Happy New Year! It is likely that you have not wanted any year to come faster than 2021. While we are still dealing with some of the same issues as 2020, our future looks a bit brighter. Until the tide has turned, we will likely be spending just as much time at home. Swimming pool owners should start thinking NOW how you can improve your backyard pool experience for the summer of 2021.


Although we think we get better with age, pool equipment does not. Your pumps, filter, heaters, chemicals feeders, and other pool components tend to wear with age. Most are outdoors subject to environmental elements such as rain, wind, snow, sap, and animals. Equipment housed indoors can be affected by humidity and condensation. All equipment can be affected by the pool chemicals and just general usage. Pool equipment does not last forever. If you have been trying to “get one more season” out of something, you want to consider ordering now as pool stock is being depleted throughout the US. If your equipment that you were hoping to get you through the season breaks unexpectedly, replacement may not be immediate causing your pool to have some unintended down time.


In today’s age, we can turn our televisions and lights on by voice, start our cars from our homes, and order household items just by pressing a button. This same type of technology can be applied to our pools and spas. With automated systems and app-based technology, we can turn on our pool equipment in advance of our usage, control temperature, and save energy with variable speed pumps and solar based products.


Sit pretty poolside! There are endless ways you can “pretty” up your pool. Options include interior or exterior pool lighting, installing an automated cover, upgrading your current safety cover, a new pool liner, cleaning your gunite surface or decking with doing an acid and power wash. You can also consider smaller items to give your pool a pick me up with floating pool embellishments, new outdoor furniture, fresh pool towels, rafts, and updated landscaping. If you can think it, it’s probably an option.


With the New Year finally here, we all tend to make a fresh start with resolutions. We make plans to be healthier, nicer, more patient, and beyond! Let’s do the same for our pools. Take stock now and improve your backyard pool for 2021!


*This information is obtained from the Certified Pool and Spa Operator Handbook. This information may not be applicable to your pool based on your pool type and location. One should reference all applicable regulations and standards for your facility.

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