Summer is officially here! School is out, temperatures are starting to soar, and pools are open everywhere. Depending on where you live, water conservation might be a major issue. Regardless of your location, however, knowing how to conserve your swimming pool water is a great way to save money and help out old Mother Nature.
Here are some swimming pool water conservation tips to get you started on a great summer:
Avoid Backwashing Your Pool Filter
A clean filter reduces containments in your pools and helps maintain pristine water. However, when it gets dirty, you mush backwash the filter to clean it. This is a HUGE waste of water! Maintain your filter properly in order to avoid having to backwash it.
Refill Your Pool Properly
The best times of the year to refill your pool is in the spring and fall when it won't strain your local water system.
Top Off Intelligently
Use a hose timer to avoid overfilling the pool when topping off. Auto-fill devices can malfunction and can lead to wasted water.
Lower Pool Levels
When topping off, ask yourself how full the pool really needs to be. Keeping a lower water level helps reduce loss from splashing and diving.
Turn Down the Pool Heater
During the summer, turn down the pool heater. This will reduce water loss due to evaporation, especially when the pool isn't even in use.
Use a Pool Cover
Pools without cover can lose as much as half their water to evaporation in a year. Cover reduce evaporation by 90-95%. We have a great selection of pool covers for all pool sizes here.
Use shrubs and fences around the pool area to reduce water loss through wind evaporation.
Check For and Repair Leaks
When checking for leaks, look for damp spots downhill from the pool; check for water-soaked dirt or lawn areas near the pool or pumps; check pool pipes, valves, and joiners; look for loose tiles or cracks that might indicate leaks; and check for any cracks or gaps in the bond beam. If you find any at all, get it repaired immediately.
It depends on where you are located, how well you maintain the pool, and how often it is used, but a pool can often go up to three years between drainings. In some cases, you may only need to partially drain it. If you aren't sure, contact a pool professional in your area to ask how often and how much you should be draining.
Did we miss any conservation tips? How do you conserve water in the summer?