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Why Brisbane Pool Builders Are Suggesting Raised, Rectangular Pools To Clients

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Adding a pool to your home means that you’ll be faced with many decisions. Where you’ll want your pool placed and how big or deep your pool will be is something that most homeowners plan, but few have a think about what shape they want their pool to be or if it should be raised or ground level.

As Brisbane pool builders, we often recommend a rectangular, raised pool for sloping backyards. In addition to being fashionable, it also offers a number of distinct advantages.

Why choose a raised pool?
A raised pool is a pool that has its edge above ground level, extending downwards but to a lesser extent than a standard, ground level pool. It offers a number of unique advantages over standard pools that are well worth exploring.

The first thing you should know is that a raised pool operates and is maintained exactly as a ground level pool does and that you can add standard pool features to it with ease. The equipment needed to maintain it (pumps, filters and chemicals) are also identical.

This type of Pool Construction can be a more cost effective way to build where site access is very limited, as less soil needs to be excavated and removed. The trade off is that Form Working will need to be done to form the external walls of the Pool.

A second major advantage is that this type of pool construction can also minimise your need for Pool Fencing. If the finished height of the Pool is a minimum of 1200 mm above natural ground, this is then deemed to be acting as a part of the Pool Fence. It can be a great way to create a link to an existing Alfresco or Patio, without having to look through a Pool Fence.

Choosing your shape
A classic rectangular shaped pool is the perfect choice, as it’s easy to cover and fence and works well with most garden landscape designs. It is also ideally placed when you’re creating an adjacent outdoor entertainment area near the pool. It’s great in modern homes and properties, making it a perfect fit for Brisbane homeowners.

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Landscape Your Pool To Perfection With These Pool Plant Ideas

BY: John / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Pool, swimming pool builders

Having a pool is a beautiful addition to any backyard, but it can look a bit barren without anything around it. Many of our clients have been asking us what they can do about this, and we always recommend that the best option is to beautify your pool area with landscaping – in other words, with plants. Here’s what you need to know about the pool landscaping process.

Why landscape your pool?
There are many great benefits to adding plants to your pool area. The right arrangement or collection can enhance your privacy and also provide you with much needed shade and wind protection. When it comes to how your pool looks, your choice of plants could transform your pool into a tropical oasis or a rainforest basin.

Picking the best plants
The type of plants you’ll be able to use will depend firstly on whether your pool is saltwater or chlorinated pool. Saltwater can actually poison and kill species that are sensitive to salt levels, such as lilies, ivy, honeysuckle and primrose. A good choice here would be to choose plants with leaves that have a waxy, silver or furry appearance such as bromeliads, cycads, palms and hibiscus.

If your pool is chlorinated, you’ll need to choose plants that can withstand contact with chlorine such as those with less permeable and tough leaves. Ornamental grasses are a great choice here, as are palms and climbing flowers and shrubs.

Other considerations
The last thing you want is for your pool plants to create even more work for you or to alter your property foundation due to root activity. To avoid this, choose plants that require little to no maintenance, are very drought tolerant and that don’t require much pruning. Choosing a deciduous plant will mean you’ll spend months every year sifting plants out of your pool and extracting them from your cleaner and pump. You will also want to check and see how deep and wide the roots of your chosen plants go, as certain root systems can actually creep underneath your pool and cause damage to your pool wall and foundation.
It might take a little planning and preparation to pick the right selection of plants, but you’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying a beautiful, easy pool area all year around.

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What Causes Algae In A Swimming Pool?

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Imagine that overnight your sparkling-blue Brisbane swimming pool you just had installed turns green and unsightly. What could explain this sudden change? There is a culprit lurking everywhere, silent and ready to green your blue pool in no time – a seemingly harmless single-cell organism called algae.

What is Algae and how can you prevent it from ruining your swimming pool?

Algae

Algae is not harmful to human beings even though the sight of it in swimming pools can be off-putting. There are various types of algae – green algae, mustard algae and the infamous black algae. Algae lives cosily in a swimming pool that is not set at the right pH level and can multiply seemingly overnight, affecting the look and quality of your pool water.

Although Algae in itself is not harmful, it can lead to other infectious organisms such as the potentially deadly disease E. coli. For this reason, it is essential you prevent and destroy all algae in your Brisbane swimming pool.

pH Level

As the saying goes about prevention and cure, it is important to test your pool’s pH levels regularly so that it is maintained at a level of between 7.2 and 7.6. This is the perfect level that will prevent algae from breeding.

Scrub

If you do find algae on the sides of your swimming pool or on the floor, give it a good scrubbing and disseminate the algae from its comfy living space. Or course, the scrubbing will not kill it, but will only displace it. Eventually it will settle, but won’t have a strong enough grip, yet.

Vacuum

At this point, preferably the next day, you should vacuum the Pool with the Filter set on waste. Now that the displaced algae will have settled, it is still not strongly attached to the sides and bottom of your pool, which will make it easier for you to suck up all the algae until most of it is gone.

Chemicals

Now it’s time for the chemicals to kill off any remaining algae and other unwanted organisms. Use an algaecide and leave it on filter overnight. This will kill off any of the algae that still wants to breed and continue to make your swimming pool a nightmare.

Clarify

Leaving the pump on, you can also add a clarifier to ensure that your swimming pool remains sparkling clean. The blue will return and you will be swimming soon enough without that nasty, slippery algae in the way.

Now that you have the tips on hand, be sure to test your pH levels regularly. This is your number one defence against an infestation of algae in your swimming pool.

For more information contact us today by visiting www.ecopools.com.au

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Requesting a quote from a Brisbane Pool Builder

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So you’ve decided you would like a Pool, however where & how to start on your project, can be a confusing and frustrating time. Cold calling Pool Builders, setting up site meetings (hoping that the appointments are kept), absorbing the myriad of information, options & ideas from the various local pool builders, and then trying to make sense of the quotes with their different allowances and inclusions. Not to mention the vast array and options with pool equipment!!

However the process of obtaining an accurate quote doesn’t have to be difficult and can be achieved with a few simple steps. You will notice that most of these steps involve some time and thought from yourself, who better to make sure you get what you want!

STEP 1 – PLANS

Brisbane swimming pool plansAs it is very difficult to see what is hidden under ground, having some plans of the house & site are extremely helpful to ascertain where a Pool may or may not be built. These can be obtained by contacting your local council and also “Dial before you Dig”. While “Dial before you Dig” will mainly show where council infrastructure is entering your property, it is a free service and can be very helpful. Your local council will charge for any plans, but at some point those plans will need to be purchased, so you may as well begin your project with the right information.

Below are some of the plans that will be needed –

  • Site Plan – Shows your house situated on the site, with boundary lines marked
  • Sewer Plan – Shows the position of council sewer on site
  • Storm Water Plan – Shows position of council storm water on site
  • As Constructed Drainage Plan – This will show where you sewer & storm water run.

 

STEP 2 – Pool Position & Design

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Before getting any Brisbane Pool Builder to quote, give some time and thought into the points below. A great idea is to go to your local hardware and buy a tape & some line marking paint, then start marking out the areas in your yard where you would ideally like to place your pool.

If you have absolutely no idea of what you want to achieve, then maybe contacting a Landscape Designer or Architect would be a better place to start.

The idea of a “Free Quote” is great, but you should really have a basic design to achieve this. Designing takes time, and if someone is not getting paid for their time, then maybe the best design and result is not achieved.

Key Points –

  • Start with the general area where you would like the pool located, thinking about how it might tie in with existing entertainment areas, or if you are going to create a whole new entertainment area within the pool. Most pools are fairly simple structures and what creates the “WOW” is how it fits into its environment.
  • Give some thought as to where you would run your pool fencing, as this is the “Frame” around your picture, it will dictate things like the size of pool, amount of paving around the pool, and how well the area integrates in your yard.
  • Start to mark out the general length & width of your pool, look at how much paving you think you would like between the pool fence and the water line of the pool, what sort of access you would like to have around the pool. The majority of pools today use a 400 x 400mm paver or tile, so it can be beneficial to work in increments of 400mm when measuring from water line to fence lines & gardens.
  • Think about where you would like your shallow and deep ends (most pools work on between 1m to 1.8m, but this can be tailored to meet your requirements), position and shape of benches and steps, and any Water features or spas that might be in your design.
  • Lastly is the “Datum” of the pool, this is the height that the finished pool will sit at. Some sites are flat and this is easy to decide on, however many are sloped and the height the pool is placed can impact on costs and overall aesthetics.
  • Once you have given these areas some time and thought, transfer it onto a basic mud map, which can then be given to the builders you have quoting.

 

STEP 3 – BUDGET

This is always a hard subject to broach between owners and builders, however it is one of the most vital. From a consumer’s point of view you are wanting to get as much as possible for as little as possible (human nature??). From the builders side, his company flourishes on providing you with value for money, and meeting your expectations.

No matter what your scope of works is for the builder, whether it is only the pool itself, or includes additional paving, pool fencing, boundary fencing etc, it is important for the pool builder to know the financial boundaries he is to work within.

 

STEP 4 – SITE MEETING & QUOTE

Now it is time to arrange your site meetings with the pool builder. Allow up to an hour for each meeting, as there will be plenty of questions (from both parties) to be answered.

Within the quote itself, look carefully at any “Allowances” that are included, as these can and will influence not only the overall costs, but also the finished quality of your pool.

Example of Allowances –

  • Provisional Sums –
This is mainly associated with the excavation of the pool, and with all earthmoving contractors charging the same hourly rates, beware of the lowest allowance, as sometimes it will not be realistic.
  • Prime Cost Items –
These are items like coping, pavers and tiles. There is a huge difference in quality of materials when you compare a coping P.C of $35 to one of $55 per lineal meter. On an average pool you might save $500, but is the trade-off for what may be an inferior finish worth it??

Lastly, once you have received your quotes and compared them, it is always good to have a second site meeting with at least two of the builders you would prefer to work with. At this meeting any “grey areas” or alterations can be discussed further, with all parties going in the same direction with the same expectations.

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If you would like advice specific to your situation, please get in touch with us (www.ecopools.com.au). We are Brisbane pool builders who are happy to help out wherever we can.

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Where to position your inground pool

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WHERE TO DIVE IN? POSITION POSITION POSITION!

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Where to position your swimming pool

Whether you’re starting your block from scratch, or already in an existing house, one of the biggest decisions you’ll face, after deciding on a new swimming pool, is where to put it.

I meet with new clients daily and there are so many things to consider. From privacy, sunlight and accessibility to existing trees or things like sheds, it can seem overwhelming. The good news is though, there are many many options to make your family pool the oasis you’ve dreamed of.

Here is some advice to take help you choose your pool’s position.

Sunshine

Take a look at what you’re working with. Where does the sun rise and fall? If you’ve got plenty of natural light chances are you’ll get more when you sell, and save on your power and heating bills, and pool will be that much more enticing if you sell down the track. Just like any outdoor area, north facing pools are generally more appealing.

What lies beneath?

I recommend looking below before you choose your shape. Check sloping land. Not a lot of blocks in Queensland are flat blocks these day. A sloping block does work though because with the right landscape and layout you can use the slope to your advantage.

Also contact your local council for any plumbing and sewage plans, especially if you’re renovating and adding a swimming pool to an older property. You want to know where your pipes are. And if you can, take note of underground rocks and roots.

What is underground can help determine if a cascading infinity pool, a tropical oasis or lap pool is going to work for you. Add to that too whether an in-ground or partial in-ground pool solution is right for the aesthetics and environment and the decision becomes easier.

Size can matter

Having a smaller space isn’t a problem, but it is important to consider that if the pool is close to your house, you want to make sure you’ve got room to move and laze around but still have a seamless connection.

If you’ve got more room, you’ve got more options. Either way, a small or larger pool set-up can be equally appealing. It’s about what suits your family, your lifestyle and your block.

I’ve always said at Eco Pools, we haven’t found a pool we couldn’t place, or a swimming dream we couldn’t make happen so hit us up for a site visit. Many happy customers have used us as their pool builders. We can help look at options that work for you. Also, check out our gallery and see the pool and landscaping solutions we have done for all different blocks.

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10 Step process to build a concrete pool in Brisbane

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This 10-step guide relates to the process our swimming pool builders use, not the planning phase.

Step 1: Excavation –The digging begins

Step 2: Steel, Internal plumbing & concrete – The concrete will need to cure for 28 days & engineers recommend keeping pool shell damp for 14 days

Step 3: Fencing requirements & measurements – Who’s going to build your fence?

Step 4: External plumbing & solar installation can take place during the 28 days the concrete is curing

Step 5: Installation of power – Your Electrician can now install power points, pool lights & earth wire

Step 6: Coping & tiling – Can start after 28 day curing process is complete

Step 7: Installation & Certification of fence – Resuscitation sign must be attached to fence

Step 8: Cleaning of pool shell – Pool can be internally finished at this point

Step 9: Pool to be acid washed & filled with water within a 48-hour period

Step 10: Pool is finished

building a concrete poolChoose Eco Pools

There are a lot of steps required to get a pool built. You can trust the team at Eco Pools (https://www.ecopools.com.au/) to get it right. We have been Brisbane swimming pool builders for many years and have a great track record.

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A Complete Guide on How to Clean a Swimming Pool

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cleaning a swimming poolCleaning your swimming pool includes vacuuming, brushing, and skimming. If you do these three tasks regularly, you will keep you pool spotlessly clean. It also aids to keep stains, cloudy water, and algae from occurring in your pool as seen in the image below.

In fact, I like to compare my pool to my teeth. If you do not brush your teeth every day, you will have plaque, cavities, and the deadly gingivitis. You shouldn’t neglect your pool and thus I want to give you a step by step guide of how to clean a swimming pool.

Follow these ten steps and your concrete swimming pool will remain clean with no debris.

Things You Will Require

  • A telescopic pole
  • A leaf net or a leaf skimmer
  • Pool brushes
  • A hose and vacuum head or an auto pool cleaner

Step By Step Instructions

Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Take Count of the Inventory

The first step is to take inventory of your cleaning supplies and ensure that you have all the things that you require. One major item that you will require is a telescopic pole for attaching your cleaning accessories.

The other item would be a leaf skimmer – don’t confuse this with the pool’s wall skimmer. Additionally, you will require a pool brush to scrub the floor and walls and a hose and vac head if you don’t have the best robotic pool cleaner. These are the necessary items that you will need to tick before you begin the actual cleaning process.

  1. Brush the Floor and Walls of Your Pool

For proper cleaning of your pool, it is advisable to brush the floor and walls of your pool regularly. Pay closer attention to surfaces that have little or poor water circulation. You may use brushes of different widths that affix to the end of your telescopic pole or even a brush that comes attached to this pole.

You may also use these brushes to clean your patio or deck.

Alternatively, you may use the best robot pool cleaner to clean the surface of your pool as seen below.

  1. Pull Out Debris and Leaves

Use a leaf skimmer or net to pull out debris and leaves. This item is helpful for skimming the bottom of the pool to remove insects as well. You may use this net also to scoop out toys and other items your children might have lost or left in the pool.

A good leaf skimmer should look like the image below.

  1. Collect Debris

This step involves using a vacuum head fixed to the telescopic pole or even using an auto robot pool cleaner to collect dirt and debris. Ensure that you get the right vacuum head for your pool as they are usually designed differently – according to the base of the pool (concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl liner). Use a brush to clean any angled spots that the vacuum may miss.

Here is an example of triangular vacuum head.

  1. Run Your Pool’s Filter

This filter is used to collect fine dirt as well as microscopic particles to ensure that your pool is clean. Run it for about 8 to 10 hours a day.

The image below shows a pool filter.

Pool Filter

Also, depending on the type of the filter, ensure that you clean it thoroughly. For instance, a cartridge filter should be removed and cleaned inside and out using a hose. D.E and sand filters should be backwashed regularly to eliminate any clogged debris or dirt.

  1. Clean the D.E

In addition to backwashingg, a D.E filter needs to be cleaned at least one per year. Remove all the grids according to the manual in your owner’s manual and use a hose to hose dirt out of the elements. Fill a plastic container with water and add a ½ cup of auto dishwasher soap. Soak this filter in this mixture for about 5 hours. Then rinse off the filter and then place it back.

  1. Maintain the Ideal Chemical Level

The other concept of cleaning your pool involves maintaining its proper chemical levels. It’s is vital to test your pool’s water regularly for 2 main reasons: sanitizer and pH. By testing this water regularly, you will be with a passion for understanding how weather, chemical application, bather load affect your pool. Regular testing of sanitizer and pH levels will lead to crystal clear water.

  1. Maintain Proper pH

It is critical that the right pH is maintained in your swimming pool all the day. If the pH is below or above 7.2 to 7.6, it will reduce the effectiveness of your pool chemicals. Use either pH increaser or pH reducer to bring the pH to the recommended range. If you find it hard to maintain this pH, inspect the total alkalinity and ensure it is in the right range.

  1. Sanitize Your Pool

Sanitizing chlorine tablets are one of the most effective sanitizers you may use in your swimming pool. These tablets are made to dissolve steadily and slowly to provide free chlorine into the water to kill bacteria and keep the water clean.

Ensure that you use tablets that resist sun’s rays such as the above 3” Chlorine Tablets– they will last longer and be more effective. Additionally, keep these products in the floater, skimmer, or auto feeder to continue sanitizing.

  1. Add Shock

As debris builds up in your pool such as urine, hair spray, suntan oil, and perspiration, they may cause skin and eye irritation as well as dull water. They tie up chlorine, making it less effective in sanitizing water. If this happens, it’s time to add shock to the pool. This shock is available in different forms such as chlorine or non-chlorine forms and frees up the chlorine and oxidizes contaminants to keep your pool clean.

You should use reputable shock such as Super Shock.

In Conclusion

Remember that a clean swimming pool is a happy pool and clean water is more enticing and attracting to swim in. If you don’t clean your pool regularly, you shouldn’t bet that someone will want to swim in it. A dirty pool will lead to stress and waste time when cleaning it.

If you have enjoyed reading how to clean a swimming pool, then don’t forget to leave your comment below. Additionally, share this article to help other clean their pools effectively.

Get in touch with Eco Pools at www.ecopools.com.au, your local pool builders. We’ll be happy to help you out where we can.

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Safe Swimming Pool Fencing

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glass swimming pool fencingEvery Queenslander knows you can’t comprise on pool fences. Keeping your family and friends safe is top priority! But with so many new pool fencing options around, you don’t need to compromise on looks, to keep the space safe and compliant with State Government regulations.

Just like the right fence around your home, the right pool fence can add value and make your swimming pool oasis all that more enjoyable.

After locking in your pool location and design, start thinking about fencing.

The design of the fence should complement what you’ve got going on with the house. The fencing, landscaping and tiling around your pool shouldn’t look like an after thought.

Start by considering what you already have or are planning for your outdoor space. Will the fence need to seamlessly integrate with a gazebo, cabana, alfresco dining or a dual indoor/outdoor living space? The pool and fence should be a beautiful extension to what is there.

Swimming Pool Fence Restrictions

Restrictions that apply to some properties may affect the location, height, design and material of the fence barrier. These may include, but are not limited to, land prone to bushfires, flooding or sea level change; foreshore building zones or additional public places with setback restrictions; heritage sites; land subject to drainage easements with overland flow paths; and rights of carriageway or walkways.

Privacy

Privacy is another factor. There are pool fencing options available that can minimise noise travelling to your neighbours when you and the family are having friends around for a pool party.

Planning

When considering pool fencing, think about where the pool filter and pumps will be located and what else will be within the fenced area.

Are you planning a grassed or paved zone for daybeds and other furniture? How will thise style with the finishing of the fence you’re considering?

What existing wall or fence do you need to work with? What colour, finish, height and material is it? Can it be altered to something visually appealing but still strong enough and climate resistant? Anchoring your pool area and fence to an existing wall can change the visual effect with treatments like rendering. In general ou can use aluminum and glass pool fencing.

Pool Fence Examples

Check out our Eco Pools photo gallery to see some of the fencing solutions we’ve provided other pool owners, or call us for a site visit. Once we know what you’re working with, we can recommend a safe, compliant but still visually appealing solution for your swimming pool.

Government Laws

Queensland Government regulations (here is a summary but check the Queensland Government website for more) :

Swimming pool barriers

Swimming pools must have a barrier which:

(a) is continuous for the full extent of the hazard; and

(b) is of a strength and rigidity to withstand the foreseeable impact of people; and

(c) restricts the access of young children to the pool and the immediate pool surrounds, including access from class 1, 2 or 3 buildings or class 4 parts of buildings located within or outside the poolarea; and

(d) has any gates fitted with latching devices not readily operated by young children, and constructed to automatically close and latch; and

(e) except for indoor swimming pools, does not incorporate any doors providing access to or from a building.

Go with Eco Pools

Regardless of the fencing you would like, make sure you contact Eco Pools. As a leading swimming pool builders, we are able to advise you on what will work best on your property.

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Energy Efficient Pool Pumps

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Swimming pool pumpLet’s talk pumps. The best ones can save you money, and they’re good for the ozone too and that’s important to us at Eco Pools. In December last year, National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP) identified energy efficiency as one of the biggest areas for consumers to save money.

Did you know that in homes with a swimming pool or spa, having the right pump can save you money on your bills, according to The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program? This is because the pump can suck most of your power bill – about 16%.

Swimming pool pumps are not currently covered by mandatory energy efficient regulatory frameworks like so many other household items are, but the E3 Program introduced the Voluntary Energy Rating Labelling Program (VERLP) back in 2010 so pool owners can choose the most efficient and economical pumps on the market. It is a voluntary program aiming to build industry capacity in areas such as test procedures.

Easily understanding pump efficiency can be tricky though, and only about 8% of the 90,000 pool pumps sold annually meet the criteria. Consumers should always check with a reliable Brisbane pool company to be assured they’re making the right decision for them.

The Australian government is currently investigating the costs and benefits associated with introducing mandatory Minimum Energy Performance Standards for pumps, that will see a transition from the voluntary energy rating label to a mandatory one.

For more information about this, contact the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Email them at energyrating@industry.gov.au with Swimming Pool Pumps in the subject line. Or call Eco Pools, we’re committed to energy efficient, cost effective pump solutions.

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