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The Expense of Owning a Swimming Pool

Once your swimming pool is installed you may think that the expensive part is over, right? Well, now you have the maintenance and upkeep so the costs are not over. Also, if you want pool accessories such as a diving board, lighting for the pool or maybe an added pool slide later; it all adds up. So what is the average pool maintenance cost? It will depend on the quality of your pool, how large it is and what type it is.

What is the maintenance cost of a standard pool?

swimmingYou will need to keep the pH balance of the water by using chemicals. By using sodium hypochlorite is will raise the pH; and granular acid will lower it. The pH needs to be tested at least once a week to keep it at 7 which is what the pH of water is. You may also have to add additional chemicals if you see algae growing; if it has been extremely hot or there has been a storm.

You will also need to add additional chemical to keep the water clean. Chlorine is often used, and it comes in a powder, liquid and tablet form. So an average cost for chemicals for a standard pool will cost around $180 a year depending on how large your pool is and how long it is open.

If your liner becomes ripped from kids, pets or rough housing; sometimes it can’t be repaired. A new liner will cost about $700 with the labor costing the most. The liner itself is only about $200, but most people can’t replace it themselves so the labor is needed.

Pool covers are another item that really should be in your budget to help prevent evaporation. A low-end pool cover will cost about $140, but if you want to have a higher-end one installed professionally, it may cost around $1300.

What extra costs are there with an in ground pool?

Besides the cost of chemicals to keep your pool clear, pH level correct and algae free, you may need to resurface a fiberglass pool. If your pool is gouged, chipped of cracked, not only does it look terrible but children won’t be safe using it. The cost for resurfacing can average between $650 and $750.

To close, in order to keep your maintenance costs down, monitoring the day to day behavior of family and guests in your pool can affect the costs positively. Everything does experience wear and tear, but keeping your pool maintained and also not damaged by carelessness is one of the best ways to keep ahead of them.

The Relationship Between pH Balance and Alkalinity

Swimming pool chemical balance is critical to maintaining clean and safe water. It’s important to test your water regularly to ensure that it is balanced. Sometimes, chemical balance can be tricky. Chlorine isn’t the only part of balancing water. There are several other factors involved in balancing swimming pool and one of the most critical issues is the pH balance of the water. The pH of the water affects how well the pool sanitizer, such as chlorine, works.

swimmerDid you know that there is a significant relationship between pH and alkalinity? When the pH is out of balance, it affects the pool alkalinity. You can’t adjust the pH of the water effectively unless the alkalinity is in balance. Most experts recommend that the pH of swimming pool water is between 7.2 and 7.6 for the pool chlorine to work properly. High pH can cause a calcium buildup, filter clogging, dull water and a variety of other problems. If the pH is too high, you need to check the total alkalinity of the swimming pool water.

The total alkalinity of the water should be between 80 and 200 ppm. If the pH is high and the alkalinity is in the right parameters, you should add pH reducer. If the pH is low in the swimming pool water, you should check the alkalinity just like when the pH is too high. If the alkalinity is normal, then you should add a pH increaser to the water.

What if the alkalinity in the water is not balanced? High total alkalinity, the pH of the water will consistently rise even if you add pH reducer. To fix the problem, you need to adjust the alkalinity without affecting the pH balance. If the alkalinity is too low, add sodium bicarbonate which will raise the alkalinity without affecting the pH of the swimming pool water. What if the alkalinity too high? You should add a pH reducer to the deep end of the pool. You’ll need to shut off the pump and give the pH reducer time to lower the alkalinity and then you can turn the swimming pool pump on again.