Many pool owners top up their pool water frequently during the summer because that’s what their builder told them to do. But many people don’t really know what the correct water level is or why it is so important.
What’s the Correct Water Level?
When assessing your pool’s water level, use the skimmer as your guide. Your pool water level should reach one third to one half of the way up the pool skimmer’s opening. A pool skimmer operates most efficiently when covered halfway with pool water.
The Problem with Too Much Water in Your Pool
If your pool water level completely covers the opening of your skimmer, then floating debris like leaves and insects can’t get in, so your skimmer cannot clean your pool water effectively. Half of the pool skimmer opening should be above the water line to allow water to circulate properly so that debris can be drawn in. Debris left in the pool creates water chemistry issues and an unhealthy swimming environment.
The Dangers of a Low Water Level
When your water level is too low, the skimmer takes in too much air. This causes problems with your pool system and will eventually cause the pump motor to burn out- a high price to pay for a simple mistake.
Maintaining the Right Levels
It’s important to monitor your pool’s water level during times of heavy rain, hot spells when evaporation occurs, and during times of high swimmer load. Lots of swimmers means lots of splashing, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your water level drops. Ironically, it’s also during these times that your pool’s circulation needs to be at its best because water chemistry issues are more common in these conditions.
To maintain proper chemical levels, the addition of necessary chemicals is eminent. Contact the professionals at The Pool Store Valdosta or Thomasville as we can provide weekly pool maintenance and guarantee the proper handling and addition of any required chemicals.
Special care must be taken when dealing with pool chemicals. Exposure to skin or eyes can cause lasting side effects, as can inhaling fumes. Maintaining proper chemical levels can affect the sanitation of your pool as well as protect the health and safety of yourself and others swimming in your pool. The balance of chemicals in your pool also affects the longevity of your pool equipment and the surface of the pool itself.