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    Steps for Planning the Perfect Inground Pool

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Any swimming pool can enhance your backyard experience, but an inground pool should be easier to incorporate into your landscaping and more likely to add value to your home than an above ground pool. If you are looking to construct an inground pool on your property, follow these steps.

    Pick a Location

    If you have a large yard, assess its features to determine where it makes the most sense to place your pool. If much of your yard is dotted with shade trees but you have a large patch that receives ample sun exposure, consider this area. The benefits to you will be a naturally warmer pool and a sunnier environment immediately surrounding the pool in which you can swim and sunbathe.

    Check Zoning Regulations

    Since the construction of an inground swimming pool involves digging and the installation of new plumbing equipment, it is subject to municipal zoning rules. Before you can legally proceed with the construction, you will need to secure a permit. An experienced pool service specialist should be able to guide you through this process.

    Choose a Pool Construction Material

    Once you have decided where you will build your pool, it is time to think about the type of pool you want. Concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl lining are the most common inground pool wall options. Each material offers its own set of advantages, with fiberglass and vinyl lining being best equipped to endure the winter freezing and thawing cycles that are commonplace in the Twin Cities.

    Family-owned and operated, Custom Pools is Minnesota’s premier custom inground pool design and construction company. Work with us, and our experienced and knowledgeable staff will gladly assist you through every step of the pool planning and construction process. To start discussing the construction of an inground pool on your Twin Cities property, give us a call at (952) 955-4534. 

    Protecting Your Hair, Skin, and Swimsuit from Pool Chlorine

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Pool chlorine is essential for maintaining a clean, sanitary swimming pool. It works continuously to kill bacteria and viruses in the water that could make swimmers who swallow even small gulps of water sick if the active chlorine were not present. Although chlorine can keep our immune systems healthy and safe while we are in the water, people who spend a great deal of time in chlorine-treated inground pools find that it does have an effect on their hair, skin, and swimwear. To protect your body and swim apparel from chlorine-related damage, follow the advice offered below.

    Preventative Hair Protection

    Are you so sick of the effects chlorine has on your hair that you try to keep it from getting wet every time you go swimming? To keep your hair from drying out or becoming discolored as a result of chlorine exposure, coat your hair with coconut oil or a silicone-based hair serum before swimming.

    Shower Immediately After Swimming

    Natural oils on your skin protect it from chlorine irritation for some time, but if you swim a lot or for lengthy periods of time you are likely familiar with red, itchy skin caused by chlorine exposure. To keep the effects of chlorine exposure to a minimum, hop in the shower immediately after every dip in your inground pool or athletic swim. Special body washes are available for swimmers, and applying lotion after your post-swim showers can keep your skin from drying out.

    Neutralize the Bleaching Effects of Chlorine

    If you have ever worn clothing that was not designed for swimming in a chlorinated pool, you are probably aware of the bleaching effects that pool chlorine has on clothing. Most swimwear is bleach- and fade-resistant, but even this can fade over time. To keep bleaching and discoloration from altering the appearance of your swimwear for as long as possible, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to your wash or use detergent designed specifically for swimwear when washing your swim clothes.

    Chlorine is an effective way to keep your pool clean, but it is important that chlorine levels remain below the level recommended by your pool builder. If you live in the Minneapolis area and require pool repair or other pool services, call Custom Pools at (952) 955-4534.

    Basic Considerations When Designing a Pool

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Owning a pool is a luxury that can yield thousands of hours of fun, make your children want to spend more time at home in the summertime, and facilitate some of the most enjoyable and memorable parties on your block. Still, deciding to have a pool builder construct an inground pool on your Minneapolis property is a major decision that calls for thoughtful consideration and careful planning. As you embark on the inground pool design and construction process, give plenty of thought to the factors discussed below.


    A swimming pool is an excellent investment, but it is also an expensive one. Research the cost of pools to get a realistic feel for how much you can expect to pay before setting a budget, and  stick to that budget when choosing pool design frills and accessories. To get the most from the money you can allocate to building a pool, work with an experienced pool construction expert whose primary goal is to design and build a pool that will satisfy you and your family.


    Do you wish to have a pool in which you can swim laps without having to do a flip turn every five strokes? If you do, or if you hope to be able to host pool parties for dozens of people, you will need a fairly large pool. Reflect on the purpose you want your inground pool to serve to decide how large or small your dream pool would be. Then, assess your budget and yard space to determine whether building a pool of that size a reality on your property is a reality.


    Swimming is a blast, and owning an inground pool enables you to swim or invite others over for a swim party whenever you wish. Since there are some risks associated with or having a swimming pool on your property, it is a pool owner’s responsibility to mitigate these risks with a self-latching gate, non-slip pool deck, and other safety features.

    Working with an experienced, reputable contractor can help the pool design and construction process move as smoothly as possible. If you live in the Minneapolis area and are looking for a qualified pool service and construction expert to help you build the pool of your dreams, call Custom Pools at (952) 955-4534.

    Pool Chemical Safety

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Treating your inground pool with chlorine, cyanuric acid, and other chemicals is how you keep it safe and clean to swim in. Because these chemicals can be dangerous when highly concentrated, every homeowner who treats his or her own pool should be well-informed about the risks associated with pool chemicals and the recommended concentration of each of them.

    For important information about the handling and storing of pool chemicals, check out this video from the American Chemistry Council and the Chlorine Institute. Follow the advice offered in this video clip, and you should be able to keep your pool clean without making it unsafe to swim in or damaging your skin.

    In addition to maintaining a proper balance of chemicals in your pool, your pool filtration system needs to be in good working order to keep your pool clean. To arrange to have your pool filter inspected or replaced by an inground pool service specialist in Minneapolis, call Custom Pools at (952) 955-4534.

    Tips for Choosing a Backyard Spa

    Last updated 1 month ago

    As a complement to an inground pool or a standalone feature, a spa is the perfect way to transform your backyard space into a retreat where you can relax and recuperate at the end of a long day. With so many spa options to choose from, it is important to consider the constraints you must work within and your priorities so that you choose a hot tub that will best serve your household.

    When selecting a size, consider how much space you have to work with and how many people you would like to be able to fit in your hot tub at once. Consider whether you want an active hot tub that can aid in physical rehabilitation or a relaxing hot tub in which you can enjoy the company of your loved ones while your sore muscles get massaged by jets. You should also set a maximum budget for yourself and shop around for spas that work within your budget.

    If your research and deliberation lead you to decide that a portable spa is the best option for you, call Custom Pools at (952) 955-4534. With more than 40 years of experience, we are one of the area’s premier custom pool construction and portable spa installation specialists.

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