What To Expect When Installing An In-Ground Pool

If you are ready to install an in-ground pool into your backyard that your whole family can enjoy, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind so that you are prepared for what is to come during the actual installation process of your pool, as well as what you need to do before the pool is installed and after the project has been completed.

Get a Permit

You will more than likely need to purchase a building permit in order to have an in-ground pool installed in your backyard. Visit your township’s office to determine the costs of the permit. Then you will need to wait for your permit to be given to you before you can go ahead and have the workers come in and install your swimming pool.

Hire a Reputable Company

You should really do your research into in-ground pool companies that will install your new pool at a great rate and using the right equipment and techniques. If you simply hire the first company you find, you may be disappointed by the way that they conduct business. Also, if you can, find pool installation companies by using referrals from trusted friends and family who have had in-ground pools installed successfully.

Be Prepared for Big Trucks, a Mess, and a Lot of Noise

During the installation of your in-ground pool, you should be prepared to make room for some very large trucks and machinery that will get to work digging up your lawn, leveling it out properly, and installing the materials for your permanent in-ground pool. These trucks and machines can be extremely loud, but you will just have to bear with it. They will rip up your lawn and throw dirt everywhere, but you will have to just deal with the mess until they are completely done.

The whole construction process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to over a month, especially if a township representative comes in to inspect the construction process and if there are delays due to inclement weather. So, again, be prepared for the potential for delays and just be patient while the crew works, no matter how noisy or messy they may be.

Repair Your Lawn After the Pool is Complete

Even though your in-ground pool has been successfully installed, your work is not over just yet. Now you need to finish cleaning up the mess they have left behind by repairing your lawn. You will need to level out the area and put down new grass seeds in order to let it grow back quickly and beautify your space again. This is a small price to pay, though, for having the added value of an in-ground pool in your yard.

Installing an in-ground pool can be an exciting experience, especially if you have been saving up and waiting a long time to get the job done. However, it can also be a stressful experience, especially if the crew encounters delays, so it is important to stay level-headed and be prepared for the challenges that may lie ahead.

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5 Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid

A commercial swimming pool often needs a lot more maintenance and care than your average backyard swimming pool. Sometimes, this is due to the massive size of the pool, while other times it may be because of how frequently it used by a large group of people. Whatever the reason may be, maintaining the swimming pools can help organizations and business owners save a lot of money in the long run. Here are 5 common maintenance mistakes that one should avoid when dealing with a commercial pool.

Adding chemicals during the day

Adding chemicals to the pool during the day is perhaps the most common swimming pool maintenance mistake. Chemicals, including liquid chlorine, work a lot better if you add them after sunset. Keep adding chemicals during the day and you will find that they are not as effective as you had hoped. Also, the chemicals you have added will not last for too long and will have to be replenished often, casing maintenance costs to go up. Add chemicals during the night and you will find yourself spending a lot less money on purchasing them.

Letting the pH levels soar

What is the point of adding chlorine to the pool if it isn’t allowed to do its job? In order for chlorine to be active, the pH level of the pool water has to be within a favourable range. As a rule of thumb, never let the pH level go above 8.0. This is the extremely common in commercial-sized swimming pools where pH levels tend to soar. If the pH level hits 8.5, the chlorine is only 10-15% active, which makes adding chlorine to the pool water an exercise in futility.

Backwashing filters too often

The filters in a swimming pool work best when they are clean. However, in the name of maintenance, the DE and sand filters are often over-cleaned. This is one scenario where it is actually possible to have too much of a good thing. As long as the needle in the pressure gauge is sitting on ‘clean’, there is no need to backwash the filters; the backwashing won’t do any good and you’ll just end up wasting a lot of water. When the pressure goes up by 8 psi, that’s when the filters should be backwashed.

Not running the pumps long enough

In an effort to save money on power bills, it is not uncommon to run the pumps for short durations. However, though you will be saving on electricity, the swimming pool will suffer. Circulation is crucial for ensuring a good swimming pool and not leaving the pumps running for long enough is a major oversight. Generally, leave the pump running for an hour for every 10 degrees.

Failing to maintain chlorine generators

Ignore cleaning the chlorine generators for too long and it will end up damaging the salt water system cells. If the cells get corroded or calcified, the will not generate chlorine and you will have to spend a small fortune to get them replaced. Clean the cells regularly to prevent calcification and check them at least once a month for signs of corrosion.

Avoid these 5 common gaffes and your commercial pool will be perfect for a long time to come.

Author of this post, Ashley Parker is an architect who specializes in landscape design. Her latest achievement is the award-winning design of a giant garden and pool area of a luxury hotel. She collaborated with commercial pool builders to incorporate an infinity swimming pool as a part of the design. Her hobbies are writing and cycling.

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