swimming pool waterfall cleaning

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics, pros and cons of installing a waterfall as part of your new swimming pool setup. Pool waterfalls are growing in popularity in recent years, both due to their decreasing costs and the way they improve your home aesthetic and property values.

At Dolphin Pools & Spas, we’re happy to work with our clients on numerous custom swimming pool design and construction areas in Salt Lake City, including customers who are interested in a pool waterfall or any related theme. If you’re thinking about a pool waterfall, what should you know about basic costs, cleaning methods and some of the alternative integrated uses of these waterfalls in many setups? Here’s a primer.

General Cost Ranges

One of the top questions many clients understandably have about pool waterfalls revolves around their cost. Unfortunately we don’t have a set answer for you on how much a given waterfall will cost – but we can tell you about the variables that tend to impact it.

For the simpler, cascade-style waterfall that you’re likely familiar with, the sort that creates a +strip of falling water, costs tend to range from $1,000 to $4,000. This will depend on whether it’s being built into the side of a pool or being added to a raised well; how wide and long the waterfall space is; how much water it uses up, the type of pump required, and a few other factors.

However, many pool owners incorporate waterfalls into other designs. Some enjoy a lagoon-style pool design with natural curves; others prefer a “grotto” style waterfall that might require an extra pump. These areas may add anywhere from $2,000 up to $25,000 in costs depending on how detailed and luxurious you want to get.

Integrated Uses

One major benefit of a pool waterfall is the way it can be integrated into alternative or additional themes within the pool:

  • Tanning ledge: Many enjoy combining a waterfall with a tanning ledge, often through spilling it over.
  • Spillway: You can drop your waterfall into the pool from a higher spillway – even one on a second-story floor.
  • Spa or hot tub: There are also great ways to combine your pool and spa aesthetics with a waterfall.
  • Retaining wall: A retaining wall is a great way to get higher elevations, or simply to separate the pool and waterfall from the rest of the yard.

Cleaning Themes

Care for a pool waterfall is pretty similar to other pool areas. You will need to regularly clean it with a scrubbing brush and some simple dish soap, plus keep track of your pump’s cleanliness – the pump should also be drained before you start cleaning it. If needed, and as long as your waterfall is sturdy enough for it, you can also use a high-pressure hose or a pressure washer for cleaning.

For more on pool waterfalls, or to learn about any of our swimming pool or hut tub services In Salt Lake City, speak to the staff at Dolphin Pools & Spas today.