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A Year in the Life of a Swimming Pool


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I've just invested in a temporary pool until I get a proper one done next year.

I love it.

One of those Intex ones, circular.

I chlorinate it once a week and i'm forever cleaning the mozzies and grass out.

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They are definitely a labor of love, they remind me of the aphorism about a boat being a hole in the water one pours money into.

Me, I'm waiting for the weather to warm up a bit so I can get back in the condo pool. Someone else's problem.

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OP, I can relate having owned  places in Australia with pools, it can be a fulltime job and can end up costing a couple of dollars.

The best thing I ever did was pay a pool guy, I found it actually can save you money. A good pool guy keeps all the chemicals balanced etc and you dont up up with the extra costs of super dosing it to get back in balance, fighting algae etc.

Is it a salt water pool ? I found that makes for less maintenance

 

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I pay 2500 baht per month thats including chemicals and they come twice a week, certain times of the year when the wind is blowing a certain direction I have this big tree out the back, loads land in the pool, I just get them out before they drop to the bottom and some end up in the skimmer box.

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New house we moved into has a big pool, maintenance is put into the rental contract. Dont have to do a thing. So that is the pleasure of having a pool and not having to do the work.

 

 

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After the first year living in Thailand mine became an ornament come dog bowl . Companies are ok for cleaning but get to a point they just don’t care or bother cleaning it properly so get fired then hire a new one and the cycle continues .

If I was to build a new house again I wouldn’t bother with the pool but would put in a large jacuzzi . Find sitting in the jacuzzi more enjoyable.

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On 1/9/2021 at 8:18 PM, Peterw42 said:

OP, I can relate having owned  places in Australia with pools, it can be a fulltime job and can end up costing a couple of dollars.

The best thing I ever did was pay a pool guy, I found it actually can save you money. A good pool guy keeps all the chemicals balanced etc and you dont up up with the extra costs of super dosing it to get back in balance, fighting algae etc.

Is it a salt water pool ? I found that makes for less maintenance

 

Yes combined with a salt water chlorinator and a sand filter maintenance is reduced to minimum, noticed some pools in thailand don't have a skimmer box which is invaluable in cleaning the insect population from the surface.

 

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11 hours ago, ronaldo0 said:

After the first year living in Thailand mine became an ornament come dog bowl . Companies are ok for cleaning but get to a point they just don’t care or bother cleaning it properly so get fired then hire a new one and the cycle continues .

If I was to build a new house again I wouldn’t bother with the pool but would put in a large jacuzzi . Find sitting in the jacuzzi more enjoyable.

My pool has a UV system, so no playing around with chemicals, bar one chlorine tablet a week dropped into the filter. Yes, cleaning is a chore, but in perspective, its around 20 minutes a week to do it properly.  I also have a pool robot to do some of the cleaning on a twice weekly basis.  Sometimes its a bind, but I would not be without it. 

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10 hours ago, Susco said:

I have a 11 x 5.5 meter pool for the past 9 years.

 

It has a salt water chlorination system, so very low maintenance as no chemicals needed, and vacuum it once a week.

 

To top it up, which is at this time of the year on average once every 7 - 10 days,  I only have to open the valve in the pump house for 20 minutes, as it is directly connected to the water pump.

 

I have drainage connected to the main drain at one side of the pool, which is a levelled to that side on purpose, so in rain season excess water automatically gets drained

 

Vacuum it once a week, never have had algae or dragon flies in it, and no pool boy has ever been near it.

 

I admit I rarely swim in it, but some planning when you build a pool goes a long way

 

 

how far are you from Jungle?  I am about 150 metres on two sides so I'm sure that influences the insect issue.  Funnily enough, the house never seems to get insects into it.  Odd that. 

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3 minutes ago, Pilotman said:

how far are you from Jungle?  I am about 150 metres on two sides so I'm sure that influences the insect issue.  Funnily enough, the house never seems to get insects into it.  Odd that. 

 

Not sure what defines jungle, but my property is at 3 sides surrounded by farm land and palm trees, and at the front has a paved road with more farmland and palm trees at the other side of the road.

 

I get plenty of dragon flies above the pool certain periods of the year, but they never end up inside the pool

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2 minutes ago, Susco said:

 

Not sure what defines jungle, but my property is at 3 sides surrounded by farm land and palm trees, and at the front has a paved road with more farmland and palm trees at the other side of the road.

 

I get plenty of dragon flies above the pool certain periods of the year, but they never end up inside the pool

Lucky you.  For about a month I seem to fishing hundreds of them out of the pool every day.  Out of interest, is your pool chlorinated?  Mine is a UV fresh water system, so maybe that influences them, not sure.   

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