11 Money Saving Tips to Reduce Pool Maintenance Costs [Infographic]
Many pool owners would agree their pool is a hole in the ground filled with water they throw money into.
Jokes aside, there is no getting around the fact that a pool is a big investment of both time and money. Aside from the upfront installation costs, the ongoing maintenance can be a drain on the pocketbook.
To save money on pool maintenance costs, here are 11 money saving tips that can help below.
We also created the perfect infographic to go along with the list:
Store Your Vacuum Head Correctly
The biggest reason pool owners have to replace the head of their pool vacuum is due to bristle damage.
These units can be spendy, so to avoid damage to the brush, store the vacuum head in a safe place, out of direct sunlight and upside down, so the weight is not on the brush. Rinse the brush off with fresh water after each use to avoid chlorine damage.
Cover Your Pool to Reduce Heating Costs
Cut heating costs by using a solar cover if the pool won’t be used for extended periods or at night if you live in an area where the mercury dips after dark.
Cover Your Pool for the Winter
Unless you live in a tropical climate, if you don’t cover your pool in the off season it will most likely look like a very large high-school science experiment come next summer.
This will result in having to spend extra time cleaning the pool and treating the water.
Care for Your Pool Cover
Having to buy new pool covers gets expensive. Keep an eye on your pool cover throughout the winter to keep it clear of debris and water accumulation.
Whenever it rains or snows, get the water off the cover ASAP. Once the cover is dry, remove any debris with a long-handled broom.
Treat Swimming-Pool Water Regularly
Whether you are feeling a little lazy or want to save a little coin on chemicals, one of the best pool money saving tips is to not skip shocking your pool.
As tempting as it may be to skip a treatment every now and then, this will usually end up costing you more in the long run. This is especially true in the middle of summer when the pool is being used a lot.
These conditions give bacteria just what it needs to take a foothold and you will have to use extra chemicals to get the water back to normal.
Buy Pool Chemicals in Bulk and on Special
Pool-supply stores will often offer early and end-of season specials to both get customers in the door and get rid of overstock supply.
Stock up on whatever supplies you need, as these chemicals will keep, provided you keep the containers stored per the manufacturer's recommendations.
Prices can vary widely, depending on brand and sale prices. You will have to do a little math to figure out total cost, but if you only need to raise the pool alkalinity a little, baking soda can save you some money over pool alkalinity agents.
Also, if you use large amounts, baking soda can turn pool water cloudy for a couple of days.
Here is a quick article on how to clear a cloudy pool fast if that happens.
Run the Pool Filter Less in Temperate Climates
As alga propagates in warm water, during the middle of summer, when temperatures are the hottest, is it recommended that pool owners run the filter for at least 10 hours a day.
In cooler climates you can cut back on running the filter to six to eight hours a day. Also, investing in a simple timer and running the pump at night, during off-peak electric-usage hours, will save you some coin.
Watch Chlorine-Stabilizer Levels
In case you didn’t know, chlorine stabilizer, typically cyanuric acid, inhibits the sun’s ability to destabilize chlorine. In the absence of a stabilizing agent, chlorine will dissipate in a matter of hours, leaving the pool unprotected.
Adding a chlorine stabilizer to pool water is a good way to save money on pool maintenance, as it helps protect the chlorine from oxidation from the sun’s UV rays.
Don’t Waste Water
The typical pool wastes water in two main ways: evaporation and leaks. Aside from leaks, which are readily apparent, evaporation is the invisible water thief that silently steals from every pool owner.
To limit pool-water evaporation make sure the pool is covered whenever it is not in use, especially in dryer climates like the desert. When using a heater, keep the temperature set as low as possible.
Close Your Pool Yourself
This is one of the best pool money saving tips that can save you over $200 a year. To close your pool for the season follow these steps:
1) Check and adjust pH, alkalinity, chlorine and water-hardness levels.
2) Clean the pool walls, floor, filter, deck and equipment.
3) Drain water level to below the skimmer opening.
4) Add swimming pool anti-freeze in northern climates.
5) Cover the pool.
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