Swimming Pool Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re thinking of installing a swimming pool, chances are you have questions. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked swimming pool questions.

==> Does an Above Ground Swimming Pool Require a Permit?

The answer isn’t clear cut. Different cities have different regulations. It’s quite common for cities to require a permit for an above ground pool; but it’s also quite common for you not to require one.

Check with your local zoning department.

==> Do Pool Alarms Work?

Yes, but not 100%. Pool alarm technology has come a long way. Today pool alarms can detect when an object that weighs about what a child weighs falls into the pool and sound an alarm.

Pool alarms should be used as a last resort. Don’t use it as a primary way to keep your kids safe. They do work, but they can’t be relied on.

==> What Should I Look for in a Construction Contract?

Any verbal agreement made between you and your contractor should be made in writing. Any promises that aren’t in writing aren’t valid.

Make sure that all the financial agreements and expectations are spelled out in a crystal clear manner. Make sure the amounts and the payment terms are clear.

The exact work and materials used to construct the pool should be in the contract.

Make sure there’s a clause in the contract that says what happens if the contractor is late on completing the work.

It helps to have a lawyer look over the document before signing it.

==> Is a Swimming Pool a Health Hazard?

Having a swimming pool is safe, as long as kids around the pool know how to swim and the pool is properly maintained.

Improperly maintained pools can cause illnesses. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC,) rates of pool-related illnesses have actually been going up.

If you’re going to buy a swimming pool, make sure you really understand how to maintain the pool to prevent bacteria growth.

==> How Often Do I Need to Service My Pool?

Ideally you should service your pool once a week. The first few weeks will be a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it servicing your pool doesn’t take more than an hour a week.

Every once in a while, something may go wrong. If that happens, then you’ll have to spend a bit more time on maintenance.

==> Should I Buy a Cover?

If you have kids who can’t swim, or if you plan on going for long periods of time without using your pool, then yes, you should absolutely buy a cover.

If you have more questions, the best place to get them answered is to talk to a pool professional. Most will be happy to answer your questions for free.