Water conservation is not always the first thing on a homeowner’s mind when it comes to owning a swimming pool, but that large hole full of water in your backyard (your swimming pool), is a huge source of water consumption. Pools create large amounts of water consumption in a number of ways, but learning more about your pool or spa and identifying the root causes can allow you to take the preventative steps, and make the appropriate repairs when necessary to conserve much of that water.
How Does a Pool Waste Water?
- Water evaporation due to heat.
- Leaks in the pool and equipment.
- Regular use and splash out.
- Filter cleaning/backwashing.
How Can I Conserve My Swimming Pool Water?
- Pool Covers — Whether you close your swimming pool for the winter or not, you can have a year-round pool cover installed. Use of one during the chillier months is especially recommended when you’re not expecting to use the pool. Without a cover, your pool can lose roughly 1 inch of water per week in the summer time. Annually this can add up to 7,000-8,000 gallons of water! Refilling your pool daily or weekly can dramatically add to your annual water bill. On top of reducing water waste, pool covers can reduce the loss of chemicals in the water, reduce algae growth, and can conserve heat in turn reducing your need for using your pool heater as often.
- Check For Leaks — It goes without saying, right? The Infinity Pools of Georgia technicians inspect your equipment pad on every visit to verify there’s no leaks there, but leaks can happen in areas unseen as well, like plumbing. Always check for damp spots near the pad, water-saturated soil, cracks and loose tiles, leaking pipes, valves, and joiners. If you suspect a leak please call our techs to make a visit: (770) 882-7141.
- Add Chemicals in the Evening When Possible — The sun quickens the dissipation of chlorine, making the evening the best time to add sanitizer to your pool. If the sanitizer is added automatically while the pump is on, run the pump at night for best efficiency.
- Monitor Your Water & Utility Bills — Any changes might signal a possible leak or other problem that will need further investigation.
- Monitor Your Pool Pump — Run the pump only as long as needed. Start by running the pump for eight hours per day. If the pool stays clear, run the pump less often. If it starts to get cloudy, run it a bit more each day until it clears. You may find that different run times are required at different times of the year. Use a timer that’s rated for the size of your pool pump. You can also save on operating costs by matching the size of the pump to the needs of your pool. When replacing the pump or the pump motor, get only the horsepower you need and look for a two-speed or variable-speed pump motor.
- Splashing — If possible, avoid unnecessary splashing when swimming. We know if you have children this could be difficult 🙂
- Plants and Backwash water — Water your lawn plants and bushes with backwater wash to save costs on new water from the tap.
- Overfill — Do not overfill your pool or leave the hose unattended in the pool if you plan on leaving the house for long periods.
When In Doubt…
Call your technicians at Infinity Pools of Georgia, LLC. Our professional staff can let you know if you have any leaks, and where you can be saving money on water conservation after thouroughly cleaning and inspecting your swimming pool.
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