Pool maintenance

3 tips to save on pool maintenance

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Sitting by the pool at home can be quite relaxing, but the cost of maintaining your mini oasis can get quite high. For this edition of our Summer Savings series, we spoke to the experts to make sure you’re not wasting money.

To make sure your backyard oasis doesn’t drain your wallet, there are a few quick things you can do.

Let your pool pump run: It may be tempting to cut it more often to save money, but be prepared to write a check for other reasons.

“An average pool should run 6-8 hours a day. Ideally it changes the water 2-3 times a day for safety reasons. I don’t want to reduce it more than that. Once the pool turns green or that you have filtration problems, it will cost you more money to fix it,” Steigele said.

Representatives of Orlando-based pool company All Pool Service say that returning your pool to blue could cost a few hundred dollars or even more than $1,000. It depends on the size and condition. Money you don’t want to spend if you don’t have to.

Don’t buy chlorine in bulk

While pool noodles can be discounted wholesale, stocking up on things like chlorine could sink your wallet. Experts suggest buying what you need because chlorine does not have an extremely long shelf life. It could start to break down as soon as a few weeks after purchase depending on how it is stored.

Limit water evaporation

Keep your pool and wallet full by limiting water evaporation. This may mean turning off those cool water features and lowering the water temperature.

“Most evaporation occurs when there is a significant difference between water temperature and air temperature,” Steigele said.

Steigele suggests the highest temperature setting should be around 85 degrees. Any higher and you could be wasting money. It says to budget at least $30-50 per month on pool chemicals…depending on the size of your pool.