Everybody dreams of owning a house with a big swimming pool in the backyard for their kids to play in, for you to swim a few lapse in, and for other people to awe at. The sparkling blue water of your swimming pool defines your summers. However, when you actually own one, it is actually pretty hard to maintain. Swimming pools cost a lot to build and maintain. Equipment can be damaged by weather conditions that can easily plunge a large hole into your wallet. But don’t worry! Here are some pro tips to help relieve your pool worries.
1. Check the insurance policy!
Make sure to include your pool in your homeowner’s insurance policy. Storms or other sever weather conditions are inevitable and can happen at any time. To save your pool, make sure to include pool damages in your insurance plan. According to the Huffington Post, it is best to raise your limit up to $500,000 in case of any pool-related injuries. This will save you and your pool a ton of money and worries.
2. Don’t empty your pool!
When there is a impeding flood or heavy rainstorm, it might make sense to many people to drain their pool beforehand to avoid extra water that can pour into your basement. However, this is not the case! Depending on your location, the storm can actually lift your swimming pools foundation out of the ground. All of the pool’s structural components will be damaged or destroyed. Repair will cost even more than getting a whole new system. When the pool is left full, it will protect the systems during a storm and save you a lot of money.
3. Protect your pool equipment!
Your pool equipment is what makes up your pool. This includes the pump, filter, and heater. If these parts are damaged by weather conditions, your pool will not be functional. Thus, it is important to invest in pool equipment protection. This might include a pool cover or liner. When a storm is coming, it is important to turn off your pool equipment in order to avoid any electrical problems that might arise. Looking for the correct cover actually takes a lot of effort and decision making. According to the New York Times, there are various type of pool covers that range from $150- $8,000 (l). The most basic and cheapest pool cover is a plastic sheet that lies on top of the water and around the pool. It is usually kept in place by water filled plastic bags to weight it down. However, the cons to this kind of cover are that is the winter can damage water filled plastic bags. Leaves, rain, or snow can also pull the cover from under the bags. By spring, the cover will be at the bottom of the pool. The middle point of the pool covers, and the most recommended is a safety cover. These cost around $800 and can be installed by the homeowner easily. These safety covers ensure that anyone walking near it won’t accidentally fall in and drown. The cover also allows rain and snow to pass through and into the pool so you do not need to pump excess water off when the pool is opened. For those who want convenience, it is best to get a fully automatic vinyl cover. These cost around $6,500 to install. The vinyl cover are attached to tracks that run along the side of the pool. The cover will easily open and close by the push of a button, saving you a lot of time and money. It comes with a electric motor mounted at the deep end of the pool and draws the cover from one end of the pool to another. It is able to support the weight of 2 adults and a child.
4. Prepare for the winter
The best thing to do when winter is approaching is to winterize your pool. Most pools are made of PVC plastic and will crack when water expands as it turns to ice. This can damage your structural systems and pool equipment which will cost a lot to fix and replace. Poolsafe said, “Moving water has less chance to freeze so you should turn on your switch to run the pool all day.” The running water will protect your plumbing system. A heater will stop the surface of the water from freezing. It is also a good idea to get freeze protectors for your pool. They are cheap and save you a lot of time. They will turn on your equipment when the temperature is almost freezing to ensure your systems stay safe. It is important to stay on-top of the weather conditions and pool tips to ensure the longevity of your pool.