What are the best In-ground Pool Safety covers?

Safety and energy efficiency are two terms that should go hand in hand with most products these days as push to provide a better impact on the environment and ensuring that we are all safer, healthier and happier in our everyday lives.

This can also be applied to the amenities we use in our own homes, particularly the pool. Pools, whilst a fun and exciting addition to any home that provides a great place to have fun and cool off when it’s hot, also are dangerous, especially to children.

Child drowning sadly accounts for a large number of the statistics attributed to pool safety injuries and incidents, therefore pushing a greater emphasis on safety. Whilst this is done well through the necessity of a safety fence surrounding the in-ground pool area, this is not a foolproof stopgap that will end all the problems.

Pool covers are also another avenue in which safety can be improved, with in-ground pool safety covers offering an additional layer of protection as well as other benefits.

 

What are the reasons why you should purchase an in-ground pool cover?

There are many reasons you would want to purchase want to purchase a safety cover. Some of these are:

  1. Keeping family members (especially children) safe from the harms of the water when an adult is not around. This is perhaps the most viable reason for wanting a safety cover.
  2. Keeping the pool clean and free of leaves, sticks, debris and other materials is also a concern, as they would affect the health and cleanliness of the water. Additionally keeping the pool clean and cool, saving energy and also money from water evaporation are also in the mix.
  3. Capturing solar energy is one of the features you can have with a safety cover. In some cases, pool covers are electronically operated and will received their power through solar panels, that not only provide the power for it to operate but also provide automatic covering and uncovering when there is light in the area.

This solar energy can also be used to power other components of the pool and are not limited to the pool cover entirely. Solar powered pool lighting can give you illumination for night time swims, or it could route additional power to a pool heater if you wish to keep the water warm and swimmable in the colder months.

A good cover that absorbs solar heat is the:

 

Swim Time Solar Blanket

Blue Wave NS420 12 mil Solar Blanket For Rectangular In-Ground Pools, 16' W x 32' L x 0.5" H, Blue
  • UV-RESISTANT - Built for the outdoors, this Rectangular 12-mil Solar Blanket for In-Ground Swimming Pools can withstand exposure to UV radiation and will tolerate even the most intense sunlight.
  • INNOVATIVE HEAT SOURCE - Our technology employs insulating thermal bubbles that trap heat from the sun. These innovative cells retain warmth for effective heat retention even through cool summer nights and cloudy days.
  • EXTENDS THE SEASON - This thick 12-mil blanket uses passive solar heating to increase your swimming pool's temperature up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

  1. Preventing spills from the pool. This also links in to the energy efficiency of the pool cover. Maintaining the water in your pool is one of the key components of the cover as it can be extremely expensive to constantly refill your pool after it is depleted by evaporation.

The safety provided by the pool cover is very important, as that is the whole reason you are purchasing one in the first place. Flimsy and weaker materials may be cheaper and appear to be strong at first glance, but over time they will begin to feel the effects of wear and tear as well as impact from human factors.

In some cases, a person falling on a less than safe pool cover can cause tears and breakages that are not at all safe and might end up costing you more than just the price of a new safety pool cover.

Purchasing a stronger materials will ensure that the life of the cover remains for a significantly longer period of time as well as improve its durability against factors that it is trying to protect, such as children and animals walking across, falling debris and heavy wind and rain. A type of a strong cover is the:

 

Dirt Defender In-Ground Winter Pool Cover

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Blue Wave Bronze 8-Year 20-ft x 40-ft Rectangular In Ground Pool Winter Cover
  • Pool size: 20 feet x 40 feet
  • Cover size: 25 feet x 45 feet
  • Number of 8 feet water tubes needed: 16

 

What are the different types of in-ground pool safety cover?

There are a variety of different types of in-ground pool safety covers you can employ when securing your in-ground pool. They can be automatic or manual, with the automatic ones being much more expensive and requiring specific installation processes.

Automatic: One such brand, which provides automatic pool covers, is Aqualife. Their brand touts a pool cover that is solar operated, provides excellent coverage all year around and safety features that are backed up by the electronic access of the pool cover.

The strength of the cover also improves on the safety of it, making it harder for a person to fall through, particular if there is an inquisitive child walking about around the pool when they shouldn’t be.

Non-Automatic: A non-automatic alternative could come in the form of a solid or mesh safety pool cover. These designs allow you to cover the pool with strong and durable material that covers every inch of water and makes it difficult for wandering feet to unhinge the placement, stumble into the water or cause the pool cover to collapse from within.

An example of a mesh pool cover is the:

 

Robelle Dura-Guard Mesh In-Ground Pool Cover

Robelle 402040R Dura-Guard Mesh Winter Pool Cover for In-Ground Swimming Pools, 20 x 40-ft. In-Ground Pool
  • Attractive gray and black mesh
  • Dense mesh allows water to pass through, while keeping debris out of your pool
  • 4 foot overlap (Includes 4 feet of extra material)

 

Installing the in-ground pool safety cover can sometimes be done by hand, however it is best to get a professional to complete this task and ensure that is done correctly the first time. If you learn the correct way (For manual) from a professional it can assist in future applications of the cover and prevent additional problems occurring if you were not to apply it correctly.

 

Conclusion

As always, pool supplies and accessory stores can provide pool covers for all ranges and sizes of pools and will have the tools available to get one to you as soon as possible and ensure that your pool is safely secured.

Additionally if they do not, they will know the location of sellers and suppliers that can provide the materials or visit your residence to ensure that they have the safest and most durable pool cover ready for installation so that everyone can have a fun time in the sun without the threat of danger when a responsible supervisor is not around.

Consulting your pool shop professional with all the details surrounding your in-ground pool and what you want out of your in-ground pool safety cover can help to minimise the costs associated with the acquisition and installation process as well as ensure that you get the right materials, right fit and right style of safety cover suitable for your pool.

What are the best In-ground Pool Cleaners?

If you can’t imagine taking a deep in a “green” pool, not the eco-friendly green but the slimy green kind, then an in-ground pool cleaner should be a staple in your storage room. An unkempt pool will breed all types of bacteria and microorganisms and will result to green, slimy, algae-full pool. Improper sanitation may also result to non-existent visual clarity of water and transmission of infectious diseases.

Proper sanitation should also be done regularly; cleaning your pool only once after a long while is no different than not cleaning it; it will just be more difficult as the walls and floors will be covered in dirt, not to mention you have to replace the entire pool tank with clean water, which can be really costly.

Filtration of the pool pump alone is not enough to clean your in-ground pool. You need to add something that would lessen the burden of the filter and improve the cleanliness of not only the water, but also the walls and floors. There are many types of in-ground pool cleaners but the popular ones are through the use of vacuums and robots.

 

What are the types of in-ground pool cleaners?

Manual Pool Cleaner – This is the type that involves work on your end, as you’ll have to manually tread all over the pool to ensure that everything is clean. You need to use a vacuum that you need to run on the walls, pool floor, and steps.

Buy a manual cleaner only if you have time to do the work yourself or you can pay someone to do it for a minimal amount, if you have a small sized in-ground pool that won’t take ages to clean, if your budget is tight (manual pool vacuums cost between $100 and $200), and if you are a perfectionist.

Suction Side Automatic Cleaner – This type of in-ground pool cleaner is used for fine dirt particles in your pool, such as sand. This cleaner is connected to the skimmer and sucks the dirt and debris that will be passed onto the filter directly.

This type of cleaner also act as scrubbers as they move around the pool floor and walls. The downside is that it will give more work to your filter so you have to clean the filter more and get a pump/filter that is cost efficient and durable.

Pressure Side Cleaner – Get this type of cleaner if you have a lot of large debris such as leaves, twigs and nuts. This cleaner works by using the pressure made by your pool pump.

The pressure enables the cleaner to move around and collect debris and dirt that will go straight to a separate filtration bag. The only downside for this is you might have to install a separate booster pump; otherwise this cleaner might not function as effectively.

Robotic Pool Cleaner – If you don’t want to supervise cleaning all the time, get the robotic pool cleaner as this one is a self-contained machine that goes off on its own to scrub the floor and walls. This type of in-ground pool cleaner is obviously more expensive.

The cheapest one may be around $600 and it can go up to $3,000 depending on the brand and the size. However, it may prove worth it, as robotic cleaners are very efficient at cleaning both with small or fine debris and big debris like leaves and nuts.

It holds its own filter bag and wouldn’t put pressure on your pump and filter. This is also an eco-friendly alternative because it runs on its own power and won’t add to the electricity consumption of the pump.

Solar Powered Pool Cleaner – This is the most eco-friendly of them all because it uses solar power to function. However, it can only clean debris from the surface such as leaves, nuts, acorns, and other dirt that floats on your pool. This cleaner will not scrub and clean the floor and walls.

 

What are the recommended in-ground pool cleaner brands?

 

Water Tech Pool Blaster Max (Manual Pool Cleaner)

Water Tech Pool Blaster Max Li Pool & Spa Cleaner
  • Powered by rechargeable, Lithium Ion battery technology.
  • Easy push-button on/off swithc.
  • Comes included with (1) reusable X-Treme Multilayer Filter to pick up large and fine debris!

 

This cleaner works perfectly on any surface: concrete, tile, vinyl, or fiberglass. It is also very easy to handle and use because of its lightweight parts. It comes with its own hoses, external pumps or electrical cords and enables it to operate completely free of any connection to the main filter system.

 

Baracuda G3 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner

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Zodiac BARACUDA G3 W03000 Advanced Suction Side Automatic Pool Cleaner
  • Quiet, powerful suction cleaner; works with low-speed pumps for maximum efficiency.
  • Devours small and medium-sized debris and cleans floor, walls and steps of your entire pool.
  • FlowKeeper Valve automatically regulates water flow to maintain peak cleaning performance even with lower horsepower pumps.

 

This cleaner thoroughly scrubs and cleans floors and walls and keeps the water free from dirt, debris, bugs, twigs, and leaves. It cleans your pool quickly and quietly without putting too much burden on your filter and pump. Its compact and self-adjusting flow control valve automatically regulates water flow, ensuring peak performance

 

Zodiac Polaris Vac-Sweep Head and Hose Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

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Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner
  • Powered by triple jets and advanced cleaning technology
  • Works in all in-ground pools of any size and shape.Tail Sweep PRO Compatible
  • Sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums the bottom and walls of your pool

 

This cleaner requires a separate booster pump to function well. Double jets power this cleaner for greater vacuum power and faster cleaning. It has its own single chamber filter bag where captured debris is stored, ensuring that your filter won’t be troubled. Polaris cleaners are the number one recognized brand of pool cleaners worldwide and have enjoyed 40 years as the top selling pressure pool cleaner.

 

Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Swivel Cable

Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Dual Scrubbing Brushes Ideal for Pools Up To 50 Feet
  • Cleans pool floor, cove and walls ideal for pools up to 50 feet
  • Dual scrubbing brushes attack tough dirt, debris and particulates
  • Lots of leaves - No Problem! Large capacity bottom load filter

 

Effectively scrubs, vacuums, and filters your swimming pool with minimal assistance because it can work freely on its own.  It will climb walls preventing dirt or algae build up. In just about 3 hours, your entire pool will be sparkly clean. It has easy to clean cartridge filter with spring clean up filter and patented swivel cable helps prevent tangling.

 

Floatron Solar Powered Natural Pool Cleaner

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Solar-Breeze NX2 robotic solar pool cleaner New for 2018!
  • The Solar-Breeze NX2 skims, filters and sanitizes your pool using only free solar energy - lowering your pool maintenance and energy costs. Takes the hassle out of pool maintenance.

 

This low maintenance cleaner powered by solar panels effectively captures debris and eliminates algae and dirt. It is not only portable and cost-effective; it also reduces the use of chlorine by 80%. The low maintenance system requires very little attention.

 

Conclusion

With the pros and cons listed above for each in-ground pool cleaner type, hopefully you will be able to decide which cleaner is right for your needs. Remember to put into consideration the size of your pool, your budget, and the capacity of your filter and pumps. Cleaners are a great investment because it will keep your pool hygienic and in tip-top shape.

What are the best In-ground Pool Pumps?

An in-ground pool’s pump is considered as the “heart” of the pool. Many see as the pool as something that is fun to take a dip in. But what they don’t know is the expensive and difficult to maintain machinery behind it.

Now that you are aware of the importance of a pump, if you are either getting a new one for your newly constructed pool or going to replace your old one, you should know what to look for an in-ground pool pump. These machineries don’t come cheap; you really need to find one that will last decades without problems.

 

Why is a pump important? 

Most swimmers do not see and do not give much care to the pump because it is tucked deep in a pump room or storage room. Sometimes they are not aware that the pump is the reason why they have a nice clean water to swim in.

The pump works by having an electric motor that spins an impeller inside the pump housing. In turn, the impeller pushes filtered water out to the water inlets. Before water flows into the pump, it is being strained by a basket that catches leaves and other debris. Then the filter will clean the water.

The pump and the filter system are also connected to a water line so that fresh clean water can be added to the pool. This is to add water that has been lost due to evaporation, splashes, etc.

 

What are the factors to consider when getting an in-ground pool pump?

Size – Pumps consume a lot of power, from 700 to 2,000 watts. Because of efforts of lowering down consumption and subsequently paying less for electricity, many manufacturers have made their pumps more eco-friendly. Upgrading your old pump to a new energy efficient model can save you up to $1,000 per year.

You also need to consider the size of your pool; you might be getting a pump that is too large for your pool that it doesn’t need. Some manufacturers offer free size upgrade when you purchase your pump. Don’t fall for this; get the right size of the pump that you need. It is less expensive to run your pool water pump if you have the right one in place.

Noise – Pumps generally run with less noise. Sometimes there are factors that can cause the pump to be really noisy. Therefore, you should check if your pump is undergoing any of the following problems:

  • Improper pump mounting – Vibration can cause noise. To lessen this it needs to be bolted down the mounting pad.
  • Air Leak – An air leak in the pump can cause to load cavitation and subsequent noise.
  • Worn impeller – If the impeller is worn out, it can be wobbling and rubbing on the inside of the diffuser, causing noise.
  • Bad bearings – When bearings get worn or wet, it gives out a loud humming sound until the bearings break. Make sure to always check it, as this one is the most common source of motor noise.

 

Speed – Pumps come two-speed, four-speed, and variable-speed models. Replacing your single speed motor to the above will give you the option to turn the speed down for daily regular use, which saves a lot of energy, or turn the speed up for more thorough, less frequent cleanings. Having these options add to the eco-friendliness of your pump.

Maintenance – Even though a pump is contained and away from environmental conditions, it is still necessary to check on the pump from time to time to ensure that it is functioning correctly. Always check for moisture; water leaks that cause moisture is the nemesis of bearings.

Parts of the motor can also easily be worn out if it is exposed to sprays or windblown rain. Also check if there is proper insulation around the motor and if the vents and air inlets are clear and free from dust build-up and debris. When the pump is not in use, ensure that it is thoroughly clean and dry before covering it to avoid rust and corrosion.

 

What are the recommended in-ground pool pumps?

 

Hayward EcoStar VS Variable-Speed Pool Pump Energy Star Certified

Hayward SP3400VSP Ecostar Variable-Speed Pool Pump
  • One of the industry's most energy-efficient pool pumps at any speed. Exceptionally quiet compared to single speed pumps
  • ENERGY STAR Certified and compliant with industry regulations including Title 20 and APSP 15; eligible for local utility rebates
  • Permanent magnet, totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) motor offers incredible efficiency and reliability. Fully programmable, touch pad control can be rotated to four different positions or mounted to the wall for more convenient access

 

Hayward is known for its decades of creation of pumps and other swimming pool machineries and accessories. If you are searching for a reliable and eco-friendly model of pump, then this one is the best for you. The only downside for this is that it comes in a steep price.

In the long run, you will be able to save thousands of dollars because of its efficient energy consumption. Its super-efficient permanent magnet motor saves up to $1,500 in energy costs year after year. It is fully programmable, with 24-hour time clock with up to eight custom speed and timer functions.

 

Pentair SuperFlo Single Speed Energy Efficient Pump

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Harris H1572748 ProForce 1.5 HP Inground Pool Pump 115/230V
  • THIS ITEM IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA! **
  • Stainless steel 1.5 HP motor shaft is constructed with a reinforced thermoplastic body for longer life and durability, with carborundum and graphite mechanical seals and components
  • Advanced engineering provides high efficiency and minimal noise

 

Pentair is also known as one of the most popular brands for swimming pool machineries and accessories. It features thick walled body parts, a heavy-duty 56 square flange motor and highly engineered hydraulics. Although made from heavy-duty parts, this pump is extremely quiet.

The only downside for his pump is being in Single Speed; meaning you won’t be able to control its speed and lessen power use when not required. However, for the price, this is a good buy considering that it is energy efficient.

 

Jacuzzi Magnum Force In-Ground Swimming Pool Pump

Carvin Magnum Force 2 HP In Ground Swimming Pool Pump
  • Features an energy efficient motor with an air-cooled heat sink that protects it against running dry
  • Reinforced one-piece strainer housing holds one of the largest strainer baskets in the industry
  • Ring lock design provides easy access to the impeller and inner components

 

This pump has an energy efficient motor with an air-cooled heat sink that protects it against running dry. It is composed of quiet running, heavy-duty, self-priming parts that doesn’t wear down easily. It also features easy to open lid, tool-less thumbscrew drain plugs for easy installation and removal. Like the Pentair pump, this one runs in Single Speed.

 

Conclusion

When searching for the right in-ground pool pump, make sure to consider things like energy efficiency, maintenance, and durability. Get one that will last you decades or a lifetime simply because these don’t come cheap and installation, parts replacement, or repairs can be a hassle. Energy efficient pumps can also save you a great amount of money that you can use to improve the aesthetics of your pool.

What are the best In-Ground Pool Heaters?

If you love swimming yet you live in a relatively cold area where you get shivers even in the middle of summer, or you wish to make your swimming pool warmer for night swims, you should consider investing in an in-ground pool heater. A heater enables you to swim comfortably and it gives more relaxation. After all, it is never fun to swim when the water is freezing cold.

In-ground pool heaters can be very expensive, from buying the heater itself to installation. There are also a lot of types in the market, which makes choosing the right one difficult. The planning period may be overwhelming, not to mention stressful especially when you are in a tight budget.

Since it is a big investment, you would want to make your first choice right. To help you make a sound decision, we have listed the types of heaters available in the market and the most recommended ones by buyers like you.

 

What are the types of in-ground pool heaters?

There are multiple types of heater that can warm a huge space. Because of variety, it is difficult to find out which one will work best for your and your budget. We have listed the three most popular types, the Gas, Heat Pumps, and Solar.

If after you have read about the differences of these types and you still can’t decide, seeking the help of a professional where you can discuss factors such as the size of your home, electric provisions, and your climate, should be your next step. But for now, you need to familiarize yourself with these three:

Gas – This type of heater run using natural gas or propane as source of fuel. They are the ones found most in households with swimming pools because they can heat the pool fast and efficiently. Once installed correctly, running it is also a breeze. The cost of buying and installation is relatively low. But of course, this also depends on the model and the capacity of your chosen heater.

It is suggested that you connect your gas heater to an existing natural gas line to save up some bucks. But if you don’t, you can opt for a more costly propane gas tank that will be mounted above or below the ground. Propane is costly because you have to refill it every now and then. Gas heaters are thermostat controlled so you can control the temperature of your pool.

Heat Pumps – This type of heater works by extracting heat from the air and is therefore cheaper to maintain than gas heaters. If you are looking for efficiency and are a “green” supporter, you can opt for this one, as they are clean and economical. The cost of having this one installed is the same as the gas type. However, the heat pump itself costs a bit more than the gas heater. The only downside is that this takes quite some time to heat your pool and the outside temperature should be warm. The cooler the outside air, the more electricity this heater will consume to heat your pool.

Solar – This type of heater is the best if you want to save up money from electric or gas bills as its source of energy is the sun’s heat. For this type, you will need a solar heater with pool pump and a solar panel, which will collect the energy from the sun.

It’s recommended to have at least half of square footage of your pool in solar panels to effectively heat your pool. Solar heaters are only good if you live in a mostly sunny area, as it won’t capture much power if you live in an area where the climate is rainy or cloudy. However, this one is really a good and efficient option.

 

What are the most popular brands of in-ground pool heaters?

 

Hayward Universal H-Series Low Nox Natural Gas Pool Heater

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Hayward H250FDN Universal H-Series 250,000 BTU Pool and Spa Heater, Natural Gas, Low Nox
  • Standard Cupro nickel heat exchanger for superior value and reliability
  • Patented polymer header and bypass valve design for the ultimate in hydraulic efficiency and reliability
  • Hayward Universal design for easy and versatile professional installation

 

Hayward has been producing heaters for over 40 years, so if you are looking for a company that already built its foundation and are known for the products they make, you should pick this heater.

They have a good reputation in this industry and they make products that are used by thousands of households. The heater is made of stainless steel burners and cupro-nickel heat exchanger for corrosion resistance. The water, electricity and gas connections can be located on left or right side for convenient installation. It is safe with salt chlorinators and is considered cheaper compared to its counterparts.

 

EcoSmart US Smart Electric Pool Heater

EcoSmart SMART POOL 27 Electric Tankless Pool Heater, 27kW, 240 Volt, 112.5 Amps with Self Modulating Technology
  • Flow Activation
  • Ecosmart Pool Heaters are compact and easy to install for a new or existing pool
  • Set your temperature digitally to increments of 1-Degree. Set it and forget it.

 

EcoSmart Pool Heaters use its latest flow sensor technology instead of the traditional pressure switch activation that not only reduces the risk of burned elements but also increase the machine’s reliability and longevity.

It comes with a digital thermostat control that makes it easier for you to set the temperature you want. Installation is pretty straightforward, and the finish of the heater is very modern and “Eco-smart”. It is able to warm up your pool pretty fast, with two to three degrees up an hour.

 

Solar Arc Heating Unit for Swimming Pools

 

This is a compact heater for your swimming pool that doesn’t take up so much space than traditional panel systems. The panel is warmed by the sun, which is converted into power for heating.

The Solar Arc is the most cost effective and eco-friendly way to heat your swimming pool. It is also easily installed to your current plumbing line and has built-in legs that make it easy to be positioned in an angle where it can get the most sun exposure.

 

Conclusion

In-ground pool heaters allow you to extend the swimming time because you won’t have to worry about the water getting too cold after sunset. It is also helpful if you want to go for a swim even though the summer is long gone. What use will your $20,000 pool have if you will only get to swim in it during the warm months? Jazz it up with a heater and you’ll have a warm and relaxing pool for the entire year.

What is the average In-ground Pool cost?

An in-ground pool is a huge investment. You really have to consider your budget versus the in-ground pool cost before you actually start your project. There are a number of factors that will take up a huge chunk of your budget such as the digging and the materials for the pool itself. These also depend on the size of your pool and all the accessories you want to add in it.

You can either have a pool delivered to your home or create your own. Either way, both will incur costs that are heavy on the pocket. But if you are sure that you want to get an in-ground pool to not only enjoy during the summer months but also to add value to your home, then planning for it thoroughly should be a great start.

To give you an idea, you may be spending more or less $30,000 for your in-ground pool. Of course, this is not set on stone; it can be cheaper or more expensive depending on the size of the pool and the materials to be used. A more elaborate pool design with landscaping, patio, and extra features such as fountains spas may run between $50,000 to $100,000.

 

What are the factors that affect the cost of your in-ground pool?

Site Preparation – Aside from considering the size that will be dug for your pool, determine your yard slope, soil type, and accessibility for construction. Sloping lots, rocky soil and limited access require special construction and consideration that may incur extra costs as well as extend the duration of the project.

Size – This depends on your preference. If you have a big family and often invite guests for pool parties, consider investing in a big one. But if it will be used solely for relaxing of your family composed of five or less, then an average sized one will suffice.

Bigger pools, obviously, will incur more cost in building as well as maintaining. Remember, during the winter months when you won’t be able to use it, you need to invest in a cover.

Materials – Building a swimming pool begin with a liner using either vinyl or fiberglass material. The vinyl is less expensive which costs roughly about $18,000 while the fiberglass costs around $20,000 without installation. Concrete and granite pools are more expensive to install at about $20,000 – $50,000.

You also need to shed a few thousand dollars for the surrounding patio of the pool as well as the fencing. Since materials don’t come cheap, you should also consider warranties, the type of pool equipment provided, and the fiberglass pool manufacturer.

Utilities – This is the cost for buying and installing the pumps, ladders, and filters. You also need to have some electrical work done for the water pumps, salt chorine generator, light, automatic cover, hot tub, and heat pump.

Electrical cost varies depending on the extent you will use the heaters, lights, and other equipment run by electricity. You should consider getting an accessory that is energy efficient such as the:

 

Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner

Dolphin Nautilus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Dual Scrubbing Brushes Ideal for Pools Up To 50 Feet
  • Cleans pool floor, cove and walls ideal for pools up to 50 feet
  • Dual scrubbing brushes attack tough dirt, debris and particulates
  • Lots of leaves - No Problem! Large capacity bottom load filter

 

Accessories – Cleaning tools and brushes, vacuum assemblies, and covers. You might also want to add handrails, thermometers and even heaters. These added accessories may cost about $400 but may go up to thousands depending on the model and type. For example, a solar heater starts at about $5,000. A cheaper alternative for a swimming pool heater is the:

 

Hayward Universal H-Series Natural Gas Pool Heater

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Hayward H250FDN Universal H-Series 250,000 BTU Pool and Spa Heater, Natural Gas, Low Nox
  • Standard Cupro nickel heat exchanger for superior value and reliability
  • Patented polymer header and bypass valve design for the ultimate in hydraulic efficiency and reliability
  • Hayward Universal design for easy and versatile professional installation

 

Chemicals such as chlorine and pH testing strips are also needed and may cost you at least $80 per month depending on your climate, pool size and frequency of use.

Another important accessory is the in-ground pool cover. It makes cleaning for you easier during springtime and it also protects your family, especially kids and pets, from accidents. Used mostly during winter when water freezes, an in-ground pool cover keeps your unused and stagnant swimming pool protected.

Since during winter you won’t be using your pool for months, it is only natural that you would want to protect it against the harsh weather and debris. For this, check out:

 

Defender 8 Year Rectangular In Ground Winter Pool Cover

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Blue Wave Bronze 8-Year 20-ft x 40-ft Rectangular In Ground Pool Winter Cover
  • Pool size: 20 feet x 40 feet
  • Cover size: 25 feet x 45 feet
  • Number of 8 feet water tubes needed: 16

 

Maintenance – The interior finish of the pool is the most expensive to maintain. Vinyl liners only lasts about 7 – 10 years, painted concrete needs new coating after about 5 years, and fiber glass lasts about 20 years or so, or if you had your fiberglass coated with gel-coat, it can last decades, or possibly even a lifetime.

Location – The cost of hiring contractors who are experts in building in-ground pools vary from city to city. Some charge higher in expensive cities or neighborhoods.

To maximize your chance of getting a good deal or discounts, get referrals from friends and neighbors, talk to at least three builders so you can compare their offers, and ensure that they are bonded and ensured so if ever you run into problems regarding your pool in the future, they can help sort it out.

Make sure to also pick a contractor who has previous experience with building pools and who can give sound and honest advises.

Construction Time – If you are working on your in-ground pool or hiring contractors, the cost increases as the time of construction lengthens. You have to pay builders by the hour and each day that passes means added cost. Not unless you have made an agreement with the contractor at a fixed price for a specific period. If they extend the building period, then they should shoulder the cost.

 

Conclusion

Before you jump into building an in-ground pool, make sure that you have calculated everything – from the in-ground pool cost to the time it would take to complete it. Constructing an in-ground pool isn’t comparable to building a garage; it takes careful planning because the structure is intended to be there permanently.

Not only that, even after building, the pool would require further maintenance and check-ups, not to mention the extents of protecting it from the weather all year round, especially during winter. An in-ground pool will always incur costs; so make sure that even after completion, you’ll always have enough money to spare for it.

What to look for when buying an In-ground Pool cover?

Protecting your in-ground pool especially when the winter months start to loom is very necessary if you want to prolong the life of your pool. If you are considering on building an in-ground pool, a cover should immediately come with it or if you haven’t purchased one yet, now is the best time to do so.

In-ground pool covers shield your swimming pool from dirt and harsh weathers to prepare it for easier cleaning when spring comes. It is also more convenient for you, the pool owner, because a cover protects from weather damage, thereby extending the life of the pool and lessening any maintenance and repair costs, all for just a fraction of the price.

An in-ground pool cover is not expensive; but you still have to consider a lot of factors so you are certain that you got the right one.

 

What to consider in choosing an In-ground Pool cover?

Size – Make sure to get the size and dimensions of your pool before going shopping for covers. This is to ensure that the cover will fit well and hold up under the harsh weather conditions. It shouldn’t leave any gaps or cracks for debris to enter the pool. You should consider using water bags or aqua blocks to secure the cover as tightly as possible.

Material – Manual operated in-ground pool covers are difficult to install without someone’s help. If you would be installing it on your own, consider getting a material that is lightweight yet durable. A good example is a mesh in-ground pool cover that is not too hard to handle. Some people however, don’t like to trouble themselves with the installation; they pick automatic covers. In this case, the cover needs to be installed by professionals.

The materials that you should get also depends on what weather you get. Assuming you live in a region where it snows or freezes, then a pool cover is an absolute necessity, even though it is very appealing to have frozen water to skate on.

Freezing water can cause massive damage and repairs could be extremely expensive. A good pool cover that is able to warm the pool during very cold months is the:

 

Swim Time Rectangular Solar Blanket for In-Ground Pools

Blue Wave NS420 12 mil Solar Blanket For Rectangular In-Ground Pools, 16' W x 32' L x 0.5" H, Blue
  • UV-RESISTANT - Built for the outdoors, this Rectangular 12-mil Solar Blanket for In-Ground Swimming Pools can withstand exposure to UV radiation and will tolerate even the most intense sunlight.
  • INNOVATIVE HEAT SOURCE - Our technology employs insulating thermal bubbles that trap heat from the sun. These innovative cells retain warmth for effective heat retention even through cool summer nights and cloudy days.
  • EXTENDS THE SEASON - This thick 12-mil blanket uses passive solar heating to increase your swimming pool's temperature up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Accessories – Pools shouldn’t be drained completely during winter months because in-ground pools can pop out of the ground when they do not have any water. Therefore the use of air-pillows is necessary to prevent the expansion of ice in aboveground pools. It is advised to drain the water below the skimmer. Completely drained pools may also become the breeding area of insects and mosquitoes and cause the growth of algae.

Security – The in-ground pool cover of your choice must be tamper proof. Meaning, it can’t be removed without using a special device. This is for the safety of children and pets so they won’t be able to open it in curious desire. Other people or vandals also won’t be able to access your in-ground pool.

Maintenance – Can your in-ground pool cover resist dirt, mold, and mildew? You should get a cover that is chemically treated to protect itself from these factors. Apart from being treated, maintaining your in-ground pool cover depends on how you care for it.

You should always remove any tree leaves, branches, nuts, or other loose debris that fall to your cover and from time to time, scrub the cover with a soft brush and a gentle cleanser.

Durability – Find a cover with materials that can last a lifetime. These are generally more expensive, but in the long run, it saves you money, as you don’t have to keep replacing it. Get something that won’t tear, rip, crack or fade. The most used material for pool covers are vinyl and mesh.

Mesh typically lasts longer than vinyl. An example of a durable mesh cover is the:

 

Defender Rectangular In-Ground Rugged Mesh Winter Pool Cover

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Blue Wave 16-ft x 32-ft Rectangular Rugged Mesh In Ground Pool Winter Cover
  • Pool size: 16 feet x 32 feet
  • Cover size: 21 feet x 37 feet
  • Number of 8 feet water tubes needed: 12

 

Vinyl on the other hand, is good for not allowing sunlight to pass through as well as rainwater. With a mesh cover, the dirty water will just pass right on through to the pool water. If you want to get the best of both worlds, you may want to consider getting a lightweight vinyl such as the:

 

Defender 8 Year Rectangular In-Ground Pool Cover

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Blue Wave Bronze 8-Year 20-ft x 40-ft Rectangular In Ground Pool Winter Cover
  • Pool size: 20 feet x 40 feet
  • Cover size: 25 feet x 45 feet
  • Number of 8 feet water tubes needed: 16

 

Why should you cover your In-ground Pool?

If you are not convinced yet as to why you need an in-ground pool cover, we have listed its important benefits that you should take into consideration:

  1. In-ground pool covers prevent accidents where children and pets may fall or worse, drown. Kids mostly aged from five below like to wander off on their own and might accidentally drop to your uncovered in-ground swimming pool. Even if you don’t have kids or pets, you should still consider an in-ground pool cover to avoid other people from accessing your pool, especially if you will be away for long.
  2. The cover will protect the surface of your pool and keep it clean. It keeps tree leaves, branches, nuts, sap, and other debris from getting into your swimming pool. This will help keep the pool sanitary and clean while you aren’t using it.
  3. It protects your pool from harsh weather, especially during the winter months.
  4. It keeps your pool free of algae during the off-season because the pool cover protects against sunlight. The heat can cause moisture that will in turn, turn into mold and mildew or produce algae.
  5. It lessens the risk of having expensive repairs. When water freezes, it can cause problems in the in-ground pool’s plumbing and filtration system.

 

Conclusion

After the winter season has passed and you can once again enjoy swimming, the in-ground pool cover may be easily removed, cleaned, and stored. Because it has done its job in protecting your in-ground pool for several months, it is easier for you to clean your pool and have it up and running again.

It has also protected your pool from possible damage, saving you bucks that you can use to improve the appearance of your pool. Not only that, by using an in-ground pool cover, you have eliminated the risks of accidents and drowning. In-ground pool covers may seem like a big investment but in the long run, it is definitely worth it.