While very necessary, the pool pump and equipment is not always the most aesthetically pleasing part of owning a pool. However, by reading below, we have some suggestions on how you can hide them in your yard.
Using plants to hide the pump is probably the first idea that comes into a pool owner’s head. However, not every plant is appropriate. Thorny plants should not be used, so no rosebushes. Other plants to avoid are those with invasive roots. These plants can actually damage the plumbing that leads to the pool. Shrubs and trees that drop leaves, nuts, fruit and spent flower are also inadvisable. The best plants are evergreens that are not too tall and do not drop needles copiously and tallish, noninvasive grasses.
Enclosures are simple and inexpensive ways to hide the pump and its accoutrements. It can be a simple, lidded box built around the equipment. The style and color can match that of the fencing around the perimeter of the yard or some area of the garden.
The equipment can also be hidden in a shed, which is attached to the house or other structure and has a sloping roof. These sheds can be made of wood, glass, vinyl or even concrete or stone. However, it is important that any enclose is well-ventilated.
Walls, Gates or Privacy Screens
Another way to hide the pool pump is to use walls, gates, or even a privacy screen. Walls and gates of course can block the equipment and while longer hoses are necessary the future your equipment is placed from your pool, it is possible. Another option is a privacy screen. These are inexpensive and are often made of vinyl. Vinyl screens resist fading by the sun’s ultraviolet rays and are weatherproof. They can easily be washed by the garden hose and be made to resemble real wood.
There are many options when it comes to the placement and hiding of the pool equipment. It is always best to check with a professional. 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.
It is so important to have shade around your pool. This is because it allows you to enjoy being outside in a cooler environment and blasting sunlight for much of the day is not always the best idea. Not only does this increase the risk of sunburn for the bathers, but it causes the pool water to evaporate more quickly than it should. Here are some tips to create shade around a swimming pool.
Outdoor umbrellas are not simply for putting over poolside dining areas. A large umbrella can be placed over the pool to protect it from the hottest and brightest part of the day. The owner can place umbrellas where they’re needed. One can be at one end of the pool, and another can shade the other end.
Gazebos are freestanding structures that are sometimes octagonal that not only add beauty, but they are a great permanent way to get shade in your yard. They can be placed next to your pool so that part of the pool is shaded and especially when you get out of the pool so you can enjoy your yard without having the hot sun beating down on your skin at all times.
A retractable awning (also sometimes referred to as an overhang) is a secondary covering that is attached to the side of the house or pool house. It can be made from a variety of materials, including canvas, cotton, polyester yarn, or vinyl.
Another way to add shade to the pool is through the use of sails. Similar to a boat, you can have sails in your yard. However, these sails don’t make your pool move forward! Sails are dramatic, beautiful and can be angled in just the right way to allow the right amount of sun to fall on the water. They also block ultraviolet rays and do not get hot themselves. Sails come in an array of colors and can be opaque or nearly transparent.
A pergola with adjustable shades or adjustable louvers may be just the thing to place over the entire length of a lap pool. The pergola does not have to be restricted to a small pool, however. One of these structures can be built over an area of a large pool. A pergola is aesthetically pleasing and can be covered with flowers, vines or other plants.
If you have a pool, some type of shield to shade your yard is a must. They also add beauty and dimension to your yard. 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.
The decision to build a deep or shallow pool is of course entirely up to the pool owner. However, the considerations that influence whether the pool is deep or shallow can be bewildering. The following are some things to consider:
Much depends on if the owner has young children or plans on having some in the future. If the pool is going to be a place to simply splash around in and have fun, experts claim it should be no less than 3 feet deep and no more than 5 feet deep. The owner may also want to install a small wading pool that’s about 2 feet deep for toddlers. Yes, kids grow quickly and can outgrow wading pools, but, another term for wading pool areas is a Reef step area. Reef steps are very popular with all age groups. If the pool is going to be used mostly by grown-ups for the foreseeable future, the depth should be tailored to the height of the shortest person. The water should come up to about their shoulders when they stand upright.
Will you be jumping or diving into your pool? And will you want to install a diving board? When children become teenagers some of them seem to not be able to resist flinging themselves into the water whether there is a diving board available or not. If the owner thinks they are going to have to accommodate teenagers at some point but can’t or won’t have a diving board, they might want to build the deep end about 6’6” to 7’6” deep. If you are considering a diving board there are specific diving envelops you must
follow. For example, if it is a 6’ long diving board the depts are calculated out to 15’ across the pool. Directly under the pool is 8’ then several feet out the depth is 7, then 6. Diving boards can be easily installed, but keep in mind, in a pool that is only 30’ long, you will have very little shallow area because of accommodating the diving envelope. We recommend a pool of at least 36’ long and 40’ long and over is ideal.
If the purpose for your pool is for exercise, you may want to consider a lap pool. And these pools do not need to be that deep. The ideal dimensions for a pool that is built for the owner to take morning or evening laps is about 82 feet long and at least 5 feet deep. Most people cannot accommodate 82’ so just build as long of a pool that will fit your yard.
To learn more about the type of pool you should put in your yard, 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.
Most pool owners love their swimming pool. But many wonder just how it works. And how is all the equipment that is needed used? Read on to learn more.
Pool Mode vs. Spa Mode
When you are using the pool, or the pool is in “pool mode” think that the spa does not exist. It may sound silly, but water is drawn from the pool to the equipment, which filters, cleans (and adds chlorine if the pool has a salt system or a tablet feeder). The cleaned water is then returned both the pool and the spa. It is all one body of water at this point. Since the spa has a spillway from the spa that runs into the pool, the spa really does “not exist” when it is in pool mode.
However, when you are using the spa, you are now in “spa mode.” In this mode, the valves turn on and the equipment focused only on circulating within the spa. The pump speeds up and aerates the water, which produces the bubbles. The spa is also heated n this mode. The easiest way to think about this is the pool is stagnant and not being filtered, only the spa..
Main drains are found at the pool bottom and skimmer drains are found near the top of the pool. Large pools have more than one skimmer and may have more than one main drain. Dirt sinks down to the main drain and is sucked in through the main drain. To keep people’s hair, clothes and other items from being sucked in as well, main drains have antivortex covers or grates. The skimmers are used to catch floating debris and waste (such as leaves and bugs) from the surface of the water.
While the equipment for a swimming pool is may seem like a complicated system, it really is not. The main take away is that the equipment is there to make sure that you have the the best possible experience by filtering, cleaning, sanitizing, and heating the water that goes into it. 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.
One of the jobs of the pool owner is to make sure that their water both looks clean and is clean. Keeping a pool clean takes some work, but it is worth it! After all, nobody likes a green pool!
Chlorine and pH
Chlorine and the pH are the main factors that keep pool water clean. Chlorine has a strong oxidizing agent and it is unbeatable for destroying bacteria and other pathogens in pool water.
The pH measures how acidic or alkaline the water is. The pH of the pool should be just a bit alkaline or about 7.5. If your water is too alkaline, it will lower the effectiveness of chlorine. If the pH of the water is elevated, the more chlorine the pool owner will have to add. Homeowners should check chlorine and pH levels with a test kit once a week and should have a professional check the water chemistry at least once a quarter.
In order for the pool to be as clean as it can be, the water level should not be too high or too low. If the water level is too low, it can burn out the pump. If it’s too high, the door to the skimmer can’t close properly and do its job of trapping debris inside the skimmer. Checking the right level on a regular basis makes a big difference in keeping your water and pool clean.
Backwash the Filter (D.E.)
The filter pulls dirt and debris from the water. To keep it in good shape, it needs to be backwashed when the water starts looking cloudy. Backwashing means that the water is forced out of the filter in the direction opposite its normal flow. If the pool owner doesn’t want to wait until the water is looking murky, they should check the pressure gauge. If the pressure is between 5 and 7 pounds per square inch above what is normal for the pool, the filter needs to be backwashed.
Other areas to keep in mind when keeping your pool clean is to clean our your skimmer about once a week. The pool owner can find the access panel on the pool deck. Simply open it up, take out the basket, and throw the debris in the trash. The pool owner should also make a habit of manually skimming the pool to remove leaves, twigs, dead bugs and other things that may fall into your pool of the course of a day.
Maintenance takes only a few minutes, and few things are more inviting than a pool whose water is clear and sparkling on a hot day. And when you work with Infinite, you get a test kit so you can check it once a week for chlorine and pH balance. 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.
One of the main reasons many pool owners have a pool is for their children to enjoy it. However, there are precautions when it comes to having children in the pool, especially if they are very young. Here are some ways to keep kids safe in the swimming pool.
A responsible adult needs to keep their eye on a young child in the pool at all times. Even a few seconds of inattention can be the difference between a fun time at the pool and a tragedy. An adult should be in the pool with a baby or toddler and should always be close enough to touch them.
Life jackets (or personal flotation devices or PFDs) give parents an extra layer of protection against accidental drowning. Make sure that the life jacket you use is a quality one. If your child is an infant or toddler, Type II jackets have head and neck support and will hold a young child’s head out of the water even if they have poor body control. The only negative is that they tend to be bulky, but safety comes first.
You can install (and sometimes it is required by law) to install an alarm on your door or gate entering a yard with a pool. This will of course alert an adult if this door opens. There are many other types of alarms that you can get as well. You can get an alarm to put on a child’s wrist to alert an adult if a child goes into the pool. As soon as it gets wet, the alarm will sound. There are also alarms that you can put in or on a pool coping that will sound if it hears a splash from an animal or child. This has also become a new Law as of January 2018!
It should go without saying that once your child is old enough, they should have swimming lessons. They more educated they are about swimming, the less problems you will have and the more secure you will feel with kids in your yard, even if you are with them.
Nowadays, there are so many ways to keep your kids safe with a pool, that it should be absolutely no problem to enjoy the pool in safety. 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.