Have you thought about having a pool it’s a dream that many people aspire too
Especially when they think of moving to Portugal and renovating a stone house or building new.
The first concerns when thinking about having a pool are usually and understandably what will it cost, how big will the pool be, how deep and where will we locate it.
Then there is will it have a liner or glass mosaic tiles, ladders or steps, lighting, electric pool cover(costs permitting) and what about the patio, pool surround, and planting.
Oh yes and a shaded area for dining alfresco!
You have to admit there is a lot to think about when you have decided that you are having a pool.
From a practical point of view, we would have to say that you have missed a major point or three from your pool decision list.
Is the ground suitable for installing a swimming pool of the type and depth that you want?
Is there enough access to excavate the pool foundations and where do you want all of the earth to go.
Do I need planning permission or a license?
The final question of who is going to build the pool is possibly the easiest to answer. Castelo Construction can visit your home or building project. Tell you if the conditions to build a pool are in your chosen location.
They can advise on all aspects of pool design from depth, interior finish and even the type of patio or pool cover that will be most suitable.
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We are often asked for before and after photographs of our work here are some of a swimming pool before and after.
Many clients make them into a memento to hang on the wall.
Of course when we are in the thick of it carrying out the work we often can’t remember what the particular projects looked like before we started work. Take this swimming pool for instance. The house had views to die for. Even our Portuguese craftsmen were impressed with the view.
Unfortunately this particular swimming pool had major problems which the new owner recognized and decided to put right.
With regard to the swimming pool the problem was that the base was not strong enough, the swimming pool structure was erected incorrectly and the pool had sunk into the ground so that the waterline was not parallel with the top edge of the pool. This is a fundamental error which is noticeable by everyone who comes into the garden.
Because of the above there was also a water leak which had washed away the support for the patio which caused it to sag and collapse. The previous owner obviously had not been able top get the cowboy builders back to fix it.
Take a look at what our swimming pool team did.
You can see them using a flexible hose full or water to make sure the level is perfect. This method has been used for hundreds of years. If the sunlight is too bright we often use a little red wine at each end of the tube so that we can see the level more clearly.
This pool is a liner pool.
Here you can see the steps involved in installing the liner.
Not something for DIY enthusiasts.
If you need a swimming pool repairing or a new one built
The must be very high on the list of items in an ideal home. You need some good weather to enjoy a pool of course so Portugal is an ideal location.
If you are buying building or refurbishing a home in Portugal pool or no pool will be a major consideration.
There are many decisions to make. Will it be a full swimming pool or a plunge pool, just somewhere to cool off. If it is a full swimming pool will it have a deep end and a shallow end or be level along the bottom, Jacuzzi section, children’s paddling pool, roman steps the list of features is endless that’s before we come to the type of water treatment, filtration, lighting and heating.
Oh yes I forgot Budget !
Whatever type of pool from the lowly paddling pool to the most exclusive indoor extravaganza with led lighting and waterfalls they all share on thing in common.
There are people employed all over the world to keep people pools sparkling and clean but what happens if you are looking to buy a property and the pool looks like this.
Would it put you off buying the property?
In a couple of short months the water in a swimming pool can lose its chlorine due to the rain and the sun resulting in the rapid build-up of green algae in the water add on top of this a scum of pine pollen and you have a pool that looks less like the fantasy you one had and more like a clip from a horror movie.
How to fix the problem swimming pool?
First drop the level of the water so that you can see the lights and other pool fittings liker the jets, skimmers, hoover point and lights.
Check the lights and replace the bulbs as required. In this instance one of the bulbs and light fittings was damages so we replaced with a LED light fitting which are a crazy price for a simple light.
Then the tough part. With a very soft sponge and some floor cleaner like flash we start to scrub the tide marks around the pool. It takes a couple of goes and an awful lot of elbow grease.
Eventually as you rinse off the mess you start to see a clean pool liner at last.
Lower down the green algae and pine pollen has left a pink line around the pool. This will disappear once the water level is correct and the pool chemicals balanced.
The cleaning of the swimming pool walls took three hours before we could treat the residual water with chlorine shock and start to re fill the pool.