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Salt water Swimming Pools pro’s and cons

Choose the right Pool Sanatiser for your Swimming pool

Lets clear up one thing right from the start… Salt water pool does actually create its own chlorine to sanatise your pool.. The advantage for the pool owner is the pool doesn’t actually required added chlorine (in most situations), and less irritation for people who are sensitive to the added chemicals. Salt water tends to be much softer than chlorinated water, so it’s much more pleasurable to swim in, and is much less harsh on your skin. In addition, a salt water pool usually has a much lower concentration of chlorine than a chlorinated pool.

Running costs are reduced as bagged salt currently is more economical than liquid chlorine that is injected into your pool. Just to be clear though, Salt water pools do in fact use chlorine to sanitize and the water. So if you are not adding chlorine tablets or shock, how does that work?

It works because of the chemical composition of salt, which is made up of chlorine and sodium. Within the salt water system is a unit called a salt-chlorine generator, which uses electrolysis to generate chlorine by separating the sodium and chlorine molecules in the salt you add to the pool. As the generator unit separates out the chlorine, it’s returned to the pool, where it keeps the water clean and sanitary.

A well-maintained salt pool is an absolute delight to swim in, with softer, more comfortable water that doesn’t irritate. It doesn’t taste salty, either, as you might think, because it has such a low concentration of salt that it’s officially considered to be fresh water!  In the ocean, the salt concentration is between 20,000 to 35,000 parts per million, whereas in a salt water pool, it’s just 2,600 to 3,200.

Finally, don’t be fooled into thinking that a salt water pool maintains itself. It doesn’t. You still need to check PH levels and carry out other maintenance tasks. However, you’ll benefit from lower maintenance costs and a more enjoyable swimming experience, which definitely makes it worthwhile.

ORP Chlorine & acid injection controllers actually vary the input of both chlorine and acid into the pool according to the bather load and weather conditions. The control unit continually tests the water at pre determined times during operation to modulate the inputs to reflect the pool use. Where as a Salt water pool chlorine production is controlled simply by manual control of the timer to estimate the time required to accomodate the seasonal changes & bather load. Its quite simple really but worth considering when you are building a new pool.

Call in and discuss your needs at Lifestyle Solutions centre, 78 Mt Perry Road North Bundaberg.

Wrong way to build a Spray Concrete pool ..

I noticed a photo of a guy spraying a concrete pool. I was stunned to see what the photo showed…. let me explain !

When constructing a spray concrete swimming pool there are some key principals which must be followed precisely..

1/   you must spread a layer of filter gravel to provide a drainage layer for seepage under the pool… depth of this   filter gravel varies depending on the plasticity of the ground where the pool is being constructed… this site would appear to me at the very least clay based yet there is no drainage layer…

2/  steel reinforcing required minimum 65mm coverage to avoid steel rusting as a result of water penetration. For this reason steel chairs are used to hold the steel cage away from the floor. Astonishingly this builder has used a few old bricks that will without doubt leave considerable voids where the steel will remain open to attack from water on the underside of the pool, where you will never see until the rust starts exploding into the pool.

Its imperative to know your pool builder had the expertise to understand why every process must be completed correctly in the construction of your new concrete pool.

You will be glad to know the Lifestyle solutions pool and landscaping in Bundaberg follow the engineers design completely. Compare for yourself in the images attached to clearly show the difference in the construction of our pools. http://www.lifestylesolutions.net.au

custom designed spray concrete pool at bargara

Custom design for this pool creates an impressive look and feel to the home from the entertaining area. Choosing a soft grey 600 long coping paver is a different look to the average pool…and the cascade splash water feature providing a unique and relaxing effect.. paving to start tomorrow which will make the difference… the owners dog causing grief at present stomping all over the unsealed pavers. might need to lock him up for a few days so we can complete the project

spray concrete infinity edge pool, Bundaberg

Now thats a home with Infinity edge pool

Big advantage of choosing to use a Spray concrete method to build your next pool is the flexibility in design to allow you to build virtually any shape or style pool. These clients have chosen a 15 m lap pool with an 8m infinity edge to be viewed directly from the entertaining area of this stylish new home at Moore park.

The pool was built first to allow the reuse of the spoil from excavation of the pool in the building platform… the home is incredible also…almost ready for us to start work again on the pool now that the home is closer to completion..

Pool construction, water feature, Bundaberg

Thought of giving the entertaining area a facelift… these clients just purchased a great looking home in Coral Cove near Bundaberg and found the Fibreglass pool looking average, not class or style….They wanted to add a waterfeature and LED lighting to lift the appeal of the pool at night, a change in style to reflect the  home’s modern theme.

So that’s the challenge and here is what happened…check out the images and follow the progress as we get started on this complete overhaul of the the pool area… Brad and Donna have some great ideas and within a few weeks they’ll be swimming again

Inifinity edge Pool, Bundaberg

This is an exciting project where the owners have decided to build at Moore Park, just near Bundaberg. Jeff Lennox Homes will build the home and will be complete early 2011 ready when the clients return. This pool is to be part of an extensive entertaining area to take advantage of the great weather we have here in Bundaberg. The pool is to also include a beach entry in keeping with the casual style of the entire project. Thanks for choosing Lifestyle Solutions to design and construct this exciting new pool. we’ll keep updating you as the project proceeds. Work is set to start as soon as building approvals are complete.

Lifestyle Solutions centre Bundaberg…new display

Recently opened in Bundaberg the “Lifestyle Solutions Centre” to showcase the services and products available when you are looking for something special, something different and definately all quality. For years people in and around bundaberg have travelled to the big city to locate these type of products. This is no longer necessary as you will see in the coming weeks and months we will focus each week on a different topic to clearly explain why using the products from the suppliers to the Lifestyle Solution centre will enhance any project. Projects from landscaping, waterfeatures, automatic irrigation systems, select pavers, feature stone and tiles, infloor pool cleaning systems from Polaris, LED lighting for both pool and landscaping, sealing products for pavers, tiles, grouts, granite, sandstone, tiles, Glass & aluminium & even timber and bamboo pool fencing. Compositive and regaulr timber decking, artifical turf, correct plant selection, landscape maintenance, link block, sleeper and stone Retaining walls, creative step designs…there is so much to include. with over 35 year experience its difficult to include everything we have experienced. Give me your requests for topics you’d like to be explained and we’ll include those in blogs in the coming weeks.