Whether you have a salt system or use chemicals to maintain your pool, it’s prone to evaporation over the course of the year. Specifically, evaporation can cost you money as you refill your pool repeatedly, especially if you live in an area such as Phoenix. The city of Mesa, Ariz., noted that a pool can lose an average of 25,000 gallons of water annually in the desert, which is the equivalent of one full pool. It’s also assumed that 30 percent of them have leaks, which can contribute to the loss.

With a reliable Phoenix pool service, you can make it easier to maintain your water levels over time. In addition to seeking professional assistance, there are a few tips you can familiarize yourself with to reduce how much water evaporates from your pool.

Measure accordingly
The Marin Municipal Water District recommended using a grease pencil to mark the water level in your pool after a refilling. After 24 hours have passed, measure to see how much water has been lost. In the event that you’re losing more than 1/4 inches of water per day, you could have a leak in your pool that’s contributing to the problem.

Cover your pool
If you don’t use your pool every day, you might be leaving it susceptible to needless evaporation, resulting in more work and cost in the future. The Las Vegas Valley Water District stated that an exposed pool can lose up to 4 inches of water per week when it’s not covered. For this reason, it’s in your best interests to use a pool cover to keep the evaporation rate down and ensure that you’re never struggling to maintain your water level over time. A cover can effectively reduce evaporation by 90 percent.

Be mindful of splashing
Splashing is something that’s naturally going to occur as a result of the pool being used – for this reason, you shouldn’t focus too much on preventing it. However, you can limit how much water is lost through splashing by not overfilling the pool. Overfilling can increase the chances of splashes going overboard and out of the pool, resulting in the need for more filling in the future.

Whether you’re interested in reducing your water costs or being more environmentally friendly, these tips can help you achieve your goals while maintaining a refreshing place to swim.