June 6, 2022

Save Water And Money With These Pool Tips

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Tim Parnell

Pool tips

The Department of Energy suggests evaporationis responsible for up to 70 percent of water loss in pools and spas. Water lossthrough evaporation can be up to one-quarter to one-half inch per day. Evaporationalso reduces the temperature of your pool, increasing energy costs to heat thewater.


Using pool covers

Using a pool cover can reduce amount of make-upwater needed by 30 to 50 percent, need for chemicals by 35 to 60 percent, andreduce cleaning time by keeping dirt and debris out of the pool. By using apool cover, you could save up to 50 to 70 percent of heating costs, accordingto energy.gov. Types include bubble (solar) covers, vinyl covers,semi-automatic or automatic pool covers, and track covers.


Checking for pool leaks

Pool leaks can waste a lot of water. Sources ofleaks include structural, plumbing and equipment. Look for wet soil near thepool, pumps or pool plumbing equipment. Loose tiles, persistent water-qualityissues or algae growth, or needing to add water more than once a week may alsoindicate leaks. If you see indication of a leak, run an evaporation test*, dyetest or get a professional leak detection test.

*How to do a simple bucket evaporation test:Set a bucket full of water in or next to the pool for 24 hours, and thencompare the water level in each. If the water level in the pool has droppedmore than the water level in the bucket, you have a pool leak.


Selecting pool filter type

Upgrade from a DE and sand filter to acartridge filter, a move that can save thousands of gallons of water by notrequiring backwashing. Hosing off the cartridge uses 20-30 gallons of waterversus hundreds of gallons for traditional backwashing.


Establish a windbreak

Use fencing options and natural landscaping(shrubbery, hedges, etc.) to provide wind breaks around your pool. Blockingwind will help reduce evaporation, saving money and conserving water.Vegetative windbreaks also infuse some natural beauty to your backyard.


Draining a pool

Save water by only draining your pool whennecessary. Proper daily pool maintenance can greatly extend the intervalsbetween draining. Draining is not part of typical pool maintenance. It may beneeded every 3-5 years but partial draining might work for most cases. Somepools cannot be drained completely (fiberglass or in-ground vinyl). Knowgroundwater levels when draining – draining might pop pool out of the ground.

Remember, when draining or backwashing a pool,you must follow the City of Fort Worth Code Compliance guidelines (in Englishand Spanish). Be sure to dechlorinate the pool first. Drain the pool to thelawn unless it will result in property flooding or cause erosion. Do not drainto the storm drain or wastewater system without permission of the city. Neverdrain to a septic or onsite sewage system. Saltwater pools may damagevegetation in yards and cannot be drained to the storm drain.


Pools without filters

Kiddie inflatable and plastic pools withoutfilters should be drained or emptied daily. The Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) recommend that you clean the pool and allow it to dry in thesun for at least four hours to help disinfect it. Never use pool chemicals in apool without a filter. It can be very dangerous.

Reuse the kiddie pool water to water the lawnor plants.  Do not waste it by letting itrun it down the driveway to the storm drain.


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