Selecting the right contractor can be a difficult decision. For many consumers, price is the number one reason for their selection. However, be aware that while purchasing construction services from an unlicensed contractor may be cheaper, it is also riskier for the homeowner.
The Right License for Pool Builders
Per the California Contractors State License Board, swimming pools and spas can be built by contractors with a:
C-53 Swimming Pool license
a General Building (B) license or
a C-27 Landscaping contractor
Both the B and C-27 are required to contract with a licensed C-53 to perform the work or also carry a C-53 classification.
Contractor License Requirements
Contractors in the state of California are required to carry a current, valid license for any work contracted for $500 or more. The license must be in their trade classification or as a General B they may contract with other subcontractors licensed in their trade. Licensing provides some basic securities to protect the homeowner. Licensed contractors are:
required to pass a trade examination
verify that they have four years’ experience at the journeymen level
pass a background investigation
carry a bond in the amount of $15,000
and carry worker’s compensation insurance, at the amount required
In addition, sales representatives are required by the CSLB to be registered as a Home Improvement Salesperson which requires, they pass a background check.
The Contractor’s Board is your Partner
The Contractors State License Board serves as a consumer advocate. Should an issue arise when working with a licensed contractor, consumers can file a complaint with the CSLB who can step in to help settle disagreements.
Homeowner’s who choose to work with unlicensed contractors may have little recourse if the project runs into trouble.
Working with a licensed contractor can be a bit more expensive because the contractor does incur additional cost to maintain their legal standing. However, it will also afford you protection as a consumer, in addition to safety and protection of your home.
A homeowner who wants a little extra warmth, as well as a little extra beauty and coziness in their yard, will most like wan to add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. A fire feature can fit in with the area in a homeowners yard around a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, or garden.
Fireplaces can be made of many different types of materials. There are some portable options, but most do not last too long and untimely do not have the same beauty as a fireplace that was built to be part of the yard’s overall look and décor. While metal and wood burning outdoor fireplaces are available, you’ll find stone, stucco tile and brick are among the most common. There are so many options for fireplaces so it is best to review magazines or peruse showroom for ideas. In addition, it is very important to work with your designer to find the right option that will work in your yard.
A fire pit is exactly how it sounds. It is a pit that is excavated into the ground where you can enjoy fire, normally coming from an installed gas line. There are also many options and materials when choosing the right look for the fire pit. Work with a professional designer to determine what will work best with your particular yard.
To learn more about the type fireplaces or fire pits that you can install 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 people recognize that in order to enjoy a pool in their yard, it requires the services of experienced and skilled professionals. Here are the steps it takes to build an in-ground swimming pool:
Plan & Design
A plan and design is the first step. A designer can help a homeowner decide on the right pool. Does the homeowner want a big pool for family and friends? Or simply a lap pool for morning exercise? What is the shape of the pool? Will it have a spa? Will it be on more than one level with a cascading waterfall? Is there going to be a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, and how will the yard get shade? As you can tell, there are a lot of decisions to be made before a pool can be built.
Digging, Plumbing & Electrical
Once the blueprints and plan is in place, it is time to dig the hole in the ground. The next step is to add rebar to reinforce the bottom and the sides of the pool. After this, the plumbing is installed and an electrician will wire the pool for lights and other features. These steps all require licensed professionals.
Form & Surface
The next step is to give the pool its form and shell. A shell can be made of fiberglass, vinyl or poured concrete. Concrete is the strongest material. It is also more expensive than the other choices, but lasts longer and is ideal for large pools. Then the pool needs its surface. It can be plaster, but Pebble Tec® has become increasingly more popular in the last couple of decades due to its longevity.
Water & Chemicals
Next, the pool is filled with water. The pool is usually filled with water from the garden hose. It can also be filled from a water truck. Once it is filled, the water will need chemicals to kill algae and microorganisms and make sure the water is sparkling clean. Once the chemicals are applied, it will take a little some time before the pool is ready to use.
To learn more about putting a pool 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.
A raised bond beam, or RBB, is a wall on your pool that extends above the surface of the water. It usually ranges from 6 inches to 3 feet in height. Not only does it add depth and dimension to your pool and yard, but it also supports the pools integrity with reinforced rebar. Read on to learn more about the benefits of RBB.
While a RBB can be built on level land, one of the great benefits of RBB is that it allows pools to be built in areas of a property that would otherwise be unworkable, such as on a slope. The RBB serves as a kind of retaining wall to keep back the soil. This allows the pool to be built into a slope that results in one part of the deck being a different height than other areas which separates the pool itself into two or more levels.
The RBB raised wall can be covered with stone or quartz or tiles that really will give your yard beauty and depth. It can also accommodate a waterfall or light fixtures and can even allow your spa to be elevated so that the warm water flows down to your pool. The options of incorporating an RBB are only limited by the imagination of the owner and the pool designer.
Raised bond beams are not only functional and allow for more options with a yard that has a slope, but add to the pool’s luxurious look. The creativity and beauty is endless when including a raised bond beam in your pool. To learn more about RBB, 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.
There is nothing like a warm pool! But to keep the heater on at all times could be expensive. It is important to understand what temperature your pool should be kept at especially when you are a new pool owner.
What is the Best Temperature?
According to the American Red Cross, the ideal temperature for a swimming pool is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not only a comfortable temperature for most swimmers but saves energy. However, if the pool is used by the very young or the elderly, the temperature is best set a couple of degrees warmer.
How Much Does it Cost to Heat a Pool?
The cost to heat a pool depends on the size of the pool, the heating system, how much the pool is used and how warm the pool owner wants their water. There’s also the cost of installing the heating system in the first place and making sure it is maintained regularly.
A heated pool does add to the cost of having a pool, but few things are more incredible than swimming in a body of warm water. To learn more heating 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.
Pool covers can be made out of vinyl, polyethylene, bubble wrap or even solar. While every pool does not need a cover, there are a variety of reasons that is beneficial, including save an owner a lot of extra work and even extend the pool season. Read on to learn some benefits of a pool cover.
Keep the Pool Warm
Covering up a heated pool when it’s not in use saves energy and will reduce heat loss. This is especially important if you live in a location where the temperatures drop significantly at night. If the pool is not covered, the water temperature can drop as much as 5 degrees during the night. With a cover on, the temperature loss is about half that. The cover also stops the water from losing heat by protecting it from cooling winds. It is a good idea to keep the pool covered at night to retain the warm water. This will also save you money as you will not need to spend as much to heat your pool.
Slow Down Evaporation
A pool that has no cover loses about an inch to an inch and a half of water every week because of evaporation. Though that may not sound like a lot, for a large pool, it means hundreds of gallons. The pool cover also prevents the chemicals that keep the water clear and clean from evaporating as well.
Covers prevent debris, such as leaves and bugs, from entering your pool. A cover saves you time from having to strain the pool with a net every time you want to use it. Just think, you’ll be able to spend this time swimming instead!
There are many pool covers to choose from. Some are manual, where the owner has to pull it on and off and others allow you to put it on and off with the push of a button. The takeaway is that a pool cover can save you money, time and labor. 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.
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.