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Swimming Pool Floating Steppers are Exquisite Design Feature

Natural Limestone Floating Step-Stones - Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada

Swimming Pool Floating Steppers Design Feature

Floating Steppers Swimming Pool Feature by Clarity Pool Service

The Floating Steppers feature can give your custom swimming pool the modern aesthetic that people are sure to complement on. The steppers are a great way to add a functional crossing for your swimming pool design as well as an awe-inspiring artistic flair.

Floating Steppers are an excellent way to give your upcoming swimming pool build that certain high-end aesthetic. If you’ve been browsing the inter-web for any length of time within the past couple years, you’ll notice that swimming pool design in the 21st century is all about artistic expression and is comparable to any other creative medium used to produce artistic works. The only difference being the fact that your canvas and your brush are a lot more expensive than traditional mediums and a lot more permanent. The exquisite pool designs that utilize floating steppers are starting to roll in online, and they are amazing! This feature can be both functional and visually appealing, but can also come at a cost.

Some Minor Drawbacks to the Floating Steppers Feature

One drawback to the Floating Steppers design feature is the fact that they can take up a portion of pool real estate. Space that you could have otherwise used as well, pool space. The Floating Steppers create a pathway or bridge, enabling the homeowner to cross to the opposite side of a pool. Floating Steppers use a submerged support column that can vary in height; the height of the stepper support column will depend on the pool depth within the area you plan to install them. Your choice in stepping stone or finish material will almost always be a complementary natural stone or some other type of appealing accent material. Just browsing Pinterest or Houzz will yield some extraordinary and creative ways that swimming design contractors are using this reasonably new and modern swimming pool design feature.

If you have a few custom swimming pool features in mind for the pool you’ve been considering, give Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada, a call today. We’re your source for contemporary swimming pool design and contracting services.

If you’re interested in learning about a few more contemporary swimming pool design features, make sure to check out our pool feature section of our site. Our best words of advice, “sometimes less is more where it concerns pool features.” We recommend giving us a call, setting up an on-site design consultation so you can let us know what you have in mind. We’re here to help you build the swimming pool you’ve always envisioned owning.

Check out our swimming pool feature section for some additional inspiration!

Natural Limestone Floating Step-Stones - Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada

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Elevated Pools – High Rise Custom Swimming Pools by Hydrologic Blog

The Joule Pool from the Hydro+Logic Blog - Article by Staci Pye
The Joule Pool from the Hydro+Logic Blog - Article by Staci Pye

The design of an elevated swimming pool or water feature is not inherently complicated, dangerous or even necessarily problematic, but it does include some interesting challenges that can be terribly unforgiving of ignorance or neglect. Some basic issues that should be considered whenever such a design is undertaken include the following.

Pool Shell Design and Construction

  • Weight of pool and equipment: The weight of water alone is about 62 pounds per cubic foot. The load of the water, pool shell and structural containment can easily total 350 pounds per square foot or more, depending upon the structure and the actual water depth. A careful structural analysis will be required.
  • Double shell pool/water feature construction: There are two generally accepted approaches to the construction of elevated pools and water features. Both entail the construction of a waterproofed structural well within which will be constructed the pool shell or liner. The first approach of which would be cast-in-place concrete (CIP) or shotcrete and the second of which is stainless steel. Although it is theoretically possible to construct the structural well neat to pool dimensions, a high level of coordination would be required of the structural concrete sub-contractor to insure all pool allowances for finishes, piping sleeves, lights and equipment make this approach very difficult to accomplish, most oversize the structural support.
  • Stainless steel pools: The use of stainless steel seems an obvious choice for elevated pools and water features because of its durability and, if properly constructed, water tightness. The stainless can either be left unfinished and bare or provided with an applied finish. Maintenance of the polished surface of the stainless can be an issue, and several health departments require that it be finished for reasons ranging from both color to slip resistance.
  • Finishes: Tile is an obvious choice, and very popular for this application for both durability and aesthetics. Several stainless manufacturers also offer an adhered sheet vinyl or PVC finish that may have applicability depending upon budget. Stainless is often nominally more expensive than a concrete solution, although regional preferences may make it the only viable choice. Also, some creative design solutions may find translation with stainless difficult to achieve. Further, if stainless is being used above occupied or in otherwise acoustically sensitive applications, it is recommended that an acoustical engineer be consulted; there is an increased potential for the transmission of noise through stainless.

Waterproofing

One of the major keys to successful elevated pool and water feature design is effective waterproofing.  Two layers of waterproofing should be considered, one at the structural level and the other at the finish level.

The structural or primary waterproofing system should include the entire natatorium or pool/water feature area, including the well within which the pool or water feature shell is to be constructed, the surrounding deck as well as all ancillary areas anticipated to be wet.  The waterproofing material should be consistent with the application, coordinated with and if possible compatible with the secondary waterproofing material under the pool finishes.

The Architect is typically responsible for the base waterproofing system.  A drain or drains should be provided at the lowest point at the structural or primary level of waterproofing to carry away leakage and relieve hydrostatic pressure, if any.  This drain should daylight at some point, or be provided with a sight-glass, in order to monitor leakage.

  • With a stainless solution, this second level of waterproofing is the stainless steel shell itself. No other waterproofing should be required.
  • With a concrete solution, a waterproofing system will be specified that will maximize the compatibility between substrate and finishes.
  • Leaks, although rare, remain a possibility. Ideally Piping or conduit should be located in a drained containment area, if not possible, the use of drip pans under the pool and piping may be considered.
  • Ample overflow and/or deck drainage capacity at least equal to the makeup water flow should be provided. On high rise applications, the potential for sway should be considered and appropriate measures taken to contain any consequent slosh.

In summary, successful elevated pools and/or water feature design depends upon meeting the inherent challenges and demands of structure, appropriate material selection, waterproofing, drainage and acoustical control.

Elevated Swimming Pool Design Comments by Clarity Pool Service

Clarity Pool Services found this amazing article at http://hydrologicblog.com/

We decided to repost this article here at the Clarity Pool Service website due to the unique and downright interesting nature, as custom swimming pool contractors, we’ve yet to have the opportunity to build a high rise or elevated swimming pool design. It piques our interest, though, and if ever offered the chance, well with great power comes great responsibility, and that is all on the subject of building a project such as a highrise custom swimming pool. We want to thank Staci Pye of the Hydro+Logic Blog, and we appreciate the article as well as the insight on this complicated subject. You can find the original article by Staci Pye here at http://hydrologicblog.com/elevated-pools/

If you’re interested in learning more about Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada, and our “traditional” new custom pool design process, check out this information.

Swimming Pool Design Safety Tips

Here in sunny Las Vegas swimming pools are a great way to cool off and spend time together outdoors. Like all outdoor activities its easy to get lost in the excitement, however it's important to discuss and understand the basics of pool safety.

Here in sunny Las Vegas swimming pools are a great way to cool off and spend time together outdoors. Like all outdoor activities its easy to get lost in the excitement, however, it’s important to discuss and understand the basics of pool safety.

It all starts during the Design Phase

Most homeowners get a bit of tunnel vision on the shape, color, and amenities of their new custom swimming pool. There are quite a few considerations that ideally would begin during the blueprint and design phase of the process. So let’s stay excited and learn more about the safety considerations were facing moving forward.

Step Tile Visibility

Variation in pool depth is a lot of fun and great for creating a seating area in your swimming pool. However, its imperative to include visual markers for each step as the water distortion can easily hide and the actual depth. If you really want to elevate the appearance of your steps you can create visual markers using tiles!

A clear line of sight

We love our kids and it is important we keep them in mind when building a swimming pool. We want to keep the pool visible from your seating area and outdoor cooking space if you have one. Be mindful of where you place large planters, and landscaping features in relation to pathways and decks were people will be walking.

Let their be light

It’s best to design your outdoor living space with plenty of light sources so that even if the party runs into the evening you can still swim and entertain into the night!

Considering a Pool Renovation?

Summer is almost over, and here at Clarity Pool Services, we want to ensure we are doing the best when it comes to maintaining your pool throughout the seasons. Although, sometimes there may be signals that your pool may need a complete pool renovation during your hibernation until next summer. We understand it’s easy to fall back into the comfort of our homes when summer is over and forget about our pools until it gets warm again but it’s important to understand that consistency is key to being attentive to what your pool might need, or may be able to become before you take your first dip again. 

Reassuring your pool is safe to use is the top of the list when considering a pool renovation. The last thing you want to worry about is that cracked or chipped piece of concrete that is falling apart along the edge of your pool. This can be considered a safety hazard if not taken care of immediately. We want you to have fun at your summer party, and not worry if someone is going to get hurt because of pool tiles or plasters coming apart. Taking a good look at your pool, and considering every inch of it before use should become habitual. If you find yourself having to worry about this issue constantly, it’s probably time to consider a pool renovation.

Another important aspect to your pool being optimal for use is paying attention to its filter system and energy-efficient pump. This is also important to take into account as you want to ensure any bacteria or environmental aggressors are taken care of before anyone takes a swim. This is to prevent anyone from getting sick, or having any type of reaction(s) due to being exposed to these. This is a modern-day feature that needs upkeep if you and everyone else you want to invite wants to fully enjoy the use of your pool.

Extending on the topic of modern-day safety is noticing the construction of your pool. Does it have an extended shallow end or an enclosed fence? If not, renovating your pool to fit this is a good idea if you want others to feel safe along any part of your pool. Having an extended shallow end keeps it easier for any level of swimmers to have fun, and having a fence around your pool provides safety for any animals or infants who may be at risk without it. 

We do want to mention, sometimes considering a renovation is just because you overall need it. You may feel that your design has outlasted itself, or may not be what you need for its use anymore. All of this and per above are perfect reasons to consider a pool renovation. At Clarity Pool Services, we do the best in providing certainty that making the decision to renovate your pool is in your favor, and we want to be apart of that evolution. We encourage you to check out our page that is full of ideas on how you may want to alter your pool. We are here to support any decisions of yours, and want to provide answers to any questions you may! Please contact (702) 839-9265 to get started!

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

Clarity Pool Service Cleaning & Maintenance Services of Southern Nevada

Clarity Pool Service, Las Vegas, Nevada

Now that temperatures are starting to climb over 90 degrees in Las Vegas, it is a great time to get your swimming pool ready for summer. Thankfully, Southern Nevada has a milder winter season than much of the country. That means many swimming pools are not ‘closed’ the same way as the ones in colder climates and so it takes less work to re-open our swimming pools. Even so, there are essential steps to take when opening your swimming pool for the season. Not performing the proper maintenance at the beginning of the swimming season can be costly, so let us now talk about some of the things needed for proper pool operation.

Water Levels

Check the water level and fill the swimming pool to its average operating level. Before getting started on pool maintenance, always check the water level to ensure that it is filled up to its average operating level. When pool water levels fall near or below the filter intake, water intake may not keep up with the filter system causing air pockets in the filtration system. Air pockets will reduce the effectiveness of the water and filtration system, and dry pumping can cause pumps to overheat, especially when outside temperatures rise above 100 degrees.

Cleaning Debris

Clean up the debris both outside and inside the swimming pool. Winter in Southern Nevada is milder than much of the country; however, winter winds and weather will cause a buildup of dust and debris in and around your swimming pool. Keeping your pool area swept and clean will reduce the need for cleaning every time the winds pick up and reduce the chemicals needed to keep the water balanced and fresh. Having a clean pool area and swimming pool will also help during the inspection process.

Inspect for Damage

Inspect your pool for any leaks or damage. Now that your water level is correct and the debris cleaned up, it’s time to inspect the various parts of your swimming pool and filtration system for wear and tear. Check the swimming pool and deck for signs of cracking, chipping, or broken pieces. Inspect the visible plumbing for signs of leaks, cracks, or breaks. Remove, clean, and check each filter to make sure they are in good shape for the swimming season. Getting your pool ready includes checking the water manifold inside the filter tank where the filters sit/attach and make sure that there are no cracks or breaks. Cracks or broken areas in the water manifold will allow dirty water to bypass the filters and suck contaminated water back into your swimming pool.

Review Pool Water Chemistry

After filling the water lever, cleaning the debris, and checking the pool and filtration system for problems, it is time to review the pool water chemistry with a pool water test kit. Alternatively, you can bring a sample of your pool water to most pool stores and have it checked on site. Most pool stores will make recommendations based on how water tests.

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

This list details proper water chemistry levels for optimal swimming pool functionality and swimmers comfort:

pH: 7.4 – 7.6
Chlorine: 1.0 – 3.0 ppm
Total Alkalinity: 80 – 140 ppm
Calcium Hardness: 200 – 400
Cyanuric Acid: 25 – 50 ppm
Total Dissolved Solids: 500 – 5000 ppm

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

There are products which will help keep your pool water chemistry in the balance depending on how your pool water tests. One essential item on that list is the Total Dissolved Solids number. Water molecules absorb contaminants over time, which require more and more chemicals to stay clean and balanced. When the Dissolved Solids measure over 5000 parts per million, Chlorine and other chemicals are not as effective at keeping the water balance safe and comfortable. Over time, dissolved solids will render Chlorine and other chemicals useless, and it will be a struggle to keep algae away and pool water clear.

Traditionally, the only way to bring the Total Dissolved Solids number down to a reasonable level was to drain 3/4 of the water from the swimming pool and then refill. Clarity Pool Service in Las Vegas offers PuriPool reverse-osmosis pool water filtration service, which filters existing pool water to remove dissolved solids and hard water minerals commonly found in Southern Nevada water. PuriPool water treatment not only saves the time and cost of draining and refilling your swimming pool but also keeps maintenance costs down due to fewer minerals and contaminants in the pool water. Cleaner pool water means fewer chemicals and cleaning to stay balanced and safe.

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

If you have any questions about your swimming pool and how to maintain it properly, give Clarity Pool Service a call. Our team of experts will get your swimming pool on track for a great summer of fun and reduce the amount of work needed to maintain it.

Clarity Pool Service, Las Vegas, Nevada.
For questions or to schedule your pool service, call (702) 839-9265.

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

Las Vegas Pool Company – Clarity Pool Service

Custom Built Swimming Pool Design with Swim-up Bar
Custom Stainless Steel Water Feature Idea

Clarity Pool Service is a pool company in Las Vegas who delivers exceptional swimming pool design, construction, maintenance, and repair services. We have decades of experience building and maintaining pools in Southwest Nevada. Our company utilizes top quality materials to ensure the best longevity and performance for your inground swimming pool. If you can dream it, Clarity Pool Service can build it! If your aging pool needs remodeling, we have that covered too! Shotcrete, Gunite, Fiberglass, Vinyl, any pool material, Clarity Pool Service is ready. Emergency repairs? No Problem! Clarity Pool Service strives for excellence in personalized pool services.

Las Vegas Pool Company

Our pool company in Las Vegas has an outstanding catalog of pool shapes and designs. From family-oriented plunge pools to the luxurious infinity edge designs, Clarity Pool Service delivers excellence. Clarity knows rockscape design, pool slides, waterfalls, fountains, hot tubs, and more! When you are looking for a pool builder in Southern Nevada, Clarity Pool Service has the experience and dedication to completing your pool construction on time and budget. We work closely with every client to ensure that they stay informed every step of the way. Clarity Pool Service is your number one Las Vegas pool builder.

INGROUND POOLS IN LAS VEGAS, NV

If you’re interested in working with a premier builder of in-ground pools, choose Clarity Pool Service. We’re a fully licensed and insured company in Las Vegas, NV, and on every project, we take on, our goal is to deliver outstanding craftsmanship. As our customer, you’ll be able to work closely with our staff, and we’ll help you select a unique design that fits your lifestyle.

Clarity Pool Service is a client-focused business that will work hard to ensure your satisfaction. Among providers of in-ground pools in the Las Vegas area, we’re an outstanding option. Contact us today to get started. We are open Monday – Friday, 7 am – 5 pm.

Schedule your swimming pool consultation with Clarity Pool Service, Las Vegas, Nevada, at (702) 839-9265.