swimming pool leak detection Wichita KS Dave's Pool Store & Service

It’s already the middle of summer and swimming pool season is in full swing!

Now that the 4th of July has passed, we’re entering a common time of year when pool leaks start to become more noticeable.

For the first part of the summer, it’s easy to chalk up water loss in your pool to kids splashing, backwashing frequently as you get your pool up and running, and vacuuming to waste when needed, etc.

Once you get past the holiday and are in your normal rhythm though, you may start to notice an issue with losing pool water and suspect you have a leak somewhere in your pool.

Over the years we’ve honed our expertise on finding leaks on pools in and around Wichita, but every leak is a bit of a mystery to be solved. There are many places and reasons your pool could be leaking causing your water loss, so we start by having you do some rudimentary tests for us to provide indications of where you may be losing water.

As a general rule of thumb, approximately 1/8″ of water loss per day can be attributed to evaporation here in Kansas. If you’re losing more than that, it’s time to start the process of finding a leak in your pool.


  • Hole/tear in a liner.
  • A break in the light niche or the conduit to the light
  • A problem with your fittings, gaskets or trim
  • A break in the plumbing
  • Cracks/ break in equipment
  • An issue with you filter valve

To help us begin to determine where you may be leaking, the first step is to perform a simple test…


  • Fill your water to the normal level (middle of the way up the skimmer face/opening) and mark the water line with a sharpie or tape somewhere in the pool or skimmer
  • Turn the pump off for 12 hours. Then go measure with a ruler how far down the water has gone in those 12 hours (for example, 1″, 2″, 1/2″, etc)
  • Mark the new position of the water again, and turn the pump on — run for 12 hours. Then measure the amount of water lost in those 12 hours.


Call us at 316-943-0717 with the following info…

  • Amount of water loss in 12 hrs with pump on vs 12 hrs with pump off
  • Whether you’ve seen the water level stop losing at a specific point (if so, where? — ex. at the bottom step, middle of light)
    • If you haven’t seen it stop anywhere, what’s the lowest point you’ve let the water level get to?
  • Do you have a light?
  • Have you had any recent construction, digging, tree removal, etc.
  • When did you first notice the water loss?
  • Was your pool winterized last winter?

Let us help you get your leak fixed and get you back to enjoying your pool this summer!

Dave’s Pool Store & Service has been a locally owned & operated business in Wichita, KS for over 30 years. We’re here to help with your pool service, pool cleaning, pool liner replacement, pool maintenance, pool supplies, and your spa and hot tub retailer and maintenance needs.