What Is a Plunge Pool?

What Is a Plunge Pool

It’s normal to dream of having a pool in your backyard. They are one of the most enjoyable and most-used features any home can have. But not all yards and homes are designed to accommodate a full-sized in-ground pool. Space is usually the limiting factor, but cost and practicality also have an impact. If you really want that pool and can’t find a way to make it work, you might be the perfect candidate for an alternative. You can consider installing a plunge pool instead. It could be exactly what you need.

The Basics of a Plunge Pool

In general, a plunge pool is a small swimming pool, and they are small for a reason. They’re designed for yards or spaces where you can’t fit a full-sized pool. The plunge pool allows you to enjoy the water and its benefits even when space is limited. It ultimately works the same way as a traditional in-ground pool — it’s just scaled down to fit the space you have to work with.

Pros of Plunge Pools

Since a plunge pool is a regular pool that takes up less space, we can see that it offers some interesting pros. The obvious is that it takes less space, but that translates into several other good outcomes.

They may be less expensive to install than a traditional pool (though it’s important to note that a swimming pool has minimum installation costs for each phase). Energy costs for maintaining a smaller pool are lower, which leads to noticeable savings compared to a larger pool over time. Plunge pools are also easier to cover. Whether you are using a solar heating cover or just keeping debris out of your pool, it’s a smaller job to manage with a smaller pool.

Cons of Plunge Pools

Plunge pools have their advantages, but there are also trade-offs to consider. We can start with the obvious. A plunge pool is smaller. That limits the number of things you can do with it. For instance, you aren’t going to install a diving board for your plunge pool. Also, pool parties with a plunge pool aren’t quite the same.

Possibly the greatest downside to having a plunge pool is how it limits design options. If you dream of an oasis pool with palm trees, a beach entrance and a rock grotto, that’s not going to happen with your space-saving plunge pool. When you try to scale down grand backyard pool features, they often don’t have the same effect. You can still have a spectacular plunge pool, but limitations on space will always equate to limitations with the design. 

Plunge pools can also be more difficult to maintain since smaller bodies of water make chemical maintenance more difficult. This is important to keep in mind, especially if you’re planning to handle pool maintenance yourself.

A plunge pool won’t be the perfect choice for every backyard, but it can be great in the right circumstances. If you need help maintaining or repairing your plunge pool, contact Select Pool Services today. We serve homeowners throughout the North Dallas area.

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