Owning a pool can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Having a pool in your backyard allows you to exercise or relax at your own convenience in the comfort of your own yard. There are no swimming pool admission fees to pay or other people to content with. It’s your own private oasis. However, before many people put in their own pool, they may not realize exactly what kinds of expenses they are facing. If they aren’t careful, they could find the cost of caring for and maintaining their pool far higher than they thought. The following tips will help you reduce your overall costs so you can enjoy your pool without it becoming a financial burden.
Use a Pool Cover
Pool covers may seem like an unnecessary expense, but if you think about it, they can actually save you money in the long run. Covering your pool helps keep debris out of the pool when it’s not in use, which means there’s less chance the filters will become clogged or larger debris can cause damage to the pool itself. It also means you won’t need to spend as much time vacuuming your pool or emptying and refilling it because the water has gotten far too dirty to clean. In addition, pool covers keep the sun’s rays out of the pool. How does this save you money? When chlorine is exposed to UV rays, it dissipates into the air, which means you’ll have to replace it more often. If you keep a cover on your pool and keep the UV rays out of the water as much as possible, you reduce the amount of chlorine that dissipates and thus reduce the money you would spend on replacing it.
Invest in a Pool Pump
Keeping your water filtered and clean can save the money of having to replace the water often, as well as reduce the risk of damage to your pool. Yes, dirty water can actually cause damage to your pool that will require costly repairs in the future. A pool pump keeps your water fresher by cycling it through a filtering system constantly. This reduces the amount of time you have to spend cleaning your pool to make sure it doesn’t get damaged excessively.
Implement Pool Safety Measures
It’s common sense to make your pool a safe place for everyone to play. However, doing so can also help you save money on your insurance. Many people are aware their homeowner’s insurance will be somewhat higher if they have a pool on their property due to the personal risk it can pose. The good news is your insurance provider will look at any safety measures you implement as a reason to reduce your costs because you are considered a lesser risk. Some safety measures you should be using include installing a fence around the pool area so you can keep children and other uninvited guests from accessing the pool and potentially experiencing an accident as a result. A pool alarm can also alert you of any unwelcome access to the pool. Always remember to supervise children while in the pool area to further reduce the risks. This may not save you money immediately, but it ensures you don’t face any lawsuits or worse.
Clean the Hardware
The pool water isn’t the only thing you should be keeping clean. In fact, all hardware associated with the operation of your pool requires your close attention as well. Everything, from the pool pump to the filter to the pool itself, should be cleaned on a regular basis. At the least, these features should be cleaned well, both at the beginning of the pool season and at the end. If you keep this equipment clean, you can rest assured it will last longer and continue to operate the way it should so you can keep your operation costs down. In addition to cleaning these items, make sure they aren’t left in direct sunlight because this can damage the equipment, resulting in the need for a replacement much sooner.
Invest in Regular Maintenance
You may not want to spend the money on hiring someone to do a maintenance check on your pool on a regular basis, but this can help you save money in the long run. They will be able to identify any minor issues that require attention and repairs before they become a more serious problem. If you allow these problems to grow too severe, you are more likely to need to replace equipment completely, rather than spending a little money to fix them. It’s an investment well worth it in the end.
Owning a pool can be an amazing experience. It’s up to you to learn how to properly care for it, so you can enjoy it for longer and not worry about paying high costs to keep it operating smoothly.