Your existing pool is a place where everyone goes to hang out. Just thinking about it makes you smile; you and your family have made quite a few good memories playing in or around it. And while the pool itself has been great, a little upgrade never hurt anyone. Adding a waterfall to a pool, for example, and other yard enhancements are a feasible addition that can really make your backyard stand out from the rest.
Can You Add a Waterfall to an Existing Pool?
The good news is it’s definitely doable. So if you’re willing to take on a backyard project, we’ve got some tips to help you out. Before you do, ask yourself: Is a waterfall the right decision for you and your home? There are many things to take into consideration when thinking about adding this feature to your pool.
Benefits Of A Waterfall
One of the more obvious benefits of adding a waterfall to your home’s existing pool is the lovely aesthetic a waterfall lends to your yard. In the same regard, the white noise a waterfall creates is relaxing and can enhance your backyard’s overall feel. Finally, adding a waterfall can also increase the value of your property.
But in terms of your actual pool, a waterfall can also help with things like filtration. Because the waterfall keeps water moving, it helps your pool’s ability to clean itself. Thus, a waterfall helps maintain your pool’s water health and usability. Similarly, the constant moving water ensures your pool will remain algae free. And arguably the most important added benefit is that waterfalls can help cool the pool water’s temperature, even during the hot months of summer.
Things To Consider
After you’ve made the decision to add a waterfall to your existing pool, there are a few items you’ll need to consider. After reading the benefits it almost seems silly to decide against it!
For starters, you’ll need to decide on the desired look. There are many options to choose from such as the type of material you’ll use, the size of the waterfall, and placement around the pool. You’ll need to make sure it works and fits in the space you have. When doing so, consider the waterfall’s height and depth of the structure. Finally, ask yourself whether your desired look will suit your family’s lifestyle and needs.
Like anything you build, the most important part of your project is ensuring a sturdy base. Determine where you want the waterfall to sit and decide how many levels the structure will be, as it will affect the dimensions of your frame. Next, you’ll want to purchase the materials and assemble them into place. And while wood is often recommended for larger structures consisting of more than one layer, selecting the right materials is key. Options will depend on your design choice but can include materials like faux stone, natural boulders, and prefabricated designs as well. Last, but not least, you’ll need to modify your pool pump to make sure it accommodates the new waterfall feature.
While our team specializes in pools and waterfalls, we can also help with a number of other backyard enhancements, too, if you decide a waterfall just isn’t for you. A few of our favorites include a deck jet, or fountain spitter which shoots a narrow stream of water from the deck into your pool, a rainfall curtain, and a scupper. Don’t forget about the perimeter outside you pool! Adding pool plants to your backyard can create the oasis you long for. These options all provide a different, yet appealing aesthetic to your pool.
Call The Pros
Adding a waterfall to an existing pool involves a good understanding of your pool’s mechanics, drainage, masonry, pump systems and filtration. Once your waterfall is installed, our team at ABC Home & Commercial Services can handle any needed repairs, maintenance and pool cleaning. In addition to what we can do inside of your pool, we can also make improvements to your poolside area by giving your deck an update or adding in landscaping. Whether you opt for a waterfall or a different water feature, rest assured that ABC Home & Commercial Services can help you get the most out of your pool. Happy swimming!