Swimming is one of the best ways to cool down when it gets hot. In the U.S. alone, 36% of children, aged 7 to 17, and 15% of adults swim 6 or more times per year. Waterparks are crowded and costly, and pool memberships add up, so why not make your own backyard pool as fun as it can be?
Don’t have an in ground pool? Pool installation is easy. Professional pool installers are skilled craftsmen capable of constructing a pool, ideally, in 2 to 5 weeks. Depending on the season, pool construction can take 8 to 12 weeks. A customized pool may take longer than a classic swimming pool as well. However, in addition to being a fun attraction for family and friends, a backyard pool can increase your home’s value up to 8%, the wait may be worth it.
Once you have your pool installed, consider a few add-ons for safety and practicality measures. Pool covers, for instance, drastically reduce water evaporation and the cost of heating a pool by 50% to 70%. Consider installing a fence at least 4 feet tall around your pool to prevent drowning hazards, especially if you have small children or pets.
Pool maintenance is important, since you can cut its lifespan in half by not taking care of it, but it isn’t hard. With a bit of know-how, you can easily clean your pool in less than 20 minutes. Pools today have automation systems, so chemical testing and maintenance takes a few hours a week. You should run your pump for at least 6 hours a day during the summer, so it’s important to check your pump on a regular basis. Check your basket weekly, especially if you see more debris in the pool than usual or reduced water flow. Clean your cartridge filter every 4 months or if the pressure exceeds 10 lbs psi — whichever comes first. It may sound like a laundry list of things to do, but each task is easy and quick, and it keeps your backyard pool at its finest.
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