With the summer almost at our doorstep, it is hard not to imagine sitting at the poolside all day long, sunbathing and enjoying the good weather. However, there are many dangers lurking from swimming pools, those which we cannot even imagine. Instead of that, opting for natural, eco-friendly solutions can be a better idea, so keep reading and find out why to make an eco-friendly swimming pool in your backyard.
The bad side of chlorine
Chlorine is a chemical element which is used as a cleaning agent in the majority of swimming pools. Its main purpose is to keep the water sanitary and clean from possible sources of infection and contagion in the pool water. However, there are bad sides to it as well. According to EPA, chlorine can be bad for your skin because it can irritate it, as well as your eyes and respiratory system. It can be especially bad for children who frequently swim in it because chlorine seems to increase the risk of allergy development or even asthma. There are other problems chlorine can cause in adults, such as bladder and rectal cancer, to name a few.
People have seen the bad sides of pools, and they have come up with ways of overcoming them. One of those is a green alternative – natural swimming pool which does not contain chlorine or other chemicals that can pose threat to your health.
- Dig it – The cheapest way to get a natural swimming pool is to dig a hole in your backyard. Its depth and size depends only upon your liking, so make sure to have everything figured out before you start digging. Determine its shape, dimensions and watch out for possible obstructions, such as the type of your ground. Mind you that you will have to keep the walls stay vertical and perpendicular with the bottom using a steel framework. The alternative to this is to make it with sloping sides, which is also a great option.
- Seal it – In order to make sure your pool keeps water rather than drinking it, you are going to have to seal it. We have asked a renowned company specialised in natural swimming pool designs what to do, and they have suggested to use betonite, which works as a glue, and gravel, which can provide the bottom with a great habitat for beneficial bacteria that can in biodegrading natural materials in your swimming pool.
- Natural filtration system – Since it is natural for water to circulate continuously and clean the pool, you will have to install a water aerator or a pump that can channel water to your plant zone and complete the natural eco-friendly process.
- Grow plants around it – If you want to achieve the best effect with your natural swimming pool, you will have to grow plants around it so as to create your personal tiny ecosystem. Surround it with soil which is not meant for harvesting; instead of that, you are going to need soil with animal excrement, and when it comes to underwater soil – choose soil free of organic matter. Before you start growing plants, let the soil rest for a week or two, and use the time to test the soil for potentially pathogenic bacteria in your local health department if possible.
When it comes to water that is going to fill the pool, make sure that it does not come straight from the local water system. It would be better to filtrate it, rather than posing danger to your natural eco-system. There is also the option of going salty, with a saline swimming pool, as recommended by Wall Street Journal.