Will Maintenance Free Pools Soon Be a Reality?
There are plenty of homeowners out there who would love to have a pool installed, but let the idea of pool maintenance stand in their way. The benefit of having a private in-ground pool is overshadowed by the idea of having to keep the pool clean and serviced. Many are asking today if automation and will lead to a maintenance free pool that eliminates this problem.
How Could a Pool Be Maintenance Free?
Advances in technology have made it easier and easier for us to take greater control of our lives. There are apps now that with a push of a button, allow you to check to see if your house is locked or activate your security system. There are many developers who are bringing this type of automation to pool maintenance.
Many pool installers today set up pools with some type of automated system. These systems enable pool owners to control things such as pool heaters or automatic cleaning systems or chemical distribution with just the press of a button. The question is will it ever be possible to rely completely on these services without having to hire a pool servicing company?
Simplicity Leads to Easier Maintenance
It is possible to get closer and closer to the maintenance free pool by trying to keep the pool systems and features as simple as possible. As explained in Aqua Magazine, it is important to take a less is more approach if you want to greatly reduce your maintenance needs.
Some homeowners who install custom pools want pools with a lot of features. These features could include landscape lighting around the pool, heating systems, water features, complicated pool lighting and much more. These features require the installation of more systems that will need to be automated and integrated with one another. This creates more opportunities for problems to occur.
When the complexities are kept to a minimum and you simply need to worry about turning on and off a few features, it becomes much easier to eliminate maintenance needs. According to the experts referenced in Aqua, you can also reduce the risk of glitches by choosing components that are compatible with one another, such as components that are made by the same manufacturer.
Automated Systems Still Require Maintenance
Once you have your cleaning and chemical systems and all other features for your pool completely automated, you might think that you have achieved the maintenance free pool. This might be true for a while, but the automated systems are not perfect and they can run into problems.
As automation expert Jeff Freedman explains in Aqua, “everything made by human hands breaks down.” Eventually, components of the system are going to need to be replaced and calibrations will need to be made. Technology can take you a long way, but the systems are not going to be able to repair themselves if something goes wrong.
Different Pools Have Different Needs
Part of the challenge of creating a maintenance free pool is that it is impossible to create a one-size-fits-all solutions for all pools. Many different factors such as the design of the pool, the climate and other environmental influences can have an impact on your ability to keep the pool clean and pH balanced. A trained pool maintenance professional will be necessary to make certain that the system is calibrated and performing well for the particular needs of the pool and the end user.
We may never be able to create the completely maintenance free pool. However, what we can already achieve are pools that require very little, and very infrequent maintenance.