Adding A Home Pool: What You Need To Know
Thinking of adding a pool to your property? There is no denying that a swimming pool on your property can be an excellent addition if you have the space.
It can also boost the value of your home to 7% and be an attractive proposition should you come or sell.
That being said, installing and maintaining a swimming pool on your property can be a huge responsibility.
As such, you should pay careful attention to the best ways to maintain a pool before doing so. This post looks at some essential considerations when it comes to adding a pool to your property.
Size Of Your Space
Pools can come in different sizes and shapes. Regardless of your garden size, you can always find a custom pool size to fit in.
Remember to consider how you use your outdoor space and what else you have going on.
For example, do you have pets who need space to roam around? Do you have kids who like to play in the garden, and so on?
This can help you to avoid going for a larger size than you can accommodate and take up valuable footage.
Don’t forget to be aware of the zoning conditions in your local area. Keep in mind any regulations from your local state regarding the addition of pools to your property.
Your constructor should be aware of these if you are using them but do your research beforehand. It can be invaluable and avoid you having to remove the pool should you breach any zoning laws.
Above or Below Ground
Do you want to install an above or below-ground pool? This is a structure that sits on the ground and can be filled with water.
You will typically need to access this via steps or add platforms around it, depending on the height of the pool.
If you want to have a pool installed cheaply, then an above-ground pool can be a good compromise.
Both have pros and cons and can be beneficial in their own different ways. Below-ground pools are a more permanent structure but much more expensive to install.
This will require digging into the ground, laying the foundations, and then filling the pool.
It doesn’t matter what type of pool you install; they need the same care and attention when used.
Looking after a swimming pool can be a costly and labor-intensive job. Depending on the pool size, checking and cleaning it before you use it each day can be time-consuming.
You will need to ensure the pool is cleaned regularly. Especially if it isn’t under a shelter or enclosed, maintaining the correct chlorine levels, repairs, and replacing pool liners.
Pool liners must be replaced every 6-10 years on average. Your concrete will need touch-ups every few years to maintain its clean look.
The chemicals required for the pool can be expensive, as can hiring a pool maintenance team to come in to do this for you if you cannot do it yourself.
The safety of your pool is vital. Regardless of who will be using it, you need to ensure you have safety features put in place to avoid accidental drowning or injury.
Securing your pool from young children and pets is vital to ensure their safety at all times. Over 70% of drownings involving children under 15 are at private residences.
Safety measures include installing a rubber pool deck for its anti-slip properties. As well as adding a fence around the pool with a lockable gate and installing a pool cover.
Having safety features such as steps to enter, buoys, and rings on ropes to help anyone experiencing trouble in the water is good to have.
Increased Utility Bills
Lastly, bear in mind that having a swimming pool installed in your home will come with increased costs.
From topping up water levels if required in an above-ground pool to the electricity used to keep the pump and filter going in an in-ground pool.
If you have a heated pool, then this will use even more energy to keep it heated to the desired temperature.
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If you are able to do so, adding a pool can be massively beneficial to your health and well-being. It adds an extra element of enjoyment to your home, whether you use it to keep fit or have fun.
However, there are some essential things you need to consider before installation. Making sure you are aware of all of the issues before, during, and after adding a pool to your home can help the process run much more smoothly.
Do you have any tips for adding a home pool?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.