What Should I Consider When Buying Pool Supplies?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Having a pool in the back yard is a lot of fun for everyone. At the same time, owning a pool also means that some time must be spent in maintaining and cleaning the pool on a regular basis. In order to keep the swimming pool in pristine condition, the homeowner must purchase pool supplies from time to time. Here are a few tips to help you know what type of supplies you will need to keep on hand, as well as where to find them.

Pools require cleaning supplies.
Pools require cleaning supplies.

Both in-ground and above-ground pools of any size are likely to require a pool filter. The filters help to prevent the water from becoming cloudy or dirty. Since these must be changed on a regular basis, it is a good idea to keep more than one on hand at all times. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s specifications as to the model and type of filter you need. Always buy the recommended filter if at all possible. If not, then look for generic filters that are compatible with your filtration system.

Pool covers are also an item you want to keep on hand at all times. Since there are several different types of covers, it’s a good idea to consider the climate in your location when selecting a cover or covers. Along with a basic safety cover, there are also covers designed to protect the pool in cold weather as well as covers to prevent leaves from gathering in the water. Check out each type of cover offered by your local pool supplies retailer and as for some help in deciding which of the covers would be best for you.

Parts for the pool pump are also important to keep on hand. Whether a single speed or double speed design, include a basic repair kit for the pump in your list of pool supplies. This will allow you to troubleshoot minor issues with relative ease. Check your owner’s manual for other parts that you should keep on hand just in case.

The process of pool maintenance also involves cleaning the pool regularly. While filters help a great deal with this effort, the addition of pool chemicals in moderation will make a big difference in preventing buildup on the walls of the liner as well as help keep the water fresh. Buy only pool chemicals recommended for your type of pool and liner, and never use more than the instructions indicate.

There are also pool supplies and accessories that may be purchased to make the pool area safer. These include simple fences that effectively bar pets and small children from wandering into the pool. Lighting for the pool area may also be an option. Consider the makeup of your household and the intended uses for the pool, as this will give you an idea of what type of optional pool supplies you should buy.

Along with shopping with local vendors, it is now possible to purchase many pool supplies directly from the manufacturer. Depending on the type of supplies you need to buy, placing a direct order may be more cost-efficient than purchasing from a supply store in your area.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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