A new pool is a large investment. Before you build your new pool, there are a few factors that you need to take into consideration. Pools are great to have during the summer months, but they are a permanent fixture on your property. It is important to be aware of the factors involved in building a pool, as well as the costs and the building process.
Plan Your Budget For A Pool
When building a pool, it is important to overestimate your budget. Be sure to take unexpected setbacks into account. Your pool costs can vary greatly, depending on whether you want an above or below ground pool. Be sure to create a list of everything you want to include in your pool, and calculate the total for a general idea of the project cost.
Be sure to factor construction into the amount of the project, and account for any potential mishaps or delays such as waiting for a permit.
Decide On A Pool Style That Fits With Your Property
Carefully asses your property and the area that you have reserved for a pool. Consider the depth of the pool and the area that it will take up on your land. If you have an uneven property, you may need to consider flattening a portion of the terrain, in order to fit a pool safely. There are many different types of pools so pick the shape and style that perfectly compliments your land and home.
Be Aware Of Building Permits And Insurance
Before you begin building your pool, you must take all building permits into account. There can be a conflict with the City if your property has not been approved for new construction. If you are not able to build a below ground pool on your property due to permit restrictions, consider reasonable alternatives such as an above ground pool or hot tub. Restrictions, permits and City bylaws can slow your pool building process and they are often an unforeseen setback. Be sure to factor these potential restrictions in before you start planning your build process.
Meet With A Plumber To Determine Pool Plumbing & Drainage
A pool is an excellent addition to any home, however, it can be a fairly time-consuming responsibility. There are many things that can go wrong with a backyard, below ground pool. Meet with your local specialists and your plumber to ensure the proper sealant and drainage is in place. When you have proper drainage and precautions in place before you start planning your pool, you can prevent your property from flooding if there was ever a leak in your pool.
Consider The Long-Term Costs
As mentioned earlier, a pool is generally a permanent fixture on your property. Depending on where you are living, and the type of pool you want to own, there are only certain times of the year that you can use it. It’s important to factor in maintenance costs and building costs when you are considering the type of pool that you want.
Operating a pool will cost money over time. You will need to purchase chemicals to keep your pool water clean, the filter will need to be plugged in, resulting in higher electric bills, and potentially higher hydro bills.
Contact Your Plumber
Often, if you have a below ground pool, there are several different specialists that you can call, depending on your needs. We suggest talking with your plumber if you have any problems or leaks with your pool. Your plumber can manage an emergency situation, they will also be able to refer you to different specialists based on your needs. Your local plumber is a great resource for general input on pools and pool drainage as well. Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating has over 50 years of experience in the industry. We have serviced Vancouver and the Lower-Mainland. Contact our experienced team of experts who are available 24/7 for your plumbing emergency needs.