Most cities in and around Central Texas perform water averaging for three of the four winter months of November through February. Unless you address your leak(s) before the averaging, you will be paying for it for the next year.
Most normal pools lose up to ¼” per day during the Summer months due to evaporation. This results from the combined effect heat and wind have on your pool water. However, If you are losing more than this, you may have a leak that should be addressed. For reference sake, an average backyard pool sized 32’ x 15’ (480 square feet of surface area) that loses 1” of water per day equates to over 100,000 per year! If your pool is larger, such as a neighborhood or apartment pool, the losses will be even greater.
Leaks fall into two categories - structural and plumbing. Structural leaks include cracks in the gunite (pool concrete), separation or gaps around penetrations in the wall/floor such as where the return lines come through the wall, or around lights. Plumbing leaks include equipment leaks, as well as breaks in underground plumbing.
There are things you can do before calling us out. The first and easiest is do a visual inspection of your equipment pad. If there are any wet areas, try to determine if the water is coming from a specific piece of equipment. You can also perform static and dynamic bucket tests to try to distinguish between structural and plumbing leaks. Visit our leak detection page on our website to learn ways to perform these tests as well as determine your pool’s estimated gallonage.
Our technicians have the training and tools to perform leak detection, leak location, and leak repair. If your pool seems to be losing water, contact us to schedule our leak services before the water averaging in your area begins.
Fall Brings Cooler Weather and... Leaf Drop
While you may be able to swim for another month, the cooler weather of Fall is a sign that swimming season is coming to an end here in Texas. It does not however, indicate the end of caring for your pool. In some cases, caring for a pool during Fall can mean more work and less enjoyment. Leaves are the biggest culprit of Fall pool maintenance! Whether you have a ton of trees in your yard or none at all, pools seem to be a magnet for any leaf floating through the air, and if your pool is the landing spot, your attention is required. The easy answer is to let the skimmer get the leaves on the surface and the Polaris or robot take care of those that fall to the floor, or even leave it until the next visit from your pool cleaner. However, the easy way out may not be what's best for your pool! Here are some reasons why you may want to lend a helping hand.
Skimming leaves off the water's surface is always easier than removing them from the bottom of the pool and there is ZERO chance the surface will be stained. Leaf build-up can clog your skimmer which can prevent water from reaching the pump. If this happens, your run the risk of causing air in the lines and possibly overheating or damaging your equipment.
A leaf eater (available in our retail store) can be used for leaves that do accumulate on the pool bottom before staining can begin. Although you may have a weekly cleaning service, in the Fall, your cleaner can leave and an hour later it will look like they never touched your pool. Don't wait until the next visit from your pool cleaner. Instead, at minimum, empty the skimmer baskets and dispose of the leaves away from your pool or in the trash or compost pile.
In the following video, our Founder, Andy Hines goes over some off-season
maintenance tips . We hope this helps!
As always, if you have any questions you can contact us via phone, online form, or just stop by our office. Enjoy the fall!
Maintenance Time - A few things you should be doing or at least considering this month!
- Heater Check-up - make sure your heater is ready the first time you want to use your spa this Fall
- Freeze guard checkup/installation - this is a device connected to the pool equipment that automatically turns on pumps when temperatures reach a set level to prevent water in pipes from freezing
- Chlorine - begin reducing chlorine usage, total chlorine level can be lowered to 1ppm,as long as you don't see algae.
- Cyanuric acid - during the summer, cyanuric acid (stabilizer) keeps chlorine from burning off in the sun. However, elevated levels can reduce chlorine effectiveness, therefore, use the Fall to dilute the pool water by periodically draining 3-4" and refilling.
Contact our service department to schedule a technician.