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Are there health benefits to having my own pool vs. using a community pool?

Are there health benefits to having my own pool vs. using a community pool?

Though many people do have a good time at the neighborhood public pool, they probably don’t think of the health risks while they’re splashing around in the water. Read on to learn about the difference as it pertains to cleanliness of a public vs. a private pool.

Public Pools

Unfortunately, there are a lot of negatives about using a public pool as it pertains to cleanliness. Often times this comes from the fact that you do not know the people using the pool and they may not take the same pride as you would in your own pool. Some people who utilize a public pool seem to have no compunction about using it as a restroom. Granted, a large number of these folks are children who do not know better, but unfortunately it is the risk of using a public pool. In addition, many people do not wash themselves off before they jump into a public pool.

In addition, because there are so many swimmers, the chlorine that is suppose to disinfect the water may not be as powerful to protect you and you may be more at risk for recreational water illness (or RWI). This causes rashes, ear and respiratory infections, diarrhea and other disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. It can even causes problems with the nervous system.

If the community pools is located indoors, swimmers may be at risk of respiratory problems. These include asthma, sneezing and irritated and congested lungs, especially if the pool is full of chloramine. This is a toxic brew of chlorine and human waste that forms an unhealthy layer above the surface of the water. The problems chloramine causes are especially dangerous for young children.

Private Pools

There are a lot of advantages of using a private pool. Not only is it more convenient to have it in your own backyard, but it is also has many advantages as it pertains to cleanliness. A private owner can request all who enter the pool to shower prior to not bring additional dirt and grime into the pool. In addition, those who enter the pool will take more pride in the fact that they know the owner. In addition, the limited number of swimmers also doesn’t overburden the chlorine that is supposed to disinfect the water. This greatly lowers the risk of recreational water illness.

Most private pool owners have their pools outdoors, so chloramines are not a pressing problem. Moreover, private pool owners have the option to use saltwater, or other water-cleaning systems that are not often used by public pools.

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The conclusion is that unless the public pool is kept scrupulously clean, in most cases it is simply not very as healthy as a private pool. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

Should I use LED or incandescent lights in my pool?

Should I use LED or incandescent lights in my pool?

The popularity of LED lights has exploded since the technology was introduced. These lights do not only use less energy, but they are brighter than incandescent lights used in a pool. In addition, they have some creative advantages that are not available for incandescent lights. Read on to learn more!

Incandescent Lights

Incandescent bulbs get their light from the glow from a heated filament that’s usually made of tungsten. Tungsten is a metal that can withstand high heat without melting. Though this produces a warm, golden glow, it actually creates much more heat than light and makes incandescent remarkably inefficient.

LED Lights

LEDs create light through semiconductors. Because of this, they need much less energy than incandescent lights. The light produced by a 400 watt incandescent light is about same produced by a 45 watt LED bulb. This also means that since it is a lower wattage, the cost of running the light is lower as well.

LED Advantage: Energy Efficient

Though they cost more initially than incandescent lights, LEDs are amazingly energy efficient and pay for themselves quickly. Not only that, the brightness and colors of LED pool lights can be adjusted to create just the right mood for the pool owner.

LED Advantage: Creativity

LED lights can be programmed to create a lovely light show in your pool. This can be done by computer or through Snap-On colored filters. This option can not be done with regular incandescent lights.

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Lighting should not be a major expense for the maintenance of your pool. The average incandescent bulb lasts about 5000 hours, while the average LED lasts six times that amount. LEDs are also versatile, efficient and eco-friendly therefore they have a clear advantage over the old incandescent light option.

To learn more about lighting options for your pool, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

Should I have a separate heater for both the pool and the spa?

Should I have a separate heater for both the pool and the spa?

You are designing the pool and spa of your dreams in your backyard, but do you really need two separate systems to heat them both? The answer is NO! The fact is that one heater heats both. Simply put, we just send different water sources to the heater thru automatic valves. Here is the explanation. When the spa is not being used, it is simply part of the pool. Water is drawn from the pool and returned to the pool and spa. If the heater is on in this situation, both the pool and spa are heated to the set temperature. When the vales are set to spa, water is drawn from the spa and only returned to the spa. We are now only heating the spa, which is a much smaller body of water and heats very quickly. The pool is basically stagnate during this time.

Here are some ways that your pool can be heated.

Gas

This is one of the most popular ways to heat spas and pools. It uses a flame powered by gas to heat water that is then returned to the pool or spa. This is accomplished by using a heat transfer manifold. The largest gas heater available is a 400,000 btu unit.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a good heating option especially in the warmer parts of the country. These machines pull heat from the air and use it to heat the pool. Like air conditioners, heat pumps make use of refrigerant gas and are often a bit more expensive than other types of heating systems. Heat pumps are ran by electricity and not gas. In some cases, they can be reversed and used to cool the water. This is a good option for extreme heat areas like the desert areas.

Solar

Most people recognize that solar power comes from the sun. This makes solar an energy efficient and eco-friendly option. With a solar heater, a collector is placed on the roof of a nearby structure, Water is pumped into the collector, heated by the sun and then returned to the pool or the spa.

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As mentioned above, most private pools and spas can enjoy a combined heating system. This cuts down on energy as well as on maintenance costs. Heating system can also be programmed to turn on and shut down at specific times. As you can tell, there are a lot of options, so it is best to get a professional opinion. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

What type of special features can I put in my pool?

What type of special features can I put in my pool?

Custom pools have come a long way! Nowadays a pool owner can turn their home swimming pool into their own private oasis. Advanced technology has allowed features to be much more than just a diving board. Here are just a few of the special features that can be added to a swimming pool.

Spa

The spa is a small body of water that is normally attached to your regular pool so that you can heat it to a much higher temperature (104 degrees) and include directional jets to create a therapeutic and relaxing soak. There are so many benefits of a spa. Many owners love how relaxed they feel and how well they sleep at night after spending some time in the spa.

Waterfalls

The very sound of a waterfall can be soothing, and it gives the pool a feeling of being in a tropical paradise. A waterfall is very decorative and is a great addition to any pool. Waterfalls can be created to be small and resemble a creek or large and feel like you are near a raging river that can flow over your head and give you the sensation of being in the middle of an oasis on a tropical island.

Spillways / Water Features

Spillways are types of waterfalls. They are created by allowing water to spill over the dam that protects a raised spa from the swimming pool or just from the sides of the swimming pool. They can be single, multiple or tiered for a more natural look. They can come from under lips in the coping so that they are invisible when not running or even out of pots or other decorative structures like columns.

Fountain

A fountain can be a simple bubbler or an extravagant edifice that resembles the fountains of Versailles. Regardless of your style, a fountain adds lots of beauty to your pool and yard.

Baja Step / Beach Entry

This is one of many names for a pool entrance that allows the bather to enter the same way one would walk from the beach into the ocean on a sloping deck into the pool. It’s not only a very cool look for a swimming pool but is just the thing for bathers who may find it difficult to handle steps or a ladder.

Swim Up Bars

The swim-up bar is often located at the pools edge or at the bottom of an outdoor kitchen. This is exactly how it sounds. It is a bar that you can access while in the pool. This is popular in resorts, but it certainly can be added to your personal pool. Some swim up bars even have submerged barstools, made of concrete and water proofed with plaster and tile.

LED Lights

The days of snapping a colored filter over the incandescent or halogen lights in their pool are long gone. LED lights can actually be programmed to change color and/or “swim” a sequence, for example, red, white and blue for July 4th. An LED light has the ability to produce millions of colors, including white, simply by manipulating the primary colors of red, green and blue. Few things set the mood in a pool more than an underwater light show at night.

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There are many options when building a pool. These are just some examples to you get you thinking of the options for your pool. A pool can be customized to meet the individual needs of an owner. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

What style or type of swimming pool should I put in my yard?

What style or type of swimming pool should I put in my yard?

Do you have a vision of what your dream pool will look like? Every individual and family has different wants and needs. There are different shapes and different themes and different sizes and option. Luckily, you can find the style of pool to fit your needs. Read on to learn about the different styles and types of swimming pools so you can get an idea for your yard.

Contemporary Pools

These pools have simplicity with clean lines and angles. The goal is elegant and modern simplicity but yet adding columns, pilasters, and/or geometric designs. Some contemporary pool owners also like the visual effect of the pool’s perimeter disappearing or extending to “infinity” with a negative edge.

Rock Swimming Pools

A rock pool uses natural or man-made rocks to create an environment that resembles a mountain or rock formation. This type of pool may include waterfalls, Slides swim up bars, and other unique features to be combined with lush landscaping to transform your backyard into an exotic locale. A water slide made from a large rock structure is also an option to add to the appearance of your own water park.

Flagstone Pools

Natural decorative flagstone is popular and beautiful because it is a sedimentary rock that has a natural non-slip surface perfect for pool decking. Moisture quickly evaporates and the material has low maintenance over its long lifespan. Flagstone can remain in large slabs or can be cut into tiles that will transform a pool deck into an artistic masterpiece.

Tropical Swimming Pools

The goal of this type of pool is to transport you to somewhere exotic with a tropical and resort feel to its blue or green water hue, waterfalls, rock formations, and lush landscape. You can enhance this them using such items as palm trees, birds of paradise, banana plants, and other delightful tropical items. The theme can continue through the addition of barbecues, fire places, and other structures having a tropical flavor.

Tuscany Swimming Pools

A Tuscan pool evokes an “old world” feeling with its design elements that conjure up historical Greece, Italy, and Spanish stylings of elegance and detailed work that may include mosaic work, natural stone, and columns. Some Tuscan pools use glass tiles that range in size but are usually smaller so that they can be used at the pool’s tile line. The combination of water and glass creates radiant prisms of light and bursts of color.

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As you can see there are many styles in which to choose. Selecting a style for your needs will provide you and your family and outdoor environment to enjoy for many years to come. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.