Information About Swimming Pools

by Pool Builders on 08-13-2009 in Articles

A swimming pool or pool is a synthetically enclosed body of water constructed for the purpose of swimming or other recreational activities. It can be in ground or above ground and it can either be made of fiberglass, concrete, metal or plastic. Swimming pools can be classified as private pools which can be found at home or for exclusive use, and public pools which are accessible by the general public.

Swimming pools can be installed for residential or commercial use. Fitness centers, private clubs and health clubs are used primarily for exercise. In hotels and massage parlors, their public pools provide fun and relaxation. For therapy and relaxation, hot tubs and spas are commonly used in hotels, homes, massage parlors and clubs. Some pools are also built for diving, training and other sports.

To maximize the full function of swimming pools, proper maintenance is necessary. To prevent the growth and spread of viruses, insect larvae, bacteria and algae that can cause disease, the pools must be sanitized. You can use filters and chemical disinfectants such as mineral sanitizers, chlorine or bromine and ensure that appropriate flow rate and pH level is observed. The desirable pH level of pool water is 7.2, higher or lower than this may cause eye irritation or burning of the eyes when swimming. Moreover, chlorine works best at 7.2 pH level.

Pool dimensions also vary. In the United States, swimming pools are usually measured in feet and yards while in the United Kingdom, a lot of their pools are in metres, but there are still a few older pools which are measured in yards. In the US, the common pool lengths are 25 SCY(short course yards), 25 SCM(short course metres) or 50 metres (long course).

The width for European pools are between 10 metres and 50 metres wide.

Swimming pool depths are dependent on their purpose. For casual or relaxation purposes, they can be as deep as 1.0 m to 2.0 m (3 to 7 feet). For diving, they require a slope of at least 3.0 m to 5.0 m (10 to 16 feet) in the deep end. Pools designed for children are only 30 cm to 1.2 m (1 to 4 feet) deep. However, swimming pools for the general public may have pools of differing depths to accommodate users at different ages. For added security, most jurisdictions require that the water depth should be clearly marked to the pool walls.

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