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How to Reduce Water Evaporation in your Pool

How to Reduce Water Evaporation in your Pool

There has been a lot of worry lately about water evaporation in our backyard swimming pools with the drought. Here are a two ways you can minimize the evaporation on your pool. Either option should reduce your water evaporation by at least half.

  1. Use a solar blanket or solar rings on your pool. Solar blankets warm the pool water and dramatically reduce evaporation. You purchase the solar blanket by length and width. The cover lies on the water directly. The cover can be cut to match the shape of your pool with scissors. Some people choose to cut the cover in half width wise to make removal and storage of the cover easier. A solar reel can also be used to roll the cover on and off the pool. If you are storing the cover in the sun folded up, you will need to cover the cover with a tarp or it will melt to itself. The best place to store the cover when not in use is in the shade. The average temperature gain in one week is 10-15 degrees.
  2. Liquid solar blankets are easy to use and they work. The liquid cover needs to be added once per week for maximum effectiveness. I have found adding the product once every other week works well too. This product is a liquid that you add to the skimmer or top of the pool when the pump is running. The liquid spreads out and forms a layer only one molecule thick that reduces evaporation and retains heat that you would normally loose each night. The average temperature gain in one week is about 5-10 degrees. The product is biodegradable, eco-friendly, and safe to swim in. The dose is about 4oz per 20,000 gallons of pool water per week.

Either product can be purchased at a pool store or through Just Right Pool Service directly. Please use this form when ordering. These options are optional of course. You can also email your order to john@justrightpools.com

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15 X 30 Solar Cover = $115.00

16 X 32 Solar Cover = $130.00

18 X 36 Solar Cover = $160.00

20 X 40 Solar Cover = $185.00

Please circle the size of cover you would like us to deliver.

Solar Covers have a 6 year warranty. The first year is a full warranty and the rest is prorated. It only covers manufactures defects or issues with materials or workmanship. It does not cover the bubbles popping from sun and chlorine exposure. The average solar cover lasts a maximum of 3 years (FYI).

 

Cover Free is the liquid solar blanket mentioned above.

1 Quart of Cover Free = $30.00 plus tax

 

Weekly or Bi-Weekly additions of Cover Free = $4.00 per 4oz dose (Please indicate frequency)

 

We can add this product for you at your desired dose/frequency if you indicate what you would like us to do. We can also deliver a quart container for you to add when you like.

Killing Green Algae

Killing Green Algae

killing green algae

Green algae are the type of algae you see in the water itself. The water itself has a green color to it. If your water is turning cloudy, chances are you are about to have green algae in your pool. If you have cloudy water, shock your pool with chlorine at the rate of one gallon or one pound granular chlorine per 10,000 gallons of pool water and run the pool pump for up to 24 hours. If the pool has already turned green an algaecide will be needed in addition to the same shock treatment mentioned above. Simply add the chlorine as mentioned and immediately add one quart of “algaecide 60” per 20,000 gallons of pool water. Run the pump for 24 hours and re-test the chlorine level. Add more chlorine and run the pump longer if needed. Make sure the filter pressure stays within range. If the starting clean pressure of your filter is 10 lbs. then you should clean the filter when it goes up 8-10 lbs. above that. So clean this filter when it hits 18-20 lbs. Brushing the pool may be needed if you notice algae forming on the walls and floor of the pool. Algae that form to the walls grow a protective layer that makes it difficult to kill without brushing it away from the wall. The algaecide used for green algae is “algaecide 60”.