Installing Inground Pools: What You Should Know

If you’re the type who revels in inviting various guests to your house for celebrations and other social gatherings, having a pool installed in your home opens up a myriad of possible party ideas. But before you start digging ditches in your backyard, it pays to know about a couple of things when it comes to swimming pools. Continue reading

Choosing between Above-Ground and Inground Pools

One way to improve the value of a home is to install a swimming pool. This is also a good way to improve the entertaining features of a property. However, before homeowners start calling a contractor and digging ditches in their backyards, choosing a pool should come first.

They can choose inground and above ground pool. As the name suggests, inground pools are built in the ground. They are among the more popular options for pools as they often come with nice decks or patios and complementing landscapes. Continue reading

Why You Should Not Keep Your Pool Empty for Long

You may need to drain your pool once in a while to get rid of Total Dissolved Solids, or TDS. However, there are several things you have to consider if you do this on your own.

The most basic concept to understand is that of “hydrostatic pressure”. It is not only your pool that holds water, but the ground on where it sits as well. When the pool is full, the pool water and the groundwater exert pressure against each other, maintaining an equilibrium that keeps your pool liners safely in place.

If there’s more pool water than groundwater, there will be no problem as the internal pressure will keep the pool wall from collapsing. As the water level decreases when you drain the pool, however, the pressure from the groundwater increases and pushes against your pool lining. This could cause creases and wrinkles, or even greater damage, on your pool walls.

A hydrostatic valve often installed at the deepest part of the pool serves to neutralize the pressure from the pool water and the groundwater, allowing the latter to seep in when its pressure is more than that of the pool water’s. When you drain your pool, however, the equilibrium could be totally disrupted and cause damages.

To avoid this, it is best to call on the pros to drain, clean, and refill your pool. They would know what to do to keep groundwater from wreaking havoc on your pool.

Turn your Inground Pool into a Tropical Paradise

Are you searching for a way to transform your pool and create a truly inviting retreat? You may want to bring the tropics to your own backyard. You won’t need to go to exotic islands or expensive resorts once you have a tropical paradise right in the comforts of your home. Of course, you will need the services of a professional pool designer and contractor for the perfect remodel.

Here are some tips on creating your very own tropical retreat. Continue reading

Benefits of Having an Inground Pool

An inground swimming pool is a great addition to any house and can benefit its residents greatly. This can be seen in the fact that it provides a ready-made workout venue for anyone interested. With consistent cardio workout, a person’s stamina can increase. Not only that, swimming is also an excellent whole-body, low impact exercise. This means that your joints and muscles don’t suffer the jarring impacts that they usually do during normal exercise routines. With the water mostly cushioning and buoying the body, this makes it a perfect exercise for those suffering from conditions like arthritis or fragile bones.

The physical benefits are just the beginning though. Next, there’s social benefits. There’s nothing like a pool party to pull a family or community closer together. Invite the neighbors to get to know them better; also, your kids won’t get up to much mischief if they call their friends over. Having a pool gives you a ready-made source of fun and socialization.

Finally, there’s the financial benefits. Whatever cost may be appropriated to the project can surely be recouped in the form of enjoyment you derive by using it. Additionally, most pools can add up to five to six percent to a home’s value. This means a $400,000 home will often have $20,000 added to its value if it has a pool.

Fleshing Out an Inground Pool Design

If your property is spacious enough to accommodate a swimming pool, you can certainly run wild with having one built immediately. Hitting the inground pool would be a fun way to pass the time with family and friends. However, a little finesse is needed in building that coveted recreational amenity, especially when you envision the pool as an integral part of the home.

After consulting your pool designer, the first thing you need is to provide the contractor with a plot to work on. The designer will do a subsequent ocular inspection of the area and mark out structures that may remain part of the pool area, such as a popular tree or natural obstacles. Consider the style and size of the property; some plots may not allow free-form pools without making it appear like the facility was forcibly added.

In some cases, try looking at the prospect pool area from several rooms in the house and then pick out some that provide a good view. The chosen rooms would help decide any focal points for the pool area, such as a continuous rock waterfalls in one corner. One section of the pool area should be camouflaged as the location of the pumping equipment, while the management controls can be placed inside the house.

When having an inground swimming pool designed, make sure it satisfies your taste, it says something about you, and it provides character to your property.

Advantages of In-Ground Pools

Pools remain one of the most desired home improvements out there. After all, they are not only functional, they upgrade a home’s look as well. While people have endless choices when it comes to pool size and design, they ultimately have to choose between one of two types: an above-ground pool or an in-ground pool.

As the name suggests, an above-ground pool is constructed on the surface of your yard (think of it as an expanded or oversized bathtub). An in-ground pool, however, is nestled into your lawn and is the type most people are familiar with.

Both types have advantages, but there are many reasons why most people choose an in-ground pool instead. Below are just a few of them:

Permanence

In-ground pools add more value to your home because they are a permanent improvement. They may be more expensive to install, but in-ground pools are definitely for keeps.

Choices

Above-ground pools typically come in round or oval shapes; in-ground pools, however, can be tailor-fitted to your tastes, thus offering you more variety.

Aesthetics

As previously mentioned, above-ground pools are free-standing structures so they tend to stick out from your back lawn. In-ground pools, on the other hand, can be integrated seamlessly into your yard.