A swimming pool is an excellent addition to your home. While it’s value is always evident during the warmer months., at other times of the year, you may begrudge the additional costs of maintaining a pool. There is also the push from governments and activists for people to become more water aware and lower their water consumption. The good news is that with a few simple measures you can save money on your water bill and help conserve water.
Increase Pool Shade
Sunlight makes the water from your pool evaporate faster. With larger areas of shade, the less exposure it will have from the sun. Less exposure will mean less evaporation and more water for your pool. How? Shrubs, fences, screening and the most effective measure, a pool cover. Covering your pool can reduce evaporation by up to 90 to 95%. In fact, without a pool cover, your pool could be losing up to 2.5cm per week in the summer. Pool covers have other advantages too including:
- Reducing algae growth
- Conserving heat
- Lessen the amount of chemical required
When your pool is being used continuously during the summer months, it’s important to run the filter frequently. Some pool experts suggest between 8 and 10 hours a day to ensure that the water is kept sufficiently clean and clear. Backwashing (a process that cleans the filters) should be kept to a minimum as this uses extra water.
Catch Leaks Before They Become A Problem
A regular inspection of your pool and the surrounding area will help detect leaks before they become a much bigger, and more expensive, problem. So, what should you be looking for? Here are some telltale signs.
- Loose tiles or cracks in the deck
- Recurring water-quality issues
- Soggy areas of grass near or around the pool or pool pump
- Gaps in the bond beam
- Water collecting downstream from the pool
- Drips coming from the pool’s plumbing equipment.
These are just some water-saving tips you can follow. If you’re interested in more water conservation tips, talk to your local pool construction company– Riviera Pools. We can help you design the perfect pool that will suit your lifestyle and your budget. Get in touch with your local Wollongong pool builders today.