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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.

Pool Cleaning and why Chlorine is necessary

Ever get out of your swimming pool, and get serious irritation to your eyes, or even feel a bit ill? Well, there might be something missing that is essential to get rid of those issues you may be experiencing. There is a common myth that chlorine is pretty scary to deal with when it comes to enjoying your swimming pool for the summer. Although, we’re here to debunk that myth as chlorine is actually vital to the quality of the water in your pool and why it may be necessary to consider pool cleaning. Not to mention, without chlorine, the height of micro-organisms, algae, and bacteria grow at a rapid rate which can be damaging to your overall experience when wanting to just take a simple dip, or throw that amazing pool party you’ve been planning for weeks. 

Well, how does chlorine exactly help my experience? Please know, we are more than happy to provide some clarity as chlorine-based pools are sanitizers that get rid of those pesky germs known to cause waterborne diseases. Without chlorine, there are tons of external causes like the general environment that can include windblown debris and dust, rain that can contain spores of algae, and other sources that are purely unsanitary if not taken care of. Now technically, you can swim in water without chlorine, but only on the contingency that you have fresh water and a little over a week to enjoy your swimming pool as bacteria will follow shortly after. Please also note, anyone who is swimming in a pool that is not cleaned with chlorine would have to ensure minimal wear in their choice to swim with and personal hygiene including taking a shower prior before taking a dip safely. 

To continue on the topic of personal hygiene, there is also a conflict between chlorine and irritants that are caused by swimmers. This is more formally known as a term called “chloramines”. Another misconception in regards to chlorine is that chloramines are the actual cause and reason for those issues that can be concerning after getting out from your swim. Those who urinate in the water or don’t take personal hygiene to account as a routine can, unfortunately, distort chlorine as those substances don’t exactly mix well together. This can be a result of additional chlorine to be an added routine to your swimming pool to banish those chloramines that are created. Remember, chlorine is your best friend when it comes to replenishing the health of the water in your pool and we know how hard you worked getting everyone together for a swim this Saturday. 

Please also know, we understand there’s a balance to the amount of chlorine that is added in the water which is why we ensure to properly check the right proportion needed for the process of pool cleaning. If this made you a bit curious about what else your swimming pool may need or could be missing, please check our page that offers all of our services. Again, we are excited to be apart of the enjoyment to your swimming pool this summer, and the next. Please call (702) 839-9265 to make sure you’re stress-free for future barbecue parties! We are more than looking forward to speaking with you.

In the Know about Perimeter-Overflow Custom Swimming Pools

Custom Built Perimeter-Overflow or Infinity Edge Swimming Pool Design by Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada

Getting to Know the Custom Perimeter-Overflow Swimming Pool Design Concept

Swimming Pool Perimeter-Overflow Technical Specifications Graphic

Swimming Pool Perimeter-Overflow Technical Specifications

A Perimeter-Overflow, also known as Knife-Edge swimming pool design, is an elegant way to modernize your outdoor living area. This pool design method should only get implemented by a skilled and experienced pool design and construction professionals. The Perimeter-Overflow incorporates the infinity edge design concept into the entire perimeter of the swimming pool, which gives the overall pool design nothing short of spectacular results. The Perimeter-Overflow pool design pumps a thin sheet of water over and into a built-in catch basin or hidden trough built into and around the entire poolscape. The water in the catch basin gets recirculated back into the pool and over the perimeter in a cyclical process. You can imagine the edge of your pool, which has a built-in waterfall that is small enough to walk over. The result is extraordinary, modern, and will have your guests talking about how amazing your swimming pool is to all their friends. The Perimeter-Overflow gives your swimming pool a mirror-like aesthetic that’s reflective and can only be described as “Magical.” There’s nothing like seeing a properly executed perimeter-overflow pool design for the first time.

Just like any industry, swimming pool design is highly competitive; it’s continually evolving. Here at Clarity Pool Service, we’re striving to push the known boundaries of pool design to the brink of both function and aesthetic appeal. Modern swimming pool design is attaining awe-inspiring heights in the 21st century, between the new and improving technology coming out and the ever-changing architectural methods, you’re sure to see some new breathtaking pool builds coming from our company. At Clarity Pool Service, we aim always to push our craft to new depths.

Don’t worry because extraordinary results aren’t always associated with a remarkable price tag, at least that remains true with Clarity Pool Services of Las Vegas, Nevada. We want to take this time to raise your awareness regarding the technical aspects of a Perimeter-Overflow swimming pool design though. On the technical side, advanced knowledge of hydraulic systems and pressurized returns, along with gravity drain lines is where we start our process. It’s safe to say that this isn’t your standard run-of-the-mill swimming pool design. Here at Clarity Pool Service, our swimming pool design consultants are here to guide you through all of your options as well as help devise a build strategy that will fit into your pre-defined pool building budget. We understand that most clients will want it all, but our design consultants can help you stay grounded in reality, something we all need now and then. We believe that through proper communication, we can ensure we provide the best results for your hard earned money.

If you’re interested in having Clarity Pool Service design and construct your swimming pool, give us a call today! We might even be able to implement a perimeter-overflow pool plan for your outdoor living area. From swimming pool concept to completion, and even pool cleaning and aftercare, we’re not only here to build your investment, but we’re here to protect it afterward with the proper cleaning and maintenance services we provide.

Who is Clarity Pool Service?

Clarity Pool Service of Las Vegas, Nevada is a premier swimming pool design contractor in the Southern Nevada area. We aspire to be one of Southern Nevada’s top swimming pool design and contracting companies. We understand that being one of the top pool builders isn’t just about producing the best pools; it’s also about providing a superior level of customer service and support to our clientele, but mostly about building amazing pools, lol. That’s the Clarity Pool Service difference! Give us a call today to schedule an on-site swimming pool design consultation.

View some of the other amazing water features that Clarity Pool Service can integrate into your custom pool design here.

Connecting Pool Channel “The River Channel”

Shallow Swimming Pool Perimeter-Overflow Water Connecting Channel Technical Cut-Away Graphic

Shallow Swimming Pool Perimeter-Overflow Water Connecting Channel Technical Cut-Away Graphic

In this swimming pool design reference by Clarity Pool Service, we implemented multiple vanishing edge or perimeter-overflow techniques to achieve this fantastic pool design. The project was a high-end custom home located in the Summit Club within the Summerlin community. One unique feature was the pool connecting channel. Not only does it serve the purpose of joining the primary pool and the courtyard, it also serves as an excellent and appealing feature that lends to the overall design aesthetic.

 

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Custom Swimming Pool Perimeter-Overflow Infographic by Clarity Pool Service

Custom Swimming Pool Perimeter-Overflow Infographic by Clarity Pool Service

Swimming Pool Tips and Tricks

Swimming Pool Pumps & Heaters - Clarity Pool Service of Southern Nevada

by Clarity Pool Service, Las Vegas, Nevada

Clarity Pool Service is a pool builder in Las Vegas, Nevada. With decades of experience building and maintaining swimming pools in Southern Nevada, Clarity Pool Service knows how to get the most from your swimming pool. Now that swimming season is here again, we have a few swimming pool tips and tricks to help you enjoy your pool all season long.

Tennis Balls – Float a tennis ball in your swimming pool to soak up oils and lotions from the surface of your pool water. Oils and lotions leave a sheen/film on the water surface that clings to skin, hair, and swimwear. Keeping a tennis ball floating in your swimming pool will help absorb the oils and sheen from the water surface and prevent it from coating everything that comes out of the pool water.

Baking Soda – Pool supply stores sell products with sodium bicarbonate to increase the alkalinity of pool water, but did you know that sodium bicarbonate is an ingredient in household baking soda? If you find it surprising that baking soda is a substitute for increasing the alkalinity in pool water, you may also be surprised to find out that some pool supply stores sell baking soda cheaper than at a grocery store. It’s worth checking out your local pool store to compare prices. Note, baking soda will cloud pool water when used in excess, so it is best to only make minor alkalinity increases with it.

Bucket – At the start of a day, fill a bucket with water and place it on the steps or slope leading into the pool so that a portion of the bucket is outside of the water. Mark the side of the bucket at the water line. At the end of the day, check and mark the bucket again at the water line. Measure the distance between the two lines to determine how much water was evaporated or lost during the day. Typically, pool water will evaporate about 1/4 ” in a day. In Las Vegas/Southern Nevada, low humidity, bright sun, high temperatures, and the wind blowing across the water surface accelerates water evaporation so that the number could be slightly higher. If you notice a drop over 1″ in a day, repeat the measuring process several more days to verify if the pool is consistently losing that much water. Consistent drops in water level that are over the average can be an indication of a water leak in the pool or filtration/pump system.

**Note – If you have an automatic water leveler for your pool, turn the water off on your test day to ensure accurate measurement.

Solar Pool Cover – Using a solar pool cover(looks like bubble-wrap) on your pool serves three primary functions. The first function is to get and keep your pool temperature warm and comfortable without needing to run a pool water heater. The second function of a pool cover is to keep debris out of your pool which reduces the need to clean and chemically treat your pool water. The third, and in Southern Nevada most importantly, a pool cover will significantly reduce water evaporation. Wind motion over water surfaces accelerates evaporation. Keep a pool cover on when the swimming pool is not in use will not only make your pool water warm and comfortable but will also keep it cleaner and reduce water loss due to evaporation. In a dry area like Southern Nevada, water will evaporate much faster than other parts of the country.

Swimming Pool Tips and Tricks

Clarity Pool Service is a pool builder in Las Vegas, Nevada. With decades of experience building and maintaining swimming pools in Southern Nevada, Clarity Pool Service knows how to get the most from your swimming pool. If you would like more information, schedule pool service, or have a consultation for a new swimming pool construction, call the experts at Clarity Pool Service in Las Vegas, Nevada at (702) 839-9265.

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