Place Your Trust in Our Phoenix, AZ Pool Builders
Tribal Waters Custom Pools & Spas’ pool builders have served Phoenix, AZ for more than a decade. We take great pride in how we have shaped and improved our community through the design and installation of custom swimming pools. Creating a backyard oasis doesn’t have to be a shore – we make it fun! But more importantly, we strive to ensure our customers understand how the process works and what to expect from swimming pool ownership. To that end, we have compiled a list of some of the most common questions our customers ask of us. Hopefully, they will help you during your decision to work with us and provide you with peace of mind as you enjoy your pool for years to come.
Will An Inground Swimming Pool Add Value To My Home?
The short answer is yes. But it is important to view all the factors with a wide-angle lens before installing an inground swimming pool. These elements will determine whether the pool will positively impact your home’s value. For instance, it costs roughly $2,000 a year to maintain a swimming pool – and more if it is heated. These maintenance costs will eat into some of the value. However, people love swimming pools. If you put your home on the market, chances are the pool will allow you to list it for more than if you didn’t have a pool. Plus, it is more likely to sell quickly!
Is My Backyard Big Enough For A Swimming?
Many of our customers came to us believing their yard was too hilly or small to accommodate a swimming pool. But it’s a good thing they came to us. There are endless backyard pool designs to choose from, and our designers are skilled at finding the right one for the yard. Small pool designs are as enjoyable as the ones you find on sprawling grounds, so don’t hesitate to call us to ask for our advice.
How Often Should I Test The Water In My Pool?
Owning an inground swimming pool comes with a set of responsibilities you can’t ignore. One of the most important is regularly testing the water. We do this to determine whether the correct amount of chemicals – such as chlorine – are in the swimming pool’s water. Tribal Waters recommends testing the water once every two weeks – at the very least.
Make sure your system has circulated for an hour before taking a sample from at least 12 to 18 inches below the surface. If it recently rained, allow the water to circulate for a day before starting the process. Never add any chemicals before performing the water test. You are testing the water’s pH level. The test scale goes from zero to 14. It the readings are below seven, the water is too acidic. If it is above seven, it is basic. However, the optimal level is 7.4 because it is the same pH in the eye.
How Often Should I Clean My Cartridge Filters
You need to chemically clean your pool’s cartridge filter once a year, but you should hose off the filter when you take the sample for pH levels. Another way to determine when it is time to perform this task is to pay attention to the psi levels in your pool. When they reach eight to ten pounds per square inch (psi). Never use a pressure washer, and always use a standard garden hose to hose off the cartridge.
What Are The Benefits Of An Inground Swimming Pool?
There are more benefits than we can count! Beyond providing a place for friends and family to gather, a custom pool offers additional benefits. For example, we can maximize the qualities of your backyard to design the perfectly shaped and sized pool. Our custom pool builders can even accommodate multi-level surfaces. That means those who have a backyard with a hill can still enjoy the many perks of pool ownership.
How Do You Build My Swimming Pool?
Designing and constructing a swimming pool is a multi-phase process. The first step involves visiting your home to measure your yard. We do this so we can design a pool that works for your yard. We do not do cookie-cutter solutions at Tribal Waters! Next up, is obtaining the correct permits based on Phoenix, AZ codes. Once we have done so, we can start work. The process will look like this:
- Preparation: We have to prepare your backyard before installing a swimming pool. This process involves excavation, grading, and flattening.
- Installation: First we install framing and plumbing before moving on to the next steps. Those steps include pouring concrete for the liner. Next we perform the masonry, tile, and coping. Once we have performed these tasks, we can install filtration equipment, pumps, and all other elements. Finally, we install the pool plaster and test the water before examining every facet of the swimming pool.
Why Is My Swimming Pool’s Water Cloudy?
There is no one cause of cloudy water, so you will have to perform a little trial and error to figure out what is causing the problem. However, the most common culprits include:
- Poor Circulation Or Filtration: First, backwash and clean the pool filter. Clean the skimmer baskets and pump strainer basket. You can also chemically treat the filter.
- Water Imbalance: Test the pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness. These three factors are among the most common culprits.
- High Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) or Calcium Hardness: The TDS should never go over 3,000 ppm and the hardness should never exceed 400 ppm. If they do, drain 1/3 to ½ of your pool and replace it with fresh water.
- Excess Organic Waste: In this case, you will need to shock the pool with pool super shock.
- High Total Alkalinity: In this case, adding pH reducer will do the trick.
- Low Sanitizer Levels: If the sanitizer is low, add chlorine to bring it back to acceptable levels.
Why Is My Custom Pool’s Water Green?
The most common cause of this issue is an outbreak of green algae growth. The most important thing to do in situation is to act quickly because the longer you wait to treat the issue the harder it is to correct. The first step is to shock your pool, and the second is to use algaecide. The packaging will tell you the correct amount to use for your pool’s size. A less common cause of green water is low total alkalinity, in which case an alkalinity increaser will correct the issue.
My Pool’s Water Burns My Eyes. What Do I Do?
If your pool’s water is burning your eyes, then there is an issue with the pH levels or sanitizer levels. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Perform a water test – just like you would every two weeks – and adjust the water’s pH levels until it reaches the 7.4 to 7.6 range. If this does not solve the problem, then check the automatic chlorinator setting. There might be too much chlorine in your pool.
What Are The Black Spots On The Walls?
Unfortunately, black spots indicate the presence of black algae, which is challenging to kill. If you look closely, you pool will have small black dots or blotches that are a pinhead to quarter-sized. Fortunately, while it is difficult to get rid of, it is not impossible. The most common and effective solution is to use an algaecide specially formulated to kill black algae. If you use a metal control product in coordination with the formula, it will resolve the issue quicker.
Do I Need To Winterize My Pool?
Many Arizona residents keep their swimming pool open year-round. That’s one of the benefits of living in a climate that stays warm enough for swimming throughout the winter. However, you should still winterize your pool – even if you plan to use it. It will be cooler, and it will be more challenging to maintain the correct pH levels because of the temperature change. So, if you plan to keep your pool open, you need to be more vigilant in testing your pool. Test twice weekly and stay on top of all levels to prevent damage to your pool.
Should I Heat My Swimming Pool?
It is up to you. If you do not heat your pool, you most likely be able to use it at night or during the winter given the lower temperatures. However, there are downsides to heating the pool – the most significant of which is cost. Annually, you can expect additional costs of $1,500 to $3,000 if you decide to heat your pool.
Contact Us Today To Get Started On Your Custom Pool
We hope you decide to work with our custom pool builders. We believe there is nothing like owning a swimming pool – especially in the sunny climate of Phoenix, AZ! Just think – in just a few short weeks, you can lay by the poolside and read a book, take a dip in the pool, or grill while your kids play in the pool. Working with Tribal Waters is the best way to ensure your swimming pool is top-notch, so contact us today.