Pool Water Features: So Much More Than Decoration

A lot of people think that the water features available for swimming pools are for decoration purposes only. Sure, fountains and waterfalls look lovely in pools, but do they provide any real purpose? As a matter of fact, they do. Click for more info or read on to learn more.

How Will Water Movement Help Your Pool Function Better?

Water features force the water in your pool to circulate. In turn, the chemicals you use to clean your pool and the water temperature of your pool are more evenly distributed. 

Temperature Control -- Because of the sun's warmth, the top 18 inches of water nearest the surface of your pool is always warmer than the deeper water. Adding water features to your pool can push this warmer water down and distribute it into the colder regions of your pool. As the colder water is displaced by the warmer water, a new column of water rises to the top where it, too, it warmed by the sun and then distributed to the deeper, colder areas of your pool.

Chemical Distribution -- Chlorine is 1.5 times heavier than water, and bromine is 2.25 times heavier than chlorine. So, no matter what chemical you use to clean your pool, it will be heavier than the water in your pool and will sink straight down to the bottom once applied.  Both chlorine and bromine will keep the bottom of your pool nice and clean, but in order to sanitize your entire pool, you'll need to keep those chemicals moving throughout the water. 

Your pool pump will do its best to circulate your pool water well enough to evenly distribute the chemicals, but a water feature can do wonders in assisting it.

Staining -- There are two main causes of staining on swimming pool liners -- chemical bleaching and discoloration from metals. 

Chemical bleaching happens when the chemicals you use to clean your pool sink to the bottom and hit a dead spot where water is not circulating. As they sit there, both chlorine and bromine will quickly fade your liner.

Metal staining happens when tiny bits of metal in the water source you use to fill your pool combine with calcium and form a crust on your pool liner. As the crust builds up, it causes unsightly scaling and rust-colored stains.

The more the water in your pool is circulated, the less of a chance pool chemicals and metal deposits will have to take hold on your liner and cause staining. 

How Will Water Movement Improve The Appearance Of Your Pool?

A lot of people don't realize that the aesthetic appeal of pool water features goes far beyond the sight of trickling water -- they can actually change the appearance of the entire surface of your pool!

Water reflects and refracts sunlight. When you add a water feature to your pool, the water movement it provides combined with the reflected and refracted rays of light creates a beautiful prism effect across the entire surface of the water. 

For even more color, lighting can be installed in conjunction with water features. The lights will illuminate the streams of water coming from the water features, creating beautiful bursts of color below the surface of your pool.

A water feature will make a great decoration for your swimming pool, but it will also do so much more than that. The right water feature can improve the overall functioning of your swimming pool and the appearance of the water within it. There are countless pool water features to choose from, so contact a trained pool professional to help you decide which type will best benefit your particular pool setup.