When people notice a drop in their pool’s water level, they almost always assume they have a leak. While leaks are common, there are several other reasons causes of receding water levels in swimming pools. It’s always wise to keep a close eye on your pool’s water level and to act quickly when you notice something isn’t right. Much of the time, it’s fairly easy and quick to fix a small leak. On the other hand, ignoring a receding water level can lead to a larger-than-normal water bill. Additionally, ignoring the problem or failing to take immediate action can result in unnecessary repair or damage expenses.
With summer just around the corner, pool season is right upon us. Many people have already begun cleaning and filling their pools. Knowing what to expect throughout the summer in regard to normal water levels can take the guesswork out of whether your pool water level is as it should be. After all, no one wants to scratch their head all summer wondering if their eyes are playing tricks on them. Instead of sitting around wondering if your water levels are too low, you can look for certain signs. We’ve outlined these signs to help you take proper care of your pool.
As early as elementary school, students become familiar with the first phase of the water cycle known as evaporation. You should expect normal water loss due to evaporation in all swimming pools. This evaporation can range in amounts from 1/4-1/2-inch per day. You cannot stop the evaporation process, but you can slow it down with the use of a safety cover or solar blanket. There’s no reason to worry about a receding water level in the pool if the cause is evaporation. However, to ensure the water loss is due to evaporation, here is a simple task to perform:
Fill a bucket with water and place it near the pool where it will experience the same temperatures, wind and humidity as the pool. At the end of the day, compare the levels of water. If the amount of water loss in both the bucket and the pool are the same, then evaporation is likely the explanation for the water loss in the pool. There might be a problem elsewhere if the water level in your pool has dropped significantly more than that in the bucket.
Can there really be too much splashing in a pool? That’s like saying you had too much fun, right? Well, the answer is yes; excessive splashing can lead to a significant drop in a pool’s water level. If you plan to have a group of kids or an energetic group of adults in the pool, you should make note of the water level before all the belly flops, cannonballs and jackknifes take place. You might be surprised at how much water escapes a pool when high energy activities take place. If you do see a sizable drop in water level, consider asking the activities to stop. In the least, ask guests to keep the splashing in the pool. In doing this, you can monitor the levels to ensure the splashing is the only cause of the pool’s water reduction.
A Chemical Imbalance
Big or small, swimming pools need chemicals to stay clean and safe. There must be a balance of acid and alkaline to get a balanced pH level. Unfortunately, it’s often tricky and confusing trying to maintain a proper chemical balance. If your pool constantly has an imbalance in its pH levels, the cause could stem from inexperience, or it could be a sign of a leak.
Regardless if your pool is fiberglass, vinyl or concrete, proper maintenance and care will not prevent normal wear and tear. And unfortunately, this wear and tear can lead to leaks. Monitoring water levels, proper maintenance, and responding quickly to necessary repairs are the best way to keep your pool performing at its best.
Our team at Crystal Falls Pools is ready to help you with all your pool service needs. We understand the importance of proper pool maintenance and can help you get your pool summer ready. Give us a call today to learn about the various ways to keep your pool’s water level where it should be all summer long.