Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Do I need permission before designing a swimming pool?

If you are building a kiddy pool of 24 inches deep or more shallow, no permits are necessary. However, structures larger than150 square feet require a permit, including a site visit, inspection, and construction review plan.

Do I need to drain my pool regularly?

Draining the pool is usually not recommended. It can cause potential cracks in the pool because of groundwater pressure. If you opt for an in-ground pool, it’s especially critical to consult pool experts before taking any steps. That’s because pools are drained during the pool plastering stage. For an above-ground pool, you can expect to drain it every 5 to 7 years. This depends on how frequently the pool is used and if the proper pool maintenance schedule is followed.

How do I winterize my swimming pool?

When the pool is not as frequently used during the winter months, it’s best to winterize to ensure optimal conditions next spring or summer. Simply lower your pool water level, drain the pool equipment, and place the cover on the pool snugly.  

If you don’t winterize, it can crack the pool tiles. In addition to these considerations, it’s best to use chlorine-free pool shock or stain and scale treatment before closing the pool.

What can I do to keep my pool in better condition?

To keep your pool in the best condition between services, check your pHl and chlorine levels twice a week. It’s important to avoid using corrosive agents because they can eat away at your pool’s surfaces and equipment. Run your pool filter for around 10 to 12 hours each week. 

Should I choose an in-ground or above-ground pool?

Both types come with pros and cons. It depends on how much space will be required, for one. For the most part, above-ground pools are easy to maintain and smaller in size. On the other hand, in-ground pools add value to homes. They tend to be bigger in size and also require more regular maintenance. When in doubt about which option is best, always contact the pool experts.

Why is PebbleTec the clear choice for pool finishes?

There are many kinds of tiles on the market when it comes to swimming pools. But Pebble Tec is the clear choice because it can last up to 20 years under the right conditions. Contact Sol Pacific, one of the few Pebble Tec certified pool remodeling companies in Southern California, and expect amazing results. 

When is the best time for pool replastering and how long will it last?

Experts suggest replastering a pool with a white coat once a decade. This also depends on pool maintenance and usage. If it starts to get rough and uncomfortable to touch, it’s a sign that it’s the right time to replaster. Generally, you can expect it to last anywhere from 7 to 20 years depending on your level of maintenance.

Should I replaster or renovate my pool?

If you’re looking for a new design, then a renovation is the better option. This includes the backyard design, tiles, and outdoor features like deck and coping. If you just want to recover the swimming pool, there is no better option other than pool replastering.

What services are included in swimming pool repair?

Short answer: It depends. The scope of the work typically includes construction, pool management, and water safety. You can also opt for additional services like chlorine wash, motor replacement, deck repair, algae treatment, etc.

How much does it cost for in-ground pools? Is having an in-ground pool worth it?

No doubt an in-ground pool adds beauty to your backyard and value to the property. The cost varies according to the size of the pool. You can expect to invest between $28,000 and $55,000. The additional cost for pool maintenance and repairs ranges from $2500 to $5000.

Is it beneficial to hire landscape architects? What kind of services does that include?

Landscape architects add value to spaces because they can advise you on decisions about materials, finishes, and optional features to enhance the surrounding landscape.

Is ionization a good option when it comes to pool maintenance? 

In terms of effectiveness, the ionization method is unparalleled compared to the chemical method, because it can better control bacteria and algae. 

Is it necessary to have a pool maintenance agreement with pool remodelers?

Many pool remodeling companies make you sign an agreement for the pool maintenance service. However, Sol Pacific Pools does not require this formality.

What are the best pool designs that will add value to my backyard?

There are several designs that not only add value to any backyard but also enhance the value of your home. Think woodland gardens, stone decks, coastal landscapes, and private spaces around the pool. It’s all really a matter of preference and budget.

How much space is sufficient for a fire pit around the swimming pool?

This depends on how many people you want to entertain. If your party is small, a 3ft wide x 2ft deep x 4ft tall space is sufficient. There is no limit to the type of design. It can range from circular bowls to double-sided, and in-wall fires, depending on the space and intended look.

Can a waterfall be added to a small pool? How much space does it require?

There are many points to consider if you want to add this feature. You’ll want to concede the size of the pool, cost, and materials. For instance, a medium-size fountain requires about 600 square feet.

Is it possible to add a spa to an existing pool?

Yes, it’s relatively easy to do this. Plus, it eliminates the need to test the pH of the water and streamlines pool maintenance, etc. You can add one near the pool or in another area on the property. Our experts will help guide you through the process. 

What should be the standard depth of a swimming pool?

The size of the pool depends on its purpose, whether it’s private, public, or commercial. Generally, residential pools range from 3.3 ft to 6.6 ft in depth.