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Swimming Pools on the Cheap!

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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, and equipment as well as electricity and refilling. Hence we bring you, swimming pools on the cheap, where you can learn how to get a Pool for Free!

How to Get a Free Swimming Pool

Swimming Pools on the Cheap

Swimming pools can be extremely expensive, or completely affordable, depending on how you go about it.

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 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 into 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 and 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.

Swimming Pool PH

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.

However, what we’ve found to be the most cost-effective option over the years, is a saltwater system. Salt water systems work by drawing dissolved salt into a salt cell, which uses a process call electrolysis to generate chlorine. It’s considerably more gentle on skin, eyes, and clothing, but safer and cheaper than traditional chlorine.


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 your 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 levelers- 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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