"Understanding Your Home" by Building Inspector Mark Visser
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Municipalities do have strict pool fencing laws for private swimming pools, which require pool areas to be isolated so that unauthorized youngsters cannot enter. A pool fence (separating the pool from the house) should be mandatory to protect children residing in or visiting the house. Many pool owners prefer the visual aspect of the pool in close proximity to their living areas, and do not want to build a separation fence. For more information check the pool menu on the Outdoors Page

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Privately owned outdoor pools in backyards or gardens started to proliferate in the 1950s in regions with warm summer climates, particularly in the United States. In some warm-weather US locations, such as Florida, California, and Arizona, home pools are so common that it is rare to find a new house being built without a pool. For years now, private pools are quite common in northern climates as well, where the pool season can be extended with the help of solar blankets and/or pool heaters.
A home pool can be built either above or in-ground, and from materials such as metal, plastic, fiberglass, vinyl liner or concrete. Larger above ground pools are usually permanent.
Inexpensive temporary PVC pools can be bought in supermarkets and taken down after summer. They are used mostly outdoors in yards, are typically shallow, and often their sides are inflated with air to stay rigid. When finished, the water and air can be let out and this type of pool can be folded up for convenient storage. They are regarded in the swimming pool industry as "splasher" pools intended for cooling off and amusing toddlers and children, not for swimming.
In-ground pools usually have a poured concrete pool deck while permanently installed above ground pools need a raised wooden deck, either just on the house side or a wrap around deck. As the deck is usually several feet above ground it is important to install handrails for the stairs leading to the pool deck and adequate railings around the deck. It is highly recommended (and required in some municipalities) to install a gate that can be locked at the top of the stairs to prevent unauthorized access to the pool.

A typical private in-ground pool

Pool filter and pump
Traditionally, above-ground pools were round or oval shaped, but today pools come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There is also a a good selection of pool liners and filters available for above-ground pools. A pool cover will keep the pool free of leaves and other wind blown debris in the off-season. Pool equipment can be installed out-in-the-open or housed in a pool shed. If yard size permits, a cabana can be built to house pool equipment and offer a place for changing clothes.
Pools must be sanitized to prevent growth and spread of bacteria, viruses, algae and insect larvae that can cause disease. This is done by chemical disinfectants such as chlorine, bromine or mineral sanitizers, and additional filters. Alternatively, pools can be made without chemical disinfectants by using a biofilter with additional filters. In both cases, pools need to be fitted with an adequate flow rate.

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