Pump on / Pump Off Test

Pump on / Pump Off Pool Test

A Pump On / Pump Off test will help us gather indications of where your pool leak may be coming from. There are 3 main areas a pool will leak:

  1. A pressure side leak in pool plumbing lines (the returns)
  2. A suction side leak in pool plumbing lines (skimmers and drains)
  3. A non-plumbing pool leak (pool liner, pool light, skimmer mouths, around penetrations)

Here are the simple steps for the pump on / pump off test:

  1. Fill your pool to its normal level (usually half way up the skimmer, tile line or liner pattern)
  2. Make and accurate mark in two places on the pool where the pool is filled to
  3. Turn the pump ON for 12-24 hours and measure the water loss, if any.
  4. If there is a loss, re-fill the pool and make another accurate mark
  5. Turn the pump OFF for 12 -24 hours and measure the water loss if any.

NOTE: Try and do these tests at the same time of day for the same amount of time

  • If the pool lost more water with the pump ON, the indication is a leak in the pressure side of the pool plumbing.
  • If the pool lost more water with the pump OFF, the indication is a leak in the suction side of the pool plumbing.
  • If the pool lost an equal (or almost equal amount regardless if the pump is on or off, the leak is most likely non-plumbing related.

Write down your findings and call 732-546-3800 today to schedule a pool leak detection appointment. We will accurately locate and repair your pool leak right away. You can also contact Atlantic Leak Detection Here.

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