Owning a pool is quite an expense, so cutting costs just makes sense. There are a few things that the average pool owner can do to reduce the expense of pool cleaning.
Maintenance is Critical
Water should be tested on a regular schedule. If the pool is used frequently, daily testing is advisable. By keeping the waters PH properly balanced, you reduce the need to “shock” it, thus decreasing your expenses. Small variations are easier for the system to absorb, so get it adjusted before it becomes a huge job.
If your filter is disposable, maintain a regular schedule for replacement. As with other maintenance tasks, staying on top of this one will keep the water cleaner and the pool in better shape.
It is pretty rare for any pool to need “top-of-the-line” supplies. Salt is salt and chlorine tablets are chlorine tablets, so get what you can afford. While lower priced chemicals may require a bit more monitoring, they all do the same thing.
No matter what you buy, spend some time online finding the best prices. Comparison shopping will go a long way towards getting you a great price. Getting supplies at end-of-season sales is another great option if you have the room to store your purchases for the next several months in a safe place.
In Pool Cleaners
There is no denying the thrill of watching a little “robot” churn around in your pool cleaning the dirt and grime. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. You can find automatic cleaners that run $200 and those that do the same job for $1000.
Purchase the unit that is designed for a pool the size of the one you own. Keep your cleaner maintained, just like you do your pool, and don’t run it more than necessary.
Buy in Bulk
If you and a few friends own similar pools, blend your orders of supplies together. Just like in other situations, purchasing a greater quantity may pay off. Getting a large bucket of chlorine tablets is definitely cheaper than purchasing a few tablets each time you need them. Store supplies safely if you do this.
Look for Closeouts
Pool stores go out of business more often than you think. Keep an eye out for closeout sales and deep discounts. A pool store often changes to a ski store in the fall and wants to eliminate its stock to make room for new merchandise. Be prepared to snatch up supplies when they go on sale.
Pool cleaning is an undeniable expense and hassle. Just because you have a pool, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up your fun to accommodate a shrinking budget. Find less expensive options, do more of the work alone, and enjoy your dips more than ever before.