Summer is here… which means it is prime swimming pool time.
How do you enjoy your pool while still being ecologically and financially responsible? One of the key ways is to limit the water needed for your Vancouver swimming pool.
To help you do that, we have put together a list of water-saving tips for you.
How to limit the water needed for your Vancouver swimming pool
1. Use a pool cover
A pool cover protects against evaporation. How much evaporation actually happens? In a year, half the water in your Vancouver swimming pool can evaporate if you do not have a cover. With a cover, however, you reduce that evaporation by 90% to 95% percent.
2. Look out for leaks
Of course, leaks are one of the worst water waste offenders. One way you can find a leak is by seeing it. If you notice cracks in the pool or see that the ground by the pool is soaked, you likely have a leak. In this case, contact a professional as soon as possible so any leaks can be found and repaired.
3. Lower your pool’s water level
One of the simplest ways to reduce the water usage in your Vancouver swimming pool is to decrease the water level. A slightly lower water level can also help prevent water from being sloshed and splashed outside the pool.
4. Lower your pool’s temperature
Heat increases water evaporation. Decreasing the heat, even a bit, can make a significant difference to the level of evaporation, especially if you do not have a pool cover. Again, though, a pool cover is the best choice – not only in terms of preventing evaporation, but also for pool safety.
5. Utilize strategic landscaping
Wind amplifies evaporation. Therefore, if you can cut down wind, you can reduce evaporation. Trees, bushes, and landscaping features can block the wind, preventing that additional evaporation. Again, though, a cover is always your best bet is terms of evaporation.
6. Check your utility bills
If you notice your water bills increasing, that could be another sign that you have a leak in your pool. Given this, if your bills do shoot up, we suggest having a professional come in to check your pool.
7. Keep your water features off when you are not using your pool
While water features generally cycle the water, they allow for increased aeration, causing greater evaporation. We see these features like a shower. You would not leave your shower on if you are not using it. In the same way, why leave your water features on if you are not in or by the pool, enjoying them? We suggest, instead, turning on water features only if you or your guests are there to engage with or watch them.
8. Keep your pump clean
When your Vancouver swimming pool pump is clear, it can run more efficiently. Therefore, you may find that, instead of needing to have your pump running all day, you can run it for just a few hours per day. Not sure how long you need to run the pump? Test running it for a decreased number of hours per day. If the water gets cloudy, increase the amount of time slightly every day until the water clears.
9. Keep your pool well-maintained and your chemicals properly balanced
When your pool is well maintained and the chemicals are properly balanced, less damage is done to your pool – and less maintenance is required. That also means your pool does not have to be drained as often, saving you water.
10. Reuse water
Instead of dumping backsplash down the drain, reuse it for your plants. If the water has chemicals, you will need to let it sit for two to three days before using it on plants.
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