3 Ways To Save Yourself Money This Summer:
Most everyone loves having a pool - the little stay-cation in the back yard - the sweet relief from the summer sun - the center point of any fair-weather party. So, where's the rub? Why is it that not everyone loves having their pool? It's as simple and as complicated as this one word: education.
It has been and always will be my mission to not only help folks with their pool questions, but to educate them; you know, the whole "give a man a fish...teach a man to fish" concept. Here are 3 common mistakes that I see people make when it comes to pool ownership that can cost them a lot of money:
1) Circulation - this is key when you are trying to keep that pesky green stuff at bay. Most folks think that if they throw more chemicals at a problem it will go away. That is often one solution, but why not pull that timer off and just let the pump run? How much is that energy bill worth in comparison with all that shock and algicide?
2) Be patient - chemistry is a science, and a very delicate one at that. Often, people try to rush their pool from dirty to clean and don't allow the necessary time it takes to get a pool chemically balanced. Just remember, give it time. On the flip-side, most folks don't realize just how quickly a chemically unbalanced pool can go from bad to worse. Just throwing shock and algicide in once a week all summer WILL NOT cut it. Sure, it will save you a boat load of money for not having to buy other balancing chemicals, but at what cost? Not knowing what you are doing can wind up costing you a small fortune in the long run and can lead to all sorts of bad things. Some of the telltale signs that your pool is unbalanced are: red eyes, bleached clothes, green-ish hair, or a "gritty" feeling on your teeth.
3) Know when to call a professional - this is the hardest thing for some, because it means you have reached the end of your knowledge level and you have to call in someone who can fix the problem. Just know it's ok to be at this point. Ask yourself what is harder; admitting you don't know what to do, or having to spend potentially hundreds of dollars to fix a problem that could've been solved with a little know-how? (A little tip: YouTube is a wonderful tool that is underutilized and over utilized at the same time. Know when to use it and when to call a professional)