• Swimming Pools on the Cheap!

    Summer is on its way and many are considering running pools or purchasing a pool. I thought we could "pool" our frugal ideas together as to how to save on pool chemicals, parts, heating & equipment as well as electricity & refilling! Learn how to get a Pool for Free!
    #1. How to get a Pool for FREE!
    #2. Re-Using a Pool Liner
    #3. Learn Everything there is to know about Your Pool Filter
    #4. Buy a Water Testing Kit
    #5. Understand the Chemicals
    #6. Saving Energy
    First Tip: How to get a Pool for Free!

    Recently I managed to acquire a pool by placing an ad in the paper offering to "uninstall" one.
    The key is to take lots of pictures as you are taking it apart so that you can put it back together again.

    Second Tip:
    Depending on where you live pools are not a great selling point to a home. In the Northeast (particularly here in Maine) Pools are actually a deterrent for selling a home. Oftentimes money is held in escrow to until the owner of the home is able to remove the pool from the premises.

    What does this all mean to you? If you are trying to acquire a pool for free, go in to your local real estate broker and let them know that you are willing to remove a pool at no cost as long as you are able to keep it. In our office alone we have at least 20 pools per year that need to be removed in order to facilitate a sale.

    2. Re-Using a Pool Liner

    It is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to Re-Use a used pool liner. Why? Because the liner shrinks and you will never be able to line up the skimmer holes again. Be sure that you can afford to purchase a new liner and that the pool you are removing does not have a liner that is difficult to find.

    What will happen if I try to re-use a liner that was previously installed?

    It will appear as though it is lining up well while it is refilling, when it gets 2/3's of the
    way to complete, it WILL CAVE IN.

    3. Learn Everything there is to Know about your Filter

    Why? If you keep the filter clean you will save tons of money on chemicals, etc. If you are experiencing algae problems, take the filter apart daily & clean it with a hose until all the green gunk is gone. Oftentimes after refilling a pool that has algae problems, the water is contaminated by an unclean filter system.

    4. Buy a Water Testing Kit

    Testing your water can save you money by preventing you from adding wasteful chemicals to the water. Oftentimes the PH can be raised if needed with the addition of a little baking soda.

    5. Understand the Chemicals

    Be sure you understand the chemicals that are being poured into your pool. A pool Service Company once told a good friend of mine exactly what she needed, (Several POUNDS of chemicals!), her pool turned Black, literally. What she later found out that the chemicals reacted with the natural minerals in her WELL water.

    You can also make your own Chemicals using basic items you may already have on hand.

    6. Saving Energy

    Solar covers will save a great deal of money on heating costs for your pool. These are pretty much a necessity in the Northeast Climate to help extend the pool season as long as possible. You will not need to run your filter as long if you keep your pool covered when it is not in use.

    Other Tips- The easiest way to quickly level the area for your pool is to create a line level using strings and stakes. Simply pound in some stakes into the ground where you pool will be placed, then wrap a string around the stakes, use a level to be sure that your pool will be level. Then simply add sand (or other leveler- we recently used free sawdust from a local mill!), to the top of your string. Voila- a level area for your pool.

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    1. Stormie's Avatar
      Stormie -
      I think I'll try your advice in how to obtain a Pool for free. I am always up for a challenge. Who knows, I could be floating on my favorite Pool Floatie this summer. Thanks for the tips!

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