Your New Home Has a Pool - Now What?
How exciting! Your new home has a pool already in the backyard, just waiting for you and your family to enjoy. Before you just dive in (pardon the pun), there are a few things you should probably know. If you are a first-time pool owner, there are some guidelines that you will need to be aware of to make sure that your pool stays in tip-top shape throughout the year. This article will help cover those items and help you have the best time possible!
If your new home has a pool you are buying, we recommend getting it inspected by a pro. This is especially important if the pool is looking a little run down. Pool renovations are NOT cheap, so knowing what, if anything, needs to be done will be a big help.
This professional inspection will also help to give you an idea of what kind of maintenance will be required in the long run.
A Clean Pool is a Safe Pool
Before you allow anyone in the pool, be sure to test the levels of whatever sanitation system is in place. Whether it’s a chlorine pool or a saltwater pool, you will need to make sure that the water is safe to swim in. If the balance is off for a chlorine pool, it could either mean dirty water or severe skin reactions. If a saltwater pool is off-balance, you could end up with thriving microorganisms or corroding metal. There are at-home tests that you can buy and do yourself each week to make sure everything is right, but this is where the costs of pool ownership come into play in keeping these sanitation systems in check.
You will also want to make sure that all of the pipes, drains, filters, etc. are clean and clear of all debris before the family jumps in.
Protect the Pool
If your new home has a pool and doesn’t already have this a barrier, then consider putting in some sort of safety barrier around the pool. This is important if you have children or pets, or plan to in the future, as it will help to prevent any accidental fall-ins.
You will also want to make sure that you have protective covers for your pool whenever it’s not in use, like during the winter months. This will help to keep your pool clean and protected from debris so that it can be easily prepared for use when the seasons change!
This can be for fun and for practicality. Firstly, you will want to make sure that you have all of the proper safety tools, like flotation devices and lifeguard hooks, in an easy-to-reach place near the pool. Make sure anyone who will be using the pool knows where these are and how to use them.
Now we can get to the fun bit! You can get all sorts of floaties, pool toys, and even add a slide or waterfall feature if you so choose. This is where you can allow your family’s personality to shine through. Make your outdoor pool space as chill or as exciting as you want!
Final Thoughts When Your New Home Has A Pool
Now, we’re sure that you will thoroughly enjoy when your new home has a pool. However, we want to make sure that you take all of the safety steps we’ve mentioned here before doing so! This will help keep your home, your family, and your investment in maintenance happy and safe. Whether you’re new to owning pools or an old pro, remember that each pool is different, and each pool has its own safety and care needs. Now get out there and make a splash!