A swimming pool provides fun for all the family and can boost the value of your property, but have you ever thought of building one for yourself? Following this guide to building your own natural pool can save you money over hiring a professional construction team, and you can be sure of producing a pool that is perfectly tailored to your own specifications. There are also lots of other benefits to creating a natural pool instead of a conventional one. Building a natural pool will save you lots of money as the initial construction cost is thousands of dollars cheaper than a convention one. The pool will also only need filling up a single time, saving you a fortune on your water bills. They are also easier and cheaper to manage as they require very little in the way of maintenance and chemicals.
Digging Your Own Pool
While commercially available pools use a steel reinforcement structure to keep the sides in shape, digging your own natural pool with sloping sides can eliminate the need for any extra support. By simply digging a hole in the ground that drops by 1 foot every 3 horizontal feet, you can create the perfect bowl shape that is both economically and ecologically advantageous.
You will need to designate a zone of your pool especially for filtration purposes in order to eliminate the need for any chemicals or industrial filters. You can separate off half of your pool and make it a shallow area suitable for plants, either at one end of the pool or around the edges. As long as the pool water can filter through the roots of the plants, they can remove any contamination in the water and keep it hygienic for use. You should also have a deeper area for taller plants and you can cover the rest of the surface with water lilies which look attractive and serve a double function as a natural filter.
It is important to seal your pool to ensure the water does not drain out over time. This can be done either by laying down a conventional pool liner or by adding a layer of bentonite clay which will seal the soil, which is a cheaper and more natural choice, although not suitable for all soil types.
You want to avoid your pool becoming stagnant so you will need to ensure that the water can circulate freely to your filtering plants. You can pump water into the separate plant zone via PVC tubes or even construct your own aerator by connecting an air compressor to a diffuser.
Algae is a perennial problem for anyone with a pool, so prevent it taking hold by adding more plants and monitoring the phosphorus levels of your water.
Maintaining Your Pool
Your pool will require little maintenance, but you should ensure all plant debris is removed from the water and keep the water at a constant level. You should check the pool’s mechanical systems at least once a year.