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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.