Tips to Conserve the Water in Your Pool This Summer
If you own a home pool in your backyard you’re probably well aware how much water it can consume. Sure, a swimming pool might come in handy during the hot summer days, but as the sun starts scorching the ground so does the pool evaporate faster. Conserving the water is not only in your financial interest but also a responsible, eco-friendly thing to do.
But you don’t have to empty the pool and seal it off for good. All it takes are a few green practices that will help conserve water in your pool.
Find and Fix Any Leaks
One of the most common ways pools lose water is through leaks. Even if the leak is small, it can still quickly drain the pool gallon by gallon. The best way to prevent this is to inspect your pool regularly and investigate any signs of a possible leak. If the water level in your pool drops quickly, the first likely suspect is a leak. If you schedule regular pool maintenance experts will be able to detect early signs of a leak and seal it off before it can do you any serious damage.
Use a Cover
If you don’t use a pool cover you can lose as much as half of the water in your pool over a year. Fortunately, using a cover can prevent the water from evaporating. A standard 18 by 36 pool can lose as much as an inch of water each week during the summer. Over a year this can amount to up to 7000 gallons of wasted water. If you use a pool cover you won’t need to use as many chemicals and can prevent algae growth in the pool.
Lower the Water Level
Many homeowners don’t think about this too often, but the pool loses a lot of water through splashing and playing in the water. So before you go looking for leaks, consider lowering the water level in your pool. Ask your family and guests not to splash and keep the water an inch below the edge.
Lower the Temperature
If you’re using a heater, feel free to reduce the water temperature during the summer. This way water will evaporate. Of course, if you still want to use a heater consider getting a pool cover to prevent evaporation.
Only Drain When Necessary
Some homeowners prefer emptying the pool each season and starting anew after they’ve thoroughly cleaned the pool. But if you’re smart about pool maintenance you won’t need to drain the pool that often. In fact, experts like Payan Pools suggest draining the pool no more frequently than once every three to seven years.
Keep the Waterfall and Fountain Features Off
If you’re trying to impress guests, there’s nothing more impressive than the fountain or waterfall feature. But if you’re just out for a casual swim keep these features off. Aeration can lead to the water evaporating quickly. Not only will turning them off conserve water, it will also conserve electricity, so it’s a double win.