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Stay Cool- Here’s What to Expect When You Own A Pool!

Ready to get the pool party started? Read this first!

So you’re officially the owner of a swimming pool at your home. You’ll suddenly have an urge to plan unforgettable pool parties, or parties for any occasion, really, as you can now create you dream oasis right in the comfort of your backyard. Others will go to resorts while all you will have to do is roll out of bed and paradise awaits. But wait – before you grab the towel and and cocktail shaker, there’s many things to be aware of when owning a pool.


According to Citizens Bank, “The average cost of opening and closing the pool (if you live in a colder climate), routinely testing the water and adding chemicals as needed, skimming the surface of the water, vacuuming the bottom, and more can range from $1,200 to $1,800 per year.” Moral of the story? The installation isn’t the only price. That’s the key thing to understand. A pool, is like owning a boat, or a car – there will always be things to fix, tend to and repair. Maintenance costs average from $3,000 to $5,000 per year.


Common maintenance will include:

Keeping The Pump Running
Filter Check & Backwash
Test Pool Water

You will also have to add chemicals. These chemicals are actually what keep a pool clean and safe to swim in. These include chlorine, pool shock, algaecides and pool clarifiers to name a few. Believe it or not the chemicals make everything safer! The kill the bad bacteria and any germs.

Safety and Insurance

Safety first. You may want to consider getting certified in CPR. You ultimately take on an entire new set of responsibilities, especially if you are planning those pool parties. Your children should also be aware of pool safety. With responsibility comes insurance. Your liability as homeowner is now impacted. It might be wise to seek out an umbrella liability policy. What is umbrella liability policy? Umbrella insurance is essentially extra insurance that provides protection “beyond existing limits” and “coverages of other policies.” This means injuries to an individual using the pool or any property damage to your pool, or if a lawsuits occurred because of your swimming pool.

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