Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for a Swimming Pool Contractor to help get your home ready for summer time? Here are Key things to keep in mind:
*References-checking references is extremely important. Even checking more personal references can give you a deeper idea of how much you can trust the person you’re thinking of working with.
*Sustainability- Looking at how long the contractor has been in business can help prevent any contracts or warranties that will easily break if that contractor goes out of business in a matter of years.
*Link to business- Along with seeing how long they’ve been in business, it’s a good idea to see how much company backs the contractor you’re in contact with. Being Supported by a larger company or corporate office gives you a lot of security as a homeowner.
*Reputation-Online reviews are helpful, but anyone on a far end of the spectrum (positive or negative) can be an outlier, so try to contact multiple reviewers or people who’ve worked with that contractor before to get an idea of how they operate.
A well-built swimming pool is a sound financial decision: It will continue to grow in value right along with your home and it will enhance your home’s marketability should you ever sell.
How you decide to fund your swimming pool construction is one of the first considerations in the decision-making process. Even if you have the savings to fund your entire project, it would be wise to investigate your financing options and their tax benefits compared with other opportunities for your savings.
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While the length of every backyard living project varies extremely depending on what features are incorporated inside and outside of the swimming pool. Arroyo Pools complete average projects in 8-10 weeks. For larger projects, the process can take closer to 12-16 weeks (3-4 months).
- In-home consultation
An assigned Arroyo Pools staff member will visit you at your home to gather what they need to design the custom outdoor living space that perfectly fits your needs and wants.
- Design and Estimate
With the specifications of your backyard space, creative design talent, and innovative 3-D technology, we’ll create blue prints and visuals to show you just what your backyard space could be for our estimated price.
Sign a contract customized to your project with a budget breakdown and projected timeline.
- Permits & Inspections
Various permits are required for any swimming pool installation, and additional features usually lead to further inspections. This will all be handled by your assigned team prior to construction.
- In-home consultation
- Demolition & Excavation
In this phase, our team of highly skilled and experienced sub-contractors will excavate (or dig out) the area in your backyard space for the swimming pool / spa and perform any necessary demolition.
- Electrical & Plumbing
We will install the reinforcing steel (or rebar) and then perform all the necessary electrical and plumbing set-up before the initial inspection.
- Concrete, Coping, & Tile
Next, your swimming pool / spa will be sprayed with a concrete substance of either shotcrete or gunite, which takes approximately 1-2 weeks to cure (or dry). Once cured, we can add whatever coping and tile you’ve selected for your swimming pool / spa.
The phase of masonry work is where customized features of your swimming pool / spa come to life. Any accessories such as fire features, waterfalls, and barbecues will be built or installed in this phase, which can extend the length of the project depending on your contract.
Generally speaking, decking preparation takes 2 weeks and decking installation takes 1 week. Once this phase is complete, along with the installation of any safety features such as fences or alarms, your outdoor living area will typically undergo another inspection.
Plastering your swimming pool / spa should take 1 day, assuming there are no external complications, and this is our final step in construction!
Once construction has been completed and you are 100% satisfied with your backyard living space, you can fill the swimming pool / spa up with water and celebrate with family and friends!
- Demolition & Excavation
Our swimming pool designs, and features have come a long way. Today, Arroyo Pools offers a wide array of unique and exciting features for your pool. Here are a just a few examples of how you can enhance your pool.
Negative Edge Pools
Arroyo Pools is proud to have pioneered one of today’s most popular and visually stunning pool features – the “negative edge”. On negative edge pools, one side of the pool has an “open edge”, meaning that it is even with the water level in the pool. Water spills over this edge into a catch basin below, where it is then pumped back into the pool. And the effect is breathtaking as your pool seems to “float” above the landscaping and view of the yard. These striking water features are also known as an “Infinity Edge” and a “Vanishing Edge”.
Waterfalls, Fountains & Other Water Features
Our attention to detail is one of the things that sets us apart from other pool builders. We know that your swimming pool should be more than just functional – it should add interest and beauty to your backyard. Incorporating a water feature, such as a waterfall or fountain, into your pool’s design can help accomplish this.
Water features come in many different styles. It’s common to see a raised spa that pours over some type of spillway into the pool below. You might also consider a bubbling fountain rising from a step or shallow pool, water spouts arching water across the pool’s surface, or a dramatic waterfall constructed of rock and surrounded by lush landscaping elements. Any of these unique water features will help transform your swimming pool into an elegant backyard resort.
The use of natural and/or manmade rock can have a dramatic effect on your swimming pool design. From simple pebble work in a wall or deck to dramatic boulders flanking a pool or defining a waterfall, the use of rocks helps to create the kind of serene and breathtaking atmosphere you’d find in nature. Possibilities for incorporating rock into your swimming pool design are endless.
Beach Entries and Baja Steps
Historically, swimming pool entries were basically all the same: three or four small steps leading down into the “shallow end” of the pool. But today, many homeowners are enjoying a more “natural” design, such as a “beach entry.” Much like a beach that gradually descends into the ocean waves, a beach entry pool features a deck that gently slopes beneath the surface of the water and becomes increasingly deep as you move forward.
Some pool owners are also incorporating a “Baja step” into their pool. This is simply a large rounded step, generally only a few inches to a foot or so deep, that allows swimmers and loungers alike to dabble in the water without becoming entirely immersed. Baja Steps can also be referred to as a “Tanning Ledge”, a “Sun Shelf”, or a “Shallow Reef”.
The short answer is yes. The design experts here at Arroyo Pools pride themselves on their ability to design a perfect outdoor living area to fit your needs – big or small, simple or complex. In fact, recently, spools have become increasingly more popular. A spool is a cross between a spa and a swimming pool; spools fit somewhere in the middle. Usually, a spool is smaller than an average swimming pool, but not quite as small as your average hot tub, and has features a spa would normally have (i.e., jacuzzi jets).
If you think you’re interested in having Arroyo Pools design your dream backyard living space, no matter how small, contact us today to schedule a free in-home consultation. Please feel free to continue to browse our website to learn more about the Arroyo Pools story, and call (786) 499-9930 if you have any questions.
In today’s health conscious world, we are looking to be mindful of what is the best thing for our environment and when it comes to building a pool, it’s only natural to stop and consider what will be right for your family: building a salt water pool or using traditional chlorine.
The good news is that chlorine IS salt, so either way you can’t go wrong. The purpose of using either salt or chlorine is to remove organic material from your pool and keep it clean and sanitary. Salt water pools require the installation of a salt water chlorine generator which uses the process of electrolysis to free the chlorine molecule from the salt. The alternative is adding chlorine directly to your pool. Either way, its chlorine that’s doing the work so it’s all about the method you prefer.
Salt water pools are gentler on the skin, and do not require shocking in order to keep stable sanitary conditions and so many people prefer this option. Additionally, while salt water pools create stubborn rings on dark tiled surfaces, they don’t need to be drained and scrubbed like a traditional chlorine pool.
If cost is an issue, it’s important to note that adding a salt water chlorine generator to your pool or upgrading an existing pool to use one, may add as much as $3,000 to your budget. The maintenance costs of salt versus chlorine may be smaller, but there are still considerations. Every pool requires maintenance and the saltwater generator will need to be inspected on a weekly basis to make sure that proper PH and alkalinity is being achieved. Saltwater pool owners can add muriatic acid, if necessary, to maintain the proper balance between 7.4 and 7.6. Homeowners will also need to be sure and clean the generator cell on a regular basis by soaking it in vinegar for a few hours. There may also be additional electrical costs as generators need to be run four to six hours a day in winter and 10-11 hours a day during summer in order to do the job.
For pools that need to be winterized and shut down when temperatures dip, salt water pools will require a floating chlorinator as salt water generators only function at 60 degrees and above. There is no escaping the need to chlorinate!
Salt is corrosive and may limit the way that your backyard and deck can be designed and soft stone, such as limestone, would need to be avoided.
While a trendy alternative, staying the course with a chlorine pool is always a good and easy bet. Arroyo Pools can walk you through the pros and cons and take a look at maximizing your budget so that upfront costs such as installing a salt water chlorine generator don’t compromise your creative vision. A great way to get started on your pool building journey is to take a look at our commonly asked questions page locate
How Much Work Is Involved In Owning And Maintaining A Swimming Pool?
Ideally, here are the maintenance tasks a homeowner or hired servicer should do once or twice per week to maintain a clean, cloudy-free, and algae-free swimming pool / spa:
- Check pH levels
- Brush walls, steps, and benches
- Net visible debris
- Check vacuum for debris; clean if necessary
- Clean debris out of skimmer
- Check water pump for debris; clean if necessary
- Check filter PSI; clean if necessary
- Your swimming pool filter should typically operate at a certain PSI (pounds per square inch). When the PSI on your filter spikes 10-12 PSI, it is time to do a quick clean on your filter. This process varies depending on the type of filter you have, so please consult an expert before doing this yourself. It is also wise to do a filter breakdown, a thorough, deep clean of the filter, approximately once a year.
- Check Chlorine levels; adjust if necessary
Most Common Maintenance Mistake
While chlorine is a really useful chemical for swimming pool / spa maintenance, many homeowners apply excessive amounts of chlorine to their swimming pool. Although one might think high doses of chlorine will help remove or prevent algae in the water, the high concentration of chemicals easily damages the plaster of the swimming pool and spa. Try to keep your chemicals in the acceptable levels explained to you by a swimming pool maintenance professional.
Most Overlooked Maintenance Item
Most people understand that to keep their swimming pool and spa looking great they have to regularly maintain their filter, water chemistry, and vacuum the interior surface of their pool. But when was the last time you inspected your decking mastic?
Mastic is the rubbery material that covers an isolation joint separating the coping of your pool from your decks. See the diagram below. Its purpose is to allow the decks to move independently of the swimming pool structure, thus minimizing the potential for damage to the pool tile, coping, and structural shell. Mastic also prevents water from going down the joint and under the decks when it rains, or water splashes out of the pool from swimmers.
With time and exposure, mastic loses its elasticity and cracks. Once the mastic has cracked it no longer seals out water and you run the risk of saturating the soil beneath the decks. This can cause your decks to raise and crack more than normal, leaving you with elevation differences between your pool coping and the decks.
Mastic replacement is relatively inexpensive compared to the alternative of damaged decking. Do-it-yourselfers can find replacement products online or at their local pool supply stores and the internet is full of good “How To” videos. Or, if you’d rather just hire someone to do it, there are many small companies that perform this service.
Whatever you do, don’t overlook this small maintenance item, because ignoring it could create expensive damage to your beautiful outdoor resort.
Draining and Refilling Your Swimming Pool
Traditionally, in order to keep a well-maintained swimming pool and spa, homeowners are recommended to drain and refill the structures every 3-5 years. This has typically been necessary because of chemical build-up in the water, which makes it less healthy to swim in.
Swimming Pool / Spa Leaks
But then, you notice that you’re refilling your pool a lot more often than usual. Regularly severe decreases in water levels can be the first sign that you have a leak somewhere in your swimming pool system. But there can be a variety of causes, so here are a few tests you can do at home before calling a trusted professional:
The Bucket Test
Before making the assumption that you have a leak in your swimming pool, it is best to rule the other factors that could be causing lower water levels. One is excess splash-out, but if you don’t have several kids regularly splashing about in the swimming pool / spa quite yet, it could be higher evaporation levels. The hotter our weather, the more rapidly our water evaporates.
To test this, you can place a bucket on the second or third swimming pool step. Fill it with some water and mark the current water level with a marker or piece of tape both inside and outside the bucket. After 24-48 hours, check the bucket and measure how far the water has decreased both inside and outside the bucket. If the water level decrease is the same for both, your swimming pool does not have a leak. Congratulations! But if the water level of the swimming pool (outside the bucket) has decreased significantly more than the water level inside the bucket, you most likely have a leak somewhere in your swimming pool / spa system.
The Filter Test
Sometimes, leaks are in the plumbing system of the pool. To rule out this cause, you can test your swimming pool’s water level changes with the filter on and off. Again, it is a good idea to use tape as a marking tool so you can measure the water level change accurately. Compare the water level decreases in your swimming pool depending on the filter’s activity. If your swimming pool get significantly lower when the filter and equipment is running, your leak is probably located in the plumbing.
If that’s the case, it is a good idea at this point to call a trusted swimming pool professional, such as Arroyo Pools, so they can determine the cause more specifically. Also, try to examine your equipment area more closely, feeling and looking for wet areas on the pipes and the ground. If you find something unusual, report it to the swimming pool professional. However, if there is no difference in the water levels with the equipment running or not, you may have a crack or tear in the swimming pool shell.
The Dye Test
Often times, this is easier for a swimming pool professional to do this test so that you do not have to be underwater for hours looking for cracks and tears in the vinyl, tile, or other material. But if you prefer looking yourself, try to examine the shell of the pool very closely. Once you see a crack or tear, take an eye-dropper of pH testing solution or any safe colored liquid and release it near the crack. If the dye is suctioned into the crack / tear, you’ve a source to your leak! If not, keep looking or call a trusted swimming pool contractor to investigate further.
While these tests are simple enough to do at home, do not hesitate to call your swimming pool contractor / specialist at the first sign of a leak. Also, if you think you’ve found the source, it is better to trust a swimming pool professional to fully investigate anyway, in case there is more than one cause for your leaking swimming pool / spa.
For more information about swimming pool maintenance, please continue to browse our website or give us a call at (786) 499-9930. If you’re interested in installing a swimming pool / spa in your backyard, you can also contact us anytime to schedule a free in-home consultation with Arroyo Pools