If you are having a hard time controlling your swimming pool cost, then there are a few things that you may want to try in order to bring those costs down. Obviously, if you haven’t yet purchased and installed a swimming pool, you are at a big advantage – you can learn from people’s past mistakes and implement these ideas now, before you even draw up the plans for your swimming pool’s design and implementation, so that you will know how to keep your costs to a minimum down the road.
First of all, you need to clearly identify what costs are associated with running a pool. Many people think that the only real costs you will have are the upfront purchase and installation costs. Nothing could be further from the truth. The real truth is that you will have maintenance, chemical, repair, and heating costs with just about every type of pool, period. There is no way around them – only ways to reduce those costs.
One of the easiest areas to reduce costs is with the chemicals. While it is definitely much harder to control the inground swimming pool cost of chemicals (for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into during this post), it is possible to reduce the costs of pool chemicals, no matter which type of pool you own (or plan on owning). So what is the easiest way to cut down on the chemical costs? By simply keeping your water PH balanced and by keeping the correct amounts of chlorine in the pool at all times. Nothing is more costly than having to shock your pool every weekend – that will kill your pocket book. And, it is much harder to manage your pool when the PH is off. You will end up using way too many chemicals and will not get nearly the results you are hoping for. Then, you may ultimately need to drain, or partially drain if you can’t fully drain, your pool, thus adding greatly to the already increasing costs.
The cost of chemicals is just one aspect of ongoing swimming pool costs that pool owners need to deal with and to try to control. There are a variety of other costs that add up as well and there are ways to reduce those costs, too. For example, if you stay on top of any small repairs in inground pools or even above ground swimming pools, you will avoid major deterioration that will then result in extensive, and expensive, repairs down the road. As for lowering heating costs, one of the best ways to do so is to use a solar pool cover which will keep the water in your pool warmed by the natural energy of the sun, thus eliminating or at least reducing your reliance on one of the most expensive aspects of owning a pool – the heating costs.
Owning a swimming pool is lots of fun and is something that many homeowners enjoy. But, after the initial purchase, there are a number of ongoing costs that still make pool ownership rather expensive. While you can’t do away with most of the ongoing swimming pool costs, there are certainly ways to reduce the cost of owning a swimming pool so you can spend more time enjoying the pool and less time worrying about how you are going to pay for it all.