If you've always dreamed of floating dreamily throughout the afternoon in your own backyard pool, you're not alone. A lot of people want a pool and save for years in order to get one. However, some soon regret their decision because they didn't realize how much work they were getting themselves into. Before you break ground on a pool, you should have a realistic expectation of how much work you're going to have to do to maintain a pool. Following are three things you should consider before breaking ground.
Type of Pool and Placement
A smaller pool takes less time and money to maintain than a larger pool. So, if you're looking for easy maintenance, opt for a lap pool or spa pool rather than a multi-depth in-ground pool. You should also consider placement of your pool. If you place your pool under a tree, you will constantly have to fish out leaves, bugs and other debris. Placing your pool in full sun helps eliminate debris, but it poses another issue. Since direct sunlight dissipates chlorine, it can be difficult maintaining chlorine levels in a sunny pool, which means you will have to check your chemical levels a couple of times per week.
Pool Chemicals and Commitment
Before getting a pool, you must also consider the types of chemicals you will use in your pool. You have several options, including chlorine, bromine, saltwater and UV light. Each have different price points and levels of difficulty. While chlorine is by far the most popular option, other systems, such as saltwater, do not require as much upkeep. However, each system has drawbacks. Be sure to research each sanitation method available and make a conscientious decision based on cost and time commitment.
Cost for Operation and Maintenance
Pool pumps, heaters and lights can and will run up your energy bill. If you don't opt for energy-efficient models, you can raise your energy bill by as much as 50 percent. When added to the cost of chemicals and cleaning, you're looking at quite an increase in your monthly budget. A standard chlorinated pool costs a little under $200 per month to run while a saltwater or natural pool costs just under $100 per month.
As you can see, there are several things you should consider before breaking ground on your pool. If you have any questions regarding how much your new pool will cost or how much time you will have to spend cleaning it, talk to a professional pool contractor like Contemporary Pools Inc.