9102 Sweetbrush Dr, Houston, TX 77064
Working Time: 24 Hour Service - 7 Days a Week

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to build my pool?

At Aqua Blue Pools, we typically complete the construction of each pool within an average of 6-8 weeks. This timeline is considered a benchmark for others in the industry due to the complexity of our projects. When budgeting for your pool, a good rule of thumb is to anticipate one week of construction time for every $10,000$12,000 in cost. For instance, a $60,000 pool should be finished in 6 weeks, while an $80,000 pool may require 8 weeks. It’s important to note that various factors, such as weather conditions, can affect the construction timeline. Houston Pool FAQs, Cypress, Katy, Magnolia, Tomball, The Heights Pool Company, Pool Company FAQs. Call (832) 912-7665. However, timeline can vary, thorough planning and design can help mitigate any unexpected delays.

What should I consider about the pool layout?

The pool layout and position will be marked on your land before work begins. This is done to guide the excavation process. Please approve the location and shape of the pool before we start digging. The layout may appear smaller compared to the final pool size since it is a flat representation. It's interesting to note that we often receive calls from customers who think the pool needs to be bigger at this stage. On the other hand, we also receive calls about the pool seeming too large once it is excavated. To ensure accuracy, the pool needs to be laid out 12" larger in all directions. For example, a pool that will be 30' long needs to be laid out and dug at 34''. This allows for a 12" thick concrete finish on the pool walls.

Are the rumors true about the dust, noise, and damage that can occur during excavation?

Excavation is a messy and noisy process when removing significant dirt from a backyard. It's essential to protect plants and the existing landscape as it can easily be damaged by the heavy machinery used. Anything between the street and the pool that is not correctly cared for will be ground into the soil during this stage of construction. Priorities should include removing fences and ensuring that pets are taken care of.

How can I ensure that my plumbing is installed correctly and leak-free?

To ensure the highest quality, we use schedule 40 PVC, a very thick pipe for our plumbing. We also maintain constant pressure throughout the construction to detect potential leaks. Our experienced plumbers meticulously follow a detailed plan that outlines the precise location of every feature, pool return, and drain. You may notice pipes protruding from the pool excavation, but rest assured that they will be cut off and finished flush with the final pool wall once construction is complete.

When will my equipment be installed and plumbed?

If you reside in the house, we will install and plumb the equipment the same day we connect the pool. However, if your home is unoccupied or currently being constructed, we will install and set up the equipment before you move in. This precautionary measure is necessary because some individuals may abscond with your pool equipment if it is easily accessible. If your equipment is stolen, you can know that your insurance will cover the loss. It is important to note that once the equipment is installed and attached, it becomes your property.
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What is the purpose of steel reinforcing in my pool?

Steel reinforcing bars, or rebar, are strategically installed in a grid pattern in the construction of your pool. Depending on the loads exerted on the pool and the soil condition, the rebar can be spaced 12 inches, 6 inches, or rarely, 3 inches apart. Our team of civil engineers determines the specific pattern to be used for your pool permit and to meet our structural specifications. The rebar is 2-3 inches above the excavated floor and pool walls. This reinforcement is critical in strengthening the concrete by providing tensile strength. It is essential to exercise caution, as the ends of the rebar are covered or bent for safety purposes, but the wires used to secure the steel together can be sharp. To ensure the safety of children and pets, please be mindful of the potential for scratches from the rebar or tie wires. These scratches can quickly become infected and may necessitate a tetanus vaccination.

How is my pool protected from electrical problems?

To protect your pool from electrical problems, a metal conduit must be buried 18" underground, running from your electric panel to the equipment location. This conduit must be wrapped with insulation and marked to avoid any obstructions. GFI circuits are installed to protect all light and electrical plugs, similar to those used near sinks and bathrooms in your house. These circuits instantly trip and shut down when they come into contact with water. All steel, motors, and metal within 5' of the pool are also grounded, often with small copper wires attached to metal windows, fences, handrails, and diving boards.

When will my pool start to take shape?

The transformation of your pool begins with the application of gunite. During this process, steps, benches, and spas are formed, turning the project into a recognizable pool. Gunite, a premixed concrete, is sprayed into the pool under pressure. While this can be noisy and messy, it is also artistic and fascinating to watch. To prevent overspray, a curtain is put up around the pool. Gunite sets quickly, often too quickly, so it is essential to water cure it by wetting the pool twice daily. Aim for at least 5 waterings during the summer, while 2-3 times a day is sufficient in cooler temperatures. Spray water on the sides until it sheets off, then move to another part of the pool. This watering process takes 10-15 minutes to complete and must be balanced. Cracks may appear in the pool, especially on the floor, but these are normal shrinkage cracks that do not compromise the pool’s structural integrity. The gunite shell must be cured for 3-4 days before construction.

What is the process before installing my deck?

Rockwork, boulders, waterfalls, and masonry must be completed before deck installation. This is also an opportune time to add barbecues, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, benches, and equipment walls. All gas lines, sprinkler and drip lines, and landscape lighting lines placed under the deck should be installed before the deck is formed. Review and confirm that your planned deck aligns with your desired design. Changing the deck layout after forming can lead to additional costs.

What should I keep in mind about my deck responsibilities?

Once the deck construction begins, everyone gets excited about hosting their first pool party! However, it’s important to be patient. Rest assured, the process is almost finished. The deck crew will come and install forms (thin strips of wood) that outline the deck, including the placement of steps and drains. You must review and approve these forms before the deck is poured because once the concrete is set, it cannot be changed. Take a moment to confirm that the color and texture you’ve selected are still to your liking. The concrete will then be poured into the forms and smoothed to create a sleek finish. If you have cool decking or Kool Deck, it will be applied accordingly. There are specific requirements for other deck toppings, such as flagstone, tiles, or cultured stone. Regardless of the type of deck topping you have, following these guidelines is essential: avoid water curing your pool, refrain from walking on or getting water on the deck, and don’t cover the deck with anything for at least 48 hours. Remember that concrete doesn’t dry evenly, so color variations may occur. However, the deck will develop a consistent hue over time and exposure to summer heat.

When will the construction mess be cleared from my property?

The construction mess, which starts with cleaning the Gunite concrete truck, gradually accumulates during the deck process. However, it is all cleaned up right before the pool is completed. Trenches are filled, light grading is done, and the yard is raked, making everything tidy and presentable. Please note that landscaping is not included unless specified in your pool contract.

How do I apply plaster or other interior finish to my pool?

Once the plasterers finish applying the plaster, they will turn on your hose to fill the pool. Make sure to keep the water running until the collection is entirely complete. It should reach about an inch below the deck. This slight overfilling is beneficial as it allows for backwashing and helps to filter out any plaster dust. Following the plaster care instructions provided by Aqua Blue Pools is crucial. The plaster may appear slightly uneven due to the drying process, which occurs underwater. Some areas may appear darker due to prolonged moisture. Regular pool brushing and proper chemical balancing are essential for maintaining a plaster pool.

When do I learn how to use the pool?

At start-up, we turn the pool on, check out the system to ensure everything is working correctly, and then tell you everything you wanted to know about a collection and probably some stuff you were not sure you wanted to know. Plus, we show you how to work the pump, filter, light, and equipment. It’s a lot of stuff to learn. Video cameras are permitted and encouraged.