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5 Myths About Swimming Pool Ownership

5 Myths About Swimming Pool Ownership

1st Feb 2024

Owning a swimming pool is often considered a luxury, offering family entertainment and relief from the heat in the comfort of your backyard. However, common misconceptions can prevent some swimming enthusiasts from taking the plunge into pool ownership.

Let’s examine five myths surrounding swimming pools and shed some light on the reality of owning and maintaining a pool.

Myth 1: Swimming Pools Significantly Increase Electrical Bills

One common misconception is that owning a pool will cause monthly electrical bills to spike. According to home improvement website Angi, running your pool’s filter pump and heater could average about $50 a month. But do your research. Yearly energy costs connected to swimming pool use depend on the size of your pool, the type of pump and the length of the swimming season in your area.

Fortunately, modern pool equipment is designed to be energy-efficient. In addition, many pool owners find using a solar pool cover to maintain a comfortable pool temperature helps reduce energy bills even further.

Myth 2: Swimming Pools Increase Liability and Insurance Costs

Your homeowners’ insurance naturally will go up once you install a backyard pool. The policy must cover potential damage to the pool as well as liability for any accidents or injuries associated with the use of your pool.

This is an expense you’ll need to add into your budget, but it may not be as costly as you think. In fact, you may be offered lower insurance premiums if you include safety features like alarms and fences, as insurers often reward responsible pool ownership.

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Myth 3: Swimming Pools Aren’t Safe for Families with Young Children

Accidental drownings occur with tragic frequency, but with the right precautions, a pool can be a safe and enjoyable space for you and your family.

First and foremost, constant supervision in and near the pool, particularly with young children, is paramount. Always supervise children playing in and around pools. Teach them to never approach a pool without a “water watcher” present and never swim alone.

Additional safety features such as pool covers, alarms and secure fencing can significantly reduce the risk of accidents.

Myth 4: Backyard Pools Require Extensive Maintenance

While it's true that pools require regular upkeep, maintenance is not such a time-consuming task. With advancements in pool technology, automated cleaning systems and water treatment solutions, maintaining a pool is fairly straightforward. Regular cleaning, proper chemical balance and occasional professional services can keep your pool in excellent condition with minimal time and effort.

Myth 5: Pools Negatively Affect Home Resale Value

Depending on where you live and the type and size of the pool, a well-maintained backyard swimming pool can actually boost your home's resale value by 5 to 8 percent. However, you need to balance that number with the cost of installing a pool.

Also, ensure that the pool complements the overall aesthetic of your property. Most homebuyers will consider a neglected or poorly designed pool a drawback. Investing in quality construction and providing continued good maintenance helps maximize the resale value.

Make an Informed Pool Purchase

Swimming pool ownership, like any significant investment, comes with its own set of responsibilities and considerations. Being able to separate fact from myth provides a clearer picture of the realities associated with owning a pool.

When approached with careful planning, attention to safety and regular maintenance, a swimming pool can be a source of entertainment and relaxation, as well as a valuable asset for your home.  

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