swimmingpooltipsPool Covers:

  • Using a pool cover regularly reduces evaporation by 90 to 95%.
  • Without a cover, an average pool (18 feet x 36 feet) loses about 1 inch of water per week in the peak of summer. This can add up to an annual water loss of 7,000 gallons of water.
  • One of the most important benefits of using a pool cover can be enhanced safety.
Indication of a pool leak:
  • Algae or other water quality problems can occur when a leak prevents the water level and chemistry from staying constant.
  • Loose tiles or cracks in the pool deck.
  • Cracks and gaps in the bond beam or water-saturated soils in the area around the pool, pumps or plumbing.

Pool Leak Test:

Test #1

  • Algae or other water quality problems can occur when a leak prevents the water level and chemistry from staying constant.
  • Loose tiles or cracks in the pool deck.
  • Cracks and gaps in the bond beam or water-saturated soils in the area around the pool, pumps or plumbing.

Pool Leak Test:

Test #1

  • Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of the pool at the skimmer.
  • Check the mark 24 hours later.
  • Your pool should loose no more than ¼ inch per day. Otherwise, a leak is indicated.

Test #2

  • Place a 5 gallon bucket filled with pool water on a pool step (the level in the bucket should be even with the pool level).
  • Mark the level of the water in the bucket and on the side of the pool.
  • After 24 hours if there is a greater drop in the pool level than in the bucket, a leak in the pool is indicated.

Determining the Location of the Leak:

  • If the water level settles at the skimmer, the leak is probably in the filtration system
  • If the water level settles at the light, the leak is probably there.
  • If the water drops below the light, then there may be a leak in the drain at the bottom of the pool.

Filters:

Due to their ease in maintenance cartridge filters are a good alternative to diatomaceous earth or sand filters that typically use up to 500 gallons of water per backwash.

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