Swimming Pool FAQ

Frequently Asked Swimming Pool Questions

What does the price of a swimming pool include?

A Pools by Design Quote includes the following:
– The design of the pool by your pools designer
– The engineering of your pool structure
– Pool certification and final approval
– All superior fittings
– All pump, filtration and initial chemical treatment
– Coping on pool edge
– Chemicals required for starting up the pool
– An estimate of any footings if we think that they will be required
– Backwash line for 6L/m

What is not included in the price?

– Any extra excavation costs if time goes over the allowance or if we encounter rock etc.
– Any changes to the size of the pool or changes to the equipment
– Any extra steel footing or peering that may be required by the engineer
– Provision of power to the filter area (usually provide 2 double power points – 15amp back to fuse box with a separate fuse)
– Connection of the backwash line into either sewer or storm water

How long will it take to build my pool and what is the procedure?

A. The engineering and council approval will take approximately 3-4 weeks from the date the deposit is received.

The construction commencement onsite will start within 30 days from date of Development Permit being issued.

Approximate Construction Timeframe – Subject to Weather
– Week 1 & 2: Excavation, steel reinforcement, internal plumbing, concrete shell spray
– Week 3: Run plumbing lines and fit filtration system
– Week 4: Cap pool and lay coping tiles
– Minimum 28 days from concrete spray: Install pebble interior (subject to pool fence certification)
– Within 10 working days from pebble interior: Add pool chemicals, commission equipment and handover.

Start up and hand over complete the construction. From start of excavation to handover takes approximately 6-8weeks.

How do I ensure my pool is easy to care for?

A. Firstly design a pool with good distribution of water, then include the following:
– A pump with a good flow rate
– Oversize the filter to give efficient filtering of the water
– Install and automatic chemical dosing system (A salt water chlorinator will efficiently treat your pool water and will automatically clean itself)
– Install an automatic robotic cleaning device to clean the bottom of your pool
– Arrange for a monthly service call to check all equipment and balance the water

How much does it cost to operate a swimming pool?

A. The running of the filter pump is the main cost. A 750 watt pump will cost approximately 10c an hour to run and needs to run for approximately 6-8hrs per day for 365 days a year. The salt water chlorinator requires constant level of salt (approximately 1/10 the consistency of sea water). Rain water will dilute the salt level and most pools require approximately six bags of salt per year costing around $10/bag.

The total balance of water should be checked monthly; some stabiliser, bi-carb and calcium hardness may need to be added.

The average pool should cost approximately $450 to operate yearly.

Why use a salt water chlorinator?

A. Salt water chlorinators are a very easy way to treat the pool water and are very inexpensive to operate. A salt water chlorinator will add chlorine to the pool water gently during the filtration period and are an extremely safe way to treat your pool so you don’t have to leave dangerous chlorine lying around your home.

What are the fencing requirements for my swimming pool?

A. All swimming pools in QLD must be fenced with an approved pool fence. The fencing requirements are as followed:
Note: When Pools by Design gets your new pool approved, the fencing will be detailed on the plan and will be certified when completed. This is included in the pool price.

Can pools by Design assist with landscaping and fencing?

A. Yes we can help with both. Pools by Design can recommend what fencing is required to satisfy the regulations and give you an approximate price for the fencing, which can be included into the pool pricing. Pools by Design can help you with general landscaping ideas and then organise an associated landscaper to finalise the design and provide you with a final price. Pools by Design will co-ordinate the timing of both the fencing and landscaping for your convenience.

Does Pools by Design teach me how to maintain my future pool?

A. Yes we will teach you how to look after your new pool. When the pool is completed we will give you a complete lesson on how to operate all of the equipment provided and instruct you about the water treatment. We will provide you with an instruction sheet which provides full information.

What is the difference between an in-ground concrete pool and a fibre glass pool?

A. Different structure of the walls and floor i.e. fibreglass has just an approximately 20mm thick wall of fibreglass, compared to a concrete pool which has a 200mm concrete section interlaced with steel reinforcing at least every 300mm apart. It then has an internal water proofing layer of either 20mm pebble crete (pebble and cement) or a layer of ceramic tile.

The concrete pool can be constructed to almost any shape to suit your backyard or your imagination, whereas fibreglass pools are limited to set moulds.

Concrete pools are constructed in the ground on a solid base and finished to the level of the internal water. When empty, they have structural strength to support the surrounding ground pressures. Concrete pools have a hydrostatic valve in the base of the pool and have considerable weight to counteract any ground water pressures.

Concrete pools have a solid non-flexing surround to the pool which enables coping tiles to be successfully adhered to it.