Evaporation in the winter?

This time of year, we get many phone calls regarding leaks and evaporation. Many pool owners do not realize that water evaporates year round – even in the winter. And when owners don’t closely monitor their swimming pool water level, costly damage can occur.

There are three main causes of evaporation: heat, wind, and humidity. Everyone know that water evaporates more in the summer due to the extreme heat. However, the winter tends to bring a lower humidity level and higher winds. Both of those factors also contribute to evaporation. It is not uncommon to lose 1/8″-1/4″ in the “non-summer” months.  If you have a waterfall, fountain, sprays, or other features that bring water up in the air, your evaporation could be even higher. As always, we recommend the bucket test to monitor your swimming pool water level and to make sure you are actually losing water beyond evaporation. If you have any questions, please email or call us right away!