As we head into summer with daily temperatures edging ever closer to 40 degrees, community pools and beaches still closed and social distancing and movement restrictions in place in the UAE, the thought of having a pool in the back garden to chill after a busy day of distance-learning and working sounds amazing! There have been lots of questions in the British Mums Facebook groups recently about how whether or not it’s worth investing in a pool and for those that have bought a pool, there are questions around keeping it clean – do you need to cover it, do we need a filter and are we going to regret our decision when we get our DEWA bill through?!
MAK Pools are a Dubai based, specialised and certified swimming pool company that offer a full range of swimming pool maintenance, products and equipment and they come highly recommended in the British Mums Dubai Facebook group, so we got in touch to get answers to the most frequently asked questions you have around pools!
Is it worth investing in a pool for our garden?
Depends on what type of pool you’re considering. An in-ground permanent concrete pool can definitely be considered an investment. If done tastefully, keeping aesthetics, practicality and common-sense design principals in check, a permanent pool can definitely add value to your property long-term and be easy to maintain and taken care of if built by the right certified people.
Temporary above-ground pools on the other hand are a simple, straightforward and super affordable expense against backyard family entertainment that holds personal sentimental value than anything else. They have a lifespan that ends when the kids outgrow them, or the novelty of having a new ‘toy’ wears off after a year or two.
What type of pools are there available?
- Concrete in ground permanent pools – these are a lifelong addition to your home.
- Fiberglass pools – last about 8-10 years at best before requiring major resurfacing works in this region due to the heat and other elements.
- Above-ground pools – the latest and greatest affordable option to entertain the whole family and friends, post Covid-19 of course.
What size pool do I need for a family of 4?
Size, shapes and options vary – you can get a simple 10-foot pool to keep the kids entertained/drained or opt for a 32-footer that can accommodate some serious workouts in terms of laps and maybe a few games of water polo or water volleyball!
What is the average cost of a pool?
Above ground pools come in as economical as AED 300 which will be your paddling pool and have no filtration. Or you could dish out a cool AED 9,000 for one of the big boys that will come with all the bells and whistles.
Concrete pools generally start at about 70,000 dirhams and go upwards from there depending on size, options, finishes, etc.
How long does it take to fill a pool?
Again, depending on the water source, anything from 4 to 12 hours. We strongly recommend using fresh DEWA water straight from the garden tap. Clean clear and cost effective.
Is my DEWA bill going to be high?!
Surprisingly not. There is a widespread misconception that water from DEWA is expensive. On the contrary, liter for liter, its cheaper to fill your pool with dewa water than it is to have water brought in via a tanker.
What does my pool need to be positioned on?
A flat hard surface works best, but a perfectly leveled grassy area works really well too. You just cannot do partial installs such as half stone and half grass. Some people go out and get special under mats, it is completely unnecessary. As long as the surface is flat and hard, you should be good to go.
Once it’s filled up with water, how do I keep it clean? Do I need a cover?
Covering the pool is definitely a good idea as you stop debris from falling into the pool and limit evaporation, but considering the all-year swimming season we enjoy in this part of the world, very few people choose to cover the pool as its just easier and less cumbersome to take off and put back on.
What equipment and accessories do I need for it? What are the different types of filters?
Apart from a few cleaning tools and sanitisation chemicals such as chlorine and PH enhancers, not much is required in terms of the bare essentials. There are some specialty chemicals such as algaecides and phosphate reducers that come in handy when things go pear shaped in case of a heavy sandstorm or if one forgot to add a chlorine tablet when it was finished.
If your pool was equipped with a cartridge filter, which it most likely was, upgrading to a sand filter would be the number 1 upgrade you could opt for and is also the one that most people normally go for. They are easier to operate and do not require replacing the paper cartridge every few weeks. And it does a great job in catching the fine dust we are infamously known for in this part of the world.
What pool maintenance do I need to do?
Twice or three times a week, depending on how much you use the pool, you will need to open and hose down the filters, test the water chemistry, adjust chemicals if and when required. In short, you will need to spend about 2 hours per week for your pool to look and feel pristine. If you’re spending more that 2 hours a week, you’re most likely doing more than necessary which isn’t a bad thing, and besides, in this heat, it’s like a quick work-out chore that the mums can give to the dads!
MAK Pools are offering British Mums members an exclusive 5% discount on their website PoolStore.ae valid for 1 year until May 2021. Use code BMUM5 on a minimum purchase of AED 100. Discount can be used 2 times per member. Get in touch with the MAK Pools team on 800-MAK-POOLS or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.