With the first month of summer some people are thinking about swimming pools . . . . . Not Me! and here’s why:
Safety – Last year 43 Australians drowned in swimming pools (RLS Drowning Report) including 18 children under 5. For every death there is at least one more child left with permanent brain impairment.
Cost – Not just the initial cost, but serious ongoing costs of around $1000/year for the average pool. These include; power to run the filters, heating (even with solar heating you need to run a pump), and chemicals .
Poor Investment – It’s very unlikely to increase the value of your house. The presence of a pool will actually put plenty of people off! If you are planning to rent out your house you will probably still need to pay someone to maintain the pool, as most tenants will probably not be interested.
No Exercise Benefit A push off the wall and a couple of strokes to get to the other end, you will get more exercise walking round the block.
Limited Use Most pools hardly get used after the first year. Even if you have got children who want to use the pool have you got the time to supervise them properly (see Safety above).
Maintenance – Leaves, dead birds, mice, insects, spiders you can find them all in the filters. If you don’t clean them out regularly, and check the chemical balance, you are going to have a nasty looking pool.
If you do decide to get a pool make sure you keep it clean by checking out this cleaner guide by Globo Surf