Have you always dreamed of having your own backyard pool? You could jump in for a quick swim, any day of the week. You could also invite all of your family and friends over for a day of swimming. Owning a pool can be very rewarding, but it can also be a lot of work. Make sure you are prepared for everything that comes with pool ownership before you schedule that professional pool installation.
There are strict city safety requirements
Depending on where you live, you might be subject to safety requirements. These safety requirements include things like requiring a fence around the pool, the entrance and exit ladder types of the pool, and whether the pool can be aboveground or underground. You will want to consider what additions you can add to keep neighborhood children and young children in your house away from the pool. For maximum pool safety, install four sided isolation fencing, at least five feet high, equipped with self closing and self latching gates that completely surrounds the pool and prevents direct access from the house or yard.
Your new pool will require regular cleanings
A pool is essentially a large tub of standing water. Over time, especially if not taken care of properly, the pool water will grow bacteria. This can result in green water that is full of algae. Your new pool will need to be cleaned regularly. If any of the chemicals become unbalanced, you will have to purchase additional cleaning products. You might even need to hire a professional pool cleaning service. Pool cleaning can be difficult to figure out, so it is always a good idea to have someone to call with questions.
In addition to cleanings, pool tests are also important. These tests give you information about the current chemical levels of the pool. These chemical levels can tell you if you need an extra pool cleaning or if it is safe to swim in it. Pool water should be tested regularly to make sure it is clean and healthy. The pH scale is a measurement of acidity or alkalinity that runs from 0 to 14. A reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is ideal, as this range is safe for swimmers and helps the sanitizers to work at top efficiency.
Pool repairs can be costly
Sometimes, pools require repairs. There are many parts of a pool that can require a repair including the filter, the pool pump, and even the pool liner. Depending on what part of the pool requires a repair, you might have to call out a professional pool service company. If repairs are needed to the interior parts of the pool, you might have to drain the entire pool and then refill it, after the repairs are completed. This can take time and can increase your water bill. Additionally, your local pool cleaning service might request to empty and refill your pool during cleanings.
Pools need to be professionally opened and closed
Living in a four season state also means that your pool will need to be professionally opened and closed. You should not leave the water in your pool all winter long, as it can freeze and crack the pool liner. For this reason, pools need to be winterized. This prevents them from being damaged during harsh winter weathers. Before closing your pool, you will want to do one final pool cleaning service and then schedule a closing service from your local pool company.
Swimming is the fourth most popular sport or activity in the U.S. This makes owning your own pool valuable and useful. However, it is important to also remember that pools need to be maintained and professional services from time to time. Before you begin your professional pool installation, you will want to research what it takes to properly keep up with a pool.