Q.  I see advertisements which promise pools at seemingly low prices. Can I really buy a pool like this?

A.  Maybe.  Realistically, low-cost advertised pools often lack essential components or requirements necessary to complete the project.  It will definitely lack a number of energy-saving and convenience options that most of our clients love and in the long run can actually make the cost of the project higher.  In any case, it’s just about impossible to quote any project, sight unseen, accurately on something that is custom-built.  Low cost quotes are used mainly as a “foot-in-the-door” ploy and you will be up-sold from there.  Not exactly the best way to start off.

Q.  We have a small back yard on a narrow lot.  Is it possible to still have a pool?

A.  Within the limits of the local building code set-backs, yes.  Tight access and additional structural requirements are likely to add to the cost.  Probably the most important factor in such a project is to ensure proper drainage of the site upon completion of the project.  At Placer Springs Pool & Landscape we are experts in the total package.

Q.  Can a pool and landscape project increase the value of my home?

A.  Most studies show that a pool will increase the value of your home anywhere between 7% and 15%, depending on where your house is located, and will continue to increase over time.  Also, at time of resale, it can be a very desirable feature as many buyers are specifically looking for a home that already has a pool and landscaping.

Q.  How much work is involved in owning and caring for a swimming pool?

A.  With today’s conveniences, pool maintenance is easier than ever.  Large filters, automatic cleaners, sanitizers and automated controls minimize time spent and chemicals on-hand.  Over the years you may need to call for help once in a while, but weekly maintenance is easy.  With Placer Springs Pool & Landscape, our start-up orientation will guide you through the process and teach you what you need to know.  We are always available to help afterward.

Q.  Do swimming pools use a lot of water?

A.  Water agency studies have shown that residential swimming pools require considerably less water to maintain than the turf grass they replace.  In rural areas subject to wild fire, a swimming pool can be a valuable source of water in an emergency.

Q.  How long does it take to build a swimming pool?

A.  The average project takes about 6 weeks from excavation to water in the pool.  Larger projects or those with special features can take longer.  The time from when you sign up until excavation can vary depending on financing, local permit timelines, and HOA approvals.

Q.  I live on a large property in a rural area and have no children.  Will I still have to provide safety fencing?

A.  Exceptions are extremely rare.  Pools are required to be within a fenced area (fence and gate specifications can vary slightly by region) and can usually incorporate the house structure as part of the barrier.  Any door which may access the pool must be alarmed.

Q.  We lead very busy lives.  Do we have to be home during construction of our pool?

A.  There are a few responsibilities required of the homeowner during construction.  Many of these can be accomplished after work or various times of the day.  We will keep you informed as to these responsibilities in advance so you can adjust your schedule.

Q.  How do I choose a design?

A.  Let us help!  Call Placer Springs Pool & Landscape today and set up a free consultation.  As we get to know more about you, your needs, lifestyle and the particulars of your unique site, we will be able to offer suggestions to your layout and help develop a theme.  It’s fun and easy!

Q.  How do I get started?

A.  Simple!  Give us a call at 916-765-0980 or use our contact page.  We will arrange a time that’s convenient for you.  Consultation, as always, is free, fun, interesting and informative.