Indoor Swimming Pools

Swim year-round in an indoor pool

Once the summer ends, outdoor swimming pools are of no use to anyone. But, if you're fortunate enough to have an indoor pool, it can be used no matter what the weather. Indoor lap pools are also a great source of exercise for people who suffer from joint and back problems because there is no impact to the joints when you work out in the water. But before you start browsing indoor dream pools, though, there are a lot of things you'll need to consider.

Space Considerations for Residential Indoor Pools

Installing indoor swimming pools means finding enough space to accommodate the indoor pool design you choose. If you presently don't have the kind of space you need, you can hire a contractor to add an addition to your home. This will be costly, but if the addition is well thought out and executed properly, it will add a lot of value to your home.

Chloramine Concerns Regarding Indoor Pools

When chlorine, urine and sweat are combined with a lack of fresh air circulation, it can lead to a buildup of chloramine irritants in and around an indoor pool. Exposure to chloramines can cause eye, nose and throat irritations as well as breathing problems. Chloramine buildup can be prevented by doing the following to maintain the water and air quality of your indoor pool:

  • Frequently open the doors and windows in your indoor pool area to allow plenty of fresh air to circulate.
  • Use fans to blow air over the pool's surface.
  • Make everyone who uses the pool shower before getting in.
  • Make sure all pool users make frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • Ensure the recycling device you use allows fresh air circulation.

Important Safety Tips to Remember

Most accidental drownings involving small children occur in residential indoor/outdoor pools. Even if a child survives being submerged underwater, he or she may well suffer irreversible neurological damage. Also, when a pool is located indoors, it's more easily accessed by children. Thus, it's important to take proper safety precautions to prevent a tragic accident:

  • Use pool covers to secure the indoor pool when it's not in use.
  • Lock the doors and windows to the indoor pool area.
  • Stay within arm's reach of children under the age of five.
  • Make sure children wear life vests when they're in the pool.
  • Install pool alarms, both in the pool and on the door that leads to the pool.
  • Make sure your kids have taken swimming lessons.
  • Supervise children properly.

If you're diligent about pool safety, have ample space, and maintain the water and air quality, indoor pools can be a wonderful investment.

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