Installing a pool or spa means using more water than before. But while you can't avoid spending some extra money in your water bill, you can take steps to reduce the amount of water used. Here are 6 easy and cheap water saving tips for any hot tub or pool owner.
Keep it Covered. Covering your spa or pool when it's not in use has multiple advantages. It keeps the water cleaner, resulting in less work and less times you need to drain the tub to clean it. It also reduces water loss by evaporation.
Lower the Level. Filling the hot tub or pool to a lower level is an easy way to reduce the water you have to put into it. It also reduces water loss by splashing and overflowing. You can also encourage users to avoid boisterous play or jumping in or out to help keep the water inside the pool.
Avoid Backwashing. Backwashing a filter is a means to clean a sand filter by running water from the pool through the system and discarding the waste water into the yard. Keeping your filter and water clean will help reduce the amount of times you must do this water-intensive cleaning. When you do backwash, stop as soon as the water begins to run clear.
Lower the Temp. Dropping the water temperature a little -- especially in the summer -- can mean less evaporation. While it might take some time to get used to a different temperature, you may find that you don't notice a small difference at all when using the hot tub or pool
Drain Only When Necessary. Contrary to popular thinking, a pool does not need to be drained at the beginning of every season if it's been maintained properly. You may be able to avoid draining the pool for years. A properly-cleaned hot tub may be drained as little as every 3 or 4 months.
Check the Setup Regularly. Consistent maintenance of the filtration and pump system as well as checking the unit or liner for cracks on a regular basis can help you avoid leakage and damage that can result in water waste. Check for loose tiles, gaps or cracks in the lining, leaking pipes and evidence of water seepage on the ground. It's a good idea to regularly audit your water bill to ensure that it doesn't indicate a large water usage change.
By using one or more of these simple tips, you can help ensure that the hot tub or pool you love doesn't become a water-hogging monster. The result will be years of worry-free and relaxing water fun. For more information, contact a company like Aqua Friends Pool & Spa Spas in Kelowna.