There is something romantic about a waterfall. They are often part of the background of romantic scenes in movies and, of course, a waterfall starred along Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 noir film Niagara. But do you want a waterfall in your own pool? It could look like the movies and give an extra touch of beauty to your landscape. However, there are a couple of things to consider before adding one to your pool design.
Type Of Waterfall
Waterfalls come in many shapes. One of the most recognizable is the rock waterfall. This is where water trickles down an artful arrangement of rocks (or what looks like rocks) to your pool. This adds a tropical vibe to any pool. A sheer waterfall skips the rocks and simply drops out of a wall or ledge. If your home has a very modern feel, this could be the waterfall for you. You could also go for a truly exotic design with a waterfall, which is where the water drops from above to the walls of the pool, making its own wall.
Waterfalls can be made small or big, depending on the effect you want. If you have a small pool, you might want to opt for a simple design so that it doesn’t take over the entire pool. On the other hand, a big rock waterfall can give a visual boost to a large, open pool.
No matter how wonderful a feature is, it becomes an ugly hazard if it isn’t maintained correctly. For instance, waterfalls will collect calcium deposits on the rocks and wall. These deposits will have to be removed once every 1 to 3 months. Otherwise, the deposits can start blocking the water. The pump and filter will have to be checked regularly to make sure they stay clear of debris, and some types of waterfalls need to be topped off as water evaporates. The rocks can also grow algae so they may need to be cleaned occasionally. A pool professional can help you keep your waterfall at its best.
If you are putting a pool in your yard and want help designing, maintaining and installing it, you can contact Alan Jackson Pools. We have professionals who are eager to lend their expertise.