Nothing compares to having your own pool in the backyard. It’s a great place to relax after a long day, it’s a great excuse to have a pool party, and it’s the easiest way to keep the kids entertained all summer long. Although there are many reasons why having a pool can be great, it isn’t all fun and games. Owning a pool can be a lot of work, and it can be stressful too!
If you’re starting to get tired of all the work that goes into owning a pool, don’t automatically assume it means you have to get rid of it. There are plenty of improvements you can make to your pool to ensure you, your family, and your friends continue to enjoy the water for many years to come.
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Install a Pool Alarm
Pools can be a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous. Your kids could sneak outside the back door to go for a dip, neighborhood kids could enter the gate to your backyard at night to go for a swim, and it isn’t uncommon for pets and wildlife to end up getting stuck in the pool. Even scarier is the fact that the majority of drownings in Florida occur in residential pools. If you lay awake at night worrying about potential drownings and accidents, you’ll enjoy your pool a lot more if you make it safer.
Consider adding an alarm to your pool. You can add an alarm to your back door and your gate to ensure no one enters the pool area without you knowing, but you can also add an alarm directly to the water. That way, the alarm will sound the second anything splashes into the pool.
Use a Pool Cover
A less tech-heavy way to protect children and animals from accidental drownings is to use a pool cover. By covering the pool every time you’re done swimming, nothing and no one can get inside.
There are other great reasons to use a pool cover! Covering your pool can keep debris from collecting in the water, which means you’ll spend less time scooping the pool with a net. It can also keep your pool water nice and warm, as a black pool cover collects and helps the water retain heat without the need for a heater.
Automate Pool Maintenance
A lot goes into maintaining a pool. Just a few maintenance chores include:
- Clean out skimming baskets
- Brush the walls and tile
- Clean the pool filter
- Maintain the water level
- Maintain the pH level
- Chlorinate the water
If you feel like you’re spending more time maintaining your pool than swimming in it, you may want to consider automating your maintenance chores.
Once installed properly, you can find technology that will automatically sanitize the water, keep the pH balanced, and clean the pool. All you have to do is press a few buttons to keep your pool clean, beautiful, and swim-ready with a lot less work.
Install Better Lighting
Having the right lighting can make your pool safer, but it can also help you get more out of your pool. With the right lighting, you can enjoy swimming long after the sun goes down instead of drying off and going back inside when it gets dark.
There are tons of lighting choices. LEDs installed under the water in the pool can help keep the water illuminated, which will keep nighttime swimmers safe. Motion sensor lights can alert you to animals and people in the backyard that shouldn’t be there, while lanterns, string lights, and fire pits can help set the mood while illuminating the pool area at the same time.
Build a Beach Entry
There are a lot of fun updates you can do to your pool to make it more beautiful and functional, but none of them compares to a beach entry.
A beach entry can give your pool a completely different feel, but it can also make your pool safer and more approachable for young children. Toddlers and babies can play with parents in just a few inches of water, while other kids who are afraid of deep water can play at a depth that they’re comfortable with.
Splashing around in the pool can be a lot of fun, but it can be stressful too. Get rid of some of the stress of pool ownership with the tips on this list so you can spend more time enjoying the water with your friends and family!