Frequently Asked Questions
HOW IS THE WATER KEPT CLEAN?
We use a combination of water plants and a plant filter, known as Regeneration Zones along with special water balancing equipment to maintain clear, hygienic water. The pool is a balanced, living ecosystem, similar to a mountain lake.
ARE THERE ANY CHEMICALS AT ALL?
We do not use any chemicals just pure water.
IS THE SWIMMING AREA SEPARATE TO THE PLANTS?
Yes the swimming zone is separated from the water plants by submerged walls - you can sit on these walls and water flows over them but the swimming area itself is a defined area.
HOW MUCH MAINTENANCE IS INVOLVED?
HOW WARM IS THE WATER?
That depends on the weather! Our pools warm up quickly due to the shallow water in the plant filter. We find our pool is generally 5 deg C warmer than an unheated conventional pool and we are swimming from the end of March through to October.
In Summer the water temperature is usually 20 deg C and easily gets up to 24 deg C on a hot day. The pool is warmer in the evenings.
Yes we can heat a Living Pool or Hybrid Pool with an air source heat exchange system.
CAN THEY BE HEATED?
I ONLY HAVE A SMALL GARDEN WHAT SIZE CAN THEY BE?
A Natural Pool could be as small as 40sqm and could be any shape. A Living Pool can
be even smaller, like a plunge pool.
DO YOU GET ALGAE?
Our pools are an ecologically balanced, living system, designed to give you clear water all year round. A young pool needs time for the water plants to establish and during early spring the water may appear less clear for a short time, or you may see pockets of filamentous algae in the shallow water amongst the reeds. This is easily scooped out and the pool should clear once the water plants start growing. If a Natural Pool has persistent algae problems we would expect a water imbalance and will service your pool for you.
WHAT SORT OF WILDLIFE DOES THE POOL ATTRACT?
A Natural Pool is a magnet for wildlife. You will see birds bathing and drinking, swallows dipping in summer, dragon flies, newts, frogs and toads in spring, bats at night, and a fascinating underwater world of pond life. The wildlife prefers to remain in the planted areas, leaving the swimming zone free for you to enjoy.
DO YOU GET MOSQUITOES?
No. Mosquitoes like still stagnant water - they won’t survive in a Natural Swimming Pool.
WHAT DOES THE BOTTOM FEEL LIKE?
Our Pools are lined with a TPO liner so the bottom feels like a conventional swimming pool with a smooth flexible liner. Vacuuming the pool floor either manually or with a pool robot keeps it clean during the swimming season.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE POOL IN WINTER?
The reeds and marginals die back and are removed from the pool during the winter pool service. The pool is beautiful in winter - a huge reflective surface and great for tree silhouettes and lighting effects. We leave our pumps running in winter but equally you could turn them off. Simply enjoy your pool in winter as a giant Sky Mirror in the garden.
The cost of a project depends on factors such as construction, pool finish, size, type, design, features and finish and site conditions including ground, drainage, access and location. Visit our cost page for example project costs.
Please contact us to discuss your pool project further.
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?