We live in the “Sunshine State”, and as a resident of a state that boasts about being in the sun, you may have entertained the idea of getting a swimming pool for your backyard. I don’t blame you, swimming pools can be a lot of fun, and a wonderful way to get a break from the heat on a hot summer day.
When Kevin and I lived in Texas, we had a swimming pool. It was great...for the first few years. Then it just became a hassle. Now, I’m not saying that your pool will do the same to you, but here are some things to think about before you take the plunge (pun intended).
Pools only stay clean if you keep them circulating. Not all day, but enough hours of the day that you will realize a very significant increase to your electric bill. Don’t let anyone tell you that it won’t be substantial. It will, they just don’t remember how low their bill was before the watering hole went in.
Your electric bill isn’t the only bill that you will see an increase in. You will find that even without people splashing around, your water will evaporate and the pool will need to be filled. The hotter the day, the more water evaporates. You need to be prepared for an uptick in your water bill as well.
You are going to have to test your water at least once a week to find out what chemicals are lacking, and which ones you have too much of. You will also frequently have to figure out why your pool is cloudy.
Sometimes it will decide to turn green. Do you have too much chlorine or too little? How about the acid, what is your pH level? Should you shock the pool?
Not even pool cleaning companies have all the answers, and it can be infuriating. The website TroubleFreePool.com is a great resource, and a good place to start when you are having problems.
We live near the water, and that means wind. What happens when you have a windy day? Leaves fall from the trees. It seems like leaves are just attracted to your pool. Having your pool screened in helps, but somehow your pool will still need cleaning. And don’t even get me started about the pollen!
The first few years that Kevin and I had our pool were great times. We had frequent barbecues and friends came over all the time to visit and play pool volleyball. They really were wonderful times! But, after a few years, the novelty wore off. We found other things that interested us, and that we wanted to do on the weekends. The pool turned into a chore (and the world’s largest dog dish).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that pools are bad, and you would be a fool for having one. On the contrary, our pool brought us some wonderful weekends with wonderful friends. I don’t regret for a second that we had that pool.
We also don’t have kids, so our novelty probably wore off a little faster than if we had had a rugrat or two. But when we bought our house here in Florida, the first thing that we said to our realtor was “no pool”.
If I want to get in the water, I’ll jump in the ocean or the Intracoastal...No cleaning or chemistry required.
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