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Old 11-11-2012, 10:20 PM
 
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I know they are expensive but what about maintenance and will they last as long as a regular pool?
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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They are very pretty when placed in a proper location but have numerous drawbacks:

1. They generally require an extra pump which costs more electricity and will eventually need to be replaced

2. Takes more plumbing and increases complexity

3. They increase evaporation because of the expanded surface area which in turn can end up costing on pool fills

4. The basin can trap "critters" and drown them. If a person isn't diligent cleaning the basin they may find they have been swimming with a dead rat in the pool for some time. It happened to friends of ours. Pet and kid safety can also be an issue.

Those are the big negatives I know of. Ultimately they can be a relatively expensive add on to a pool but one that can be stunning when designed, installed and maintained properly.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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They are very pretty when placed in a proper location but have numerous drawbacks:

1. They generally require an extra pump which costs more electricity and will eventually need to be replaced

2. Takes more plumbing and increases complexity

3. They increase evaporation because of the expanded surface area which in turn can end up costing on pool fills

4. The basin can trap "critters" and drown them. If a person isn't diligent cleaning the basin they may find they have been swimming with a dead rat in the pool for some time. It happened to friends of ours. Pet and kid safety can also be an issue.

Those are the big negatives I know of. Ultimately they can be a relatively expensive add on to a pool but one that can be stunning when designed, installed and maintained properly.
Thank you. It seems we might not be able to line up the view just right. Those drawbacks are pretty serious too.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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As an alternative water walls, cascades and other features can be beautiful as well.



I am also a BIG fan of beach entry pools. Particularly great for kids and pets.

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Old 11-13-2012, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Cool pics. I don't like the fence though. I would rather go with the alarms.
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