Swimming Pool Care

Take Good Care: How to Take Care of Your Swimming Pool in Winter

Living in Texas means you can escape the polar vortex. And keep your swimming pool open all winter. Now you know why the snowbirds flock to Texas during the winter months.

With average temperatures in the 60s, extending the swimming season doesn’t take much effort.

People who live in colder states use a complete winterization program. They partially drain the pool, blow out pipes and lines, and plug the return and suction lines.

Pool owners in Texas don’t go to that extreme even if they don’t keep the pool open all year. But why not take advantage of the climate and take a dip on a winter day?

We’ve put together a swimming pool care guide especially for pool owners in Texas who believe in year-round swimming. Continue reading and keep your pool running smoothly all winter long.

Don’t put your swim trunks and your floaties away just yet!

Use a Pool Cover

Covering a pool in the winter saves you from skimming and vacuuming as often. You may not get leaves and grass in the pool like you do during the summer months, but you’ll still get your share of debris.

You have options when deciding on a pool cover.

If you have children, mesh pool covers reduce the chance of accidents. They also work well if you live in an area with high amounts of rainfall because the rainwater filters through the cover.

Install a leaf cover over the swimming pool’s safety mesh and prevent leaves, insects, and other winter debris from polluting the water. One caution with leaf covers—they don’t act as safety barriers.

Solar pool covers can help lower your heating costs. Finally, an automatic pool covers work two jobs. They keep heat in and people out. They’re also the most expensive option.

If you do cover the pool, take a peek during the week and check the water line.

Watch the Water Line

Whether you keep your pool open all winter or not, you should keep an eye on the water line.

The line where your water sits is a breeding ground for bacteria. During the summer months, that area gets more attention because you use the pool more often and have a more regular cleaning routine.

Keep the water line clean with a quick brush and scrub. Algae and bacteria can’t buildup if you keep the area clean.

Ice buildup can happen if temperatures outside dip below freezing. Brushing at the waterline moves the pool water around and prevents ice buildup.

Ensuring the pool pump runs properly also keeps ice from settling on top of the water.

Run Your Pool Pump

Understanding your pump and how it works is basic for swimming pool care.

Pool owners who don’t swim all winter lower the water level. If you keep water in your pool, the pump must run. For proper water circulation, the pump should run for 6-10 hours.

Also, even if you don’t use the pool every day running the pump on a regular basis ensures fluids and other lubricants don’t sit for extended periods inside the pump. Think of it like your car. You don’t leave a car sitting for months without starting it up, right?

That leaf cover we talked about earlier will help reduce the amount of time you run your pump. The less debris, the less pump time you need for circulating it through the filter.

Speaking of pump running time, if temperatures drop to 32°F, run the pump and keep it running. Water freezes at 32°F. Keep it moving!

Since no one hovers over the pool with a thermometer waiting for falling temperatures so that they can turn the pump on, how do you avoid damage from freezing when you’re not at home? Continue reading about your pool’s freeze protection system.

Guard Against Freeze Damage

Even if you don’t expect unseasonably cold temperatures, plan for them anyway. Protect your pool from freeze damage by installing a freeze protection unit.

A freeze protection unit is a device that circulates the pool water when temperatures fall below 38°F. A sensor measures outside air temperature and activates the pool pump if temperatures reach the threshold.

If your pool uses booster pumps or you have other water features like a waterfall, deck jets, or wall sconces, consider an advanced pool controller. Advanced pool controllers can turn on the other pumps and open closed valves if necessary.

Your pool company may advise winterizing your water features, especially if you have any constructed from rock. Fear of freeze damage is one aspect of swimming pool care and maintenance that prevents most owners from keeping a pool open during the winter.

Caution is always good but with the proper protection installed, why not swim when it’s cold?

Winter Pool Chemistry

No one enjoys sharing the pool with debris, insects, or algae. Keeping dirt and insects out is easy. Eliminating algae means regular water checks.

If you don’t keep your pool open year-round, you may not pay close attention to the chemical balance in the water. If you swim all winter, you can’t forget about good water balance (and shouldn’t even if you don’t)

You won’t need as much chlorine during the winter as you would during summer and if the water temperature stays in the 40°F range, you need even less.

During the summer when your pool gets more action you probably (hopefully) check the pool chemicals 2-3 times per week. During winter, a weekly check works.

Check the following:

  • Chlorine levels
  • Algaecide levels
  • pH
  • Alkalinity
  • Calcium
  • Cyanuric acid

If you don’t use a pool cover be aware that without protection, the pool water absorbs everything from the atmosphere. If you’re not checking water chemistry on a regular basis, you may find stains and scaling on the pool walls and floor due to poor water quality.

Need More Swimming Pool Care in Winter?

Hopefully, after reading our swimming pool care tips you can relax and enjoy the pool this winter. With less debris and fewer chemical checks, you should have more time for swimming and spend less time worrying.

Maybe you’re working too much or spend a considerable amount of time away from home during the winter months. That doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to a swim on the weekends.

With a pool cover, a freeze guard system, and routine checks for water chemical balance, your pool can give you hours of fun and relaxation year-round.

If you need more information about caring for your pool this winter, or if you’re ready for a new pool, contact us and schedule a complimentary consultation.

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In the Know: What You Need to Know About Getting a Custom Swimming Pool

There’s little more refreshing in life than a dip in the pool to start or end the workday. For both your mental and physical health, there’s nothing better than swimming. So it makes sense that you’re excited to get to work on the custom swimming pool you’ll be installing in your backyard. 

But don’t get so excited that you forget to think! 

There’s a lot to research and consider before jumping straight into the deep end of custom pool shopping. Buying a pool isn’t exactly something anyone has a lot of experience in before doing it. As such, it’s fairly easy for future pool-goers to go about things the wrong way. 

But that won’t be you, right? That’s why you’re here. Read on, and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about custom swimming pools before you make the big leap. 

What’s Your Budget? 

The first thing you should decide before even going down the long road of pool building is how much you’re ready and willing to spend. Pools can vary widely in pricing, and it’s best to get a number locked in before you get lost in the planning. 

Many people also make the mistake of only thinking about the initial cost of pool construction. When making plans for the pool, you’ll also want to factor in the cost of lifetime upkeep and maintenance. 

Pricing for your pool will depend on a variety of factors. Size, material, landscaping, electrical work, fencing, and retaining walls all can add up to create a final figure for your pool.

Custom pool construction for an inground pool can typically cost anywhere from $30,000 to $100,00 depending on these factors. 

What Size Should Your Pool Be? 

The size and shape of your new pool will depend on the dreams you have for it. Consider what activities you’ll be using it for. Are you a big lap swimmer? Do you think your kids will be having many pool parties? Do you just need a little area to dip in and relax? 

Understanding the future use of your pool will allow you to better select a size and shape that will fit your needs.

If you want a big patio area for grilling and hanging out, you’ll need to ensure you leave the proper amount of room. 

You will also need to watch the boundaries of the property line and the natural geography of your yard. You won’t want to build into any areas with decent elevation. And you won’t be able to build any part of your pool on any kind of property line. 

Make sure to keep all these factors in mind when planning out the size and shape of your new pool. 

What Material Do You Want to Use? 

Inground pools are most commonly made of one of three materials: fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl liner. The material you choose will determine the cost and time it takes to build your pool. 

Fiberglass pools are quite popular and are made of a mixture of elastic and solid materials. They are built in layered form, which means choosing shape sizes might be more limited.

Fiberglass pools are generally more affordable and take less time to install, which might account for their popularity. 

On the flip side, concrete pools allow for the most variety when it comes to pool shape and design. Concrete design allows for almost any shape for your pool. If you can dream it, you can probably do it.

The disadvantage of concrete pools is that they take a very long time to install and have to be made very carefully to avoid leaks. 

Vinyl liner pools are made of polypropylene plates made of outer ribbing. They are generally the quickest to get installed, as the pool comes to your home partially pre-made. There are a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from, though it’s rare to be able to completely customize a vinyl liner pool.

They tend to be smaller in size, but can be affordable as a result. 

Understanding the Construction Process 

There are a few various steps you’ll need to take so that the construction of your pool can begin. These may vary slightly by your location, so you should always discuss with a licensed pool professional to understand what is needed for your location.

Before construction can begin, you’ll need to obtain the proper permits. These permits will vary depending on the city and county you live in. They also might vary depending on what kind of pool you’re having installed. 

Working with reliable professionals in your area can help you best determine what kind of permits you’ll need. 

A certain amount of land work will need to be done before the construction of the pool can begin. A great deal of your backyard will need to be excavated and rough grading for the pool and surrounding area will need to be done. 

Only once excavation and grading is done can the actual construction of the pool begin.  

Building a Custom Swimming Pool 

Laying out the plans for a brand new custom swimming pool can be exciting. But there’s a lot of work and planning to be done, and it’s important that you fully understand the process and what it entails before setting any money down. 

With the proper knowledge in hand, you can start building your pool with confidence and clarity on your side. 

Need help bringing your dream pool to your backyard? Contact us anytime for a free consultation.

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How It’s Done: The Ultimate Guide to Inground Swimming Pool Construction

Designing and building your own inground pool has never been easier. Today we have software for modeling and planning. We enjoy modern construction techniques and state of the art filtration systems that create a clean and efficient system. 

Not that you need an incentive on all of that. A custom pool is usually enough to get people interested and dreaming of what their home could look like with a pool adjacent.

The health benefits of swimming are well documented. 

Pool construction doesn’t have to be a chore. Check out this simple step by step guide to see everything that goes into creating an inground pool.

Pool Construction Step by Step

As you know (or are about to know) three basic in-ground pool types exist. Each of the options from fiberglass, vinyl liners, and concrete have different pros and cons. 

This guide will note where steps change for each type but the overall process remains largely the same.

You proceed through the steps sequentially and each builds on the previous. 

Planning

The first step to inground pool construction is choosing what to build. Planning provides you with a chance to shoot for the moon in terms of exactly what style and look you want. It also gives you the hard facts on whether your dream is possible.

Planning takes into account the area the pool will cover and its volume. You need this information when coordinating the filtration, warming, and cleaning systems. 

Depending on the area you place the pool, depth and various underground structures may create problems.

Finally, your plan will account for the costs of materials and length of time it takes to complete building a swimming pools main body. Landscaping to complete the look you have in mind doesn’t necessarily factor into pool construction time.

Prep Work

Now that you know what you want and what it will take to get it, you also need to get approval. Secure building permits to ensure your plans fit with local codes and guidelines.

Acquiring a permit requires that you show you have planned for proper safety standards. You also need to show the pool is not cutting off access to utility lines.

The area for construction gets marked off in this step. Clear any access routes for equipment and mark off work areas. Depending on your situation, secure HOA approval.

Different areas require different pre-construction accommodations. One common fixture is temporary barriers. This helps protect the job site from outside contamination. It also keeps the job site contained from spilling out into the world. 

Excavate

With all the prep work done, the single easiest step can get underway. That’s right, it’s time to dig a big hole!

Excavation starts with a backhoe or other digging machine and then finishes up with old fashioned shovel work.

Soil doesn’t compact evenly or always cooperate. Be prepared in this step to shore up and move some earth around to get things even.

Structure

Now you come to the fork in the process. The type of material effects inground pool construction at this stage.

For concrete and vinyl liners you construct frames. This will create the basic structure of the pool with some space on the outside to work the plumbing systems.

Concrete requires a combination of plywood walls and rebar grids. Vinyl liners use wood or metal walls to etch out the external structure. 

A fiberglass installation places a pre-formed structure into the hole outright. The area around the fiberglass shell is then filled in to bolster it.

Systems

With the structures and shape of the pool in place, the plumbing, heating, and filtration systems need connecting.

These systems need to connect to different points in the completed pool. You lay out and partially install in conjunction with the completion of the structures.

Again, a fiberglass shell is nearly complete at this step, so system connections get done all at once.

Systems include:

  • Pumps and motors
  • Backwash drain
  • Return inlet
  • Filters
  • External drains (and covers)
  • Internal drains (and covers)

The accompanying pipes and wires conduits also get laid out. All of this sounds complicated but is one of the fastest steps in the how to build a pool process. 

Construction

With everything in place, the structures get filled in.

For vinyl liners, materials get attached to the walls. For best add an additional layer of foam padding or insulation.

Builders then pour a concrete floor. The pouring process requires several passes to ensure a smooth and flat surface. 

Concrete structures start with pouring concrete into the wall molds. Once the walls set and cure, the floor pour begins. The completed shell can be lined with other materials, such as vinyl, or finished with plaster and tile. 

The construction step takes the longest of any step (outside of planning) as the crew stops and confirms elements are level and set properly.

Testing

The systems get tested once the construction is complete. Realistically, the components testing occurs before installation as well.

The difference here is testing under load and to ensure all the connections are in place.

Filling

With all other steps complete and the green light given, the pool is filled. Another round of testing confirms that all the systems perform as needed. 

Safety

Now you install safety devices. Safety is important to the enjoyment of a pool and to fulfill necessary permit guidelines.

Pool enclosures and covers both protect the pool and others around the pool when not in use.

Finishing Touches 

Decorative landscaping and additional decking finish your dream vision of a pool.

External lighting sets off your pool for some night swimming. Internal lighting effects are best installed with the other systems.

Build It Now

Now you have the whole process of how to build a pool locked in. Pool construction takes an average of 6-8 weeks after the planning phase.

Imagine a beautiful pool sprucing up your backyard. The cool refreshing water ready when you want to entertain or relax. A few weeks of intense construction are a small hurdle for the benefits. 

Get started on your dreams with a free consultation and dive into the excitement.

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10 Benefits of Owning a Swimming Pool at Home

Are you thinking about installing your own backyard swimming pool?

You’re not alone! Currently, there are 10.4 million residential swimming pools in America. In fact, there are far more residential than there are public swimming pools in the U.S.

Clearly, home swimming pools are popular additions to patios and backyard areas. But what other advantages to swimming pool owners enjoy?

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of owning a swimming pool at home!

1. Get it Customized

When you install a home swimming pool, you aren’t confined to just one or two options. Home swimming pools are often customized to suit your exact preferences.

This means that you can choose your pool’s shape, size, and depth. You also can have a say in lighting options, tile design, and pool placement!

This is vital for homeowners who enjoy adding custom features to their homes. After all, your home says a lot about who you are, and it is where most of us spend the bulk of our time.

Custom swimming pools are also more likely to suit a range of backyard spaces. Don’t worry if your yard feels small or unsuitable for a pool. Customized pools are highly versatile for every space.

2. Give Yourself a Low-Impact Exercise Option

Swimming pools aren’t just for leisure. Swimming is, first and foremost, an athletic activity.

In this sense, installing a home swimming pool is much like installing a home gym–except far better!

A swimming pool gives every homeowner a chance to exercise at any given time, and to do so in a low-impact manner.

Low-impact exercise is vital for individuals suffering from any joint or muscle pain, and it can be healthier in the long run than other high-impact workouts.

You’ll also be more likely to go for a swim workout when the pool is right in your backyard. No need to commute to a gym.

3. Boost Home Value

Are you thinking about selling your home in the future? If so, install a home swimming pool.

Doing so can dramatically boost your home’s value. This is essential if you’re keen to pocket a few extra dollars once you close on a home sale.

Even if you aren’t planning on selling your house, a higher home value can benefit you. You may pass your home on to your kids, for example, or consider renting it out as an investment property. 

4. Reduce Anxiety 

If you’re looking for an effective way to alleviate stress and anxiety, look no further than a home swimming pool. 

Pools give everyone a chance to relax, whether this means poolside sunbathing or gentle night swims. Aerobic swimming can also limit your body’s production of cortisol, the stress hormone.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, go for a gentle float in your pool before you crawl into bed. This can help relax your muscles and promote the healthy sleep cycles you need to start your days appropriately.

5. Create a Kid-Friendly Hangout Space

If you have a family of any kind, home swimming pools can be an excellent addition to your home’s kid-friendly hangout spaces. 

Lots of kids love to swim, and if you’re tired of planning play date activities, install a swimming pool to provide endless entertainment for kiddos.

If you have teenagers at home, they’ll also be apt to appreciate a pool. In fact, pools can be safe alternatives to other unsupervised activities high school students may seek out on weekends.

If you do install a pool, make sure you brief everyone on pool safety ahead of time. Pool toys are also a must for any home swimming pool.

6. Cool Off During Hot Summers

If you’ve struggled to make it through hot summers in the past, it’s time for a home swimming pool! Backyard pools give everyone a quick and easy way to cool off.

This is especially important if you live in a southern state like California, Texas, or Florida. Sometimes there’s no better way to escape the humidity than to plunge into a pool!

What’s more, a backyard pool means fewer trips to crowded beaches, where it can be harder to relax. Beach trips can also take up an entire weekend, particularly if you have to drive several hours to get to white sand.

7. Enjoy Convenience and Privacy

Your home swimming pool is exactly that: a pool in your own backyard. All you need to do is take a few steps, and you’ll be poolside.

Home swimming pools are incredibly convenient in this way. No more long trips to the gym, the beach, or other event venues. Simply open your patio door.

It can also be difficult to find privacy in this busy world. Home swimming pools are naturally private, letting you enjoy a secluded oasis at any time.

8. Host Parties and Gatherings

If you love having people over to your home, you’ll love hosting poolside parties. Pools are natural event spaces.

Pools can also make it easy to plan a gathering. They are multifunctional, after all, offering guests an opportunity to swim, cool off, and admire the flickering lights.

9. Extend Your Patio

Many pools function as patio extensions. If you currently have a patio but want it to serve a greater purpose, a swimming pool can help.

In fact, many pool owners will install a covered patio right next to the pool. Covered patios create more space for people to towel off, enjoy a summer barbecue, or simply hang out.

These patios can also feel like home add-ons, as they are prime locations for outside tables, plants, and couches.

10. Increase Your Backyard’s Visual Appeal

Tired of the way your backyard looks? You can easily increase your yard’s visual appeal by installing a home swimming pool.

Many custom swimming pools are works of art, designed to naturally complement existing plants and other landscaping. You can even add fountains and torches!

If your internal decorator is itching to make more of your backyard space, look no further than a custom home swimming pool.

Your Home Swimming Pool

Now you know all the benefits of owning a swimming pool. What comes next?

We highly recommend booking a free consultation with us to learn more about installing your custom pool. Click here to do so now!

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Is That Poo in the Pool? What You Didn’t Know About Public Swimming Pools

Did you know that feces are frequently introduced into pool water by swimmers?

Doesn’t this make you think of all the pools you have ever been swimming in? You’ve heard that public pools are nasty, but exactly how nasty are they?

Read on to learn why there’s probably poo in the pool your kids swim in.

Is the Poo in the Pool? What You Didn’t Know About Public Pools

Swimming is one of the favorite past times for children, but what many parents don’t realize is that their children can actually be swimming with poo in a public pool. This might be a reason to consider having a custom private pool built in your home instead.

Poo is not the only nasty thing in a public pool. Reading this post is going to surprise you.

Poo

Can you believe that up to ten grams of poop can wash off a child’s butt in a pool? This doesn’t sound like a large amount, but take ten grams and multiply it by the number of kids in the pool. Yes, it adds up.

A survey done by the Water Quality and Health Council reported that 1 in 4 adults goes swimming within one hour of having diarrhea. This is another way poo makes its way into public pools.

Chlorine

First, let’s chat about chlorine, which we all know is used in almost every public pool. This is to keep pools blue and safe by killing bacteria. But unfortunately, it can only do so much when there are dozens of sweaty bodies swimming around.

Sunscreen, sunlight, and the levels of urine absorb the effectiveness of the chlorine.

Pee

That’s right, you read that correctly. Pee or urine is found in public pools. A survey done shows that one fifth out of 1000 people admitted to urinating in a public pool. 

If you are concerned about urine and want to check the cleanliness of public pools, you can purchase test strips to see how much chlorine and urine are in the pool, along with the pH level of the water.

Cryptosporidium

Cryptosporidium outbreak doubled from 16 outbreaks in 2014 to 32 outbreaks in 2016. Crypto causes almost half of all outbreaks of gastrointestinal problems which are caught in recreational waters. This is one of the few microorganisms that are able to survive chlorine. 

When chlorine is dissolved in water, it breaks down into two chemicals that destroy a microorganism’s protective wall. But with Crypto, the coating is so thick that the chlorine isn’t able to break through the walls. 

Even if a pool is properly chlorinated, crypto microorganisms still survive. One child that goes swimming after having an infection can spread crypto into the entire pool. 

If the pool doesn’t have the right balance of disinfecting chemicals, crypto won’t be your only concern.

The following microorganisms will have their own effects:

  • Pseudomonas – pus-filled rashes
  • Legionella – fever, and cough
  • Shigella – diarrhea
  • Giardia – diarrhea
  • Norovirus – diarrhea
  • E-coli – diarrhea

All public pools are full of microorganisms ready to make you sick.

Health Code Violations

8 out of every 10 pool inspections find serious health code violations. Out of those eight, one of those will be serious enough to shut down a pool immediately. These violations are usually due to not putting enough disinfecting agents in the pool. 

RWIs

This stands for Recreational Water Illness, and it’s caused by the spreading of germs in contaminated water. This can be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals the evaporate from the water.

This can cause health issues like gastrointestinal problems, skin rashes, and respiratory trouble, just to name a few.

No Bathing or Showering

Most people swim without showering or bathing first. This can cause bacteria to spread throughout the entire pool. When people don’t shower before swimming, they can release particles of feces, sweat, and pee. 

All of the above can cause a number of health issues.

Strong Smell

When you smell a pool from a mile away, it doesn’t mean the pool is clean as most people believe. It’s actually a sign that there’s not enough chlorine in the water. The chlorine combined with bodies, urine, and feces gives off this strong chemical smell.

The combination of urine, feces, and bodies use up all of the chlorine and then it’s less likely to kill off germs. A well-chlorinated pool should have very little odor.

Red Eyes

Have you ever swam in a public pool and your eyes begin to sting and eventually turn red? The assumption by most people is that it’s from too much chlorine, but it’s actually the urine in the pool water.

When the urine combines with chlorine, chloramines are produced. The chloramines give off a chemical odor that makes the eyes sting and become red.

Band-Aids

The floating band-aid in the pool water is not the prettiest sight. When you have an open wound, it’s advised that you stay clear of pools because of harmful bacteria that can spread to other swimmers. Or, harmful bacteria could get into your wound and make it worse.

Hairballs

Hairballs are not only gross, but they can also be the hair from a person who suffers from a bacterial infection. They can either suffer from folliculitis, furuncles, or carbuncles, and this ball of hair can be spreading this around the entire pool.

Lice

It’s recommended to have your hair tied up in a bun or a ponytail to avoid a lice infection or to at least reduce the chances of getting lice. If hair is left down, it’s essentially mopping up the pool with high chances of contracting lice.

Ready to Swim in Clean Water?

As you read above, public communal water is not as clean as some people might think. Not only is there poo in the pool, but there are countless microorganisms surviving in the chlorine. 

Ready to ditch the public pool and have your own clean pool that you have control over? Contact us for a free consultation to help you pick the perfect pool for your home. 

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Customize It: Understanding Different Custom Swimming Pool Features

Did you know there are more than 10 million swimming pools in the United States? The kinds of pools can vary from above ground to inground, small to large, and simple to the most extravagant pools you can imagine.

If you are considering getting a custom inground pool, then why settle for something ordinary?

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common pool features you can add that will turn a simple pool of water into a tropical getaway.

Swimming Pool Water Features

If you want something really classy looking, there is nothing better than pools with water features.

Scuppers and jets are both popular options. If you don’t know what these are, scuppers are holes in the side of a raised wall that pours water into the pool. Essentially, they are a bunch of small waterfalls that add a lot of visual interest.

Jets are small holes near the side of the pool that can squirt a small jet of water over the pool. Or you can have it continuously running to make a sort of water tunnel over the top of pool.

If you want to add fountains, you can get them in any size and design and put them in the middle of the pool or anywhere else you want.

Of course, waterfalls are usually considered the most luxurious option. A larger waterfall cascading into the end of the pool looks beautiful, especially if it is worked into the landscape to look more natural.

For an even more spectacular waterfall, you can add a grotto. This is essentially a small cave on the side of the pool that has a waterfall flowing over the entrance. Imagine relaxing inside a little grotto, looking through the waterfall at everyone else!

Decks and Landscaping

An inground pool is more than just the water you swim in. It completely changes the landscape of the backyard or wherever else the pool may be located. If you have an ordinary grassy yard with a simple pool plopped into the middle, it won’t look that special. But imagine if the entire landscape is focused on the swimming pool.

One way to do this is having decking all around the pool and entire area. You can choose whatever material you want. Slate, flagstone, cobblestone, patterned cement are all options. You can choose the colors and designs you want.

It is best to work the decking into the landscaping. For example, a smooth slate walkway with palm trees on either side will make it look like paradise, no matter where you live.

Depending on the size and shape of your pool, a unique option is to have a bridge! If there is a narrower section of the pool, you can have a small bridge that walks over that area. It is functional, looks beautiful, and will make yours stand out from every other pool!

Add Some Fire

A popular option these days is to add some flames to your watery paradise. This is a great idea since it lets people warm up if the water is making them a little cool. If you are hanging out with friends in the evening or after dark, it also adds some light and ambience. Not to mention it looks awesome!

You can add as many fire bowls as you like to the sides of the pool, usually raised a bit so the water won’t splash them. Or you can add even add a raised fire bowl in the middle of the pool for a one of a kind centerpiece.

If you like hosting dinner parties then you may want to add a fire pit nearby. As before, this adds some mood lighting to the area. But it is also more functional since it is meant to be used for cooking.

This is perfect for pool parties when people want to toast some marshmallows or grill some hotdogs to have a snack, but then go right back to swimming. It is especially great for hungry teenagers, whose favorite recreational activity is swimming.

Kitchen Features

If you do plan on having lots of dinner parties by the pool then you will definitely be interested in kitchen and bar features.

Usually near the swimming pool instead of in it, you can add several different kitchen-like options. You can have an outdoor grill, sink, cabinets, pizza oven, and more. Of course, you’ll want a table and chairs for everyone to gather around for eating, too.

However, it is possible to add certain features actually into the pool instead of beside it. This will not work for the grill, but you can add a table and bar stools into the pool if you want. Typically the table will be raised so your food and drinks don’t get wet, but the stools are recessed into the pool a bit so you can stay cool while you snack.

Lighting Options

Lighting options are great if you want to make your swimming pool more unique looking, or if you want to be able to swim at night. There are many options when it comes to lighting.

As we mentioned before, fires can add both functionality and light to the area. You can also install lights into the pool to illuminate the water. Any other features you have added can also be lit up. Jets and scuppers can have colored LEDs to make your pool have a lot of color. Waterfalls can even have lights shining on them, or colored lights coming from inside a grotto.

Fun and Games

If your swimming pool is going to be used by children, or adults who simply want to have fun, then there are plenty of fun features to add. This can include slides or a diving board. In fact, around 38% of all inground pools have diving boards.

Once again, it is recommended to incorporate these into your design. For example, a twisting slide that goes over the waterfall into the pool would look amazing.

How to Get These Pool Features

Now you know about the variety of swimming pool features available to you. But how much will it cost and who can help you bring your vision of a paradise into a reality?

At Sahara Construction & Custom Pools we specialize in creating unique pools with whatever features you can imagine. Use our contact page to see how we can help you build your dream pool!

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Keep It Clean: How to Maintain a Saltwater Pool

A swimming pool can enhance your outdoor living space and provide fun for the whole family. It can even add about 7.7% to your home’s value

It’s an excellent home addition for those who live in a hot sunny climate. Many homeowners choose to go with a saltwater pool, as it’s a better option for your skin and hair. It also needs less upkeep than a standard chlorine pool.  

Here is your guide on how to maintain a saltwater pool. 

How to Maintain a Saltwater Pool

A clean saltwater pool is as easy as filtering out the dirt while also checking to ensure your water levels stay balanced.

This type of pool gets preferred as it doesn’t produce a strong chlorine smell. It is also healthier for the skin and those with allergies. 

Some people choose to hire a professional to handle their saltwater pool care. Yet, it is also easy to maintain your own pool using the following tips.  

Ensure Your Pump and Filter Are Functioning Right  

Saltwater pool maintenance is a breeze when all your pool parts function well. So it’s important to keep your pump, filter, and skimmer clean and in good working condition. 

These parts work together to help keep your pool water clean. So make sure to inspect and clean these on a regular basis, as they can become clogged with debris over time. 

A low water level can be a sign that one of these items is getting backed up. Clean these every week to avoid buildup. Spraying water from a hose should do the trick. 

Also, be sure to clean the pool’s generator cell every few months as it can become scaly from salt buildup. Clean it with a high-pressure water hose or scrape it off using a plastic tool. This helps the salt circulate through your pool well. 

Keep out the Dirt

Dirt removal is the most important tip in how to take care of a saltwater pool. You’ll want to remove debris from the surface of your pool to keep it sparkling clean. 

Use a pool vacuum attachment or mechanical cleaner. Do this by connecting the vacuum right to your skimmer box to suck away dirt. Or you can buy a robot cleaner or pressure cleaner to do the job. 

A saltwater pool only contains about 10% of the salt that’s found in ocean water. While this is a small amount, it helps to brush the bottom of your pool. This keeps saltwater from building up, which can cause staining.

Pools should get cleaned 2 to 3 times per week. An uncovered pool may need more cleanings or take longer to clean, as it is more open to catching leaves and other debris.  

You’ll also want to clean your pool lining every month and follow proper maintenance tips for closing your pool down in the winter. 

Algae can also cause your pool to take on a dirty green hue. Use a special algae bush to remove it from the sides and bottom of your pool. They also make an algaecide for pool use to help prevent the growth of new algae. 

It helps to have your family and friends shower before entering your pool. You should also wash your pool toys often. This will help stop mildew growth, keeping the pool cleaner. 

Test Your pH and Chlorine Levels

Add water level testing to your saltwater pool maintenance checklist.  You’ll want to check your pH and chlorine levels every week. You can use an easy pool test kit to do this. 

pH Levels

A pool’s pH should be between 7.2 to 7.6 ppm. If pH levels get unbalanced, you can add in muriatic acid to reduce the pH. Or add sodium bicarbonate to increase the pH levels. 

Alkalinity levels help keep your pool’s pH balanced. Check this level every month and aim for 80 to 120ppm. You can add baking soda to increase levels or muriatic acid to decrease them. 

Chlorine Levels 

You chlorine should be about 1 to 3 ppm. If you live in a warmer climate, the sun’s rays can evaporate more of the chlorine from your pool. So you need to test the stabilizer levels, which should be between 70 and 80 ppm.  

In some cases, you may need to drain some of the water from your pool so you can add in fresh water. This will help dilute the overconcentrated pool water. Or you can add cyanuric acid to bring your stabilizer levels back up.  

Calcium and Salt Levels

Calcium ensures your water stays clear. Check this every month, aiming for 200 to 400 ppm. 

Saltwater levels should likely be between 2700 to 4500 ppm. However, this number depends on the specifications of the pool manufacturer. 

You should also test your water to be sure there are no traces of metals. This can sometimes happen when you add fresh water in. Metals like iron, copper, and manganese can cause corrosion issues for your pool. 

Use a Shock Solution When Needed 

Shocking your pool is like deep cleaning it. It helps keep the water looking fresh. 

Here’s a saltwater pool maintenance for dummies tip. Shocking a pool gets recommended at the start of summertime when your pool sees a lot of action, or before hosting a big pool party

A pool gets shocked with a solution made of chlorine and water. Be sure to use a chlorine brand that is safe for saltwater pools. You want to ensure you are using the right amount of chlorine for your pool size.  

You’ll need to wait 8 hours to let the chlorine dissolve into your pool. This means no swimming or using the pool during this time. You’ll also want to recheck your pool levels afterward. 

If you have a big algae problem, you may want to shock your pool more than once. This helps to kill the algae and enhance the look of your pool water. 

Building a Backyard Oasis with the Right Pool Design 

As you can see, how to maintain a saltwater pool is quite easy when following these tips and tricks. A saltwater pool is a top choice for homeowners looking to add to their outdoor living areas. 

Note that it is also important to seal your deck when adding a saltwater pool. This helps to prevent the salt water from causing any damage. It will also increase the longevity of your deck material. 

Custom swimming pools are a beautiful way to transform your backyard space. They combine stunning designs that compliment your decking and home exterior. 

Learn more about how a custom pool design can enhance your backyard. 

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So You Want to Build a Pool? How to Choose a Custom Pool Builder in Cypress, TX

Have you always dreamed about putting a swimming pool into your backyard?

It’s not nearly as hard as you might think to make that dream a reality. There are more than 10 million homeowners all across the country who have installed pools in their backyards, and there are thousands of others making the decision to build a pool every year.

Before you start taking steps towards building a swimming pool in your backyard, though, make sure you have the right swimming pool company helping you do it. There are more than 13,000 swimming pool companies operating in the U.S. at the moment, which can make finding the right one a challenge.

It can be especially difficult if you’re interested in having a custom pool built on your property. Here are some tips that will help you choose the best custom pool builder in Cypress, TX.

Create a List of Custom Pool Builders in Your Area

At the start of your custom pool builder search, begin by creating a long list of the different custom pool builders operating in your area as well as surrounding cities and towns. Focus only on swimming pool companies that specialize in building custom pools.

You can find custom pool builders in your area by:

  • Asking your friends, family members, and neighbors for recommendations
  • Looking in the phone book
  • Conducting a basic Google search for “custom pool builders in Cypress, TX”

Your goal at the beginning of the process should be to list as many custom pool builders as you can. You want to give yourself plenty of options once you start narrowing your search down.

Check Out Reviews They’ve Received From Customers

Once you’ve compiled a list of at least 10 custom swimming pool builders, the next step you should take is to read through reviews that those builders have received from customers over the years.

You can find lots of online reviews through Google, Facebook, and even individual company websites. Look for reviews that are long enough to give you a good sense of what a company is all about and how they treat their customers.

Don’t automatically discount companies that might have one or two bad reviews on their resumes. Instead, take a look at how those companies have responded to negative reviews and see what they’ve done to remedy any issues they’ve had with customers.

You want to find a company that does great work while building custom pools. But you also want to find one that communicates well with customers and goes above and beyond to leave them feeling satisfied.

Take a Look at Custom Pools They’ve Built in the Past

After you’ve had a chance to read through a bunch of online reviews for custom pool builders, you can probably start to narrow down your search a little bit. Cut your original list of 10 pool builders down to just five or six based on what you learned while scanning through reviews.

From there, visit the websites for each custom pool builder remaining on your list and see if you can find photos of the custom pools they’ve built in the past. Most custom pool builders are proud to show off their past work in galleries on their sites.

By taking a look at the custom pools that different pool builders have created over the years, you can see which do the best work overall. You can also get a better sense of what makes each pool builder unique.

Read More About Them on Their Websites

While you’re working your way through the websites of custom pool builders in and around Cypress, TX and looking at photos, you should also take the time to read about each builder on their site.

Read through the introduction that each builder has on their homepage. Then, head over to their “About Us” page to learn about some of their history. You can usually find out how much experience a custom pool builder has by doing this.

Once you’re done doing that, you can also check out which services a custom pool builder provides on their website. Additionally, you can usually find a section on the site that explains the process that the builder uses when helping homeowners design and create custom pools (more on that later!).

There is a wealth of information about custom pool builders on their sites. Use it to your advantage and really get to know what each builder on your list brings to the table before you begin touching base with them.

Reach Out to Builders and Ask Lots of Questions

At this point in the process, you should be able to narrow down your list of custom pool builders even further than you already have. Between reading online reviews and checking out builders’ websites, you should have the info you need to knock a few more builders off your list, leaving you with about three options.

Now comes the hard part: Reaching out to each custom pool builder and interviewing them either over the phone or, better yet, in person.

There are going to be a million and one questions that you want to ask a custom pool builder. But you should stay focused during the interview and make sure you ask them the most important ones.

Here are some sample questions that you should consider asking when speaking with a custom pool builder for the first time:

  • “How long have you been building custom pools in Cypress, TX?”
  • “Approximately how many custom pools have you built over the years?”
  • “What is the most challenging custom pool you ever built?”
  • “How do you go about helping a homeowner build a custom pool from start to finish?”
  • “Do you help homeowners pull the proper permits for putting in a pool?”
  • “How quickly does it usually take you to build a pool?”
  • “Do you use subcontractors or do all work yourself?”
  • “Can you show me what my pool is going to look like before you get started?”
  • “Is there anything that could potentially delay my custom pool project once it gets going?”
  • “Do you stand behind the work you do and offer a warranty of some kind on it?”

A good custom pool builder will have absolutely no problem answering each and every question listed here. They’ll be more than happy to explain everything from their experience level to their warranty options in detail.

If you come across a custom pool builder who isn’t willing to talk at length with you for any reason, they probably aren’t the right choice for you. You want someone who will communicate clearly with you right from the start.

Ask Each Builder For a List of References

At the end of each interview that you do with a custom pool builder, there is one last question you should ask. That question is: “Could you send me a list of several recent references?”

Each builder should have no problem sending you a list of about five references that can vouch for their work. The references should be homeowners who had custom pools put in by the builder within the last few years.

Once you have the list of references in hand, reach out to each of them and ask them to tell you what their experience with their custom pool builder was like. Ask about everything from the length of time it took to complete the custom pool to the level of communication that took place throughout the pool building process.

Earlier, you read a bunch of online reviews, and they gave you a decent sense of what each custom pool builder was about. But references can go a lot more in-depth and share stories about what it was like working with a custom pool builder.

Lean on these references as much as you can and ask them to provide you with information that will make your decision easier.

Make Sure Builders Are Licensed and Insured

You should not, under any circumstances, hire a custom pool builder who is unlicensed and/or uninsured. If you do, you’re pretty much asking for trouble and could end up with a huge headache later.

If a custom pool builder doesn’t have a business license, they haven’t taken the right steps to register their business and make it official. It could make it difficult for you to take legal action against them later if they don’t do a good job on your custom pool and refuse to make changes to it.

If a custom pool builder doesn’t have business insurance, they aren’t going to be covered in the event that an accident takes place while your pool is being built. You could be on the hook for medical bills and repair work if anything goes wrong during custom pool construction.

You should always ask to see proof of both a business license and business insurance before signing on the dotted line and agreeing to work with a custom pool builder. Otherwise, it could prove to be disastrous later.

See How Soon Each Builder Would Be Ready to Get to Work

Do you want to build a pool in your backyard within the next few months?

This could potentially limit your options as far as finding a custom pool builder goes. You could track down the most amazing pool builder in Cypress, TX, but if they don’t have the resources to build your pool quickly, it’ll all be for naught.

Think about the timeline that you’re working with before you start reaching out to custom pool builders. Ask them if they’re going to have any issues working with the timeline that you have in mind.

Learn More About the Process They Use For Building Pools

Every custom pool builder works a little bit differently with regards to the process they use for building pools. Some handle all of the various aspects of designing and building a pool, while others only handle specific parts of the process.

You need a custom pool builder who will have a hand in just about everything. They should:

  • Provide you with a free design consultation at the start and listen to the ideas you have for your custom pool
  • Create a 3D drawing of your dream custom pool based on your ideas
  • Tweak their 3D drawing after hearing any feedback you might have on it
  • Send you a final drawing for your approval (and for approval from your homeowner’s association, if necessary)
  • Obtain all the permits that will be needed to build a pool in your backyard
  • Arrange for the underground utilities on your property to be marked
  • Settle on a start date with you and prepare to break ground
  • Build a pool for you while sticking to a predetermined schedule
  • Answer any questions and listen to any concerns you have along the way

If a custom pool builder can’t do all these things for you, you’re not getting the best experience possible. Look for one who plays a more active role in the process.

Consider the Cost Associated With Working With Each Builder

There are a lot of homeowners who focus on the cost of building a custom pool through different pool builders first and foremost. And while it’s only natural to want to be able to spend as little as possible on your pool, it shouldn’t be your No. 1 concern.

Try not to consider the cost associated with working with each custom pool builder on your list until the very end. You want to find one who will set you up with all the services you need for a fair and affordable price, even if it’s not necessarily the lowest price.

This will ensure that you love your custom pool when it goes in and that you get it for the right price from the right custom pool builder. 

Choose the Right Custom Pool Builder and Build a Pool Today

There are so many advantages that come along with putting a custom pool into your backyard. When you build a pool, it’ll bring your family closer, allow you to get exercise on a regular basis, and turn your backyard into the place to be.

But before you get blinded by the idea of having a pool and pick just any old custom pool builder, you should keep the tips you learned today in mind. They’ll help you to choose the right pool builder in Cypress, TX to create your custom pool.

Contact us to see if we would be a good fit for your custom pool plans. 

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Don’t Be Salty: 5 Myths About Saltwater Pool Systems Debunked

Saltwater pools are part of a trend that keeps growing and growing. 

Now, three out of every four in-ground, residential pools are salt water pools.

Maybe you already have a salt water pool or are interested in installing one.  Did you know that you will still smell like chlorine afterwards though?

Not many people do.  

Love your saltwater pool systems? Click here to learn which is fact or fiction.

1. There is No Chlorine in a Saltwater Pool

A lot of people actually believe that salt water pool systems have no chlorine in them.

This really isn’t true.

The salt systems actually just generate the chlorine itself using a process called electrolysis. 

If you don’t remember from chemistry class, electrolysis zaps salt water with electricity which mixes with the chlorine that is found in salt. (Salt is actually sodium chloride — NaCl on the periodic table.) 

This process creates the chlorine, and then follows the water into the pool, mixing the chlorine in with the water. The chlorine then cleans the water and kills any bad bacteria living in it. 

This process creates chlorine by using the salt chlorine generator instead of adding the chlorine in by using granules, tablets, or sticks.

The advantage of this is that the salt system doesn’t require as many other chemicals to help stabilize the chlorine. The chemicals are in the granules, tablets, and sticks which is harsher on the skin.

The only chlorine free pool would utilize bromine or Bacqucil. So you shouldn’t install a saltwater pool system into your backyard and then be surprised when you find out that there will be chlorine in the water.

2. Saltwater Is Better Than Chlorine Water

This really depends on who you ask. For most people, swimming in a salt water pool is better on their skin because the way the chlorine is put into the pool is less harsh.

Some people also say that their hair feels more manageable after swimming in a salt water pool. You also have less of a chance of experiencing redness or irritation in your eyes.

However, for some swimmers, their skin can still become irritated and dry. Their hair may still feel matted and gross because they are still technically swimming in chlorine.

It is really up to your personal preference. Before you decide which pool you want to install in your backyard, try swimming in a chlorine pool and then a saltwater pool to see which one feels better for you.

3.  Saltwater Pools Are Too Salty

You may be hesitant to swim in a saltwater pool because you may think that it will be as salty as the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. 

However, this isn’t true.  It’s actually less salty. 

Although these systems use salt water to create chlorine, they still contain less than 10 percent the amount of saltwater that is found in sea water. 

In the ocean, the salt levels are at 35,000 parts per million.  A human tear is 6,000 parts per million. A saltwater pool is only at 2,500. 

While it can vary for everyone as stated above, swimming in a salt water pool rather than seawater could be better for your skin too because there is less salt.

When you swim in the ocean, that salt water concentration is so high that it will draw water and moisture out of your skin. 

But in a salt water pool, the concentration isn’t as high as it is in the ocean, so our skin actually absorbs some of the moisture which can be good for your skin.

4. It’s Easier/More Affordable to Have Saltwater Pool Systems

Some people think that because the salt water pool system will make the chlorine, they may be easier or more affordable to keep and maintain their pool.

This isn’t true either.

Having a saltwater pool system helps with replacing the daily sanitation of the pool, like adding the chlorine tablets, sticks, or granules. 

Just because your system will do this automatically, you still have to do other pool maintenance, like testing the pool’s pH, calcium, and alkalinity levels.  No matter which way you choose to sanitize your pool before, you will still need to test and adjust the levels in your pool or hire someone else to do it.

These pools also can actually end up costing you more to install and maintain.

According to consumers, if you add up all the costs over time, it can sometimes be more expensive to own a saltwater pool because they have to pay to maintain it, replace generator parts, and even buying the chlorine generator may all add up to some expensive costs later on down the road. 

5. You Don’t Need Any Other Chemicals

Since the chlorine generator makes the chlorine for you, you may be under the impression that you won’t have to keep and store a bunch of chemicals to maintain your saltwater pool.

While you won’t need chlorine to sanitize the pool, you will still have to carry other chemicals to maintain it. 

You’ll need chemicals and products such as shock products, muriatic acid, and some other chemicals to make sure that the chemical levels in the pool are correct.

Because salt water pools have a higher pH level, you will also need to put in more muriatic acid than you would for a chlorine pool. 

Not only do you have to buy the extra chemicals, but you also have to purchase a lot of salt for your pool.  

Install Your Salt Water Pool Today

Saltwater pool systems are becoming more and more popular, but many people still don’t understand them.

Not much research on saltwater pools exist currently, and most of the claims we hear are from pool marketing companies and consumers. 

However, a lot of people are starting to prefer saltwater pools. Some parents refuse to take their children to a non-saltwater pool because of how harsh the chlorine can be. 

Do you have questions about how to maintain your saltwater pool? Do you think a saltwater pool sounds right for you and are interested in installing one?

Contact us if you have any questions or for a free quote

 

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3 Differences Between a Chlorine and a Salt Water Pool

What’s the best addition to your outdoor oasis? If you live in Katy, Texas where the sun shines most of the year, a pool is a perfect choice. 

Even if your space is small or oddly shaped, a custom-designed swimming pool is possible. Just imagine slipping into those inviting cool waters after a long, hot day at work.

You’ll have a lot of fun picking out shapes, fountains, and decorations for your new pool. But there is one major thing you should consider. How will you keep your pool clean? Should you choose a salt water pool or a chlorine one? 

Let’s look at the major differences between the two options. 

1. Price

Budget is always a big concern when adding a new addition to your home. The great thing about a pool is that not only do you get to enjoy it but also it makes your home more attractive to potential buyers when you’re ready to sell.

However, you do have to consider both the upfront costs of installing your pool and the ongoing maintenance costs.

Upfront Costs 

When looking at the upfront costs of pool installation, chlorine pools are a clear winner. This is because salt water pools require special equipment.

The biggest extra cost is the salt water generator that the pool uses to produce chlorine. This is what keeps a salt water pool clean and safe for human use and free of algae buildup. 

Ongoing Costs

When it comes to ongoing costs, however, the winning type of pool is not quite so clear cut. 

Chlorine pools need to be frequently maintained and monitored. To keep the pool clean and functioning properly you have to add expensive chemicals frequently. You also need to have a safe place to store those chemicals until you’re ready to use them.

The salt water generator takes care of this for you. All you need to do is check the levels on occasion to ensure the system is functioning correctly. However, you have to factor in the cost of electricity to run the generator. 

Feel free to experiment with how long you need to run it. You can keep your electricity costs down by not running it unnecessarily. But you also have to run it enough for it to be effective.

Another thing to consider is that the salt can cause damage to surrounding installments such as your pool deck. Depending on what you have in the area surrounding your pool you’ll have to calculate in extra maintenance costs for that upkeep. 

2. Maintenance

Chlorine pools require maintenance about twice as frequently as salt water ones. Chlorine levels have to be constantly monitored and new chlorine added as necessary. The average chlorine pool will require more chlorine tablets or sticks about once a week.

A salt water pool, on the other hand, produces its own chlorine via the generator we’ve already mentioned. You still have to keep an eye on the chlorine levels. However, you can stretch your maintenance sessions out to once every two weeks.

Also, you add salt to the pool rather than chlorine so you don’t have to worry about storing dangerous chemicals. 

Both types of pools will require periodic chlorine “shocks”. This wards off algae growth and keeps the water sanitary. As we already mentioned, the salt water generator helps to inhibit algae from growing. Thus, a salt water pool will need to be shocked less frequently. 

A downside to salt water pools is that the system is more complex. If something goes wrong or you need to do something outside of regular maintenance, you may have to call a professional. The simpler system of a chlorine pool, though, makes it easier to perform DIY fixes.

One extra step with salt water pools is having to remove and maintain the generator cells on occasion. Once a season is usually frequent enough. So it’s not a big job, but something to keep in mind nonetheless.

3. Health Effects

Another important difference is the health effects that each type of pool has on the swimmers. Both pools contain chlorine as we’ve discussed, as this chemical is necessary to kill bacteria that can be harmful to anyone using the pool. 

Salt water pools carry a lower concentration of chlorine. Plus, the natural electrolysis process through which the generator makes chlorine produces a softer chemical that is easier on the skin. It is also thought to expose the swimmer to fewer toxins. 

Many people have trouble with swimming in chlorinated pools. Their skin may break out or the chlorine may bother their eyes. Most of these folks don’t have any trouble swimming in a salt water pool.   

Keep in mind that swimming in a salt water pool is not like swimming in the ocean. The salt concentration is less. Thus most swimmers can even open their eyes underwater will little ill effects. 

Also, it doesn’t dry out the skin or cause as many allergic reactions. 

Chlorine or Salt Water Pool?

Ultimately, the right pool for you will depend on which factors are most important to you. If you prefer lower upfront costs and don’t mind paying a little more for maintenance than a chlorine pool is for you.

If you prefer a softer swimming experience and want to avoid using harsh chemicals than opt for a salt water pool. Both are great options it just depends on what you’re looking for.

Still have questions? To find out more, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Once you know which kind of system you want it’s time to start the fun part–picking out your design. Of course, we can help with that too!