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Draining Your Swimming Pool Could Destroy Your NJ Backyard

Thursday, February 14th, 2013


Draining Your Inground Swimming Pool Could Destroy NJ Your Backyard

If you’re a do-it-yourself type, before you decide not to hire a professional inground swimming pool renovation company, read about the hazards of draining your pool!

How can one small pool renovation turn into a disastrous repair job? If you’re having pool trouble or doing a renovation, do not be too quick to drain the swimming pool. Imagine draining the pool in order to prepare for a new plaster finish and then facing repairs far greater than you could have imagined. If you decide to take on the project without consulting a pool professional, draining the pool for a renovation requires some precautions about which you need to know. Let’s take a look at the potential hazard of draining your inground pool before you make any crucial mistakes.

What exactly can happen if you drain the swimming pool? Shouldn’t the structure be strong enough to stand without water in it? The answer is yes, it should, but there are some very important concerns regardless of the quality of the pool structure. Groundwater is a serious issue. If proper precautions are not taken when you drain the pool, groundwater can take the structure, which is no longer filled with the weight of water, and lift it right out of the ground. In the industry, this is known as a “pool pop!”

You should always assume the worst-case scenario when draining your pool. Plan for a very high water table and lots of pressure from groundwater. To avoid the groundwater issue, swimming pools are built with pressure relief plugs.  They can be either manual or automatic. Manual plugs should be removed before draining the pool. Automatic plugs are spring-loaded and pop out from groundwater pressure. When the pool is drained, these pressure relief plugs will allow the groundwater into the pool structure and reduce the upward force of the groundwater on the pool shell. If your pool does not have pressure relief plugs, you can accomplish the same task by drilling a hole in the shallow end of the pool.

To be safe, it may be a good idea to drill a hole in the pool shell even if you have pressure relief plugs. If automatic plugs have not opened for years, you may not be able to count on them to open when needed. On very high water tables, even working pressure relief plugs may not be enough to ease the force of groundwater. For persistent groundwater, there should be relief in multiple locations starting in shallow end.

If you decide not to hire a professional inground swimming pool renovation company, draining inground pools can be a risky business. On the other hand, it should not prevent you from making necessary pool renovations. Simply make sure there are pressure relief plugs in working order to take care of any groundwater pushing up on the empty shell. If necessary, drill holes in the pool floor because the cost of patching them up will be far less than the cost of a pool pop! If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or consult with your local pool professional.

Pool Heat Pump VS Gas Heater, New Jersey Pool Company Says Pool Heat Pumps Save Thousands

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

New Jersey pool company explains how pool heat pumps reduce the monthly heating costs of inground swimming pools by up to75%. So if you are an inground swimming pool owner who is looking for an efficient way to heat your vinyl lined pool, fiberglass pool or gunite pool a heat pump may be the best heating option for you!

Heat pumps are a very popular and cost efficient way to heat your  pool and reduce heating costs. Heat pumps are installed just as effortlessly as any other pool heater and the new advanced controls make operating the heat pump easier than ever. The heat pump is a great benefit because it allows you to significantly reduce your operating cost and extend your pool season without breaking the bank. NJ pool design ideas that move towards energy efficiency prove to be a worthwhile investment.

heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another; usually by pulling heat out of the air or ground to heat a home or pool. It works much like a refrigerator in reverse by extracting the heat from the air, intensifying it with a compressor, and delivering the heat to the water as it passes through the system. The process is clean, efficient and most importantly cost effective. On average the heat pump operates at about ¼ the cost of your typical natural gas heater.

The heat pump is designed to maintain a constant higher temperature for the pool at a lower cost, but it is not intended for quick heating. Heat pumps are greatly affected by ambient temperature so if there are successive days of  bad weather the heat pump will take significantly more time to heat the pool. A standard gas heater normally raises the pool temperature 1 degree per hour. A heat pump may take 3 to 5 times longer depending on the ambient temperature. It is our recommendation that the heat pump be installed as the primary heat source with a natural gas heater as a backup. If you have a spa attached to the pool a natural gas heater is essential to raise the spa to a desired temperature in a short amount of time. What the heat pump effectively does is demote the expensive natural gas heater to secondary usage. With the dual system you can run the much more cost efficient heat pump constantly and only use the natural gas system when you want to raise the temperature to use the spa, when you’re planning for company that night or after extended bad weather.

What is the real life costs associated with this product? Let’s look at the additional costs involved with the heat pump and determine the time it will take to get a return on the investment. A +120,000 BTU heat pump, the minimal plumbing and wiring associated with installation could range from $4500 to $6500 depending on the manufacturer. A 900 sq. ft. pool with spa and waterfall on a natural gas system has an operating cost that ranges from $800 to $1200 a month depending on the usage habits and weather conditions. Operating the same pool on an electric heat pump system would cost about $250 to $450 per month. Now add in the operating cost of the back up gas heater which would be $100 to $300 per month (depending on ambient temperature and usage habits). The average consumer could expect a $400 to $450 per month savings and could recoup the cost of the heat pump in 2.5 to 4.5 years. Pool owners can find comfort knowing that going green will save them green!

By: Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping

A 5X International Design Winning Pool Company

Mahwah, New Jersey