Being able to step out onto your lawn and submerge in the cooling depths of your own pool sounds like the ultimate way to spend a summer’s day. A backyard retreat, which will inevitably become the site of parties, gatherings, and the neighborhood kid splash-a-thon, it’s the dream of many homeowners.
It’s a significant investment. Worth it? We think so! But it’s not something we’d advise jumping straight into without considering your options first. It’s vital to go with trusted pool builders and be well-versed in the processes, regulations, and requirements before jumping in headfirst. Here are the more important things to consider before diving in:
The first step when taking the plunge into securing your own in-ground pool is to ensure you are up-to-date with all legislation and guidance in your state/ region. In Texas, all pools (including private residence pools) must have an enclosed fence surrounding the perimeter, of a minimum of 48” in height. Efforts should be taken to ensure the space between the ground and the bottom of the fence is below 4”.
Pools require maintenance. Yes, plenty of chemicals are required to keep your pool sparkling, but you should expect more comprehensive maintenance throughout the lifespan of your pool. If you live in a region with substantial ground shifts, you may notice cracks in your coping which will need to be repaired or replaced.
Now, green-tinged pools aren’t an uncommon sight, but it isn’t just the result of years of neglect. Pools require weekly cleaning, ensuring the PH levels are between 7.4 and 7.6, with sufficient chlorine to eradicate bacteria, as well as a thorough wipe-down and generous dose of shock treatment and algae prevention. As well as weekly cleaning, more thorough maintenance is required around every two months, where filters are cleaned and the water level is checked.
It is crucial to ensure your pool is covered by your homeowners’ insurance. Many assume it will provide coverage, however, oftentimes there is very minimal coverage, if any at all. In case of any accidental injury, it’s advised to have some form of cover, but your insurance provider can provide official guidance on this.
A common misconception is that electricity and water bills will surge when you install a pool. While they will increase, it is not an extortionate amount; around $40 to $60 extra for your water bill per month, and in the region of a $25 rise in your electricity bill, although in warmer climates this may be slightly more due to evaporation. Pumps and filters are continually becoming more energy-efficient, so doing your research and selecting modern, low-power appliances will keep your monthly costs down, as well as a timer to avoid unnecessary charges.
Increasing your property value by up to 7%, pools are an investment of sorts. The initial outlay may be significant, but with pools offering huge longevity, particularly gunite pools which often last for over a century, the initial cost works out at very little per year when spread out. It’s a feature that will elevate any landscape, and be a great selling point to many.
One of the most important aspects to ensuring a smooth, stress-free journey to becoming a pool-owner, is choosing a reputable, well-established pool builder. Opting for a pool builder with vast experience will help you avoid issues in the future, which will almost certainly require more expenditure to resolve poorly-executed work. Not every backyard can support a pool, so having an expert on-hand to determine the logistics of excavation and installation is key. Reviews, word of mouth, and a thorough chat with your prospective pool builders should shed some fantastic insight into how they operate.
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