Anything that involves water brings out the kid in us. Enjoyable and relaxing water amenities like the outdoor pool, hot tub, hot spa, and the jacuzzi, are some of the simple luxuries we all love. However, maintaining anything that involves water can be somewhat costly, especially if you don’t know how to prevent water loss.
Are you one of the many hot tub and outdoor pool owners who are vexed by water loss, and feel helpless because you think nothing much can be done to avoid it? Fret not. Here are ten useful tips to help you conserve pool and tub water.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #1: Know how to maintain water levels and find out if your pool has leaks
Your pool will naturally and inevitably lose water due to evaporation. You also have to splash out or to backwash decayed water from time to time. To solve this problem, add more than two inches of water to your pool every single week. Find out how much water your pool loses periodically. Leaks can be one of the reasons you’re losing precious pool water. A perimeter tile band at the waterline is found in some pools made of concrete. The headpiece will show how much water has been discharged. Water can also leak through cracks in the pool wall. This happens when the pool bond shaft cracks the tile or areas around it.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #2: Use a highly rated insulating foam for the hot tub or spa cover
Standard covers have an insulating value of approximately R-12 to R-14. Keeping a cover in good condition is essential because most heat loss will come from the hot tub cover through the spa cover. Replace the cover if the interior foam is broken or water-saturated. A cover that is water-logged will skyrocket your energy consumption due to greater heat loss. See to it that the tub lip and cover fit tightly. Tie the straps and latch the cover when the hot tub is not being utilised.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #3: Turn off any water features
If you have any water features like fountains, waterfalls, laminar sprayers, pool slides, or any water visuals, turn them off, as needed, to prevent needless evaporation. Of course you can turn them on when you have guests around. You bought them in the first place because they’re very pretty to look at, and probably because you want your guests to be entertained by them as well.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #4: Call a professional repair guy if your pool or tub needs to be fixed
Try not to DIY any repair that’s needed by your pool or tub. Hire a professional to repair leaks and other issues you may have. Thinking you can fix your leaky pool after watching a few YouTube videos will most likely cause a leak in your bank account. It is best to leave things like these to the pros.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #5: Add windbreaks
Ever heard of windbreaks? They’re meant to be barriers to the wind. You can place them around your pool to restrict the wind’s speed and ability from directly hitting the water surface. These barriers come in a couple of forms. Landscaping is one. For example, you can add some rows of thick bushes and shrubs near your pool. They can beautify your backyard while decreasing the impact of strong winds on your pool.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #6: Maintain your pool water’s chemical balance
If you don’t maintain the quality of your pool water, you will have to deal with moderate to severe chemistry-related problems later on. The inability to keep optimal chemical balance increases the damage done by calcium to pool plaster. Don’t let this happen. Avoid problems involving calcium and plaster pool draining. Be sure to have a regular maintenance programme for your pool, which includes water treatment and monitoring of calcium and alkaline and pH levels.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #7: Purchase a solar liquid blanket
A solar liquid pool blanket is a thin, liquid microscopic layer made of alcohol that covers the surface of your pool water. Its function is to lessen and slow down the rate of water evaporation. Liquid blankets come in the form of dispensers, bottles, and tablets. Pool owners in Australia have been using them for some time now. Manufacturers point out that the product is indeed very safe and non-toxic for swimmers and has zero effect on the water’s pH and chemical balance. It is so easy to use. Place or pour the product onto your pool, and the content will soon cover the whole area.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #8: Drain the hot tub only when needed
Draining the hot tub frequently can lead to severe water loss. It should be drained only every 3-4 months. Want to save up on your water consumption? Water your lawn or gardens with your old tub water. However, make sure that most of the chemicals in your tub water have been removed before you use it for irrigation purposes. It would be wise to wait for 48-72 hours at the minimum to reduce the chemicals’ potency.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #9: Surround your spa or hot tub with windbreaks
If your outdoor pool needs a windbreaker bush, your hot tub or spa also needs its own. This will help prevent severe water waste and water loss. Wooden windbreakers for a hot tub and a hot spa are better, as they can curb the wind more than windbreakers made of other materials could.
Pool and Hot Tub Tip #10: Slow down water evaporation loss
Unfortunately, unrefined evaporation causes pools everywhere around Australia to waste hundreds of gallons of water each year. For most homeowners out there, the single best path to water conservation is slowing this process so that frequent pool refills won’t be necessary.
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