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Cheap Ways to Fix Up Your Pool

By on October 31, 2017
Cheap Ways to Fix Up Your Pool

Hosting a bar-b-que or a family reunion in the near future? Chances are, your friends and loved ones will be eager to cool off in your pool. Here’s how you can fix up your backyard centerpiece without it costing an arm and a leg.

Clear Up Cloudy Water

Nothing turns off pool-goers more than cloudy water. Unfortunately, this common problem can result from environmental factors, bad filters or chemical overuse. If you have cloudy pool water, try regularly shocking your pool or using a new brand of shock. This cheap fix may clear up the problem in a few days.

Still running into issues? Consider getting a pool clarifier. The clarifier will help bind the small particles together, making it easier for your filter to remove them from the water. If you’re in need of a quick fix, consider using a flocculant. Pool flocculants are more aggressive than clarifiers –- they collect all of the small particles into one large sheet at the bottom of the pool which is easy to remove.

Add Safety Features

Keep your family and guests at ease by adding safety features to your outdoor oasis such as hand railings and deck resurfacing. Hand railings will help folks ease into the water who may otherwise need extra assistance. Choose deck resurfacing options with granular materials such as sand. The rougher surface will prevent slips, trips and falls.

Even with the best safety precautions in place, accidents can still happen. Be prepared for the worst-case scenario by keeping a top of the line, lifeguard-quality first aid kit on hand. Let guests and family members know the location of the kit when they arrive in the event an emergency or first aid injury occurs. Familiarize yourself with the kit contents so you know exactly what you have available.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Prevent expensive repairs by fixing small problems when they arise. Small cracks in pool plaster or concrete can be filled by resurfacing or with caulk. Replace faulty pipes when they begin to leak or show significant signs of wear. Repair small pool leaks before they grow into a larger issue.

Thinking of a full pool remodel? Extend the longevity of your investment by using gravel backfill to prevent bulging walls. If you live in an area with a high groundwater table, consider including a pressure release valve to prevent your pool from popping out of the ground from unequal pressure.

Add Some Aesthetic Features

A few personal touches can give your backyard a resort-like feel. During your next pool resurfacing, add a baja step for lawn chair placement. You’ll be able to lounge in the cool shallow water without fully submerging.

An outdoor fireplace will provide you a cozy place to towel off when the temperatures drop off at night. You’ll also be able to enjoy it year-round, even in the chillier winter months.

With a little effort, but now a lot of money, your pool will be ready for all of your weekend festivities.

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

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