At less cost and more convenience, installing these sustainable pools will go just swimmingly.
Costly swimming pools can shape up or ship out — shipping container pools have just dropped in, at a much lower cost and far greater convenience than their in-ground counterparts.
With sustainable building on the rise and budget-friendly renovations forever on-trend, here are 5 reasons why it’s the best time to choose a shipping container pool.
QUICK & EASY INSTALL
“The pool is delivered in the morning, the customers have a water truck show up and fill it up in an hour or two, and the kids are in there by the afternoon and all having fun. That’s really unheard of in the pool industry.” The transport’s a no-brainer, given a shipping container’s initial purpose. They only need to be craned into the backyard, which will only take up to an hour.
YOUR BUDGET WON’T SINK
Homeowners often forget that costs for installing an in-ground pool can escalate beyond their expectations. If the site is unsuitable for digging or requires jackhammers, installation costs will grow. Add a few more bills once plumbers and electricians get involved. Shipping containers need only sit on the ground, and many are designed with in-built plumbing, heating and electrical systems. “It’s usually a massive commitment to get a pool on your property, but we’ve removed those commitments.”
POOL DESIGNS CAN GO WITH THE FLOW
No matter how awkward a pool may seem in your backyard, shipping container designs can be personalised.
The side of the container also becomes a creative space where homeowners can paint murals, apply patinas or even use acrylic panels to cut windows into their pools. “It’s amazing to see people swimming inside, and if the parents are busy in the kitchen, they can look through the pool window and see the kids. It really gives them a sense of safety and awareness.”
The guarantee of a shipping container is that its welded steel body can really take a beating, from bearing huge loads to being pushed around different ports. When prepared for home installs, shipping containers like SCP’s are lined with fibreglass (which is also often used to protect yachts).
“Customers are getting an actual pool, not just lining a container with corrugations inside the pool because that would be a nightmare to clean.”
HAVE POOL, WILL TRAVEL
A shipping container can come with you when you move house. If you buy a pool and live in a rental, it can become a mobile, moveable product. The concept of a pool as a structure dug in the ground with paving or tiles around it has never changed, but these pools have flipped the industry.
This article is from excerpts of article that first appeared in Homes To Love
Have you been neglecting your swimming pool maintenance while summer is still taking its time showing up?
Or, have the recent rains left your pool less than perfect for swimming?
Why would you need to shock your pool?
There are three main reasons to shock your pool:
Heavy rain can dilute your pool, leaving you with very low chlorine levels – and we’ve certainly been having our fair share of rain in June!
Sunshine also breaks down your chlorine
Swimmers are constantly bringing in contaminants like make-up, sweat, and bacteria that normal chlorine levels can’t always fight – certain living organisms can still survive in your pool with its normal chlorine amounts; others can become completely immune to it.
What is Pool shock?
The process of shocking your pool is simply
super-chlorinating it in order to kill the build-up of chloramines and anything
else floating around that doesn’t belong.
What are chloramines?
Chloramines, or combined chlorine, are what get into your pool when chlorine disinfectants combine with the sweat, oils and urine from the people swimming in your pool.
So when you shock your pool, you’re adding enough
chlorine to destroy the chloramines.
Remember to protect yourself: Pool shock can harm your skin and bleach your clothing, so make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind ruining, and gloves and protective eyewear.
Preparing the chemicals: Once you’ve chosen your pool chlorine shock, you’ll need to read the manufacturer’s instructions and prepare it accordingly.
For example, granular shock will usually need to be
dissolved in a 20-litre (about five-gallon) bucket of water before it’s poured
into the pool. But other shock, such as lithium hypochlorite can be poured
You’ll also need to determine the proper amount of shock
to use with your particular size of pool and prepare it accordingly.
When to shock your pool
Although most people only decide to shock their swimming
pools when they see an overgrowth of algae or start getting cloudy pool water,
but by this time cleaning your pool could take a lot more work.
When your free chlorine levels drops below 3 ppm, it’s time to shock your pool. Free chlorine is the chlorine that is actively cleaning your pool and ‘free’ to do its work, compared to ‘combined’ chlorine which is the chlorine that is already used up in the water from sanitising it. Total chlorine is the ‘free’ and ‘combined’ together.
“Free chlorine is what is most desired during the shocking process. We want a lot of free chlorine because that means it hasn’t been contaminated and it will help keep your pool clean if contaminates do get into your pool.”
Before you first use your pool for the season: – your pool definitely needs a pre-boost of chlorine before everyone starts jumping in with all their germs. It’s especially important if you’ve had a cover on all winter. Who knows what might be lurking under there?
After extreme weather conditions: heavy wind or rain can carry in debris and algae spores that can get out of hand quickly
After heavy pool use
At the first sight of algae: this can bloom and spread quickly
Types of pool shock
There are several different types of pool shock
on the market and it’s important to know the difference, as some need more dissolving
time than others; while some treatments may affect your water acid levels to
rise and to know how to monitor these.
There are also non-chlorine shock treatments, so people
can actually swim very soon after this treatment is applied (as quickly as
fifteen minutes after administering the non-chlorine treatment) – this is a
popular type of shock to use in between super-chlorinating during heavy swim
Most pool shocks are best used at night so that the
sunlight doesn’t decrease its effectiveness.
It’s also best to shock at night so that it can be left
alone for several hours, giving it time to work.
How long does it take to
shock a pool?
The actual process shouldn’t take more than an hour, but
depending on the product used, it could be up to 8 hours before you can use it.
Remember to leave it alone while it’s doing its stuff! It’s usually recommended
to leave it overnight, and if you do it on a Monday you’ll have a pristine pool
for the rest of the week.
Check your pool chemistry
after shocking your pool
A pool expert says: “After you’ve waited the recommended number of hours, you still need to test your pool’s chlorine levels (pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness especially) before letting anyone swim.
Make sure the levels have returned to normal before
you allow anyone in.
Note that low pH levels are important here: if your pH level is over 8.0, your pool shock is basically useless. Shoot for a pH level of around 7.2 if you need to lower it.”
And run the filtration system
While shocking your pool will help kill any germs any algae, it won’t actually get rid of them; for that, you need your filter. So be sure to run your pool filter for at least 24 hours.
According to a pool expert, here are some excellent additional
After the pool shock is added,
pool toys and accessories can also be thrown in for decontamination.
Never add pool shock directly
to the skimmers.
Keep the pool uncovered until
chlorine levels return to normal.
NEVER swim before checking to
make sure the chlorine levels are at 3 ppm or less.
Use the entire amount of shock
necessary for your pool’s size.
Don’t use shock on windy days.
The product needs to stay in the pool, not in your face!
Shock your pool once a week to
keep contaminates and algae from becoming a problem.
can brush your pool after shocking to distribute chlorine more evenly.
Shocking your pool is a great way to bring it back to its
cleanest state. Keeping up with your swimming pool maintenance is important,
but if you miss a few weeks your swimming pool may become cloudy, that is why
it is good to shock your pool. Once you’ve brought your pool water back to its
proper balance, then you can enjoy your clean and crystal clear swimming pool
with your friends and family.
Need any help with your swimming pool? Get in touch, we’d love to help
Summer at home – long lie-ins, breakfast on the terrace,
playing or reading in the garden, cosy barbecues in the evening… Does this
sound like the relaxing and refreshing holiday of your dreams?
New research shows that more British holidaymakers are
choosing not to travel abroad this coming summer, with local holiday search options
up by a third. It seems it is a combination of Brexit uncertainty along with
hopes for a repeat of last summer’s record-breaking heatwave that is encouraging
people to seek holiday fun closer to home. Even established travel companies
are reporting big losses as a result of this trend due to a slowdown in travel
bookings. Sun and fun is about to happen at home!
“As we get closer to the summer holiday period we will be
able to observe whether or not last-minute British holidaymakers cause a surge
in this staycation trend,” says an industry observer.
Yet another industry source says that ‘more than 51% of
Brits are planning to spend their main summer holiday in the UK this year.’
“Backyard summers make great memories”
If this latest Staycation data has inspired you to plan your own home summer holiday, we’ve got some lovely brand new shipping container swimming pool ideas that will bring your dream destinations into your own back garden. From Ibiza-style home pool parties with friends. To the quiet feeling of Maldives-inspired relaxation under the umbrella on your patio. Family time and family gatherings with limitless refreshments without the exorbitant expense of cafes and restaurants, and no crowds jostling for position at beach resorts. The wellbeing of hours and days of fun outdoor home entertainment away from mobile screens for the kids. And no need to limit your holiday to a 10kg suitcase! (Pets get to holiday with you too in your backyard).
One journalist was asked, “What is the perfect formula
for a family’s summer holiday?” And her simple answer was: Time together.
“That’s what kids want, that’s what parents want.”
“There’s no greater joy than watching your child enjoy
the freedom of play.”
Increasingly, parents are looking for value in family
holidays. Even environmental ethics come into play when considering one’s eco
footprint with travel. And, of course, parents are looking at how they can also
enjoy some of their own down-time on holiday.
Bring on the good times and the feel-good
It’s not too late to get your own back garden shipping container swimming pool, in time for the long summer holidays at home, and to make your staycation magically memorable.
Remember the summer of 2018? Didn’t you wish you had an
outdoor pool in your back garden? If the answer is yes, then one of our Tanqua
pools is what you need. The hardest decision you will make is the size what
size pool will be the best fit in your garden – 20ft or 40ft!
It’s easy to see why the convenience of a container pool suits your world. You can position it above the ground, or inground. Your pool can even move house with you one day. Choices can be made about all the finishes, from the decking to the lining and spa jets, and also whether you would like to be able to heat the pool for colder days. Once your shipping container swimming pool is delivered to your home, within a few hours you’ll be able to swim – ‘plug and play’ is the way to fill your summer with wonderful memories and lots of swimming.
Don’t let a swimming pool be the one thing missing from your holiday. Our brand new shipping container pools are a cost-effective alternative. Out of season you can simply empty the pool, cover over, and re-fill again the following season with minimum effort – ready for the next summer of fun!
Shipping containers have been upcycled into housing, offices and even a cafe. Now the versatile shipping container is diving into the world of backyard pools.
container pools have given many wannabe pool owners a slice of the action
thanks to their cut-price affordability.
While concrete pools can cost up to $100,000 and
fibreglass pools around $50,000, these unconventional pools start at just
$25,000 (Australian prices 2019).The
popularity of the upcycled containers is also soaring because they can be
installed on sloping sites – a feat previously only achievable for those with
lots of cash to splash.
Property investor Paul Absalom says he spent one third of what
he would have spent on a custom concrete pool by choosing a shipping container
people see it, everyone thinks it’s really cool and that’s not just because
it’s a nice pool with nice views, but because of how it’s done,” he says.
of the upcycled containers is also soaring because they can be installed on
sloping sites. “The
structure to build all the foundations and getting enough concrete in there to
support the pool would have been a huge and costly project,” he says.
brilliant solution on every front, in terms of its functionality, its cost and
the way it looks.”
containers have been an experimental tool for architects and artists alike.
simplicity, strength and stack-ability makes them a ready-made solution for
everything to backyard home offices to multi-level apartment complexes.In
Taiwan, the country’s first Starbucks is constructed of 29 containers
piled in a grid-like formation.
The modifiable nature of shipping containers is becoming more important to environmentally-conscious consumers. Excerpts of the story that appeared in Financial Review
We are thrilled to bring our shiny new website to everyone who loves a pool with a difference!
Tanqua Pools is the place for brand new shipping container swimming pools, just in time for summer. If you’re fancying a dip this season you may well be able to in one of our container pools that can be tailored to your requirements.
Read all about it on our website, share it with your family, friends, work colleagues and social media … and most of all, get in touch with us to see how you can have your backyard transformed in time for a summer splash.