A swimming pool is a big long-term investment. While a pool more than pays for itself with the benefits it provides for your family and home value, you may be wondering how to reduce ownership costs. Here are five tips for lowering the costs of owning a swimming pool that will protect your investment without destroying your wallet.
Tip #1 – Stay on Top of Pool Maintenance
Keeping your pool in tip-top shape with thorough pool maintenance will lower the costs of owning a swimming pool significantly. Daily maintenance may sound like a lot of time and money, but compared to the cost of repairs and fixing other major “oopsies,” it’s just a drop in the bucket. So, pool maintenance actually saves you money in the long run.
Maintenance for Vinyl Liner Pools
Staying on top of maintenance for your vinyl liner pool prevents wear and tear, which means you can go longer before needing to replace your vinyl liner. It can even reduce the cost of replacement itself when the time comes.
Maintenance for Fiberglass Pools
Proper maintenance on a fiberglass pool means no scratches, cracks, dents, fading, staining, or a multitude of other costly repairs. You really protect your investment and save yourself some significant money.
Tip #2 – Consider Signing Up for Regular Pool Maintenance Service
Paying for regular pool maintenance services may sound like an additional expense, but trusting your pool in the hands of professionals can really help reduce your pool ownership costs. How?
Fewer Chances of Making a Mistake That Could Damage Your Pool.
Pool professionals have much more extensive training when it comes to pool care. They’ll know what your pool needs, when it needs it, month to month.
Saves You Money from Needing to Pay for Individual Service Calls
If a pool professional is visiting your pool once a month, this reduces the amount of times you need to schedule an emergency visit. Your pool maintenance professional can typically identify a problem and provide a solution before it starts or becomes worse. Or they can at least let you know when you need more than just maintenance, so you won’t waste money on a service call only to find out the problem was more insignificant than you originally thought.
Tip #3 – Always Test Your Pool Water Before Buying or Adding Chemicals
One of the inevitable ongoing costs of owning a swimming pool is pool chemicals. But you can lower these costs by testing your pool water before buying and/or adding chemicals to your pool. Test strips, kits, or even thorough computerized water testing results from Goodall Pools can tell you which chemicals your pool needs.
This keeps you from wasting money on the wrong chemicals or too many chemicals. Using too much or the wrong chemicals can upset your water’s balance a great deal. Not only can this make your pool unswimmable, but it could also lead to those costly repairs we mentioned above and cost even more money to fix.
Tip #4 – Keep Your Pool Covered When Not in Use
Keeping your pool covered when not in use, even in the height of swim season, can also help lower the cost of owning a swimming pool. It prevents evaporation of water and chemicals and also keeps debris and dirt out of the water, keeping your chemicals and filtration system from working overtime to clean your pool.
Tip #5 – Invest in Pool Automation and Energy-Efficient Equipment
Both automation controls and energy-efficient equipment together can lower one of the biggest costs you’ll have as a pool owner, which is your energy bill.
Here’s a fun fact: your pool equipment, like your pool pump, doesn’t need to run 24/7 to keep your pool clean! Pool automation controls allow you to schedule your pool equipment to run during non-peak hours, which helps save you money every month.
Upgrading old pool equipment to more efficient models is another way to cut back on your pool’s monthly energy bill. According to Pentair, a variable speed pump could help you save up to 90% on your energy costs.
These 5 tips should help you with lowering the costs of owning a swimming pool a great deal, not just in the long run, but also month to month. If you have any questions or need assistance with pool ownership, contact Goodall Pools. We are more than happy to help!