8 Accessories Your Swimming Pool Needs
<p> Use this checklist of 8 items your pool needs to perform at its peak.</p>
If your swimming pool could talk, what would it say? Obviously you won't be getting information from your pool directly, but there are particular items that are absolutely necessary for keeping your pool clean and safe for swimming. Here is a basic checklist of eight things your swimming pool cannot live without, if it will provide you with its very best this swimming season.
A fence keeps small children and animals out of your pool area when you are not around, even kids and pets from down the street and around the corner. Make the fence at least four feet high, with a locking gate for extra peace of mind.
Like a fence, a pool cover will keep people out of your pool when you are not there to keep an eye on them. However, a cover provides a myriad of other benefits as well. Solar covers keep in the heat from the sun so your pool remains at a comfortable level for swimming. A cover also keeps the water in your pool and leaves and other debris out.
A filter is a necessity for keeping your pool water clean. There are many types of filters to choose from so you can find one that fits with the size of your pool and your budget.
The pool pump is another important feature in keeping the pool clean because it keeps the water circulating through the filter. Pumps also come in an array of shapes, sizes and prices, so you can choose the best one for your needs.
The lovely thing about pool ownership today is that automatic pool cleaners keep the pool pristine with much less work on your part. Just how automated your cleaner is will depend on how much you want to do and how much money you want to spend.
If your in-ground pool is not equipped with built-in steps (or even if it is) you will probably want a ladder to help people get in and out of the pool safely. A pool ladder is a must for an above ground pool, since diving into this shallow vessel is not considered safe.
Testing your pool water is a necessary evil of pool ownership that should be conducted once or twice a week during peak swimming times. It is also a good idea to take your water to a professional service every month or two for a more thorough testing.
The chemicals you put into your water ensure your pool remains safe and bacteria-free for your swimmers. Chemicals should be kept in a locked cabinet when not in use, safely away from small children and animals.
Of course, these are just the basics required for owning and operating a backyard swimming pool. As you get the hang of pool ownership, you may find more options you simply cannot live without to make the most of your swimming experience. A well-stocked pool will provide you with hours of summer fun right in your own backyard.