How To Conserve Your Pool Water
Check And Fix Any Leaks IMMEDIATELY
Even a small leak could be costing you gallons of water a day. And most leaks are easily fixed-bad seals on pool plumbing, small cracks that can be easily epoxied over, and damaged hardware that only takes a little while to repair and replace. If you need someone to do the work, we can help with that.
Properly Maintain Your Pool Water
Pool water needs to have a careful balance of minerals along with chlorine. If there are not enough or too many minerals-bad things happen. Not enough minerals can cause the water to draw out calcium from the plaster and pool tiles, which can cause unsightly and damaging etching. If your calcium levels are too high, you can develop calcium scales on your pool surface. Either way, repairs require the pool to be drained, which either will require you to dump the water in the entire pool or drain the pool water into tanks. Both are expensive and require you to spend a lot of effort and time.
Clean Your Filters ONLY When Necessary
Most pools use a sand or diatomaceous earth (DE) filter system, which requires routine care to prevent clogs and debris overaccumulation. The problem is that most ways of cleaning this filter is a process called backwashing, where water is run in reverse through the filter and the dirty water is flushed down the drain. You still need to clean the filter, so check the manual for your filtration system to determine when you should backwash the system. For most systems, if the water pressure is at least eight to ten PSI over the regular levels, it’s time to backwash the system.
Replace Your Current Filtration System with A Cartridge System
One of the newest innovations in pool filtration is a cartridge filtration system. Rather than backflushing and dumping the dirty water in a traditional filter system, you remove the dirty cartridge and either replace it or wash it out independently. While you still must use water to wash the cartridge, you will use a lot less water than backwashing your pool.
Use Your Pool Heater Sparingly
A pool heater, by its very nature, is designed to cause a pool to heat up and hot water evaporates faster than cold water. Only run your pool heater when you need it, as little as possible, and turn it off when you don’t need it.
Use A Pool Cover
A well-fitted pool cover will reduce evaporation, prevent debris from entering the pool (which helps with the pool filter), and an ASTM-rated pool cover is required by California law as one of the seven choices for the California Pool Safety Act.
Installing automated pool covers during the drought
With 2022 water restrictions in place, it is essential to try and reduce water evaporation from an existing pool. Our automated covers are the perfect solution for minimizing evaporation, reducing pool maintenance, and adding a safety feature to your in-ground swimming pool.
Although installing an automated cover requires us to drain your pool, we have a solution for saving the water and replacing it once the cover construction is completed.
Let us place several industrial water containers, and we can drain your pool water into these holding tanks while we modify the pool and install the automated system. Once the work is complete, we will replace the same water in your pool, and your season for enjoying your investment will be back and ready for family and friends to enjoy.
Are you interested in saving pool water?
Please call us at (707) 824-0683 (Sonoma/Napa Counties) or (415) 492-3351 (Marin County) or fill in the contact form, and we will contact you shortly.
Cost Effective Long Term Solution To Conserve Your Pool Water
Use A Liquid Solar Pool Cover-
A liquid solar pool cover is a chemical compound that acts as a thin fluid blanket for your pool water. Because of it, it’s possible to reduce the loss of water from evaporation by up to 15%. The cover is non-toxic and non-staining, which means you can use the pool at any time, without cleaning it out. It won’t even clog your pool filers, making it useful if you expect people to be getting in and out of the pool on a regular basis.
Enclose Your Pool-
A partial or full pool shelter with solid walls-not just insect screens-can help to reduce evaporation by keeping the sun from directly shining on the pool and keeping moisture in and close to the pool itself.
Use Solar Pool Rings-
Solar pool rings are like little mini-covers for the pool, helping to warm the pool and prevent evaporation. They allow you to cover up parts of the pool you’re not using, move them out of the way to use other parts, and help to keep debris out as well. The rings can be easily removed and stacked when the whole pool is needed. They don’t count as a full pool cover and shouldn’t be used in place of one, but to supplement one.
Turn Off Water Features When Not in Use-
Water features such as water slides, fountains, waterfalls, and laminar sprayers look beautiful, but they can greatly increase the amount of evaporation of water in your pool. When you’re not using them or don’t need them, turn them off and remember to turn them off when you’re done. Putting these features on a timer might be a good idea, as you can turn it on and not worry about turning it off.
There are quite a few options to reduce your pool water loss, and Apache Pools can be there to help you with them.