If you believe your pool and/or spa is leaking, a simple bucket test can be performed:

  1. Bring the pool/spa water to its normal level
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket with pool water about 3-4 inches from the top
  3. Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool
  4. Place a weight inside the bucket so that it does not float away from the step
  5. With the pump off, mark the water level on both the inside and outside of the bucket
  6. If possible, make sure that the water level inside the bucket is the same as the pool/spa water level outside of the bucket
  7. Resume normal pump operation
  8. After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the inside water level, there is probably a leak

Bucket test for pool leak