 

cram

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Jul 29, 2012
18
Cedarhurst, NY
#15
PAGirl said:
Can you cover the pool one night to see if it still loses water?

Good Idea, PAGirl, Thanks!
...can't do it tonight because it's raining (I hate having to pump out the cover again once the pool is opened.)

I'm doing the bucket test though.