Maintenance is simple, easy and enjoyable in such a natural setting . A leaf skimmer needs emptying every 1 to 4 weeks. The plants should be pruned (although not essential) in the summer to help filtration, then fully cut back in the autumn. The surfaces are cleaned with an automatic robot regularly if a very clean finish is wanted or a hand-held vacuum occasionally for lazier ‘ swimming ponders’ .
At 3 to 5 year intervals, a full service is needed to rejuvenate plant growth and eliminate anaerobic silt that builds up. This is about 2 to 3 days hard work which we will do for you if needed. Our pools are unique as the special profile design means this is easily done with part-emptying only. This adds to the construction cost but generates significant savings in time and maintenance costs over the years. The plant filtration system can be switched off separately but water features and leaf clearing left on in the winter.
Maintenance is very simple, with nature doing the hard work. It is less than an ordinary swimming pool as no regular testing and chemical dosing is needed. Skimmers are emptied occasionally. The filtration is a living biological filter which breaks down waste without adding anything. A natural phosphate absorbing material is replaced by us at 2 to 3 year intervals. This filter needs back flushing and stirring occasionally to maintain even flow.
A robot cleans the surfaces on a weekly cycle and can even be left in the pool. Pool steps, awkward corners and slopes or sides may need brushing to prevent them getting too slippery or discoloured by biofilm. The biological pool filtration can be switched off in winter but leaving the skimmer pump on keeps leaves clear.
We do all seasonal maintenance work for those who don’t wish to do it themselves. We offer complete support, fast response and remedies for any running issues that may occur.
Each pool comes with a comprehensive hand book on maintenance.
The costs for natural pools vary depending on the pool type size and method. The lowest cost is to Do-it-Yourself (very easy). Plant feed is £25 – £100 per season. Tap water is filtered for all pools. Replacement phosphate absorber will cost £50 – £250 per year.
The pumps are low-power consumption. Allow an extra £50 – £200 on the bill per year. Metered water to top up is £25 – £100 per year. So total running costs are between £150 (small pool) and £450 (very large pool) per year.
We recommend boreholes as the best method of filling all pools. Their costs offset filtering costs and water rates within 5 to 10 years. The water is higher quality and plant growth is better.
Pure-Living pools need less work but have higher running costs. A phosphate absorber that replaces plants (which grow for free) must be replaced when saturated. This can cost from approximately £125 to £350 per annum. Replacement is done every 2-3 years. Planting, particularly oxygenating plants, in such a system may reduce this cost and extend time for replacement. We take water tests when needed. Costs also vary with environmental conditions, such as location, weather and level of use and care.