Maintaining a swimming pool can be a lot of work, and it can also cost you a lot of money. There are ways to save money and prevent water loss. Small amounts of water that are lost over a long period of time can accumulate, resulting in excessively high water bills. The following four ways are thought to be the most common causes of water loss in your swimming pool. Monitoring these four issues can save several gallons of water each week.
- Check for Leaks
Leaks can occur almost anywhere. They are common in your pool’s liner as well as in the plumbing. Leaks will normally start small and become more noticeable over time. Inspecting your pool every week or so, even if it is just a quick once over, will help you identify areas in the pool liner or plumbing that may lead to larger, more wasteful leaks. If you suspect a leak, mark your water level and monitor it for a couple of days. Use leak finder dye to uncover exactly where the leak may be.
- Splash In, Not Out
Splashing around in your pool can lead to excessive water loss. While splashing may be a lot of fun, it can also lead to injuries as well. Avoid games that lead to a lot of splashing, especially close to the edges of the pool. If you can, keep splashing games to a minimum and encourage children to swim and play instead of trying to splash one another. It will keep your risk as well as your water loss to a minimum.
- Stop Evaporation
Depending on the size of your pool, you could lose as much as 25,000 gallons of water annually in evaporation alone. It can cost hundreds of dollars every year just to compensate for that amount of loss. Much of the evaporation is due to wind or moving air. Putting up a high fence or planting tall shrubs can minimize the amount of air flowing over the top of your pool. It’s also a good idea to use a pool cover. Securing the pool cover to cover the entire surface of the pool will prevent water loss and keep out any unwanted debris.
- Be Mindful When Backwashing
Backwashing reverses the flow of water through the pool filters. It’s one of the most important steps when performing pool maintenance. It dislodges debris and keeps your filters working as they should. Monitor your backwashing process. It will take approximately 200 gallons of water to flush the system efficiently, and letting it continue to run even though the water is clear will just waste more water. As soon as clear water starts appearing, you can stop the backwashing process.
Conserve Pool Water and Save Money at the Same Time
Monitoring the ways that you can lose water from your swimming pool and being proactive when trying to save water can go a long way in keeping your water bills under control. You have the pool so your family can have fun. With that being said, proper management is needed so you can prevent spending money unnecessarily.
When you own a swimming pool, you are always looking for ways to save money. Call our professionals at Sparkling Clear Pool Service today! We can help you find leaks and perform proper pool maintenance to keep your pool working efficiently. We are here to help!