Where Do I Start?

Congratulations!  You’ve taken the first step toward pool ownership by visiting our website. What’s next?  Let's start by browsing the Designs and Options to start getting a few ideas of what you would like. There are some basic things that we will first need to consider:


 • Shape and size of the pool

 • Depth of the deep and shallow ends

 • Location of your septic/well (if applicable)

 • Location of the pool in your yard


Once those basic ideas are sorted out, we can begin to think about some options for the pool. None of these things are required to run and operate your pool, but they will enhance your swimming experience. Most of these are things that can be added on later, and do not need to be part of your initial install.


 • Salt Water versus Traditional Chlorine

 • Heating in the pool

 • Lighting in the pool

 • Slides and Diving Boards


And lastly, there are purely aesthetic options that are not required at any point in the project, but can be added based on style and preference. 


 • Waterfalls and Sheer Descents

 • Deck Jets and Laminers 

 • Anything you can imagine...


Once you have given some thought to these things, it's time to book an appointment for a house call. Our Chaffee's team will come out to your home, sit down with you and your family, and discuss all of these topics in depth to ensure that you end up with your dream yard!

How Much is This Going To Cost Me?

There is no solid answer to this question, as every single pool is different. In the 50 plus years that we have been in business, no two pools have ever cost exactly the same. The prices will fluctuate as options are added, with a large portion of the budget dependent on patio shape and size as well. 


There are many ways to build a pool with a tighter budget, do not let the numbers scare you! Often times, we will construct the project in two phases, starting with the installation of the pool first and the additional options in the second phase. To get some more exact prices, feel free to setup a consultation with the Chaffee's team!

What is a Salt Water Pool?

 

One of the biggest myths about salt water pools is that they are not a chlorine pool. 

Let's clear that up. Salt water pools are actually chlorine pools. 


Salt water pools automatically generate chlorine using salt particles (Sodium Chloride or NaCl) in your water through a process called "electrolysis". This process  happens inside of a "Salt Cell" and uses an electrical charge to separate the salt particle into Chlorine (Cl). This all happens automatically  through a control board and without any work on your part. No more lugging chlorine tablets and buckets of shock out to your pool.


Pros:

  • Automated process, no hands on work required
  • Keeps proper levels of chlorine, no more over-chlorination
  • Only trace amounts of salt, does not smell or taste like the ocean
  • Soft, natural feeling water that won’t irritate your skin or eyes
  • Decreased maintenance costs not having to buy chlorine and tabs


Cons:

  • Larger upfront cost
  • Repairs, although rare, can be costly
  • Recommended to replace your salt cell every 6 years depending on usage

How Do I Clean My pool?


  1.  Fill the vacuum hose with water using the return jets in the pool
  2. Put Vacuum Head on swivel end of vacuum hose
  3. Put Skim-Vac on fixed end of vacuum hose
  4. Put vacuum head & pole under the water
  5. Put skim vac end in the skimmer 
  6. Close valve to floor drain (if needed)
  7. Go over the pool bottom SLOWLY to pick up dirt & debris 
  8. If you vacuum up a lot of leaves, you may need to empty the skimmer basket 

TO DO SO:  

  1. Turn off the pump, empty the basket, turn the pump on, put skim vac back in the skimmer 
  2. If debris gets caught in the vacuum head, lift the head up (not out of the water) and remove debris 
  3. If you lift the vacuum head out of the water, you will lose suction!