These instructions are provided for your convenience. They have help many homeowners solve the mystery, or at least put them on the right track. They are not meant to supersede any instructions provided by the equipment manufacturer or your pool builder. Pool Emporium, Inc. assumes no liabilities.


Normal evaporation in our area is approximately ¼" per day. That is approximately 1¾" per week! Other factors and water features can increase this amount considerably. These factors/features may include: splash out from usage, high winds, waterfalls, attached spas, illusion/negative edge pools, and use of a heater (especially without a solar blanket). A warm weather increase in swimming and seasonal lack of rain can make your pool appear to be losing more than it did in the cooler, rainy months.

Determine amount of loss:
During these next steps it is IMPERATIVE that you do not backwash, swim, or add water (unless water level is below skimmer and equipment is NOT turned off). If it rains during your analysis, you must start over. This may be avoided by placing an empty, flat-bottomed bucket next to the pool, but away from any drain gutters or areas where water is likely to drain.

Is your water loss within normal limits?

If not:

Is your water loss within normal limits?

If the above tests have given you an indication of where your leak may be, you can dye-test your pool with our dye-testing syringe (part number 56400823). With a little more patience, you can use the pHenol Red reagent from your test kit.

When dye-testing, make sure the pump is off and the water is still. It will take a minimum of four hours for the water to become still once the pump is shut off. Place a single drop of dye at a time where you believe the water is leaking and see if the dye is pulled out of the pool from that spot (you will see it wisp over there, rather than sit and dissolve from the drop).