Category Archives: Love Pool

1. Time it takes to build
Dig to swim: Varies based on scope of project, your contractor and things out of everyone’s control.  But it is always a good time to do it!  Keep in mind that Florida’s rainy season and holidays can cause delays.
2. Permits / Inspections
Permits will be pulled by your contractor and inspections scheduled as necessary.  A contractor cannot guarantee they can get an inspector to come out the moment they have completed a portion of the project that requires an inspection.
3. Weather
One day of rain can delay a week plus.  If forecast is for rain it can still affect progress.
4. Change orders / materials
Any time you change what you want for the project, including materials and finishes, the project will be delayed and additional costs may be incurred.
5. Production 
Should be based on weekly progress, not daily
6. Utilities 
When digging, waterline, utilities many underground, obstructions not able to be located, old sewer lines, septics, etc. – Speak with your contractor to understand what possible delays and costs could be incurred if an issue arises.
7. Access 
What is required beyond ability to get in the backyard – what is around the project?  Building a pool is a big project!

Visit www.KeepSafePools.com for details and to sign the petition.
Sign the petition to keep the Department of Health inspecting all safety items on public swimming pools!

Pool safety is important when you go for a swim but also when you are inside your home.

If you have a pool in your backyard it is always important to use safety precautions.  Even if you don’t have kids in your home, the neighbors might or someone visiting in the neighborhood might.  Kids can be very curious and find a way to get to your pool.

Mesh fencing should be at least four feet high and have a self-closing, self-latching gate meeting the latest ASTM standards.  Door and gate alarms can alert you to children leaving the house.  Motion alarms can be installed around the pool or in the water.  Children shouldn’t be able to get to your pool without you.  Safety covers meeting the ASTM F1346 Standard are also a way to increase safety in your pool.

Call a pool professional for help making your pool safe!

May is nationally and locally recognized as water safety month.  Be active in your efforts to increase swimming pool safety.  Tell others the importance of barriers to prevent children from accessing pools.  Having several layers of protection preventing access to your pool is important as the weather gets warmer and curiosity of kids runs rampant.  Explore the safety information on our website and be safe!

The thought of building a pool in your backyard can be overwhelming!  How do you choose a company?  How do you choose a design?  How long will it take?  The number one thing is to be sure you hire a company that is properly licensed and insured.  Use the Find a Florida Pool Prosm search for FSPA members in your area.  Get references and verify licenses at www.MyFloridaLicense.com.  Your pool company can guide you through design decisions that need to be made to come up with a final product. Visit our What to Expect page for a few things you may not have thought about before, like how much the weather can affect a project. On the Phases of Construction page is an outline of how a pool takes shape including permits, plumbing, equipment and interior finish.  And of course, enjoy the swim once your pool is finished!

Enjoy cooling off in the pool this summer!  Remember to watch kids in around the pool without any distractions.  Even great swimmers need supervision!

S-W-I-M

S is for SUNSCREEN – Don’t go outside without it

W is for WALK – Don’t run around pools I is for

INSIDE – Go in if it starts to rain or thunder

M is for MAKE sure a grownup is always with you at the pool