Two of the most frustrating jobs a pool owner has are opening the pool in the spring and closing it down for the season in the fall. Between pool covers, pumps, chemicals and all of the putting away and dragging out of supplies and equipment, it’s something nobody looks forward to. So what about the option of keeping a pool open year-round? It’s a valid option, but not a perfect solution. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of having year-round pool operation, and the necessary maintenance a professional pool service can offer.
Keeping a Pool Open Year Round
Our research indicates that in the North Atlanta region, somewhere around 70 percent of all pool owners that we regularly service keep their pools open all year-round. While Georgia weather stays warm all year, as compared to northern states, there are still many transferable advantages to keeping your pool open. In fact, these advantages heavily outweigh the disadvantages.
Advantages of Off-Season Open Pools
There are a number of concrete advantages to keeping your pool open off-season. For one, you don’t need to worry about spending up to $3,000 on a heavy thermal protective pool cover. In addition, the sheer expenses of opening and closing a pool can cost you up to $800 a year. Right there, you’ve just saved $3,800 a year in expenses.
As if that isn’t enough, your pool doesn’t become an eyesore in the off-months, but remains an attractive part of your yard aesthetics and design.
Disadvantages of Off-Season Pool Maintenance
There are disadvantages to keeping your pool open as well, however. By not covering your pool during the months you’re not using it, you’ll have to do more active maintenance. You’ll use your pump more often, and have to use more chemicals, which can cost you more money—though still not as much as you save on covering.
You’ll also need to install a pool heater or use thermal blankets to keep the water from freezing, which can damage the workings and pump. The cost of a heater can offset the savings on a pool cover, but going with thermal blankets can still result in significant savings, and running your pump can keep enough water flow to avoid freezing. You just need to be careful about the occasional cold snap.
Professional Pool Service
Of course, your best option whenever you need pool maintenance is to go with a professional pool service. A pool maintenance company in Atlanta has all of the experience, knowledge and expertise to keep your swimming pool running strong, avoid freezing, and remain a beautiful part of your landscape even during the off-season months. Such a company can save you money on unnecessary chemicals, equipment, utilities and even improve efficiency.
If you are considering keeping your pool open year round, consider what we can do to help. Check out our Atlanta pool maintenance services and give us a call for more information today!