It’s a major addition to your house. It dramatically alters the landscape of your outdoor living space. It can be a lifestyle change. This is not a decision that your extended family or neighbors should influence you one.
Building or buying a pool is a major investment so ask yourself some key questions before you take the plunge!
Why do you want a pool?
Talk to your family, see what everyone’s needs and desires are. Make a list of pros and cons to getting a pool. Consider everyones opinion even your children.
What will the pool be used for?
What will be the use of the pool, is it to help you exercise? To give the kids something fun to do? Are you thinking of doing a lot more outdoor entertaining where a pool would be a nice thing for your guests?
What type of pool do you want?
This is an important question because there are so many styles and types of pools. Knowing what shape, size, above ground in ground, or even the type of water (salt versus chlorinated). Do some research, shop around, better yet hire someone who will design a custom pool just for you.
What size and shape?
This depends a lot on your backyard and what you have room for. Even if you have a small area to work with a creative pool designer will be able to come up with something great!
What is your budget?
There really is a pool to fit every budget, you just have to know what you want and what you are able to afford. There are a few sources that you could look to in order to get the pool of your dreams: home equity accounts, savings, inheritance, homeland, or even a pool loan. Clear Blue Pools has some great loan options available CHECK THEM OUT!
Maintenance: You or the Pro?
This is the question on everyones mind, who is going to clean the pool? Its a good one to because there are a lot of things involved in keeping you pool clean and pristine. Vacuums, chlorine, heaters, pumps OH MY! Do you have time to commit to keeping your pool clean? Do you have the funds to hire a professional to take on this task for you? We provide a variety of custom maintenance plans to keep your pool looking great.
Get get this thing started!!
Have a realistic timeline for getting your pool built and hire someone who knows they can stick to that timeline. Make sure you have a in depth conversation with you pool contractor so you are both on the same page.
We hope that all is well with your homes and pools since this past weekend’s storm. Please expect some delays on your pool maintenance due to road closures and town evacuations, we were not able to perform scheduled maintenance. The storm has caused many of our customer’s pools to be filled with debris and in an effort to provide quality service, your pool maintenance may not fall on your normal day. Our hardworking pool technicians will provide your service as soon as possible. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience! Many thanks from Clear Blue Pools, Inc.
After the Storm Tips
The work is not over after the storm, especially if there is a power outage.
Here are some tips from Lee County Emergency Management Services to maintain the water quality of your pool:
Clear all debris from the water.
Add chlorine, such as 10 percent sodium hypochlorite granules called “shock,” to super chlorinate the water. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and maintain the super-chlorinated state until the electricity is restored.
Do not allow anyone into the super-chlorinated water.
Be sure everything is dry before dealing with electrical startup. Check your circuit breakers to be sure they are off before attempting to reconnect electrical equipment such as pump motors. Inspect the wiring (especially ground wires) for proper connections. Be sure you are following manufacturers’ instructions when reactivating equipment. If electric motors have been exposed to water, they should be checked by a competent professional.
Winterizing Your Pool
The #1 enemy: freezing.
When water freezes, it expands with enormous force. It’s the force that breaks up highways, splits garden hoses, explodes beverage cans in your freezer, and it’s the force that expands and cracks pool pipes, filters, pumps and skimmer baskets. If you are closing up your pool for the winter, you should always take precautions to protect from freeze damage no matter where you live—even pool owners in the South have learned, to their regret, that freezing temperatures are an ever-present risk.
- Be good to your pump and heater.
- No water in the pipes = no freeze damage.
- Clean the filter.
- Your final freeze insurance: the flotation device.
- The winter cover.
- Time for storage.
- You’re done.
Remove rope and floats from pool and put with the rest of the supplies. Store any dive board and ladders in the shed or garage, with your pump and filter. Store your dive bolts or ladder bumpers in the pump basket. If you have a sand filter, just leave it outside.
Your pool is ready for winter’s worst. Your investment is protected. And your spring pool opening should be an easy step to another season of swimming enjoyment!