An average pool loses about 1/4 inch of water a day due to evaporation. This can really add up over time. While adding a cover and keeping your pool clean and balanced can significantly reduce any water loss, there are additional steps you can take to conserve water.
A cleaner pool needs less chemicals and backwashing. Keeping your pool covered when not in use both reduces evaporation and can help keep debris from blowing in your pool. Pools do not often need draining either if chemical levels are properly maintained (test your water weekly).
If it seems you are adding more than 2 inches of water to your pool weekly, you may have a leak. Inspect your equipment pad by taking a close look at the filter, pump, heater and pipe valves for any visible leaks. Check the ground around your equipment pad and pool for wet soil and sunken or eroding areas. Start marking your water level with tape or a grease pen and keep an eye on the level.
Most people backwash more often that they need to. Each time you backwash, you use between 250 to 1,000 gallons of water (depending on your pool and equipment size). When backwashing your filter, keep an eye on color or quality of the water and stop the backwash process as soon as you can. Keep a cover on your pool when not in use to minimize debris from finding its way into your pool. Simply put, a cleaner pool means a cleaner filter and less backwashing.
Some additional tips to help reduce evaporation include turning off any fountains or waterfalls when they are not needed and keep the water temperature down. Use a solar cover as it can decrease evaporation by up to 95%. And finally, when you do add water to your pool, do it in the early morning or evening instead of mid-day then the sun is out.
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