Swimming Pool Frequently Asked Questions
Just the thought of building a new swimming pool can bring up numerous questions regarding everything from the cost of building and maintaining a pool to taking care of it properly. We have gathered some of the most common questions here, and will answer them as thoroughly as possible. However, if you have others, please call us here at Outdoor Solutions!
How Much Does a Pool Cost?
The cost of a pool can vary depending on the size of the pool and the type that you have selected. In-ground pools can be built from many different materials, including concrete and plaster. While above ground pools are less expensive, they also do not hold up as well as an in-ground one, and will end up costing you more in the long run. There are also numerous treatments that can be placed around the pool, including tile or concrete patios, coping and edging, and various types of decking. No matter what, we will work with you to determine the best pool for your needs and your budget.
What Kind of Pool is Right for Me?
The size of your backyard is the most important factor in determining the size of your pool. Other things to consider are what you plan on using your pool for. Do you want to be able to swim laps? Do you have small children who would benefit from a pool with a shallow section? Do you want a backyard oasis with a pool large enough to accompany plenty of guests? All of these things must be considered in order to determine the best sized pool for your needs.
Can I use my pool area year round?
An outdoor pool can indeed be used year-round, depending on your climate. If you live in a cooler area of the country, it is best to drain your pool in the winter in order to prevent the water in it from freezing and cracking your pool’s foundation. However, if your climate is mild enough, there is no reason as to why you can’t use your pool continuously no matter the season.
Summer’s Over, Shouldn’t I Just Wait Until Spring to Build My New Pool??
The best time to start planning your new pool is during the fall. Building it over the winter months will ensure that your new pool will be completed and ready for use by the first warm days of spring. If you wait until springtime to start the process, you may end up losing out on some prime swimming time.
How Long Will it Take to Build My Pool?
There are many things that determine the length of time that it takes to build your swimming pool. These include the complexity of the design, the size of your pool and any issues – like poor weather, for example – that may come up during the building process. Our pool design consultant can provide you with a fairly accurate time estimate for your project.
I’m building a new home. If I’m considering a new pool, what are the benefits of proceeding now instead of waiting until the completion of my new home?
The pool construction process can be just as messy and interruptive as any home construction project. By having your new pool built at the same time as your new house, you’ll avoid these annoyances. On top of this, you might be able to add the costs of your pool in with your new mortgage, saving you money on financing costs.
Do You Offer Financing?
We work with a number of local lenders in order to properly assist you with your financing needs.
I want to really enjoy my time in the backyard, and don’t want to spend every minute tending to my pool. How much time does the average pool require?
Thankfully, new pool technology has been invented that will save you a good deal of time on your pool maintenance. We also offer maintenance packages for those who want to avoid this altogether.
I am concerned about how much water my pool will use over the year. How much water does a pool require in a year?
The highest water usage comes from the initial filling. Once this is complete, your swimming pool will use less water than your lawn, proving that pools are not the water hogs that they seem to be.
A swimming pool is a big investment. Will it add value to my home?
A custom designed swimming pool will definitely add on to the value of your home. It is also a big selling point, should you choose to put your home on the market in the future.
I have a small yard, what are my options regarding a pool?
No matter how small your yard is, we can design a pool to fit it. That is what a custom pool is all about – finding that perfect balance between lot size and desired pool usage.
Our family is pretty energy-conscience. Do you have options that limit our energy use?
Using a variable speed pump will limit your pool’s energy use to as low as $17 a month. The price might range as high as $25, depending on the size of your pool and how often it is used. These are small amounts when compared to the energy usage of earlier pool pump designs.
I’d like to consider myself financially organized, so how much should I expect to spend a month if I purchase the chemicals myself?
If you decide to purchase the pool chemicals yourself, expect to spend anywhere from $30 to $50 a month on them.
What pressure should my filter pressure gauge read?
Unfortunately, every pool is different, so there is no direct answer to this question. The pressure on a clean filter should be between 10 and 20 PSI. However, this can differ widely, depending on your pool, the type of cleaners that you use and the number of valves that it has. Our pool experts can provide you with an answer to this question that fits your pool.
When should I backwash or clean my filter?
Your pool cartridge filter should be cleaned every 90 days.
How do I drain my pool?
You will need to use a special pump in order to drain your pool. However, before you go and rent a submersible pump or a sump pump, make sure that you are draining your pool into the right place. Some cities will fine you if you drain your pool water directly into the street, so you must use a sewer clean out, which is the black pipe that sticks up from the ground near your house. You will not need a permit to use the sewer clean out. Also, if your pool is made of plaster, do not attempt to drain it yourself as you might damage it. A professional will need to be called in.