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Preserving Water in Your Swimming Pool

In Pool Tips by Swimming Pool Expert

High temperatures or excessive splashing can reduce the water level in the pool.   On the other hand, if a problem persists over brief periods of time, there may be an indication of leakage that is causing the water level to drop more quickly.  Leakage can bring many issues, such as increasing land saturation and a larger than normal water bill.

Water Leakage, How Can I Resolve the Problem?

It’s not easy to do it, but one of the most popular water leakage detection methods is measuring the water level.  You can see how water decreases by placing adhesive tape at the current water level.  If you don’t have an autofill on the pool and the water reduces and goes under the tape within 24 hours, you can confirm a loss in water.  It is best to call a leak-detection company that determines the source of leakage (pump, filter, heater etc.) in your oasis and can also help avoid more significant problems and economic expenses from continued water loss.

Calcium Build-Up and Water Leakage

Did you know that pool plaster has calcium?  If the water’s mineral is at low levels, it can draw the calcium from the plaster.   Another is mineral deposits can grow if calcium levels are high, creating a scale build-up and making white, gray, or brown spots through your pool.  Be sure to address it by correcting the water balance and brushing it away.  Maintenance goes hand in hand with preventing water loss, so ensure an early detection to avoid water leakage.  You may need to empty the swimming pool to repair it.  Use power sand, acid wash, or even replaster to prevent gallons of water from going to waste, and do a minimum weekly check of the pool water, like pH, alkaline, and calcium levels, to help prevent problems.

Splashing Water Away!

There is always the temptation for boisterous water play or using a diving board (if you have one).  Splashing, cannonballs, water fights, and diving can send water out of the pool.  Placing pool rules is one way to prevent or reduce water loss or stop random splashes; inflatable toys or a game of Marco Polo can help keep the water where it belongs…in the pool.

Pool Filters: Which Ones Are Best?

There are sand and DE (diatomaceous earth) filters that require regular care to avoid debris accumulation and other particles.  However, you may have to spend five times a year cleaning them.  Although the process takes a few minutes, it takes 200 to 300 gallons of water.  So do the math; 300 gallons times five times a year equals 1500 gallons of water wasted.  On the other hand, cartridge filters are a great alternative and save water.

Contrary to a sand filter that requires a backwash procedure, all you need is a garden hose.  Just remove the cartridge from the filter tank.  You only need to clean it twice a year, instead of every two to three months.

Regardless of these beforementioned, evaporation is typically the key factor for why water levels drop, but taking the necessary steps ensures more water stays in your oasis.  Remember, it’s essential to make your pool water-efficient to help conserve and preserve the precious liquid of life.

Don’t forget that Platinum Pools is the place to help you create the backyard of your dreams.  Call us today at 281.870.1600 or visit our website for a free quote.