Is it evaporation or a pool leak?
Did you know that up to 30% of all pools have a leak? Whether your pool is in Lake Mary, Heathrow, Winter Park or any place else around Orlando, the average Florida pool can lose up to 20,000 gallons of water a year through evaporation! If you’re adding more than two or more inches of water on a weekly basis, chances are good that you may have a pool leak.
Here’s some easy tips to save on your water bill this pool season:
- If you think you do have a leak, use a grease pencil to mark your pools water level on the pool skimmer. Compare the water level in a one day to the mark, if it’s more than a half of an inch lower, you probably have a leak.
- Cover your pool when your not using it. This will minimize evaporation, especially at night.
- Don’t overfill your pool or leave a running hose unattended. Install an automatic fill device, and be sure to check for leaks from time to time.
- Turn off fountains, waterfalls, and pool filters when they’re not needed.
- If you have a pool heater, reduce the temperature during the summer as warmer water has a higher rate of evaporation.
- Use plants to cut down on evaporation. Used as fences or privacy screening, plants can form an effective barrier against evaporation enhanced by wind.
If you use the grease pencil test above and think that your pool is leaking, you should have it tested by a professional pool leak detect service. Certified Pool Pros offers leak detection services, in many cases a leak can be repaired at a minimal expense. Depending on the size of your pool, 1 inch of water can equal around 500 gallons. If you’re adding a couple inches of water every week, the math is not on your side. Adding 1-2,000 gallons of water every month gets expensive very quickly.