Having a swimming pool, in theory, is one of the more wonderful and spectacular ideas and endeavors you'll attempt to achieve as part of owning a home and, in some cases, adding that above or in ground pool to your property.
As a kid, my grandparents had an in ground pool, albeit not very deep and quite old even through the eyes of a child. I have a summertime birthday, so having a pool and subsequent pool parties in July made for some superb celebrations and get togethers. Summer vacation simply was going to grandma's house to swim every day, never once considering exactly what, if anything, went into maintaining this sea of blue water than always seemed so perfect with every cannonball, dive and jump off the side of the pool.
Turns out, pools can be quite taxing and puts that aforementioned theory to the test when you consider either buying a home that has one or adding one after the fact yourself. The pool can be a tricky hill to climb, particularly if you've never had one or cared for one at any point in your life.
The most daunting task truthfully is to find a reputable person or pool store or service that you can trust not to run you through the mud as far as telling you what you need to do or buy but ultimately leading you astray.
My sister has an above ground pool, which she and my brother in law put in for their three daughters. He struggled mightily with cloudy water and algae, and mistakenly trusted a local pool supply store to show him the way.
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