From the article: What is a Green Pool?
People swim in the Phoenix area all year long, so there are many of you who have built a swimming pool at your home, or purchased a home with a pool. Here is where you can share your swimming pool maintenance mistakes, horror stories, experiences and tips about being a residential swimming pool owner. Maybe you should have hired a pool maintenance company, or maybe you shouldn't have tried to save money on the pump system. Maybe you went too long without testing the water, or maybe you got into trouble in your community for draining your pool. Tell us what you think we should know about swimming pool ownership! Note: This isn't a place to complain about pool builders. Those submissions will not be approved. Share Your Pool Tips
Composite / Cleaning System / Sanitizers
- First of all, I'd learn about the materials used for an inground swimming pool.. The life expectancy and warranty associated. There are different options but I've found a fiber-reinforced composite holds up the best. [Company name deleted by About.com Phoenix Guide]. I'd also have a cleaning/water circulation system included. An in-wall system such as the swingjets from Paramount clean a minimum of 75% of my pool. And finally, get a sanitizer such as a UV or Ozone to cut down on the use of chemicals.
- —Guest Andrew
use a registered architect/builder
- I had an outdoor pool built by an unprofessional architect & builder who built the pool substandard that when filled with water the structure leaked, and the piping leaked as well , when asked to repair his work to a professional standard the alleged architect and his team would not admit it was there fault and since then has ran off to Afganistan for work to build some other unlucky clients pool and house, as he couldnt find houses/pools to build in Pakistan ! not surprising he couldnt find work as totally unprofessional amateur, his negligence cost me considerable amount of money. so make sure you go and see were your architect /builder has built pools and speak to the owners to get honest opinion of their work. some thing i didn't do and cost me vast amount of money to repair damages. if i was to build a pool again also i would put in pool waterfalls /fountains / and a water slide in the plumbing/piping stages. Sheena
- —Guest sheena
what will I do differently with my pool
- I will get rid of the Solar system and make a water fall instead...Thanks
- —Guest Mahmood Hurab
Full Security from kids
- We had a pool way back in 2007. My hubby built it for our 2 kids. We didn't know how important pool fencing was until earlier this year. Thank God we did it earlier, we even put an alarm to it so we'd know if someone gets in and out. Thanks, Joana
- —Guest Joana
Use a licensed builder
- Make sure you use a licensed pool builder. I also suggest using a company who can provide pool building and landscaping.
- —Guest Milo Clouston
Lazy river and slide
- I would have made the pool twice the size and put in a water slide and lazy river for the kids also and still may do it - a separate pump for the spa and in floor sprinklers for cleaning. Possibly even a waterfall to jump through.
- —Guest Xander
a few points missing
- Great article and excellent list of all the positive aspects of a salt chlorine pool. However it is missing a few points. Salt is very corrosive as is chlorine. A pool that uses salt water WILL go through more equipment. Heaters primarily, but anything touching the saltwater will reduce its life expectancy. All equipment needs to be grounded bonded and double bonded and any inground pools need to have salt inhibitors in the pool surface and deck. Salt is great but any damage it removes from the bather it adds 2x to the pool itself. - - - - [Note From the About.com Guide: the article being referenced is here - http://phoenix.about.com/cs/wet/a/saltpool01.htm]
- —Guest PoolBuilder
- with 11 drowning deaths by Fourth of July 2011 (five children and six adults) I believe all pools should have an alarm.
- I have had several pools built in the Phoenix area and was never told about these pumps. Unfortunate that we were not informed as it appears this has been an option for many years. Great information!
- —Guest Martin