Swimming pools are an exciting new addition to any home. Instead of having to truck multiple kids over to the community pool, where the chlorine levels are so high they turn eyes red, instead there’s an opportunity for outdoor fun and exercise right in your backyard. Getting a pool isn’t a decision one should enter lightly, however. When it comes to upkeep and responsibility, there are several important facts you need to keep in mind.
Taking Care of Your Pool
- When you have an outdoor pool, debris will naturally collect in it. Tree leaves fall, dirt gets blown in, and insects find their way into the water. Typically, this debris is cleaned out first with a long-handled net known as a skimmer, and also through the use of your pool’s plastic collection basket. Anything that sinks to the bottom will need a pool vacuum to remove. Pools should be vacuumed every week.
- The water level of the pool needs to be checked and maintained. Splashing and evaporation will do its part, and not replacing the water can damage your pump. Why do most homeowners not empty their pool in winter? The water’s weight helps counteract the force of the ground pushing up.
- Modern pools are easier to take care of when it comes to maintaining proper pH levels and chemicals, but you will still need to routinely check and add solutions as necessary.
Choosing a Pool Fence
- Pool fences are required in most states. Though restrictions vary, generally there are several requirements including height, picket spacing, and gate locking mechanisms. Over 3,000 people die each year by unintentional drowning, and the majority of these deaths among children ages one to four occur in home pools. Safety is essential for ensuring no accidents.
- Popular choices for pool fences include wood fences, vinyl and wrought iron fences. Wrought iron is popular for homeowners who want to be able to preserve the view of the surrounding landscape. Wood and vinyl fences are ideal for privacy.
- Some swimming pool fences are made to be removable. Though they will create an effective barrier, they can eventually be moved or replaced as necessary. This is most popular in areas where restrictions are less stringent.
Are you planning on adding a pool to your backyard? Do you have any tips for maintenance expectations? Let us know in the comments.