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    Tips for Choosing a Backyard Spa

    Last updated 16 hours 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.

    Factors to Consider When Choosing a Swimming Pool Size

    Last updated 20 days ago

    If you are considering adding an inground pool to your backyard, the first thing you will need to decide is what size to make it. Many homeowners let the size of their backyard dictate the size of their swimming pool, but it’s important to also consider the ways in which you plan to use the pool. If you want to use it for exercising, a straight, long pool with a four- or five-foot depth throughout will make doing laps easier. If you have children and want to make your inground pool more conducive to games, build a recreational pool with a large shallow area that’s about three feet deep.

    For help in determining the right size pool for your needs, contact Custom Pools, the experts of inground pools in Minneapolis. Visit our website to see the pool services and equipment we offer, and call us at (612) 568-0824 if you have any questions.

    Exploring the Different Types of Pool Filters

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Pool filters may contain cartridges, sand, or even powdered fossilized algae, but their function is the same: to keep your pool clean and sparkly. Before you buy a pool filter, however, it’s important to know the maintenance and costs required with each type of system. If you are building an inground pool or dissatisfied with your current pool filtration system, read this article to determine which type of pool filter is best for your swimming pool.

    Sand Filters

    This type of pool filter contains a layer of special sand that traps debris and dirt as water is pulled through it. Pool gauges on the outside of the sand filter tank monitor the pressure of the inlet pipe and outlet pipe to help determine the level of blockage inside. If there is more pressure at the inlet pipe, the sand is too full of debris and must be backwashed. Over time, the sand becomes less coarse and loses its ability to trap debris, so be sure to change the sand every five years for the best results.

    Diatomaceous Earth Filters

    Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a fine powder made from the fossil remains of diatoms, a single-celled alga with a silica cell wall. Extremely fine and porous, DE powder serves as a very effective filter. DE filters feature a fabric-covered grid that keeps the DE powder from washing into the pool. We recommend backwashing and adding new DE once or twice annually.

    Cartridge Filters

    Cartridge filters contain a fine filter surface that captures impurities as water flows through. These impurities stay trapped in the filter until the filter cartridge is cleaned or replaced. Because of their larger filter surface area, cartridge filters experience fewer clogs than sand filters and are easier to maintain. In addition to cleaning the cartridge filter regularly, we recommend replacing the filter every three to five years.

    Learn more about your pool filter options by contacting the pool equipment and service experts at Custom Pools of Minneapolis. We have more than 40 years of experience to offer. Call us at (952) 933-2255 or visit our website for more information.

    A Look at the Process of Removing a Pool Cover

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When you’re ready to open your inground pool for the season, clear debris off of the pool cover. Then, remove the pool cover and check the water level. You can do this easily by looking in the pool skimmer. If the water level is high enough, you can start the filtration system; otherwise, you will need to add water to the pool first. As you remove the pool cover, take care to fold it properly so before storing it. For more tips on removing the pool cover for the season, watch this video clip.

    At Custom Pools, we have over 40 years of experience with pool service in Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Call us at (952) 933-2255 or visit our website for more information about the wide range of pool equipment and services we have to offer.

    A Homeowner's Guide to Designing a Custom Pool

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The goal when designing a custom pool is to envision the final product. To help you do this, we recommend collecting ideas in pool magazines and from people you know. For more tips that will help you design a custom inground pool that’s perfect for your home, read this article.

    Talk to People Who Have a Pool

    Some of the best insights into designing a custom pool can be gathered from homeowners who have a pool. Ask friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have inground pools if they would share with you some of their experiences designing the pool. In particular, ask about things they do and do not like about their pool, how long the entire process took, and unforeseen costs that came up along the way.

    Collect Pool Design Pictures and Information

    Professional interior designers will usually ask you if you have pictures of the room designs you like, as this gives them insight into the themes, colors, and materials you appear to be most interested in. Similarly, if you have a collection of a dozen or so pictures of pools that catch your eye, you and your swimming pool company can look at them and identify common themes that will guide the design process. In addition to clipping pictures, write down the features, designs, and other elements of a pool that you want to have in your custom pool.

    Do a Garden Hose Layout

    An easy and inexpensive way to experiment with pool shapes and sizes is to use a long garden hose to trace the pool design in your backyard. You can also do this with marking spray paint or lime.

    At Custom Pools, we have more than 40 years of experience helping our customers in the Minneapolis area design the custom pool of their dreams. Visit our website to see the pool equipment and inground pool design services we offer, and call us at (952) 933-2255 to speak with a pool specialist today.

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