Are you thinking about having a pool installed? Are you excited about the prospect of being able to go swimming whenever you please? Having your own pool is an exciting and rewarding concept. But what you may not realize is that there are things that you need to research ahead of time, before the pool installation process even gets started. If you don't know the answers to these questions, you may find it difficult when you start to talk to the professionals who will be installing your pool. Some things that you should start to research ahead of time include:
Salt or freshwater: You will obviously need to add chemicals in order to prevent bacteria and algae growth in your pool. Possibly the most commonly used chemical is chlorine. However, there are also pools where the main chemical of choice is ordinary salt. The pool equipment removes the chlorine atoms from the salt, adding them to the water. This means that the pool is still technically a chlorine pool, but you won't need to store straight chlorine tablets or liquid around your home. This makes it a great option for parents whose kids like to explore and get into things that they shouldn't.
Pool size: A larger pool isn't just more expensive to install—it can also be more expensive to keep operational. Whether you intend to care for the pool yourself or you intend to hire a company like Anchor Pools & Spas to care for the pool on your behalf, a larger pool will clearly need both more water added on a regular basis and more chemicals to treat that water. A smaller pool can be just as much fun for pool parties but won't break the bank. On the other hand, if you want to swim laps, you may actually want to go even smaller. Instead of a full pool, you may want to consider installing a swimming machine. This is a pool that is slightly larger than a hot tub and uses jets and water pumps to circulate the water, creating a current that allows you to keep swimming indefinitely.
Heated or not: If you live in an area where it can snow in the winter, having a heater in your pool can greatly extend the number of days during which you can actually use the pool. If a high water table prevents you from draining the pool for the winter, a heater can also be important for preventing ice from forming in the pool and potentially causing damage. A pool heater doesn't really change how you or your pool services company will deal with pool maintenance—it simply warms the water to make it usable.