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Swimming Pool Waterfall Design–NJ Waterfall Safety Ideas

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Swimming Pool Waterfall Design–NJ Waterfall Safety Ideas

At Cipriano, we strive for safe swimming pool waterfall design. Our swimming pool designs safely integrate luxurious materials and exciting features.

When it comes to swimming pools, you will often hear people say, including us, “Safety first!” Even the most beautiful, relaxing, and luxurious inground pools will fall short if they fail to address safety for you, your family, and your friends. Even when we get into the amazing features available for luxury pool designs, what good will they be if they put your loved ones in danger? At Cipriano, we strive for complete pool safety in many ways. For us, this means we focus on safe pool designs even when they include extravagant materials and exciting features. To give you an idea, let’s take a look at swimming pool waterfalls and how we can start to ensure waterfall safety in the back yard.

Safety starts with the pool design. If you have children or grandchildren, or if overall safety is a priority for you, you will want to consult with an experienced Certified Building Professional (CBP) from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. If you will have a lot of kids swimming in the pool, you want to design a safe waterfall structure. The primary goal of swimming pool waterfall safety is to create a structure that is not excessive or easily accessible to children. Here are some basic tips to consider:

1. When having a waterfall built, I wouldn’t suggest going terribly high unless you step it back gradually to reduce the sheer vertical height. You typically don’t want a 12-foot sheer waterfall cliff, unless you have a very deep pool and don’t have too many children running around the backyard landscape.

2. I suggest you avoid putting the spa on top of an extremely high waterfall. The children will want to go to the top of the waterfall to use the spa; this could create some safety concerns. The children could fall, or they will eventually choose to jump off of a waterfall rock or climb down into the swimming pool.

3. I also suggest that the waterfall have dense plantings. Not only do the plantings make the swimming pool waterfalls look more natural but they also keep the rocks from looking like a good place to climb and potentially get injured.

4. To prevent slippery conditions on the waterfalls, we suggest recirculating the waterfalls into the swimming several times every day in order to prevent algae buildup. If you have ever been to a lake or beach, you probably know that algae can cause rocks to become very slippery. The same goes for your pool, and this recirculation technique creates safer waterfall rocks in case anyone decides to climb on them.

5. We also suggest installing “No Diving” tiles cut into waterfalls. To further prevent children or guests from making their own adventurous diving areas around the swimming pool waterfalls, you may include a dive rock as a safe alternative.

These are just a few pool design ideas and techniques that we suggest to make swimming pool waterfalls safer for you and your family.  If you have any other concerns about luxury pool features and how they can be safely included in your new pool design, please contact us. We have designed and installed many complex inground pools, and we always keep safety at the forefront of our minds.

2013 Swimming Pool design Ideas –New In NJ Pool Safety Options

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

2013 Pool Safety – What’s New for NJ Pool Safety?

It may not feel like it quite yet, but it’s time to prepare for swimming pool season in the Northeast! In preparation of this year’s swim season, I would like to share some safety measures that we have designed for our 2013 swimming pool projects. The pool safety techniques involve reducing entrapment risks and creating a safer pool.

The new safety measure we’ve implemented in 2013 pool designs revolves around water circulation for inground pools. Our new recirculation system is designed without swimming pool main drains. Main drains are used as an intake to recirculate water in the deep end of swimming pools, and they are the primary cause of entrapment accidents for inground pools. Entrapment normally occurs when a grate is removed from the drain or when main drains are improperly installed; if so, they can pull, trap, and injure swimmers, especially children. Fortunately, main drains are not always necessary for proper pool circulation! In most pools, by excluding the main drains, you can eliminate the primary risk of entrapment and improve your pool safety. Additional skimmers and returns compensate for eliminated main drains and circulate water efficiently.

Another exciting safety feature for 2013 is the automatic chemical injection system, such as Pentair’s Intellichem chemical controller. Chemical controllers have a number of benefits, including safety, convenience, efficiency, durability, and cost-effectiveness. The controllers precisely inject chemicals with automated testing. In doing so, the chemical injection systems reduce unnecessary costs and prevent damage to the plaster and equipment. Too few chemicals for pool sanitization can lead to serious illnesses contracted in the pool. Too many chemicals can lead to a host of harmful side effects as well. With programmable schedules and trackable chemical levels, the systems, most importantly, prevent the pool from operating at unsafe chemical levels. If the water does become unbalanced, the system will alert you. This system does not replace a service professional, but it does allow you to maintain the pool within safer margins between service visits.

The new pool safety measures will create a safer pool for you and your family. The chemical controllers will create safer, trouble-free pool water, and the exclusion of main drains will reduce the risk of entrapment, while making the pool-bottom more aesthetically pleasing. If you are interested in these or any other safety features for your new inground pool, consult with your pool builder about some of these safety options. Experienced pool companies should be able to address all of your safety concerns with a proven history of successful design and construction practices. If you would like to learn more about pool safety or pool construction, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.