One recurring problem that can plague swimming pool owners is experiencing water loss. While it can definitely happen due to the occasional leak, it more routinely occurs due to natural evaporation. A certain level of evaporation may be unavoidable, but much of it can be alleviated. Let’s look at five simple ways to reduce water loss in your swimming pool.
#1: Fix Any Leaks
If your pool’s water level is dropping significantly — by more than ¼ inch a day — you might have a leak. A leak can take the form of a minor hole causing dripping from your equipment, having a cumulative major impact on your pool’s water level. The cost can really add up too, when you consider the price of thousands of gallons of water each week. If you’re experiencing a high degree of water loss, be sure to have your pool evaluated by a trusted repair person.
#2: Keep Pets Out
Another common culprit when it comes to water leaving the pool is pets. So our second recommendation for reducing swimming pool water loss is to keep your pets out of the water. Each time your dog leaves your pool, a significant amount of water goes with it. Of course, occasional opportunities to observe your canine companion’s antics might not be a problem, but if your pet has regular access to your pool, you can expect water levels to suffer as a result.
#3: Disengage Water Features
Our next three suggestions have to do with avoiding unnecessary amounts of evaporation. Waterfalls and other water features can definitely offer value in the form of multi-sensory impressions. However, they can also drastically affect your pool’s evaporation levels. Because evaporation occurs on the water’s surface, anything you do to expand the surface area of your pool’s water will also increase its evaporation rate. We’re not trying to discourage you from enjoying your waterfall; instead, we’re just suggesting that when you’re not around to actually enjoy it, be sure to turn it off.
#4: Keep Water Cool
As much as we love the idea of an environmentally friendly and low-maintenance heating system, you’ll avoid unnecessary evaporation by keeping your pool water cool. The reason this helps is a simple scientific one: cool water evaporates more slowly than does warm water. We’re not saying you need to keep your water ice cold; simply consider reducing the temperature to the lowest one that’s comfortable for you. If the weather is especially warm, you might consider turning off your pool’s heating system.
#5: Cover Your Pool
Our fifth and final recommendation for reducing water loss in your pool is to keep it covered whenever it’s not in use. In a future post we’ll talk about some of the various types of pool covers available, and depending on the type you select, the right cover could help you lessen evaporation rates by up to 98%! An additional benefit of regular pool cover use is reducing chemical and energy consumption by up to 50%.
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