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4 Reasons You're Paying Too Much To Maintain Your Pool

Swimming Pool Equipment
As the owner of a pool, you know firsthand that the cost of owning a pool is a two-part process. Part one is the construction and part two are the expenses that go into maintaining the pool. Are you paying too much to maintain your pool?

If you're not following important maintenance tips, you probably are paying too much. Learn some of the practical ways you could keep your cost lower.

1. Not Pumping at Night

A pool pump keeps the pool water in motion to keep the water clean and prevent unwanted organisms from growing in the water. While it's clear that operating the pump is essential, an owner can drive up cost when they don't know when to pump. Keep in mind that the cost of electricity isn't consistent.

Electric companies have peak, or high-demand, hours when the rate for usage increases. During the summer, the pump should operate for around 12 hours each day. If you're running the pool for these hours during the day, you could save money by switching to a night operation, such as from 9 at night to 9 in the morning. 

2. Poor Storage

The cost of a high-quality pool vacuum can quickly reach hundreds of dollars in cost. The longer span you're able to use the vacuum, the greater your return on the investment but with the less time, the opposite is true. When you fail to store your pool vacuum correctly at the end of the season, you could find yourself facing the latter scenario.

Always clean the vacuum before storage. Water leftover can cause irreversible damage. If the vacuum head has brushes, store the head in an upside-down position to prevent damage to its brushes. Lastly, take the vacuum apart, especially if space is limited. You're more likely to damage the vacuum if you cram it into a small space in its fully functional size.

3. Failing to Use a Cover

One thing Nevada will never run short on is sun exposure. As one of the hottest climates in the U.S., the days are filled with long, intense dry heat. For pool owners, the local environment creates a significant threat in the form of water evaporation. On average, a pool can lose up to ½ inch of water every day.

Over the summer, the evaporation rate could lead to more than a foot of water loss. When water evaporates, you must put it back to maintain the desired water level, which can be costly. However, a pool cover can help significantly reduce the amount of water your pool loses. When your family isn't using the pool, it should have a cover over it.

4. Forgetting to Adjust the Filter

If the goal was to swim in algae, you'd probably find a river to swim in; you wouldn't think of your pool. However, if you're not using your pools' filter correctly, organisms like algae could surface in your pool water.

Algae is the result of stagnant water and if you're only focusing the filter towards the surface of the pool, this means that the water at the base of the pool isn't circulating but remaining stagnant. Algae can be both costly and time-consuming to remove. Occasionally, you should adjust the filter so that the water at the bottom is in motion as well. 

The pool should be a source of fun and entertainment for the family; it should not feel like a financial burden. Make sure you're adapting to practices that will save you money. At Timberline Pool & Spas Inc, we can partner with you to help you keep your pool in better condition and keep your cost lower. Contact us for help.