Lower pool water levels are common. Water evaporates. While you can’t change the weather or other factors that influence water evaporation, you can certainly be more water conscious this summer in Sherman, TX.
Let’s discuss some of the reasons that water evaporates and how to prevent the phenomenon.
CAUSES OF EVAPORATION
- Intense heat contributes to water loss. You may see more water loss when temperatures fluctuate between night and day. The difference between the air temperature and your pool water is what causes the water to evaporate. Warm water will evaporate more than cooler water
- Low humidity
- More water evaporates when the humidity is lower. When the humidity is higher, the air cannot absorb any more water, so more of it stays in your pool. Dry heat absorbs more water.
- If your pool is exposed to the sun or wind, you’ll experience more evaporation.
Water loss can also occur from a leak.
RECOMMENDATIONS TO MINIMIZE WATER LOSS
The number-one way to combat evaporation is with a pool cover. It’s estimated that a pool cover will reduce evaporation by 95 percent. Solar covers can heat your pool in the off-season, too.
A pool cover reduces the pool’s chemical consumption and reduces your cleaning time. If you don’t want to physically cover the pool, there are liquid solar blankets that act as a molecular barrier to trap in heat and slow evaporation. You add the product to the pool.
The contents disperse across the pool in an invisible layer. The product doesn’t have any effect on the chemical balance of the water and is safe for swimmers. Keep your pool cool.
During the Sherman, TX summer, you may be able to turn off the heater and just let the sun and air temperature keep the water at an even temperature. Warm water evaporates quicker than cooler water. If you heat your pool, when the air temperature drops at night, you could be losing a lot of water through evaporation, due to the difference between the water temp and air temp.
Turn off your water features. Fountains, slides and sprayers add a lot to your landscape, but the more water that is exposed to the air, the more will evaporate. Features that spray water into the air are especially vulnerable. Small droplets will evaporate quicker than larger bodies.
Turn off these features at night or when you’re not using your pool. Install windbreaks and barriers to prevent evaporation. Use a row of shrubs along the north side of your pool to prevent the wind from sweeping across the surface. Fences can create obstacles for the wind too.
Panels, artificial hedges and screens can all be added to your backyard to prevent evaporation. You may also want to limit the access your pets have to the pool. Going in and out several times a day can dramatically increase water loss in your pool.
Save their time in the pool for when you can enjoy it.
CONSERVE WATER AND ENJOY YOUR POOL
Your pool can actually use less water than your lawn when you make a point to prevent water loss.
For more tips, contact us and find ways to save money, water and energy while still enjoying your pool.