When the weather warms up, the shimmering depths of a backyard pool are more inviting than ever. With the covers of ground and above-ground units removed, homeowners new to the pool scene may be overwhelmed by the steps it takes to prepare their backyard oasis for enjoyment.
Jim Joyner, owner of Pools Unlimited in Washington, has some tips for current and future pool owners in our area.
“A great tip is to keep a close eye on the chemical levels in your pool such as pH and chlorine. Make sure your pump is running enough each day to properly filter the water in your pool, ”said Joyner. Pools can be serviced in a number of ways. So take this into account when choosing chemicals to maintain the chemical balance of your pool. These amounts can also vary depending on the size and depth of your pool and whether it is a sub-floor unit or an above-ground unit.
For individuals considering buying or installing a pool, according to Joyner, the main factors separating the two are price and investment.
“The most important thing is what your budget is and how much you want to spend. The average above-ground pool will be less than $ 10,000 and the average above-ground pool will be between $ 40,000 and $ 60,000. It also depends on how long you want the pool to last. An in-ground pool is a great investment. An above-ground pool can be put up for a shorter period of time and you can sell the above-ground unit or simply dismantle it. An in-ground pool is a bigger investment and an integral part of your backyard, ”said Joyner.
In terms of installation, the process of setting up these two types of pools is completely different.
“An above-ground pool can definitely be a do-it-yourself project. An in-ground pool is not what most people can do on their own because of the equipment required to install it. It can be done, but most of the time you shouldn’t try, ”said Joyner.
Both types of pools are available in various shapes and sizes with depths to suit your current needs. Above-ground pools are of a uniform depth, while in-ground pools vary depending on the type of pool you are installing. The most common type of pool, regardless of type, is a liner-based poo. .
“We do not recommend emptying and refilling the pool as this can damage the liner. In terms of lining life, an above-ground lining would last 7-10 years and an underground lining 10-15 years, ”said Joyner.
If you or someone you know is considering installing a pool to enjoy this summer, Joyner recommends reaching out to local resources for help during the process.
“Anyone who has or wants a pool would recommend having a relationship with your local pool supply business, whoever that is. Our shop tests the pool water for free for anyone who walks in. Be sure to monitor chemical levels and it will be a pleasure to have. If not, it can be a lot of work, ”said Joyner.