Pool Frequently Asked Questions

If you are planning  to install   a pool, you probably have questions. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the pool.

does an above ground pool require a permit?

The answer is not clear. Different cities have different regulations. It is quite common for cities to require a permit for an aboveground pool; but it is also very common that you do not ask for one.

Check with your local zoning department.

do pool alarms work?

Yes, but not 100%. The pool alarm technology has come a long way. Today, pool alarms can detect when an object weighing around a child falls into the pool and triggers an alarm.

Pool alarms should be used as a last resort. Do not use it as your primary means of keeping your children safe. They work, but we can not count on them.

What should I look for in a construction contract?

Any verbal agreement between you and your contractor must be in writing. Any unwritten promise is invalid.

Make sure all financial agreements and expectations are clearly defined. Make sure the amounts and terms of payment are clear.

The exact work and materials used to build the pool must be included in the contract.

Make sure there is a clause in the contract that says what happens if the contractor is late in completing the work.

It is useful to have the document consulted by a lawyer before signing it.

is a swimming pool a health hazard?

Having a pool is safe, as long as the kids around the pool know how to swim and the pool is well maintained.

Poorly maintained pools can cause illness. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), pool-related illness rates have actually increased.

If you are considering buying a pool, make sure you understand how to maintain it to prevent the growth of bacteria.

How often do I need to maintain my pool?

Ideally, you should maintain your pool once a week. The first few weeks will be a difficult learning period, but once you have mastered your pool, maintaining your pool does not take more than an hour a week.

From time to time something can go wrong. If this happens, you will have to spend a little more time on maintenance.

should I buy a blanket?

If you have children who can not swim or plan to stay for long periods without using your pool, then yes, you should definitely buy a blanket.

If you have more questions, the best place to get them is to talk to a pool professional. Most will be happy to answer your questions for free.

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