Swimming Pool FAQ
The majority of pools we build take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to build. So, if you call today, you can be enjoying your new pool in 60 days.
PH is a scale that measures the acidity and alkalinity (aka: basicity) of an aqueous (water based) solution.
Chemicals that are very alkaline or very acidic are called “reactive”, and can burn, similar to something very hot or very cold. If swimming pool water is either too acidic, it will cause undesirable chemical reactions, like corroding metal equipment, etching surface materials, or causing skin irritation. Pool water that is too alkaline will cause scaling on the pool surface and plumbing equipment, and will cloud the water. Both high acidity and high alkalinity also alters the effectiveness of the chlorine. Chlorine can’t destroy pathogens as well if the water is too alkaline, and will dissipate much more quickly if the water is too acidic.
Zero on the pH scale indicates extreme acidity, while 14 indicates extreme alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Ideally, you’re pool water would be as slightly above neutral, between 7.2 and 7.8, or slightly alkaline. To raise or lower pH, a pool maintenance professionals simply add acids or alkalis into the water. For example, adding sodium carbonate (soda ash) or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) will generally raise the pH, while adding muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate will lower the pH.
While there are differences between the two, the is no clear advantage to having either a chlorine system vs a slat system. A decision can only be determined around your lifestyle.
Saltwater pools use dissolved salt instead of chlorine by way of a “salt chlorinator”. Simply put, electrolysis is used to break down salt and add it to the water. PH levels still need to be maintained by balancing salt-to-water ratio levels. The amount of salt added on a regular basis is determined by the amount of rain, backwashing, or the amount of water lost from splashing or draining.
One thing to understand is that salt never “disappears” from water; It can only be splashed or drained from the pool. Because of this, the initial cost of salt is more expensive, the cost goes down significantly over time. More rain will dilute the salt in the pool, but it’s still there. Water evaporation will result in higher salt levels.
Chlorine pools are the most common and familiar. The systems are easy to operate, and chlorine is easy to acquire. Chlorine tablets are sold everywhere and jugs of chlorine can be purchased at any pool and spa service retailer. Pool owners can add chlorine tablets to devices that float in the pool or add them to the pool pump basket. Tablets are good because they dissolve slowly over time.
Pool owners can test the pH of the water regularly with a kit to determine when to add chlorine. Rain, splashing, and other usage factors will affect the pH of the pool.
The overall cost of saltwater pools are cheaper, but building a new saltwater pool (or converting your existing pool) to salt cost a little more. After the first 2 years, though, the system will save you money.
With the saltwater system, chlorine is still present in the water, but the levels are much lower. Saltwater pools are much safer for people and pets, because there are far fewer damaging chemicals in the water. Salt is a more natural alternative and is safer on our skin and hair than chlorine. Saltwater will not fade or damage your swimsuit as much as a chlorinated pool, either.
Chlorine pools, however, may be better at clearing up bacteria. If pH levels are off and the pool becomes cloudy, chlorine can fix it in 24 to 48 hours, while saltwater take three to five days.
While saltwater pool will cost between $1,000 and $5,000 extra, this is a one-time cost based on the amount of salt needed. From there, salt water pools are less time consuming.
After set-up, saltwater pools generally cost between $20 and $30 for the summer, while chlorine pools will cost twice that.
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The term “shotcrete” refers to wet-mix concrete, while “gunite” refers to dry-mix concrete. The names refer to their method of application, which is pneumatic (shot through a hose with compressed air). This type of concrete construction allows for compete flexibility in design, placement of steps, lighting and floor depth, as well as aesthetics and resale value.
Absolutely! A swimming pool is a luxury item and more luxury equals more value. Adding a swimming pool to your home is like adding a room addition; A pool and deck is a great place to entertain, relax, exercise and increase the time you and your family spend together.