None of us at BCP have a pool, so we turned to you, our readers, to share your best advice.
But these tips are only a start! Let’s use this post as a forum so you can add your pool tips in the comments below.
- “If you have an above ground Intex-style pool, definitely invest in a sand filter and saltwater system. The sand filter is a lot stronger and easier to maintain. And the salt water system is amazing. It regulates the chlorine in the pool. It’s so much less of a hassle than using actual chlorine.”
- “A robot vacuum is a must to keep the water clean! Skim the top with a net and invest in a chlorine feeder (putting chlorine in the skimmer basket can cause the pipes to erode and it’s so costly to fix). Run the filter daily for 8 hours in hot weather.” – YG
- “It’s very important to get an automatic spring door that closes and locks on its own for the gate around your pool. Security pool covers, that cover the pool when it’s not being used, are also available (although costly). It’s important to cover the pool for winter so leaves and other things don’t get into it or you’ll be spending a lot of time and money cleaning it and getting the water clear. Make sure there’s nothing near the pool that could be in someone’s way. My two-year-old tripped on a rock and tumbled into pool. BH my husband and I saw it and jumped in to grab him out right away.” -HG
- “DON’T ever buy inflatables at full price! They don’t last a season. Stock up at the end of summer for following year. I get mine from Target on 50% clearance or more in August and store in my shed. It’s doesn’t feel as terrible throwing out these huge inflatables at the end of the season, many of which pop after only a few times of use.”
- “Outdoor garbage cans! Keep them everywhere! They help so much with clean up.” Note: You can invest in prettier ones or any covered one will do).
- “Pool chemicals went up in price this season due to Covid. Many stores, at first, had a shortage on popular items needed to get your pool started for the season. Renters beware: prices may go up this summer due to the higher costs of maintaining a pool.”
- “Gate hooks! I got mine from Amazon for about $24. They hold the equipment and keep anything with long poles neatly against the pool gate, as opposed to on the floor (which doesn’t only look messy, they’re also more likely to get ruined there). The hooks are also good for hanging towels or puddle jumpers.” -EN
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