by Monique Nelson on April 17th, 2015

​California is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recorded history, and a dedication to water conservation is required by every person and business in the state. We all need to make changes to the way we use our water supply, whether that means restricting your garden watering schedule, reducing the number of times you wash your car annually, or simply using a swimming pool cover.

​The Problem with Water Evaporation

​Recent research has identified that there are 43,123 swimming pools in the Los Angeles basin
between Hollywood Hills and San Pedro, “from pools shaded by leaf-covered pergolas in Santa
Monica to ones surrounded by chain-link fences in Alhambra”. The same researcher identified
that the average size pool in California is about 430 sq ft; at an average depth of 5.5 ft, the total
average volume equates to 18,000 gallons of pool water. Using these numbers it is estimated that in the swimming pools in Los Angeles alone there is over 775 million gallons of water being stored in those swimming pools.

In similar findings, the California Spa and Pool Industry Education Council estimates that a pool
evaporates a 1/2 inch to 2 inches of water per week. By those calculations, the average swimming pool in California is losing around 19,500 gallons of water per year to evaporation alone.


If you would like to continue reading this is the form of a downloadable White Paper, follow this link: Conserving Water in California

 

Calculating Pool Volume

​Calculating the volume of your swimming pool can be difficult, especially with a rounded or irregular shaped pool. SwimmingPool.com shares a simple Pool Volume Calculator  that any pool owner can use as to make calculation quick and easy, or follow the following formula:

Square or Rectangular Pool
Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.5 = Volume in Gallons
Circular Pool
3.14 x Radius squared x Average Depth x 7.5 = Volume in Gallons

The Solution to Pool Water Evaporation

​It is a well-known and proven fact that pool covers dramatically reduce water evaporation
from swimming pools, very effectively conserving water. This one simple addition to every
swimming pool in the state has the potential to save millions of gallons of water that is currently being needlessly wasted. As an added benefit, pool owners can save themselves much of the time and energy committed to maintaining adequate water levels required to ensure safe and effective pool equipment operation.

The US Department of Energy shows that savings of 50% - 70% of evaporation can be achieved by ​using a pool cover. There are three main varieties currently available: plastic or bubble blankets, safety covers and liquid solar covers. Traditional plastic blankets can be difficult and time-consuming to apply, and safety covers are often considerable financial investments to properly customize to each swimming pool. Liquid pool covers were developed by Flexible Solutions over 20 years ago and offer a safe, inexpensive and convenient alternative. Their products are offered under the brands of HeatsavrTM and EcosavrTM the original liquid solar pool covers.

Liquid pool covers have been proven to reduce water evaporation by 30% - 50%6. Based on the
previously noted studies, swimming pools lose the equivalent to their entire volume in water
evaporation each year. To estimate the potential for water savings on any pool, use the following formula:

​30% Annual Water Conservation
Pool Volume x 0.30 = Average Water Conserved
Annually in Gallons

50% Annual Water Conservation
Pool Volume x 0.50 = Average Water Conserved Annually in Gallons

​If we base our estimations on the projections noted within the studies, the average 18,000
gallon pool in California has the potential to save up to 9,000 gallons of water annually simply by using a liquid pool cover.

​Using a Liquid Pool Cover

​HeatsavrTM is biodegradable and completely safe for all swimmers. It was approved by the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health in 2001. When a liquid pool cover is dosed to a swimming pool it forms a single molecular layer on the surface of the water. It is completely transparent, odorless and otherwise undetectable by pool owners, but it can effectively reduce water evaporation by 30%-50%.

The products only require either a simple weekly dose from a bottle of HeatsavrTM, or the addition of 1 EcosavrTM fish per month. EcosavrTM is a patented delivery device for dispensing the HeatsavrTM.

If every pool in Los Angeles began using a HeatsavrTM or EcosavrTM in their pool right now,
the annual savings could be as high as 375 million gallons of water in the L.A. Basin alone.
Just imagine the savings potential across all of California.



If you would like to know where you can purchase HeatsavrTM or EcosavrTM in your area, please email info@flexiblesolutions.com

If you are a retailer who carries these product and would like customers referred to you, please email
sales@flexiblesolutions.com

by Monique Nelson on August 15th, 2014

Overdosing liquid pool covers is OK and won
Have you overdosed your swimming pool with a liquid pool cover? Don't worry!

Perhaps it was your first time using Ecosavr and, in your excitement you didn't quite "snip" the right fin, or you snipped too far down and the entire fish poured out into your pool. 

Perhaps your children or grandchildren wanted to help out with the chores and just poured a bunch of Heatsavr into your pool. 

If your pool was given a bit more liquid pool cover than usual, don't worry - it's Ok!

Heatsavr and Ecosavr are both very simple products to use, but sometimes mistakes happen. While consistent liquid pool cover overdosing is not recommended, it will certainly not harm or affect any of your pool equipment or swimmers!
The dosage rate for Heatsavr and Ecosavr has been carefully researched and tested over the past 20+ years, and we know that the recommended amount is what a pool requires to achieve the results we publish.

Ecosavr was developed for residential swimming pools, and doses a tiny amount of product consistently over a 30 day period so that there is always fresh new liquid cover protecting your swimming pool. 

Home pool owners can also choose to manually dose Heatsavr on a weekly basis. The product is biodegradable, but adding more product at the beginning of a week will help the results stay relatively consistent throughout a 7-day period. We don't recommend waiting any longer than that before reapplying though, because the protective layer will have run thin by then, and your pool will start to lose more and more heat.

Large backyard pools or commercial facilities can install an automatic metering system to dose the liquid on a daily basis for the best coverage possible

Each of these options come with recommended application rates that will provide your unique swimming pool with optimum coverage. 

However, if you happen to add a whole Ecosavr fish at once - or even an entire gallon jug of Heatsavr! - the worst that will happen is that the product will still biodegrade within about a weeks time, and you will have to purchase more liquid cover to keep the savings coming. 

It will not have any adverse affects on your pool equipment or filters, and the water will still be safe for all swimmers! 

Bottom line: if you overdosed your swimming pool with Heatsavr or Ecosavr, don't worry! Life happens and your pool will barely notice the difference!

by Monique Nelson on March 26th, 2014

Goofy man playing in child
Across the world, the definition of a "small" pool may change, but for the purposes of this blog post, I am imagining a small pool being less than 400 square feet (or less than 15,000 gallons), probably either an above ground pool or a swim spa.

Probably not a kiddie pool like the one in the image, but something compact that a family can enjoy throughout the hot summer months.

Small swimming pools are often not heated, and rely on the power of the sun to keep the water warm. In areas that are plagued with cool evenings this can be a challenge, and that is where EcosavrTM comes into play.

Swimming pools lose the majority of their heat through the process of evaporation; the heat quite literally vanishes into thin air. EcosavrTM, the liqud pool cover fish, helps swimming pools reduce the rate of evaporation, which helps to keep the heat in the pool water. Using this product can help a swimming pool retain approximately 50% of normal overnight heat loss

Residential swimming pools of up to 400 square feet, or 15,000 gallons of water, require only 1 EcosavrTM fish per month to keep their pool covered. The small plastic fish is added to the pool, where it will sink to the bottom, and the liquid cover is slowly released throughout a one month period of time. The recommended retail price on this item is only $12, so it is a very cost effective means of keeping your pool water warm enough to swim in.

A common follow up question is this: what if my pool is smaller than 15,000 gallons - how long will EcosavrTM last in my pool?
Ecosavr liquid pool cover fish
Here is the secret of EcosavrTM:

To use the product, you first have to snip the top fin of the fish. There is a valve in that fin that allows the liquid inside to slowly leak out into the swimming pool. Regardless of the shape or size of your pool, the liquid will leak out at the same rate. This means that EcosavrTM will last for 28 - 30 days in a swimming pool of any size.
Little swimming pool beside big swimming pool
The difference is not going to be in how long it will last, but in how effective it will be. 

The same amount of liquid cover will be released, whether the pool is 200 square feet or 2000 square feet. That same amount of liquid will try to cover the entire surface area of the pool. 

Flexible Solutions has been manufacturing this product for just over 20 years now, and we have done enough tests to know that the amount of liquid inside an EcosavrTM fish is enough to adequately cover a 400 square foot backyard swimming pool. If it is added to a smaller pool, there will be more product covering the surface, possibly allowing for slightly better results. If the pool is larger, the same amount of product will be stretched thinner across the surface, possible resulting in slightly lower savings.

There is no pool too small for EcosavrTM - it will not be enough product to ever overdose a swimming pool. If, however, your pool is a bit bigger and you want a little more product to go around, you may want to consider trying HeatsavrTM - the same great liquid cover, but in a bottle that can be dosed to suit the size of your unique swimming pool. You can find more information about the application options here: http://liquidpoolcovers.com/products.htm

by Monique Nelson on March 25th, 2014

A picture is worth a thousand words
Perhaps you've heard the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Or, "take a picture, it'll last longer." We all know that pictures provide impact and a lasting impression. In our modern, internet driven society, this is becoming more and more true each day. 

If you spend any time online, or watch over the shoulders of the teenage members of your family, you will find an impressive array of websites dedicated to pictures - Pinterest, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Imgur, Houzz, and so many more. Other social sites like Facebook and Twitter are often dominated by pictures as well. Websites that don't have a healthy ratio of photographs to words will often be passed over.
Liquid Pool Covers colorful shelf display
Pool Builders have been showcasing their designs through photography more or less since the age of personal cameras began, but more and more Service Professionals and Retailers are expected to join this trend as well. 

You may think that sharing pictures of your retail store will have nowhere near the impact on your business as sharing photos of the most recent stunning pools that have been built, but you might be surprised by the reception your images receive. 

I would like to toss out the theory that browsing through photos online - of your retail location and / or the products you sell - is the new method of window shopping. Consumers don't even have to leave home to browse your shelves anymore, but if they see something they like, they will certainly get off the couch and come visit you. 
Personally, I often browse websites before going shopping. It helps me narrow down the list of stores I want to visit while I'm out. If I find a website that has a few items I am interested in, or a Facebook page that has staff that look like they have a lot of fun at work, I am much more likely to take the time to get into their store. 

The great thing about how easy it is to share pictures these days is that internet browsers are not looking for stunning photography. We expect to see pictures captured on a smartphone, filtered through Instagram, and posted with a clever caption. Not an expensive, staged display. We're looking for real life. Any anyone can do that at no cost!

If you haven't yet started snapping pictures of your business, think of it as the 2014 season starts to warm up. If you snap any pictures of Ecosavr on your shelves, be sure to let me know - I'd love to share them with my audience as well!
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by Monique Nelson on March 24th, 2014

infinitely edge pool
A very common question that we receive is whether or not liquid pool covers can work effectively on a swimming pool with an infinity edge.

The concerns is that, since the surface water is always flowing over the edge of the pool, is it possible to establish a liquid cover in order to reduce the evaporation?

The happy answer to that question is yes!

Even though the water is flowing over the edge from the surface, it is consistently being re-circulated as it works its was through the circulation system. Essentially, a continuious loop is formed where product is always being moved across the surface, through circulation and back into the pool water. 

We have many customers with infinity edge swimming pools using Heatsavr, the original liquid solar pool cover, effectively. For best results we do recommend turning off the overflow when the pool is not in use - or being admired - such as overnight. This not only helps the liquid pool cover maintain the most reliable layer throughout the evening when you're pool is experiencing the highest heat loss, but it also reduces the amount of evaporation that is increased by having an overflow in the first place. 

If you're overflow stays on all the time, you may find that you see better results by increasing the recommended dosage of Heatsavr slightly (1.25 oz / 400 sq. ft), though in many circumstances this is not necessary. 

We had one extremely satisfied user write us a letter to share his results, and he even included some additional advide for infinity edge pool owners who are looking to save even more energy, water and heat. If you'd like to read the results in his own words, you can find his letter here: Southern California Infinity Edge Pool

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