Swimming Pool Construction: What To Expect (That You Haven’t Thought Of)

Ready to take the plunge? Here’s what you didn’t know to expect during swimming pool construction.

There’s more to swimming pool construction than digging a large hole, coating it, and filling it with water. Go into your project knowing what to expect so that you can make the most of it and enjoy the end result even more. Even with these delays and inconveniences, having an inground swimming pool is one of the best experiences you can have.

Expect A Mess

Don’t worry, it’s not permanent. But your yard, as well as access to it, is going to look chaotic for a while. From test holes to excavated ground, let’s look at what is going to happen and what to expect during construction.

Holes. If you live in a rocky area, chances are test holes will be dug to get a sense of whether or not the pool is going to require blasting or leveling. These holes give pool professionals a better idea of the placement of your pool as well as any walls or fill they will need.

Goodbye, grass! The grass around where your final pool will be, near access roads and about a 20×20 area where excavated materials will be piled is going to be gone. The benefit is a break from mowing. You’ll have to wait for reseeded areas to grow back in after construction is complete.

King of the hill. That 20×20 area mentioned above is where excavated materials will be dumped. Your swimming pool construction experts will haul these materials but you’ll have a pile for a while during the construction process.
Expect Detours During Swimming Pool Construction
Life will look a little different while you’re pool is being built. Here are some things to prepare for that you may not have thought of.

Alternate parking. If your driveway ends at a gate to your yard it’s going to be a high traffic area and may also be used to park equipment during construction. You’ll want a plan for parking so that you can get in and out without a problem. Talk to neighbors, consider carpooling — a swim in your new pool is more than enough incentive!

Don’t Forget Fido. During construction your yard may be off limits for a time. Make sure to scout out places to take your four-legged friends if your usual routine is to just open the back door.

Unexpected Challenges

In a perfect world, your construction would be a seamless, quick process. In the real world, you’re likely to run into challenges. Knowing what to expect makes these easier to navigate.

Ground water. Groundwater can be a problem during swimming pool construction but it is rarely an expensive one. In the event your yard has groundwater swimming pool construction will usually start with the deep end so that the water flows there and can easily be removed. Luckily, there is a resource that shows both bedrock and groundwater.

Red tape. Depending on where you live, the permitting process can slow you down quite a bit depending on how many resources your municipality can devote to the paperwork. To speed things up be sure to adhere to all deadlines and follow all directions. This will make things go much more smoothly.

Our goal is to have happy customers and happy customers know that there might be bumps on the road to a swimming pool. This makes the occasional problem just another part of the process and one we can work through together on the journey to your perfect swimming pool. Construction may have its downsides, but there’s no better upside than a pool.

Why CD Ozone Generator Pool Systems Trump Salt Chlorinator

When it comes to keeping pools clean and the type of water to use is whether salt chlorinators or ozone generator pool systems are better. While sat trended for some time, CD ozone generator pool systems are definitely the better choice in almost every situation. Here’s why.

Salt Offers Few Added Benefits and Several Detriments

Saltwater pools started trending in Australia more than 25 years ago and the salt chlorine generator has been the chic pool sanitizer for the last few years. Why? Because of two reasons. First, chlorine is continuously generated so owners don’t have to dose the pool. Second, people love the feel of salty water. While these two benefits exist, they aren’t enough of a benefit to deal with the significant downsides to salt.

One detriment of salt is that it is difficult to dispose of legally. Municipalities have strict regulations because the water can kill plants and wildlife and be harmful to drinking water. Special research must be done and arrangements made in order to properly dispose of the water from a salt water pool.

The danger to plants and wildlife isn’t simply during disposal, though. Saltwater pools often lead to damage to landscaping and plantings around the pool due to the mix of chemicals in the water.

Another detriment of salt is that it is a corrosive material and actually slowly destroys the swimming pool. While there are products that may slow the process, eventually work is needed to repair the damage. Areas around the pool, like decks, and furniture and accessories can also be damaged by salt.

Many pool owners love the idea of not having to dose their pool if it is salt however there is still chlorine in saltwater pools, it is just at a less intense level and created in the generator. All of the problems with chlorine, and the hypochlorous acid produced by adding chlorine to the water, still exist with a saltwater pool. While dosing is not required, pool chemistry must still be carefully monitored and kept in balance as with a regular chlorine pool.

The Salt Trend is Ending

While the convenience of having chlorine generated right in the pool is a perk and the fact that salt chlorinators, when properly sized, installed, and cleaned regularly can maintain a low level of chlorine continuously in the pool water, people are moving away from saltwater pools.

Salt as the primary sanitizer leads to the problems discussed earlier: disposal and corrosion.

Use Ozone as the Primary Sanitizer

Properly sizing and installing a pool ozone generator as the primary sanitizer with a salt chlorine generator producing supplemental chlorine is the best choice for a system. This combination of ozone and a low background of chlorine creates a safe, healthy, pool with water that feels good but doesn’t bring with it the harmful side effects of salt and chlorine.

12 Things Everyone Should Keep In Mind About Swimming Pool Design

Having a pool brings many benefits. Despite this, people often think that one has to be wealthy or have a huge amount of land in order to have a pool. While it is expensive to get a pool, it is a valuable investment, especially when you get a lot of use out of it. From ways to guarantee use to tips and tricks for swimming pool design, here are 12 things to know.

Read more…

Pool Opening Tips & Tricks

Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the pool opening weekend. Make sure your pool is ready to go for the long weekend by starting your pool opening routine now. We’ve broken down tasks into manageable lists you can take on a few at a time leading up to a quick and easy opening Memorial Day Weekend or another time that works for you. Backwards plan leaving your last step at least 24 hours before you want to swim and you’ll be ready to go when pool season starts.

Read more…

Selecting In Ground Pool Covers – What Options Exist And What Do They Mean?

Having an in ground pool means selecting and using a cover during the cooler weather. Not all covers are the same so selecting one should be based on your wants, needs, and also the type of area and climate in which you live. We’ll go through the most common styles and options to help you as you begin to consider in ground pool covers.

Read more…