So, your dream is owning a swimming pool. To turn your backyard into a summer getaway with staycations, family fun and hanging out with friends. You have decided to excavate your backyard into an oasis, or perhaps you have bought a new home that has a pool. There are a few things you need to know about owning a swimming pool. Here is what awaits you once you install one.
1. Installation and Insurance Costs
How much you’ll spend on the construction of a new swimming pool will depend on the type of pool you choose. In-ground pools are more expensive than above-ground pools. You should also review your home insurance policy to determine if it impacts your liability as a homeowner. You should check if your policy limits are sufficient in case someone is injured while using your pool or should cover loss damage of your pool.
2. Pool Maintenance Costs
Maintenance to keep the pool in optimal condition includes things like routinely testing the water and adding chemicals as needed, skimming the surface of the water, vacuuming the bottom; the cost of opening and closing the pool for the winter season among more. Other maintenance costs are for repairs and utilities like filters, pumps, heaters, and lighting. All these could take a toll on your electric bill. A pool requires weekly testing and maintenance to keep your water sparkling and clear. Neglect this, and you’ll end up with green water!
3. Safety First
Having a pool cover is the first safety option to take. It will prevent children and pets from falling in it. It will protect your pool against the weight of snow and ice, and make opening the pool in the spring easier. This type of cover may cost more upfront but ends up paying for itself over time by keeping out debris and minimizing damage to the pool.
4. Pool Chores
It would be best if you had some time every other day to care for your pool. Filters need to be checked, skimmed for dirt and grime and emptied. You should continuously test your water’s PH and know what chemicals that need to be mixed in. There are also procedures regarding opening and closing the pool. They may seem like a drudge, but all this is to make sure that you and your family get to have a healthy, fun and rewarding times in the pool.
5. Increased Supervision
Having a pool in your backyard will invite a lot of friends to your house. Now that your home is now a popular destination, you will need to increase supervision around the pool area, especially if there are children involved.
6. Years of Fun for Everyone
Some people consider pools a luxury; others consider it a necessity. Either way, your family and friends will always enjoy hanging out and having fun in your backyard. You will have to do some work to clean and maintain it, but the enjoyment you will have in the end will be worth it. Plus, you will get to have some excellent cardiovascular workout, while relieving stress at the same time.