Having a swimming pool in your garden can bring great joy and fantastic memories of barbeques by the pool, kids spending hours splashing around, and friends enjoying cooling off with their feet in the pool and a cold drink in hand. It’s important to remember that pools also require some maintenance like routine cleaning, chemical testing, and maintenance of components. There are a number of ways to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on pool upkeep, so you can spend more time enjoying your refreshing oasis. Here are our top tips to keep a low maintenance pool:
1. Swimming Pool Size
If you are still in the planning stages of pool design and installation, consider how large your pool needs to be to fulfil what you plan to use it for. The larger the pool, the more cleaning and maintenance that will be required, so choosing the minimum size that suits your needs is a good idea to keep your setup as low maintenance as possible.
2. Pool Components
Your pool components are essential for keeping your pool clean and in good working order. Nowadays there are many types of equipment on the market which can sometimes create confusion for pool owners. Only three pieces of equipment are absolutely necessary to keep your pool clean and low maintenance: a pump to circulate water around the pool, a filter to catch debris, and a sanitiser to kill bacteria and prevent viruses from proliferating in the water.
When you are ready to move forward with your pool installation, be sure that your pool builder is installing a high-quality pump, filter, and sanitiser. Using quality components will help to ensure that your overall pool setup will perform well for many years to come, saving you time, money, and headaches. If you don’t need to replace your components for many years and they still function well, you’ll be all set up with a low-maintenance system that you can enjoy without worry.
Modern pool technology has made a range of options available for pool cleaning so that you don’t need to actively clean your pool as often as was necessary in the past. Robotic cleaners can be left on most of the day so that you can come home to a sparkling clean pool and only need to do some touch-up cleaning every so often.
Suction and in-floor cleaners are other options that also offer convenience and a low-maintenance solution for keeping your pool clean without hassle. Be sure to ask your pool builder about which cleaning options are appropriate for your setup and budget.
4. Pool cover
In a hot, dry climate like Australia, evaporation is the enemy of all pool owners. Pool covers offer an easy, low-maintenance solution to prevent your pool water from disappearing, eliminating the need to top up the pool every couple of days. The cover will also prevent debris from falling into the pool, preventing your filter from getting overloaded, especially if your pool is surrounded by lots of foliage.