Before You Get A Family Pool Consider This

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There is a lot that goes into pool ownership, from the initial cost of buying the pool (even above ground ones with cost you hundreds of dollars) to setting it up (it’s going to take a lot of water so you’ll want to have a company come in and fill it up or your city water bill is going to be insane), you need to invest some money into the pool. Once you’ve got it set up a whole new array of fun (and problems) arise.


Pools need regular cleaning. On a daily basis, you’ll need to skim out any of the leaves and other particles (and bugs) that have found their way into the clear waters. The bigger your pool the more cleaning it will need, in fact, maybe enough to make you want to hire someone else to do the work for you. You can also invest in a pool vacuum.

That debris that finds it’s way into your pool can sometimes clog filters on fancier pools (not ones you pop up for summer and take down in the fall, of course). A clean pool also needs chemicals to keep bacteria from growing in the water. Plus, a stationary pool you only cover in the offseason needs draining each year too.


Cleaning isn’t the only work you’ll be dealing with when it comes to your pool. Maintenance issues can come up all the time, even with cheap above ground pools (maybe it gets a hole in it, but can be patched). Make sure you deal with maintenance issues immediately so no one gets hurt (broken water slides) and so the problem doesn’t get bigger.


You want a safe pool and you want to ensure that no accidents happen when you, your family, or even guests are using your pool. That means knowing pool safety and having safety equipment on hand. A floating device, someone that knows how to swim, an adult present at all times, and teaching children pool safety are all important measures to take.

Make rules for no running on the slick deck around the pool. Make rules for no diving into the pool. These rules will help protect everyone from injuries.


What are you doing with this pool when the warm weather is gone. Frozen water expands, so you’re going to probably need to drain a pool that can’t be taken down. You also need a pool cover for it and may have some other winterizing things to do to keep it in good shape.

If you have a temporary pool you need to tear town, where will you store it once it’s down? Will its storage area risk it to rips and other damage?