The History of the Swimming Pool

The History of the Swimming Pool


Have you ever wondered how swimming pools came to be? You may be surprised to know that the first known swimming pool dates back almost 5,000 years. What we know today as swimming pools didn’t really become popular until after the first Olympic games in 1896.

When pools first started being built, they were actually meant for communal bathing. Keep in mind, this was a time before indoor plumbing, and human concern for overall cleanliness was not necessarily a priority (unless of course you were a part of richer communities.)

Remember, we’re talking about pools here, not the activity of swimming as a whole. Some sources say the first pools were created by Romans, and they and the Greeks would use the pools to teach young boys how to swim.

Other sources point out that it’s highly probable that some pools were used for religious rituals and renewals.

The earliest known pool is called “The Great Bath of Mohenjo-Daro”, which is in modern day Pakistan, and measured 24 feet long, 23 feet wide, and 8 feet deep. It’s actually called a ‘water tank’ and it was an architecture win in terms of how tightly the bricks were laid together to assure water tightness. They also utilized various materials, such as a form of natural tar, to ensure the tank could handle holding water. The layout of the pool included sections where people could walk without being fully submerged, much like some pools have today. However, back then since swimming wasn’t a common skill, most people would lounge on the edges of the pool.

Fast forward a bit and pools were seen around areas people used to practice sports or train. Some wealthy individuals had pools built for relaxation and entertainment.

In 1839, Oxford installed the first swimming pool intended for recreational use at Temple Crowley. This quickly increased popularity and sparked the beginning of various uses for swimming, as an activity, and for pools in general. From an educational perspective, universities began building pools for teams and clubs. As an activity, recreational centers and gyms began adding pools to allow for associations and clubs, which soon lead to the utilization of the pools for fitness and wellness programs.

In 1896, the first modern Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece. With swimming as one of the main competitive sports, the swimming industry’s popularity took off.

One of the world’s first above ground pools was in the United States, at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia clubhouse. Around this time, a lot of swimming pools were being built across America for various reasons, but for about a decade they were mostly for specific clubs or groups.

Then, in 1917 Texas built the first municipal pool, Deep Eddy Pool, in Austin. For the previous two years, the ‘pool’ was a swimming hole in the Colorado River, surrounded by boulders creating an eddy, hence the name. Once the land around it was purchased, the concrete pool was built. Though the pool is actually still in use today, the pool has experienced a fair share of ups and downs. In 1935, a massive flood essentially destroyed the pool and the land, and the pool was repaired and reopened the following year. Fun fact: It is considered a historical landmark!

Fast forward through several milestones in the swimming world, such as two piece swimsuits being introduced in 1943, popular athletes gaining notoriety, and schools nationwide incorporating swim teams, you can see how having a swimming pool at your home became popular rather quickly.

Much like with everything else in our society, as technology advances and materials become more accessible, the cost of installing a custom pool that fits your style is much more affordable.

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Is Too Much Chlorine Bad For Your Pool?

Is Too Much Chlorine Bad For Your Pool?

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you added way too much chlorine in your pool? Majority of people have done it. For most it’s accidental and for some, it’s intentional in the hopes that more chlorine will be better for the disinfection of the pool. In truth, too much chlorine is actually bad for you and for the pool.

How too much chlorine affects you and the pool

Over-chlorination in pool water has been known to cause skin, eye and lung irritation as well as provoking asthma. Aside from that, there is the risk of chlorine poisoning from the excessive inhalation of the toxic fumes released from over-chlorination. This is because of the existence of chloramines in the water, which lower the pH of water considerably and result in increased water acidity. This is also what damages your pool. Too much acidity in the water results in corrosion of pipes, which accelerates their wear and undermines the structural integrity of your Naples pool construction.

Pool water test kit in hand

How much is too much?

The amount of chlorine that you add to your pool is dependent on the amount of water in the pool. You can’t just eyeball it and hope to get the right amount. Before you start chlorinating the water in your Naples pool, you should have an expert come and give you the measurements and explain how best to chlorinate your pool. Having said that, what exactly should one do if they suspect that they added a little too much chlorine?

What to do in the event of over-chlorination

The first step is to be sure that there is indeed over-chlorination. For this, you should do a pH test and a chlorine level test. If both tests are in the ballpark, then you can rest easy. However, if the tests prove that you’ve added a little too much chlorine, you should take steps to mitigate this. Keep in mind that the steps are dependent on the severity of the situation.

  • Uncover the pool

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t add more chlorine to the pool at this point. Instead, you should uncover your pool and let it soak in the sunlight. The UV radiation is known to destroy chlorine, thereby reducing its levels and toxicity in the water.

  • Chemically neutralize it

The next step should be the addition of chemicals that neutralize the chlorine such as Sodium Thiosulfate. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t add too much of these chemicals lest you neutralize all the chlorine.


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How to Find the Right Pool For You

How to Find the Right Pool For You

The question most people looking into pool construction ask themselves is how big the pool should be. Finding the right constructor is essential if you want your needs met. The size, shape and depth can be pulled off if you have the right person for the job. However, it has to be done right as there is no turning back once the pool is on the ground. Before looking into construction consider the following factors;

Pool shape and design

Installing a pool is a big decision. You can get a quote with Pinnacle USA, Inc. , a Naples pool construction company, and have them build you an attractive pool. Consider the shape and budget you can manage then have them build you a pool unlike any other.


The pools number of users

With Naples pool construction, you can get a quote of the number of users you would like your pool to have as such they will give you the estimated size that fits that description. You also tell them how often the pool will be used so that they can estimate the density of materials used in construction. You should consider your family size and preferences. Although your children may want a big pool, they will only use a small part of it. Therefore you have to opt for a reasonable option that is not too infringing.

Guests entertainment

When planning for pool construction, it is important to consider that at some point you may have guests and will want to entertain them with the pool. Naples pool and spa can help you add spa facilities for your guests and families when they visit town. Get a quote on the size and depth and color you prefer for the pool and have it done right.

Likelihood of family increase

When looking into finding the right pool, consider your family’s future and whether there is a likelihood that you will want more children and grandchildren. The size of the pool will matter if you want your grandchildren to use it. In your future years, you may want a spa facility added so with Naples spa construction companies, you can get a quote and have them add you a spa next to your pool.

Space availability

Before implementing into pool construction ideas, check whether you have the right amount of space that can suit a pool in your home. If you do not have ground, you can always go up and have a pool installed above ground let’s say the rooftop of your house. It could be more expensive and smaller than a ground pool.


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