I bought a HUD Home February 2007. After I moved in, it required some professionals to come in and get it repaired and in working order because the house had sat vacant for so long. I had never been a pool owner before and so there was much to learn about what is required to keep a pool “up and running”. I was determined to learn as much as I could myself to save the cost of this being maintained by a Pool Servicing Company. From pool parts, to chemicals, to a routine, and how to balance the PH…there was so much to be learned! At the beginning, it was very overwhelming and I felt I would never get it right.
One of my girlfriends has a pool [though hers is salt water and not chlorine like mine] and she kept telling me, you can get this. It will just take time. Before long, you will know what is wrong with your pool just by looking at it. I stuck with it and 6 years later, I can tell you she is right!
The other morning I was out tending to my pool and I was reflecting on the fact that there are so many lessons that can be learned by pool maintenance. If you have a pool, you will relate. If you don’t, I think you still will relate!
- No matter what you know in life, you will be faced with something at some point that you don’t know. Don’t be afraid to ask the experts for help. They know their stuff and they will teach you if you are willing to learn. If you haven’t found someone willing to teach you, keep looking, keep searching – they are out there!
- To learn anything new, you must have a desire to learn, you must be willing to spend the time it takes to learn, and you must be dedicated to the process, no matter how hard or how long it takes.
- Taking care of your pool on a daily basis avoids issues developing with your PH levels, your equipment, and you are able to spot things quickly that need to be addressed. Being disciplined to have a routine and stick to it will prevent long hours, money and extensive effort having to be applied later to get it back into shape after it has gotten out of control. This is true about so many other areas in life including diet, exercise, a financial budget, projects, relationships, business development, and more! Though at times it is hard to see the benefits of a routine when you only focus on it on a daily basis, when you step back and see the progress you see the results of sparkling bright clear water!
- When life happens and distracts you from your routine, for instance you went out of town on vacation or a business trip and therefore your pool didn’t get tended to like it should have and now the water is showing signs of being ugly, you will have to spend the extra time beyond your normal routine, exert more effort to get it back on track and make up for lost time, so that you can resume your daily maintenance. Don’t believe all is lost and that its a done deal. Jump in and do what you can as quickly as you can so that the problem doesn’t get to a level of needing more help than even you can give it. You can’t lose heart, you have to stay focused and realize that extreme measures will have to be taken to get things back on track.
- If even after all the years of experience you get stuck and can’t get the PH levels to be what they need to be, remember that sometimes things are beyond your control and it requires the “big dogs” to come in and take over. Know who to contact in case of an emergency so that when you need them you can call them to the rescue.
- Just like pool maintenance takes work, relationships take work. You have to put something into it to get something out of it. But your hard effort does pay off and you can enjoy floating in the pool on a warm Texas afternoon, even if it takes time to get to that point!
- Your pool will have its own characteristics based off of the number of swimmers each week, the amount of sun vs shade, the size of your pool, your water chemistry, etc. You will have to be in tune with each of these elements in order to “learn” your pool to develop the ability to know what is wrong with it at a glance so that you will know what it needs. Simply add a bit more chemicals? Increased water levels? Each of us can develop these skills with relationships too! If you spend the time being in tune with what is going on with a person, you will know at a glance what is wrong and how you can be of help. Sometimes not everything is seen at a glance, but with time, all things become exposed.
- Once you have learned your pool, there is a risk to not keep learning. New products come out, the environment changes, things erode slowly over time so you don’t even see what is happening on a daily basis. We must be willing to continually learn and at times step back and look at it with a harder evaluation to make sure we aren’t missing something.
- With a pool there are seasons when it requires more work than other times. In the fall, the process of scooping out leaves is non stop. In the winter, the PH levels change and you have to adjust your routine. In the spring, the rains make the water consistency hard to keep balanced and pretty. In the summer, the PH levels change again and you will be spending more time tending to it and putting chemicals in it, but you also spend more time enjoying it. Just as with life, there are seasons to each phase. Learn to make the most of today and enjoy them! Don’t let a summer go by without making sure you are getting your pool time or in the winter you will wonder why you have it and regret ever buying a house with a pool!