How to Make Owning a Pool Less of a Nightmare in 7 Easy Steps
Swimming pool ownership is one of the most polarising purchases a person can make. On one hand, you get to spend your summers floating happily around in its cooling water and on the other hand you have to deal with the huge maintenance costs and rocketing utility bills.
There are many ways to make your pool ownership more of a dream and less of a headache.
- Pool Covers
Purchasing a cover for your pool does more than just protect it from falling leaves and other stuff. If you leave your pool uncovered the water evaporates at a much faster rate. A pool cover also keeps it at an ambient temperature for longer.
There is a large selection of pool covers on the market: High tech automatic ones that can be retracted with the flick of a switch or covers that are placed and removed by hand that cost less than $100 (depending on size). Both options will significantly lower your utilities.
- Regular Maintenance
Pool maintenance refers to things like keeping the pH levels at the recommended range, scrubbing off the algae and regularly checking the pool filters. This may call for stricter budgeting but it is far cheaper than the servicing fee a neglected pool will cost you. Fortunately, there are pool maintenance companies that can be paid to come and do the maintenance for you.
- Safety, Safety, Safety
All pool owners should be aware of the dangers of an unsafe pool environment. Building a safety barrier to cordon off the pool area should actually be done at the same time as the pool is installed.
A reputable fencer will know to install kiddy-proof gate catches and it doesn’t hurt for everyone to learn some emergency CPR. Layout some pool safety rules and make sure everyone who visits abides by them.
- Pool Heaters
By installing a pool heater, you can considerably extend your swimming season. There are solar pool heater companies that guarantee their product makes it possible to use your pool all year round. A solar heater in the pool will help reduce your utility bill and can even pay for itself over a few years.
- Make Your Planned Pool Smaller
The most effective way of cutting down the costs of pool ownership is to cut the planned dimensions down. It will be easier, quicker and cheaper to build and a smaller size facilitates the lowering of maintenance, heating, and filtering.
You can look into investing in a harness (called a “stationary swimmer”) that allows the swimmer to do their lap training while remaining in one spot.
- Filters & Other Features Can Be Turned Off
A slide or waterfall feature in the pool can be an endless source of fun. An easy way to save on costs is to switch them off when no one is in the pool area. The water filter and pool cleaner do not need to be on all the time too.
Basic chemicals like chlorine are a pretty pool’s top priority. If you skimp on quality pool chemicals and buy cheaper, no-name brands it might cost you in the long term as more of the product is needed to do the same job as the high-quality chemicals. Check the concentration levels on the side of the packaging before buying.
None of these potential drawbacks should stop the lucky pool owner from enjoying their backyard joy for many summers to come.