Ready to Get Serious About Building a Swimming Pool? Here’s Where to Begin.

The start of a new year may have you thinking about setting new goals, or possibly picking up a few that have fallen off over the last few months or years. For some, this might include the goal to finally build your dream swimming pool that you have been longing for year after year. And right now is a great time to set that goal and make a commitment to achieving it this year!

However, if you find that you’re not quite sure where to begin, don’t worry. Getting started is fairly straightforward and does not have to be an intimidating process. Like any other project you’ve tackled, there are small steps you take along the way that lead you to the end result. Take a look at our advice for getting serious about building a swimming pool – and taking the right steps to launch your project this year.

Get Inspired

First and foremost, you want to start with inspiration. Especially for a project such as creating your dream outdoor living space, it’s important to develop a clear vision for your wants and needs. Everyone has a different lifestyle! How do you want your backyard and pool to reflect yours? For some, this may be a tranquil and serene space to relax and lounge. For other, this may be an energizing and exciting space filled with lots of options for activity like slides, games and sports. Or maybe it’s a combination of both. No matter where you land on the spectrum, it’s important to identify this point before moving on to the next step.

Understand the Building and Zoning Permit Process

Inspiration is one important component of building your dream pool, but it has to be met with a balance of reality. This is why it's so important to investigate the building and zoning permit process for your particular local municipality. Rules and regulations can vary significantly from township to township and county to county, so you want to make sure that any obstacles or restrictions are known before you get too far along in the design process. Keep in mind that this is something your pool company can and should assist you with. It can be a daunting task to navigate along, but with the right pool company to guide you through the process, and share their expertise, this can made a manageable task. When brings us to the next point.

Find the Right Pool Company

Now with a clear vision for the space you wish to create, you must find the right pool company that matches your vision and has the necessary experience and resources to bring your vision to life. Each pool company is unique – as is every customer. This means you need to research and interview enough pool companies until you find the one that sparks a connection. There are several factors you’ll want to consider such as a company’s pool specialty, reputation, style, quality, customer service and pricing. When you feel aligned in all these areas, you know you have found the right pool company to take on your job.

Know Your “All-In” Budget

Next, you need to spend some time fine-tuning your budget. Many people begin with a rough budget and that’s a great place to start. But now that you know the scope of your project and have a wish-list for all that you want to be included, you need to know how much you can really spend to bring it to life. Most importantly, you’ll want to account for things like tax, the cost to open, maintain and close your pool each year, excavation, hardscaping around the pool and fencing. There are many outside costs, beyond the pool alone, that need to be included in your “all-in” budget.

Work Backwards from Your Desired Completion Date

With all of these other items in place, you might be wondering “When can I expect my project to be complete?” Many clients focus on the end project and how soon they can be enjoying the luxury of their own swimming pool. Start with your desired completion date, then work backwards. Be upfront with your pool company about when you hope to be finished, and they will be honest with you about the timeline for completion. These two dates may align, or may need to be adjusted to meet in the middle somewhere. Most importantly, be flexible with your completion date and your pool company. Your pool company surely wants to see your pool complete as much as you do, but keep in mind that having a well thought out design and quality product is always worth the time it takes to complete it.

Are you ready to get serious about building your swimming pool? If you need help deciding how to start the process, reach out to us today. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide insight!


The Best Pool Trends We Expect to See in 2019

It’s time to start getting excited about the new trends in swimming pool design and accessories that 2019 will bring! With the rapid growth of technology and ever-expanding ideas, the options are truly endless. However, there are a few trends we’ve spotted that we expect to really take off this year. Learn what they are and why you might want to incorporate them into your new or existing swimming pool. Take a look!

Aquavisions Creates Custom Gunite Spa with Outdoor Living Area

  1. Built-In Ledges and Bars

Swimming pools aren’t just for swimming anymore. They’re for lounging and socializing. If you want to relax in your pool, you’re no longer limited to sitting on the edge or floating around on a raft. By incorporating built-in ledges you can place lounge chairs right in your pool on a sun-deck. You can also put benches and bar stools in your pool for social seating. One major benefit of choosing a custom gunite swimming pool is that you have endless options for built-in ledges and bars. You can select exactly the size and quantity you want to fit your pool’s design - and your lifestyle.

  1. Smart Lighting

Another big trend that will continue in 2019 is the use of smart lighting within and around your pool. For decades people have been incorporating lighting into their pools and hardscaping designs, however with new technology this lighting is being taken to a whole new level. You’re no longer limited to one color or brightness. And you have a lot more options than manually hitting an “on” switch. Most lighting can now be completely customized, day-by-day, through an app on your phone that allows you to set the color, brightness and timing of your pool lights. This trend is sure to wow guests, while making your pool feel like a completely new space each time you change your lighting.

  1. Dark Interior Pool Finishes

Dark interior pool finishes all are the craze as people are drawn to the serene, lagoon-like setting it creates. Combine the dark finish with rock features and a natural waterfall, and you have your very own piece of paradise in your backyard. Another added benefit of a dark interior pool finish is that it attracts and retains heat better than a lighter finish, helping to lower your pool heating costs. Not to mention, minor dirt and debris doesn’t stand out near as much as it would on a lighter finish.

Upon completion, we will schedule an orientation with one of our pool professionals to get your pool functioning properly.
  1. Features to Reduce Energy and Maintenance

Now more than ever, people want to reduce the energy consumption and maintenance requirements of their swimming pool. Achieving this will save you both time and money – plus it’s a bit more eco-friendly! Another swimming pool trend we expect to see in 2019 is investing in automated and efficient cleaning and filtration systems. Also, selecting the appropriately sized pump to accommodate your pool – neither too big nor too small. While this trend requires somewhat of an upfront investment, the long-term payoff is substantial. Additionally, saltwater pools continue to grow in popularity, which also goes hand-in-hand with achieving a lower maintenance swimming pool.

  1. Shallow-Depth Pools

Think of most swimming pools that you’ve been in. It’s likely they have had a shallow end and a deep end. Well, the new trend for 2019 is a shallow-depth pool. Why? Several reasons. First, people who enjoy exercising or playing water sports in their pool are better accommodated by a shallow-depth pool. Additionally, this is a way to reduce excavation and construction costs. You’ll want to carefully consider your lifestyle and how you intend to use your pool before jumping on this trend. But if it fits the bill, this could be a great design for you!

  1. Luxury Finishes

One final trend that we expect to gain momentum in 2019 is the use of luxury finishes. People have realized they’re by no means limited when it comes to finishes, especially when working with a custom gunite swimming pool. There are beautiful finishes in a wide variety of colors and textures to cover the concrete. Additionally gunite pools allow for stunning tile work around the water’s edge. Then, you benefit from high-quality coping around the pool, as opposed to a standard concrete edge. Not to mention when it comes to landscaping your patio around your pool, the sky is truly the limit!

What 2019 swimming pool trend has you most excited? Is there another trend you’ve spotted that you think should be added to this list? Tell us!


The Process for Building a Custom Gunite Swimming Pool

Within a few moments of describing the process for building a custom gunite swimming pool, you’ll quickly realize that this is very different from the process of installing a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool. Foremost, a gunite swimming pool is fully customizable. Rarely will two pools be the same – which is why they’re great for people who want a unique shape or size that they know is one-of-a-kind and specially designed to maximize the use of their outdoor space.

To understand the process for building a custom gunite swimming pool, we want to walk you through the various steps so you know what to expect and also why this process is so unique – take a look!

On-Site Consultation

Because gunite pools are custom designed and built, the process begins by meeting with the client on their property. We want to see the space, take measurements and account for the unique aspects of the property we either want to alter or work with. This also allows the client to show us their vision for the space and challenges they wish to overcome.

3-D Design Process

Next, we take a client’s wish list and conceptualize an initial design. With the use of our Pool Studio Design Software and an Oculus Rift VR Headset, we are able to show clients all angles of this design. This virtual experience helps people to visualize their back yard space and the potential it has to be a one-of-a kind Aquavisions pool.

We then work closely with each client until a final design is agreed upon. Even if it takes many rounds of revisions, we don’t stop until it’s the perfect balance of beauty and function and works within the client’s budget.

Grading and Excavation

The physical process begins by grading and leveling the property. Next, the pool is painted out and formed using 6 inch strips of peg board and half inch steel rebar. The excavator carves the actual shape of the swimming pool directly into the earth until the desired depths are reached. Finally a six inch base of stone covers the entire bottom of the excavated pool shape.

Installing Plumbing

Once the pool is dug and the stone is placed, all necessary plumbing is installed. This is a critical piece of ensuring a pool is functional and can be properly maintained over time.

Building Rebar Cage

After the plumbing is completed, a steel cage is constructed using half-inch rebar to reinforce the concrete shell. This will become the backbone that helps to give the gunite its desired form.

Installing Lights and Electric

Next we install the lights and electrical bonding of the pool. Depending upon the design of the pool, this step can be fairly simple or extremely complex. Additionally, all of plumbing lines are air tested to ensure that all connections are properly sealed and there are no leaks in the lines.

Shooting and Forming the Gunite

Let the fun begin! Three inches of gunite is shot under the steel cage of the pool floor. Three more inches of gunite is added on top for a total floor thickness of six inches. After the gunite application is complete, the forms are removed.

Coping, Tiling and Rock Detailing

If the pool design contains natural rock detailing such as a waterfall or jump rock, the boulders will be moved into the correct placement and eventually mortared. Also, a six inch band of decorative tile is installed around the entire pool perimeter and the radius bull-nosed coping is placed above the tile for a fully finished look.

Hardscaping & Landscaping

Before any more work can be done on the pool, the hardscaping and landscaping finishes around the pool must be completed. This includes patios, landscape beds and fencing.

Pebble-Tec Interior Finish

The Pebble-Tec interior is sprayed and troweled over the gunite. This is an aggregate plaster material that is available in 3 textures and 48 colors to provide clients with ultimate flexibility to reach their desired look and feel. One day later we return to acid wash the Pebble-Tec which removes excess plaster and exposes the beautifully colored pebbles within the finish.

Adding Water

This is the step that really brings the pool to life! Chlorinated water is trucked in and added to the pool until it reaches the appropriate level in order for the pool’s pumps and filter to function.

Professional Orientation

Upon completion of the project, we will schedule an orientation with one of our pool professionals who will guide you through all of the important processes so you feel fully comfortable with your pool and to ensure it functions properly.

Enjoy your finished pool!

Throughout all of these steps, none is more fulfilling than seeing our clients’ reactions to their brand new gunite swimming pool. We love receiving photos and hearing stories of all the fun memories that are built within this new spacec. Most importantly, we remain available to answer any questions that might arise and to assist with the opening and closing of the pool each season. When you own an Aquavisions pool, you become a valued member of our family for life!

Want to learn more? Check out this video clip that shows the time-lapse of our building process all in about 2 minutes!

**Note: This is a very generalized and simplified description of the process. Every pool build is unique and can change depending upon the style and scope of project.**


What's the Right Budget for My Swimming Pool?

When it comes to building a swimming pool one of the biggest and most important questions is, “What’s my budget for this project?” The answer to this question will frame much of the discussion that follows, and will also guide decisions regarding your swimming pool design, and the timing of your project.

The easy answer is “It depends.” Each person’s swimming pool budget is as unique as their property and their project wish list. But we want to give you some more information to help you fully answer this question for yourself. Based on our experience, and having worked with many, many clients, this is how we advise every prospective pool owner to begin the process of determining their budget.

Give Your Finances a Fresh Look

First and foremost, you need to begin budgeting for your pool with a current look at your family’s financials. If it’s been a few years, or even a few months, since you’ve updated your spreadsheet, you might be surprised by how much has changed. Only with an accurate snapshot of your finances will you be able to make a sound decision for your pool budget.

Next, you want to be sure you’re accounting for all of the costs associated not only with building a pool, but with maintaining it. Additionally, you’ll want to include any costs for hardscaping, landscaping, fencing and patio furniture. To fully finish your backyard space, you’ll want these items and their combined cost included into your overall project price.

Prioritize Your Wish List

Now that you have a handle on the upper limit for your pool budget based upon your finances, you’ll next want to develop a wish list for the key details you want in your pool. You might learn that your expectations for your pool don’t jive with your budget. For example, you might desire a large pool with a lot of features such as a rock waterfall, infinity edge and sun deck, but all of these may not be possible given your budget.

The best thing to do is to agree upon the “must have” items and place these at the top of your list. You can still add your other desired features, but place these in the “nice to have” column. Your pool company will work with you to include as much as possible, but it’s helpful to have realistic expectations and to prioritize your wants.

Understand How It Will Impact the Value of Your Home

One very common question is how a pool will impact the value of a home. This is particularly important if you think you will ever want to sell your home. Most real estate professionals will advise that you should not build a pool for the sole purpose of increasing your home’s value. Generally speaking, a pool does not substantially increase the value of a home. However, there are exceptions to every rule. For a prospective homeowner who values a swimming pool, this could be the reason they choose your house over another option.

The bottom line to keep in mind is that you should build a pool because it’s something you value and will enjoy. Regardless of whether or not this impacts the value of your home, you should make this decision based upon your own wants and desires.

Talk to a Professional

Finally and most importantly, you want to seek advice from professionals. Start by talking to your financial advisor to ensure your plan for a pool, and your proposed budget, is in line with the rest of your financial goals. Next, you’ll want to talk with your bank to discuss your options for financing your pool. This alone will have a large impact on your budget. If you want more information on how a pool will impact the value of your home, you can seek advice from a real estate professional. And when it comes to getting a clear idea of how much your particular pool design will cost, you want to speak to a professional pool company who can give you an accurate quote and also provide you with some options for alternate styles and materials that will help you achieve your desired results while staying on budget.

Would you like to further discuss your pool project? We are always happy to answer questions and provide advice. Please reach out to us today!


The Best Time to Design Your Custom Pool is Now: Here's Why

A common question people ask is when is the best time to begin the design process for their custom swimming pool. The answer is most always “right now.” It’s not a sales line, it’s the truth. The design process can take longer than most people anticipate, mostly because you don’t know exactly what you want until you start to see it come to life on paper.

Let’s take a look at the various reasons why starting the design process for your custom swimming pool is a smart thing to do early, even if you’re still exploring ideas and options.

It takes time to figure out what you really want.

When you’re embarking on a project as big and permanent as a swimming pool, you absolutely want to get things right the first time. You don’t want to have any regrets or wishes that you did something differently. For this reason, you want to get started designing your pool early so that you have ample time to think through your options and preferences.

Additionally, you might not even know what your options are or what is the right budget for your project until you talk with a pool professional who can help answer your questions. This offers a whole new perspective, and expertise.

You shouldn’t rush the process.

It’s important to not rush a project of this scale. Sure, it’s easy to get excited about swimming laps in your new pool, but it will be worth the (small) wait to ensure you get things right. By starting your design process as soon as you know you’re interested in building a pool, you avoid the pressure to rush the project. If you wait until you wanted your pool finished yesterday, this is more likely to be a stressful experience for you, when it certainly doesn’t have to be.

This gives you time to plan and save.

Another benefit of getting a head start on designing your custom pool is that you can stretch the process out as long as you need to in order to plan and save money. Pools are a significant investment and many people need to save for quite a while to build one. Once you have a design in the works, and know the range of budget for the project, you can plan and save accordingly.

You won’t regret starting too soon!

I don’t think you will talk to many people who will tell you that they wished they would have waited longer before building their pool. In fact, you’re most likely to hear the opposite. For all the fun and joy people get out of owning a swimming pool, you won’t ever feel like to started the design process too soon.

If you’re even curious about exploring your options for a custom swimming pool, take the “plunge” today and schedule your first meeting. There is nothing to be lost by gathering more information and seeing what designs might fit your space, preferences and budget. When you’re finally relaxing in your custom gunite swimming pool, you’ll have wished you started your planning process sooner!


Tips to Keeping Your Pool Looking Nicer Longer

For pool owners, you might feel like designing and building your pool was the biggest part of the process. However, the ongoing maintenance for your pool must be a consideration, if you wish to get the most life out of your investment.

Pool maintenance doesn’t have to consume your schedule. Rather, putting in place some simple habits will ensure your pool is getting the attention it needs to function properly and give swimmers the best experience. Here are our top five tops for keeping your pool looking nicer longer.

Ask and learn.

Be sure to utilize your pool company as a resource for knowledge. Before they hand over the “keys” to your new pool, you should feel well equipped to be able to take care of its basic maintenance. Do you know what you need to be monitoring and at what times? Various apps and new technology can help make monitoring your water levels and the pH of your pool easy, however you still need to know how to use them and understand what they’re telling you. Look to your pool professionals to ask and learn what you need to know.

Develop good habits from the start.

Next, you want to form good habits early. From your very first week of pool ownership, it’s important to get on a routine of what you’ll be doing. To start, put reminders on your calendar so you don’t forget to clean and monitor your pool. If you make the effort to turn these tasks into habits, soon it will become second nature and require just a small part of your time. It’s well worth doing this so that you can spend more time enjoying your pool.

No pool maintains itself.

Simply put, there is no such thing as a no-maintenance pool. Even salt water pools require maintenance and monitoring to keep them functioning as they should. If you want to keep your pool looking nicer longer, you have to adopt the mindset that there will be some work involved. If you simply can’t keep up even with the most basic pool maintenance, you might consider hiring a company who can clean and monitor your pool on a regular basis. This is especially helpful if you travel frequently and are not always home to do it yourself.

Keep your deck clean.

When people think about pool maintenance, they often forget that this includes the area around your pool as well. By keeping your deck clear of dirt and debris, you will prevent this dirt and debris from entering your pool. Be diligent about sweeping off your deck to ensure unwanted leaves, grass and mud aren’t brought into the pool on swimmers’ feet or blown in by the wind. You might also consider removing trees or shrubs surrounding your pool that drop a great deal of debris. Preventing this stuff from ever entering your pool in the first place will reduce your cleaning and keep your pool looking nicer longer.

Properly winterize your pool.

Finally and most importantly, you need to invest in the proper winterization of your pool. The winter months can wreak havoc on a pool if it has not been properly winterized. You can damage essential parts of your pool like its pipes and filtration system. You can also damage the gunite, fiberglass or liner of your pool (depending upon what type of pool you own), if this material is left open to harsh winter conditions. It requires an investment to purchase a properly fitted pool cover and to winterize your pool, but it’s only a fraction of what it would cost you if your pool was damaged and needed repair before it could be opened again in the summer.

Whether you are a current pool owner or someone who hopes you own a pool someday, education is key. Be sure to ask and learn from your trusted pool professionals so that you understand everything that’s involved when it comes to owning and maintaining a pool. By developing good maintenance habits early, you can add significant life to your pool and save yourself from costly repairs down the road.

Have another question about owning a custom pool? Contact us today!


6 Reasons Why You Might Benefit From Building Your Pool in the Fall

Starting to dig on your new pool in the fall might seem counter-intuitive. After all, peak pool season has just come to an end and it will be at least 6 to 7 months before you would even want to think about swimming outside again.

However, there are some unique advantages of building your pool in the fall that you may not have considered. If you’re able to be flexible and patient with your pool project, here are several compelling reasons why you might consider a fall dig.

  1. Less competing projects means you get more attention.

Choosing to break ground on your pool outside of peak pool building season means there are less competing projects that could draw the focus away from your own. Your pool company and its contractors will have more availability in their schedule to dedicate time to your project, which could prevent delays in construction.

  1. You will almost certainly have your pool ready to open ahead of peak season.

If all goes as planned, and Mother Nature cooperates, it’s almost certain your pool will be one of the first pools ready to open in spring – well ahead of peak pool season. If you’re concerned about having your pool ready in time for a special family gathering or holiday, it’s a smart idea to consider breaking ground on your pool in the fall to split up construction and ensure a smooth opening, with time to spare.

  1. Construction costs will be spread out and more manageable.

Another benefit of breaking up your pool construction between the fall and spring months is that this also breaks up your construction costs. Once winter hits, your pool will be secured to endure the weather until it’s time to revisit the project in spring. During these months, you’ll also have the benefit of saving additional funds so that when it comes time to finish your project, you have more money to invest in upgrades or purchase pool furniture and toys.

  1. You have more time to complete hardscaping without setting back your pool project.

Similar to the point above, the time you gain in between the phases of construction will also help you with hardscaping. Most often it’s the hardscaping and landscaping around a pool that causes delays to the project. Your hardscaping and landscaping company will have ample time to complete their piece of the project, unlike the time constraints usually experienced when building a pool over peak season.

  1. Landscaping has time to mature.

By completing your hardscaping and landscaping in the fall and early winter, your plants will have time to take root and mature. Then when spring arrives, and your pool is complete, you will get to enjoy a backyard that looks fully finished.

  1. You can split up this major purchase over two tax years.

A final benefit of breaking ground on your pool in the fall is that part of the cost will apply to one tax year and the other part can be claimed your following tax year. This means you’ll be able to enjoy a partial tax deduction sooner, and by spreading it out over two years there could be additional benefits as well. Always speak to a trusted and experienced tax professional who can advise you of the tax law.

Have you considered adding a pool to your property? Let us help answer some of your questions and advise you of the best options to achieve the pool of your dreams! Contact us today to get started.


Trendy Pool Accessories that Were All the Rage this Season

Swimming is one of the most popular summer pastimes, but what really makes this activity fun and memorable is the addition of a few key pool accessories. We’ve seen everything from novelty rafts and luxurious lounge chairs to games and gadgets that bring out the kid in us all.

This summer, a couple new pool accessories became the must-have item of the season – and for good reason! They’re fun, useful and pretty cool. If you’re looking for a way to add some new excitement to the remainder of your 2018 pool season, consider one of these trendy pool accessories!

Floating Mood Lights

If you’ve ever regretted not building more lighting into your pool, this accessory can help you instantly add additional mood lighting. These light up orbs float on the top of the water, slowing moving with the breeze. You can stick with one color or switch them up! With floating mood lights, you’ll enjoy your pool from a whole new view.

Pool Umbrella

Pool umbrellas have come a long way! The best trend right now is designing an umbrella into your pool. Many new pools now include a shallow sundeck where you can place lounge chairs. You can also build a small hole directly into the sundeck that allows for an umbrella to easy stick in. In an instant you have a nice shaded space. Or if you want sun, you can just as easily remove the umbrella altogether!

Inflat-A-Bull

This pool toy is as funny as it sounds. It’s quite literally an inflatable bull you can ride in the pool. Like any pool float that’s challenging to get on, this toy will have everyone laughing as people try to stay upright. Friends can make it even more challenging for the rider by trying to throw them off balance! Click here to watch the Inflat-A-Bull in action in an Aquavisions pool!

Floating Stereo

One of the best pool accessories is one that provides entertainment! With a floating, water-proof stereo you can bring your music wherever you are in the pool. Whether you’re with a group of people or relaxing by yourself, music makes everything more fun. Best of all, investing in a floating stereo won’t cost you near as much as wiring a complete outdoor sound system!

Mermaid Fins

Whether you believe mermaids exist or not, you can still experience what it might be like to swim with a fin with this fun pool accessory. Mermaid tails were all the rage this summer, for both kids and adults. It’s easy to see why! Not only do they look pretty cool, they help you breeze through the water.

Floating Drink Holder

No one likes getting out of the pool and walking across the patio to get a cold beverage! With a floating drink holder, your drinks will always be nearby. While a floating cooler is not a necessarily “new” idea, some of the newer products on the market take things to a whole new level. With coolers shaped like pineapples, pirate ships and rainbows, you can get one that reflects your personality!

 

Emoji Floats

Last but not least, we have to mention emoji floats. We’re in full fledge emoji craze, so naturally these icons have made their way to pool accessories. You can have your pick of any number of emoji shaped floats from the traditional smiley face to pizza, unicorns, ice cream and more. Do you have a favorite emoji? There’s a good chance you can find it as a float for your pool!

Is your favorite pool accessory on this list? Or did we miss it? Chime in by sharing your favorite pool toy or game of the season!


Pool Owner Hacks that Will Make Your Life Easier

As a pool owner, you should never feel like your pool owns you. However, it’s easy to slip into a pattern where you become a slave to your pool, manually cleaning it the hard way, ineffectively using chemicals and constantly making minor repairs.

The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way! There are a lot of “pool owner hacks” out there designed to make your life easier. While not all of your pool-related issues will be quick fixes, there are quite a few that are. Take a look at these few ideas for how you can reclaim ownership over your pool and enjoy more time relaxing, rather than working.

Remove calcium scaling with vinegar.

Before you run out to the pool store for cleaners to remove calcium scaling on your pool walls, start with an all-natural and cost-effective solution. Dilute white vinegar and scrub away! The vinegar quickly breaks down the calcium, leaving you with squeaky clean walls.

Use a solar cover or solar rings.

Sure, it’s one more step when closing up your pool at the end of the day, but this one is worth the small effort. Using a solar cover is a smart way to keep your pool warm overnight or when not in use and prevent water loss. Better yet, the cover can keep debris like leaves, sticks and dirt from winding up (at least so easily) in your pool. If your pool is a unique shape and a solar cover is challenging to find, consider opting for solar rings, which are mini solar covers in ring form that more easily take to freeform pool shapes.

Run your pool pump at night.

Running your pool pump at night will help you save on electric costs and ensure you wake up to a well circulated pool the next day. Depending upon your electric company, you may be able to save money by using electricity during non-peak hours or throughout the night. So by running your pump at night, you reap all the benefits of healthy water circulation while cutting down on your swimming pool bills.

Use fresh lime juice to remove metal stains.

If you’ve noticed a rust or metal stain around your pool, just bust out some fresh lime juice. The lime juice helps to break down even the peskiest of stains. Best of all, it’s all-natural so you don’t have to worry about this causing skin irritation for swimmers or throwing off the balance of your water.

Replace single speed pumps with variable speed pumps.

Switching your single speed pump to a variable speed pump comes with some significant benefits. Variable speed pumps are drastically more energy efficient because the multiple speeds make it easy to manage electrical consumption. It’s also a sound investment. Most variable speed pumps are built to last longer than traditional pumps.

Use a tennis ball to reduce oils in the water.

It’s true. The outer material of a tennis ball is great for absorbing oils from skin, sun tan lotions and soap run off. Simply throw a tennis ball in the pool and let it float. It won’t disrupt your swimmers (maybe just the four-legged kind) and it will help to keep your water clear and oil-free.

Use a time to automate filtration.

Let’s face it. We all get busy and forget to do something. As it applies to pool maintenance, it’s common that people forget to turn off their pool filters and heaters when they aren’t needed. One easy solution is to add an automatic timer. If building a new pool, you can also incorporate technologies that allow you to control everything right from your smart phone. So whether you’re just away for the day, the week or the month, you can be sure your pool isn’t unnecessarily working overtime and costing you money.

Make your filtration system more efficient with pantyhose.

Use an old pair of pantyhose and wrap them over your skimmer basket, like you would a trash bag inside a trash basket. The added filtration of the pantyhose fabric will help capture even more debris and keep it inside the basket for you to easily remove before it reaches your main filtration system.

Keep up with maintenance to save on repairs.

Most importantly, keep up with the ongoing maintenance of your pool’s heat and filtration systems. Ongoing maintenance will keep your pool functioning at its peak performance while preventing undue wear and tear on your systems. Regular maintenance now will help prevent major expenses in the future.

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5 Signs You’re Working With a Quality Pool Company

There are different pool companies that serve very different needs. A company’s size, specialties, experience and scope of work will ultimately attract a unique clientele that it can best serve. Some people have a very specific vision for their pool that can only be created by a certain pool company with the experience and resources to do so. Other people may desire a simple and straightforward pool project that requires less specific skills.

No matter your budget or “must-have” features for a pool, inevitably there will be certain things that require compromise. However, you should never have to compromise on quality or customer service. If you’re searching for the right pool company to build your dream pool, be sure you look for these five signs that you’ve found someone who will provide you with a high quality product and exceptional customer service.

  1. They are responsive

Foremost you want to work with a professional pool company who is quick to respond to your questions or requests. You shouldn’t be left waiting weeks or longer to get the information you need to make decisions or solve an issue. Especially if your situation is urgent, you want to be confident that your pool company is ready to respond and help fix things so you can spend more time enjoying your pool.

At Aquavisions, we pride ourselves on be easily accessible to our customers. This starts with the pool design process and carries through project completion into regular maintenance. Every project we complete has a designated project manager who remains in direct communication with the customer to ensure their needs are met and they are kept informed of progress.

  1. They Listen

In addition to being responsive, you want to look for a pool company who listens carefully to your wants and concerns. It can be frustrating if you feel like you’re running around in circles and not coming any closer to a pool design you love. This is often the result of ineffective communication between you and your pool company. Finding a company who really “gets you” will save you a lot of time and headache in the future.

Our team of pool professionals understands how important it is to listen to our clients early and often in the pool design process. We love when we can “hit the nail on the head” with a design without it taking rounds and round of editing and back and forth. This is most commonly because of carefully listening to what clients are telling us they want, even if it’s simply describing how they want the space to “feel” or showing us a few inspiration photos. This is all we need to connect the dots!

  1. They are knowledgeable

The best pool companies have grown a successful business because they are experts in their field. They have substantial industry knowledge and they stay on top of emerging trends and technologies. In your search for a pool company, be sure you’re evaluating the knowledge of the person you’re working with. How in depth is their advice? Do they give you options and explain each clearly to you? You want to be sure you work with someone who has a vast understanding of pools as well as access to resources that can help you overcome even the most interesting challenges with your pool design.

  1. They are respected by clients and other industry professionals

You can tell a lot about a pool company by the way other industry professionals, and their own customers talk about their experience working with them. At Aquavisions, we are honored to produce award winning projects that are recognized by industry organizations nearly every year. In 2018 we attended the Northeast Spa & Pool Association's Outstanding Achievement Awards where we received the following awards: Gold Award/Judge's Best of Competition; Gold Award/People's Choice Best of Competition; Silver Award; and Merit Award. But the biggest award we receive are testimonials from satisfied customers who share the many ways their new pools are enhancing their lives!

  1. They do what they say they will do – and go beyond!

Lastly, you should look for a pool company who consistently delivers what they promise, on-time and as expected. If you run into situations where this does not happen, especially early on in your relationship, it’s a red flag of more trouble that may be yet to come. You want to have complete confidence in your pool company’s capabilities and the promises they make. Additionally, you don’t want to settle for the bare minimum. Look until you find a pool professional who doesn’t just meet your expectations, but works hard to exceed them!

Are you currently trying to decide what pool company will best meet your needs? While searching, be sure to keep a lookout for these signs of a quality pool company!