Do you remember summer pool parties as a kid? If you had a backyard pool, it seemed like everyone always wanted to come over and if you had a friend with a pool, they always seemed to be the coolest kid on the block. Whether or not you invest in an inground or above ground swimming pool, you and your family are sure to reap the benefits. A pool can be especially fun in warm weather areas, where you’ll get a chance to use it more regularly, although basking in a pool during the precious few days of summer in colder climates might be just as satisfying! If you’re worried about swimming pool installation, don’t be! There are plenty of pros who can help put your new toy in the ground for you.
Why Get a Swimming Pool in the First Place?
- Classic American Past-Time
- Think of the Money!
With almost 10.5 million residential swimming pools and over 300,000 public swimming pools in the U.S., it’s clear that swimming is popular. And over 35% of kids between the ages of seven and seventeen swim at lesat six times a year, if not more. Swimming is also in the top five most popular sports in America, coming in third behind walking and using equipment to exercise.
You can boost your home’s value by 8% if you invest in an inground pool. Even better, if you have your own pool, you can save on public swimming pool costs and even on tickets to water parks, which can be upwards of $200 sometimes!
What’s Involved With a Swimming Pool and Swimming Pool Installation?
Swimming pool installation for a classic swimming pool (inground) should only be between two and five weeks. It’ll cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000 to $50,000. However, generally speaking, be prepared to wait up to 12 weeks for your pool to be completely built and installed, especially if your weather is variable. Once your pool is in, you’ll need to be testing and maintaining your water, changing filters, and making sure all safety precautions are taken with fences, small children, and sanitation.
What Things Should I Be Aware Of With Swimming Pools?
Not maintaining your pool can cut its lifespan by 50% — and it’s not that hard. Cleaning your pool can take under 20 minutes, especially with today’s automation systems. Changing your cartridge filter should be done every four months or sooner, if the pressure goes above 10 lbs psi what it should be. Make sure you’re checking your debris basket regularly, especially if there’s reduced water flow or you notice more debris floating in your pool. You should also be sure to have a fence that’s a minimum of four feet in height to prevent accidents, especially if you have small children. Lastly, having a pool cover can help reduce evaporation and minimize the cost of heating your pool in chillier climes by as much as 50-70%!
Want more fun for the family or a private space to do laps? Consider investing in a pool that will surely pay itself back in memories.