Swimming Pool Waterfall: Pros, Cons and Cleaning Tips

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some general basics on swimming pool waterfalls and how they’re often used. Also often called grottos, pool waterfalls are becoming more and more popular as additions to modern-day pools – both for their aesthetic value and their multiple areas of practical use within the setup.

At Packman’s Pools, we’re here to help with numerous areas of custom swimming pool design and construction, including for those who desire a pool waterfall or some similar type of feature as part of their setup. If you’re considering this theme but aren’t sure whether to pull the trigger, today’s part two of our series will go over the benefits and drawbacks of these installations, plus some basic cleaning and maintenance tips if you do decide to move forward with a pool waterfall.

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Benefits of Pool Waterfalls

There are several key reasons you might consider installing a pool waterfall, including the following benefits:

  • Basic aesthetics: Waterfalls make your pool setup look luxurious and classy.
  • Water circulation: This adds several practical benefits, from improved filtration through reduction of algae buildup and even cooling in hot climates.
  • Increase in the “play” or leisure are of the pool, when designed correctly.
  • Blocking or muffling background noises, such as nearby traffic, pool equipment or surrounding animals.
  • Oxygenation: Falling water also often oxygenates a pool, which removes harmful particles and supplements filtration.

Possible Drawbacks of Pool Waterfalls

Now, there are a few potential drawbacks of pool waterfalls for some pool owners, including the following:

  • Maintenance and cleaning: Waterfalls create an additional cleaning and maintenance need, one that gets larger the bigger the waterfall is. There are several variables here, from the actual waterfall itself to its pump and various crevices that dirt may build up in.
  • Erosion: Artificial rocks or other structures may erode over time, especially if you have saltwater in your pool.
  • Weather damage: The risks of weather damage are higher for pool waterfalls due to exposure.

If any of these seem like concerns that aren’t worth it to you, you should consider whether installing a pool waterfall is really ideal.

Basic Cleaning Tips

If you do decide to install a pool waterfall, how should it be cleaned? Ideally, all you’ll need is a scrubbing brush and some dish soap, which you’ll use to clean all the sections of the waterfall. First, be sure to turn off the waterfall and drain it completely before you begin cleaning – you also might be able to detach certain components and clean them individually. If you need a little water pressure, use your garden hose or perhaps even a pressure-washer for this need.

For more on swimming pool waterfalls, or to learn about any of our swimming pool design or construction services, speak to the staff at Packman’s Pools today.