What types of fire pits or fireplaces can I put in my yard?

What types of fire pits or fireplaces can I put in my yard?

A homeowner who wants a little extra warmth, as well as a little extra beauty and coziness in their yard, will most like wan to add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. A fire feature can fit in with the area in a homeowners yard around a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, or garden.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces can be made of many different types of materials. There are some portable options, but most do not last too long and untimely do not have the same beauty as a fireplace that was built to be part of the yard’s overall look and décor. While metal and wood burning outdoor fireplaces are available, you’ll find stone, stucco tile and brick are among the most common. There are so many options for fireplaces so it is best to review magazines or peruse showroom for ideas. In addition, it is very important to work with your designer to find the right option that will work in your yard.

Fire Pits

A fire pit is exactly how it sounds. It is a pit that is excavated into the ground where you can enjoy fire, normally coming from an installed gas line. There are also many options and materials when choosing the right look for the fire pit. Work with a professional designer to determine what will work best with your particular yard.

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To learn more about the type fireplaces or fire pits that you can install in your yard, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

What are the steps involved with building a pool?

What are the steps involved with building a pool?

Most people recognize that in order to enjoy a pool in their yard, it requires the services of experienced and skilled professionals. Here are the steps it takes to build an in-ground swimming pool:

Plan & Design

A plan and design is the first step. A designer can help a homeowner decide on the right pool. Does the homeowner want a big pool for family and friends? Or simply a lap pool for morning exercise? What is the shape of the pool? Will it have a spa? Will it be on more than one level with a cascading waterfall? Is there going to be a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, and how will the yard get shade? As you can tell, there are a lot of decisions to be made before a pool can be built.

Digging, Plumbing & Electrical

Once the blueprints and plan is in place, it is time to dig the hole in the ground. The next step is to add rebar to reinforce the bottom and the sides of the pool. After this, the plumbing is installed and an electrician will wire the pool for lights and other features. These steps all require licensed professionals.

Form & Surface

The next step is to give the pool its form and shell. A shell can be made of fiberglass, vinyl or poured concrete. Concrete is the strongest material. It is also more expensive than the other choices, but lasts longer and is ideal for large pools. Then the pool needs its surface. It can be plaster, but Pebble Tec® has become increasingly more popular in the last couple of decades due to its longevity.

Water & Chemicals

Next, the pool is filled with water. The pool is usually filled with water from the garden hose. It can also be filled from a water truck. Once it is filled, the water will need chemicals to kill algae and microorganisms and make sure the water is sparkling clean. Once the chemicals are applied, it will take a little some time before the pool is ready to use.

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To learn more about putting a pool in your yard, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

What is raised bond beam (RBB)?

What is raised bond beam (RBB)?

A raised bond beam, or RBB, is a wall on your pool that extends above the surface of the water. It usually ranges from 6 inches to 3 feet in height. Not only does it add depth and dimension to your pool and yard, but it also supports the pools integrity with reinforced rebar. Read on to learn more about the benefits of RBB.

Yard Surfaces

While a RBB can be built on level land, one of the great benefits of RBB is that it allows pools to be built in areas of a property that would otherwise be unworkable, such as on a slope. The RBB serves as a kind of retaining wall to keep back the soil. This allows the pool to be built into a slope that results in one part of the deck being a different height than other areas which separates the pool itself into two or more levels.

Beauty

The RBB raised wall can be covered with stone or quartz or tiles that really will give your yard beauty and depth. It can also accommodate a waterfall or light fixtures and can even allow your spa to be elevated so that the warm water flows down to your pool. The options of incorporating an RBB are only limited by the imagination of the owner and the pool designer.

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Raised bond beams are not only functional and allow for more options with a yard that has a slope, but add to the pool’s luxurious look. The creativity and beauty is endless when including a raised bond beam in your pool. To learn more about RBB, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

What temperature should I keep my pool heater’s thermostat?

What temperature should I keep my pool heater’s thermostat?

There is nothing like a warm pool! But to keep the heater on at all times could be expensive. It is important to understand what temperature your pool should be kept at especially when you are a new pool owner.

What is the Best Temperature?

According to the American Red Cross, the ideal temperature for a swimming pool is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not only a comfortable temperature for most swimmers but saves energy. However, if the pool is used by the very young or the elderly, the temperature is best set a couple of degrees warmer.

How Much Does it Cost to Heat a Pool?

The cost to heat a pool depends on the size of the pool, the heating system, how much the pool is used and how warm the pool owner wants their water. There’s also the cost of installing the heating system in the first place and making sure it is maintained regularly.

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A heated pool does add to the cost of having a pool, but few things are more incredible than swimming in a body of warm water. To learn more heating for your pool, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

Do I need a pool cover?

Do I need a pool cover?

Pool covers can be made out of vinyl, polyethylene, bubble wrap or even solar. While every pool does not need a cover, there are a variety of reasons that is beneficial, including save an owner a lot of extra work and even extend the pool season. Read on to learn some benefits of a pool cover.

Keep the Pool Warm 

Covering up a heated pool when it’s not in use saves energy and will reduce heat loss. This is especially important if you live in a location where the temperatures drop significantly at night. If the pool is not covered, the water temperature can drop as much as 5 degrees during the night. With a cover on, the temperature loss is about half that. The cover also stops the water from losing heat by protecting it from cooling winds. It is a good idea to keep the pool covered at night to retain the warm water. This will also save you money as you will not need to spend as much to heat your pool.

Slow Down Evaporation 

A pool that has no cover loses about an inch to an inch and a half of water every week because of evaporation. Though that may not sound like a lot, for a large pool, it means hundreds of gallons. The pool cover also prevents the chemicals that keep the water clear and clean from evaporating as well.

Eliminate Debris

Covers prevent debris, such as leaves and bugs, from entering your pool. A cover saves you time from having to strain the pool with a net every time you want to use it. Just think, you’ll be able to spend this time swimming instead!

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There are many pool covers to choose from. Some are manual, where the owner has to pull it on and off and others allow you to put it on and off with the push of a button. The takeaway is that a pool cover can save you money, time and labor. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

 

 

 

Can I hide the pool pump and equipment in my yard?

Can I hide the pool pump and equipment in my yard?

While very necessary, the pool pump and equipment is not always the most aesthetically pleasing part of owning a pool. However, by reading below, we have some suggestions on how you can hide them in your yard.

Use Plants

Using plants to hide the pump is probably the first idea that comes into a pool owner’s head. However, not every plant is appropriate. Thorny plants should not be used, so no rosebushes. Other plants to avoid are those with invasive roots. These plants can actually damage the plumbing that leads to the pool. Shrubs and trees that drop leaves, nuts, fruit and spent flower are also inadvisable. The best plants are evergreens that are not too tall and do not drop needles copiously and tallish, noninvasive grasses.

Enclosures 

Enclosures are simple and inexpensive ways to hide the pump and its accoutrements. It can be a simple, lidded box built around the equipment. The style and color can match that of the fencing around the perimeter of the yard or some area of the garden.

The equipment can also be hidden in a shed, which is attached to the house or other structure and has a sloping roof. These sheds can be made of wood, glass, vinyl or even concrete or stone. However, it is important that any enclose is well-ventilated.

Walls, Gates or Privacy Screens

Another way to hide the pool pump is to use walls, gates, or even a privacy screen. Walls and gates of course can block the equipment and while longer hoses are necessary the future your equipment is placed from your pool, it is possible. Another option is a privacy screen. These are inexpensive and are often made of vinyl. Vinyl screens resist fading by the sun’s ultraviolet rays and are weatherproof. They can easily be washed by the garden hose and be made to resemble real wood.

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There are many options when it comes to the placement and hiding of the pool equipment. It is always best to check with a professional. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

How can I create shade around my pool? (Non-Landscaping Options)

How can I create shade around my pool? (Non-Landscaping Options)

It is so important to have shade around your pool. This is because it allows you to enjoy being outside in a cooler environment and blasting sunlight for much of the day is not always the best idea. Not only does this increase the risk of sunburn for the bathers, but it causes the pool water to evaporate more quickly than it should. Here are some tips to create shade around a swimming pool.

Umbrellas 

Outdoor umbrellas are not simply for putting over poolside dining areas. A large umbrella can be placed over the pool to protect it from the hottest and brightest part of the day. The owner can place umbrellas where they’re needed. One can be at one end of the pool, and another can shade the other end.

Gazebo

Gazebos are freestanding structures that are sometimes octagonal that not only add beauty, but they are a great permanent way to get shade in your yard. They can be placed next to your pool so that part of the pool is shaded and especially when you get out of the pool so you can enjoy your yard without having the hot sun beating down on your skin at all times.

Awnings 

A retractable awning (also sometimes referred to as an overhang) is a secondary covering that is attached to the side of the house or pool house. It can be made from a variety of materials, including canvas, cotton, polyester yarn, or vinyl.

Sails 

Another way to add shade to the pool is through the use of sails. Similar to a boat, you can have sails in your yard. However, these sails don’t make your pool move forward! Sails are dramatic, beautiful and can be angled in just the right way to allow the right amount of sun to fall on the water. They also block ultraviolet rays and do not get hot themselves. Sails come in an array of colors and can be opaque or nearly transparent.

Pergolas 

A pergola with adjustable shades or adjustable louvers may be just the thing to place over the entire length of a lap pool. The pergola does not have to be restricted to a small pool, however. One of these structures can be built over an area of a large pool. A pergola is aesthetically pleasing and can be covered with flowers, vines or other plants.

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If you have a pool, some type of shield to shade your yard is a must. They also add beauty and dimension to your yard. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

Should I install a shallow or deep pool?

Should I install a shallow or deep pool?

The decision to build a deep or shallow pool is of course entirely up to the pool owner. However, the considerations that influence whether the pool is deep or shallow can be bewildering. The following are some things to consider:

Children

Much depends on if the owner has young children or plans on having some in the future. If the pool is going to be a place to simply splash around in and have fun, experts claim it should be no less than 3 feet deep and no more than 5 feet deep. The owner may also want to install a small wading pool that’s about 2 feet deep for toddlers. Yes, kids grow quickly and can outgrow wading pools, but, another term for wading pool areas is a Reef step area. Reef steps are very popular with all age groups. If the pool is going to be used mostly by grown-ups for the foreseeable future, the depth should be tailored to the height of the shortest person. The water should come up to about their shoulders when they stand upright.

Diving

Will you be jumping or diving into your pool? And will you want to install a diving board? When children become teenagers some of them seem to not be able to resist flinging themselves into the water whether there is a diving board available or not. If the owner thinks they are going to have to accommodate teenagers at some point but can’t or won’t have a diving board, they might want to build the deep end about 6’6” to 7’6” deep. If you are considering a diving board there are specific diving envelops you must

follow. For example, if it is a 6’ long diving board the depts are calculated out to 15’ across the pool. Directly under the pool is 8’ then several feet out the depth is 7, then 6. Diving boards can be easily installed, but keep in mind, in a pool that is only 30’ long, you will have very little shallow area because of accommodating the diving envelope. We recommend a pool of at least 36’ long and 40’ long and over is ideal.

Exercise

If the purpose for your pool is for exercise, you may want to consider a lap pool. And these pools do not need to be that deep. The ideal dimensions for a pool that is built for the owner to take morning or evening laps is about 82 feet long and at least 5 feet deep. Most people cannot accommodate 82’ so just build as long of a pool that will fit your yard.

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To learn more about the type of pool you should put in your yard, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

How does a pool function with the equipment?

How does a pool function with the equipment?

Most pool owners love their swimming pool. But many wonder just how it works. And how is all the equipment that is needed used? Read on to learn more.

Pool Mode vs. Spa Mode

When you are using the pool, or the pool is in “pool mode” think that the spa does not exist. It may sound silly, but water is drawn from the pool to the equipment, which filters, cleans (and adds chlorine if the pool has a salt system or a tablet feeder). The cleaned water is then returned both the pool and the spa. It is all one body of water at this point. Since the spa has a spillway from the spa that runs into the pool, the spa really does “not exist” when it is in pool mode.

However, when you are using the spa, you are now in “spa mode.” In this mode, the valves turn on and the equipment focused only on circulating within the spa. The pump speeds up and aerates the water, which produces the bubbles. The spa is also heated n this mode. The easiest way to think about this is the pool is stagnant and not being filtered, only the spa..

Drains

Main drains are found at the pool bottom and skimmer drains are found near the top of the pool. Large pools have more than one skimmer and may have more than one main drain. Dirt sinks down to the main drain and is sucked in through the main drain. To keep people’s hair, clothes and other items from being sucked in as well, main drains have antivortex covers or grates. The skimmers are used to catch floating debris and waste (such as leaves and bugs) from the surface of the water.

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While the equipment for a swimming pool is may seem like a complicated system, it really is not. The main take away is that the equipment is there to make sure that you have the the best possible experience by filtering, cleaning, sanitizing, and heating the water that goes into it. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.

What does it take to keep my swimming pool water clean?

What does it take to keep my swimming pool water clean?

One of the jobs of the pool owner is to make sure that their water both looks clean and is clean. Keeping a pool clean takes some work, but it is worth it! After all, nobody likes a green pool!

Chlorine and pH

Chlorine and the pH are the main factors that keep pool water clean. Chlorine has a strong oxidizing agent and it is unbeatable for destroying bacteria and other pathogens in pool water.

The pH measures how acidic or alkaline the water is. The pH of the pool should be just a bit alkaline or about 7.5. If your water is too alkaline, it will lower the effectiveness of chlorine. If the pH of the water is elevated, the more chlorine the pool owner will have to add. Homeowners should check chlorine and pH levels with a test kit once a week and should have a professional check the water chemistry at least once a quarter.

Water Level

In order for the pool to be as clean as it can be, the water level should not be too high or too low. If the water level is too low, it can burn out the pump. If it’s too high, the door to the skimmer can’t close properly and do its job of trapping debris inside the skimmer. Checking the right level on a regular basis makes a big difference in keeping your water and pool clean.

Backwash the Filter (D.E.)

The filter pulls dirt and debris from the water. To keep it in good shape, it needs to be backwashed when the water starts looking cloudy. Backwashing means that the water is forced out of the filter in the direction opposite its normal flow. If the pool owner doesn’t want to wait until the water is looking murky, they should check the pressure gauge. If the pressure is between 5 and 7 pounds per square inch above what is normal for the pool, the filter needs to be backwashed.

Other Tips

Other areas to keep in mind when keeping your pool clean is to clean our your skimmer about once a week. The pool owner can find the access panel on the pool deck. Simply open it up, take out the basket, and throw the debris in the trash. The pool owner should also make a habit of manually skimming the pool to remove leaves, twigs, dead bugs and other things that may fall into your pool of the course of a day.

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Maintenance takes only a few minutes, and few things are more inviting than a pool whose water is clear and sparkling on a hot day. And when you work with Infinite, you get a test kit so you can check it once a week for chlorine and pH balance. To learn more, contact Infinite Pools online or call 951-354-9888. We have the experience and knowledge to help you create and build the pool and yard of your dreams. Infinite Pools practices a hands-on approach to every job and is fully involved at all stages of your project to ensure it is completed to our exceptionally high standards.