Do you have questions about planning for, designing and installing a swimming pool or spa? With over 40 years of industry experience, Mountainside Pools & Spas is happy to answer your inground swimming pool and spa FAQs.

Check out our answers to some of the most common questions we receive and learn more about what goes into building an inground swimming pool and spa.

  • “Is it cheaper to build a rectangle or kidney compared to a freeform shaped pool?”

    No. Every pool we build is custom to the property and location. All estimates are based on square footage, not shape.

  • “Is a salt generator all it’s cracked up to be?”

    We believe so. Most people are more comfortable with salt system as it prevents the need to “add chlorine” when the level drops in the high summer heat. The generator keeps the chlorine level at a constant. Therefore, you do not have the of spike of chlorine level when low and chlorine needs to be added as opposed to the old fashioned way of adding liquid or tablets. Simply adjust the generator dials to generate the sanitation faster and harder out of the salt that is already in the pool. Water will evaporate from a pool but salt never does. Most common way salt leaves the pool is through displacement during cannonball flops or backwash of the sand filter. The nice thing about the salt generator is the fact that most systems take the guess work out of the weekly maintenance and testing. And the cost of salt is unbelievably economic compared to chlorine.

  • “Do you have to resurface a gunite pool every so many years?”

    NO. As long as the water is properly balanced and the pool is properly maintained, there should be no reason to re-plaster the interior of the pool. AS with any type of swimming pool, regularly checking your water chemistry along with regular brushing, vacuuming and maintenance ensures a long life of enjoyment.

  • “Do you use more chemicals in gunite pools than you do in vinyl or fiberglass pools?”

    Not necessarily. Each type of pool surface has its own requirements to maintain the elements of the water correctly, such as ph., alkalinity, cyanuric acid, hardness, and algae control. Hence, ALL types of pools require specific chemicals to balance water correctly.

  • How large does my property need to be to build a swimming pool or spa?

    It depends on how large you want your inground pool and spa to be. If you’ve always dreamed of owning a larger-than-life pool, you’ll obviously need some room to work with. However, Mountainside Pools & Spas can build any size swimming pool or spa for those with smaller yards or those who simply aren’t looking for something so grand. We’ll take all the proper measurements and create a rendering for your approval to ensure your pool or spa fits perfectly in the space allotted.

  • Can I customize my swimming pool or spa to look however I want?

    Yes! At Mountainside Pools & Spas, one of the things that sets us apart from our competitors is that we can help you customize an inground pool or spa based on your specific ideas. We’ll sit and speak with you about what you envision for your pool and spa and work with the space available to bring it to fruition.

  • How long does it take to install a swimming pool or spa?

    Each swimming pool and spa installation is different, so it is impossible to predict a timeframe without knowing the exact details. When you sit with us to plan your build, we’ll take the complexity of the design, time of year, and several other factors into consideration before giving you an estimated completion time. If you have a deadline in mind for your pool or spa project, we’ll do our absolute best to hit it.

  • Who should I trust to build a swimming pool or spa for me?

    It’s essential to work with an experienced pool and spa installation company that has successfully been in the business for many years. At Mountainside Pools & Spas, our owner has been building pools for more than four decades, and before that, his father spent five decades doing the same. You can rely on our level of expertise to ensure your pool and spa are installed correctly and efficiently.

  • Do I need permits to put a swimming pool or spa in my yard?

    Yes. Tennessee law requires building permits be obtained for private swimming pools that are deep enough to hold more than 24 inches of water. There are also various permit requirements for zoning, pool barriers, gates, alarms, etc., all of which Mountain Pools & Spas can handle for you. You may also need to deal with the Home Owners Association when commissioning inground pool construction. Our team will take care of submitting plans and ensuring everything is squared away prior to breaking ground.

Have questions that were not featured on our inground swimming pool and spa FAQs page? Get in touch with Mountainside Pools & Spas at 423-533-2221 today for more information.