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Help & Advice

Riverbend Sandler Spring Inspiration

Fresh ideas for spring are a great way to renew and refresh your outdoor living area. At Riverbend Sandler, we love creating outdoor spaces you can’t help but spend time in. From the sparkling pool to landscaping and just the right amount of shade highlighted by pops of color from flowers in bloom, we design… Read More

Riverbend Sandler Saltwater Pool vs Chlorine Pool: Which is Best for You?

If you’re on the market for a new swimming pool, then you’ve likely at least considered a chlorinated pool over a saltwater pool, or vice versa.  Both come with their own set of advantages that make them more suitable to a household’s lifestyle, so let’s dig right in and look at what features may make… Read More

Riverbend Sandler Create Your Own Backyard Wonderland

Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Environment The cooler temperatures and frightful winter conditions other areas experience at this time of year may be enough to chase some people indoors.  But with proper preparation and planning, you can create a backyard wonderland and make the most out of your outdoor living space this holiday season. Here are… Read More

Riverbend Sandler Irresistible Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Nothing says Christmas in a cup like a mug of gingerbread hot cocoa.  As Erika, the creator of this sumptuous beverage who runs the blog The Hopeless Housewife says, this drink is like “drinking a chocolate gingerbread cookie.” Creamy, chocolatey, and absolutely decadent, this is the perfect drink to warm up with while curled up… Read More

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Holiday Entertaining

Entertaining for the holidays doesn’t need to be stressful, and with some pre-planning it can also be something you are able to do outdoors. Let the professionals at Riverbend Sandler create the most luxurious backyard you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Our custom pool designs allow for the best possible space… Read More

Riverbend Sandler Pool Remodel Ideas for Fall

Have you recently looked at your pool and dreamed of incorporating some new and exciting additions to it or noticed certain areas which could use some improvement? The fall is a great time to renovate the pool not only because you may be using your pool less, but because remodeling the pool now means that… Read More

Riverbend Sandler October Featured Pool

Riverbend Sandler Pools, an industry leader among Plano, Dallas and Highland Park pool builders, invites you to view their October featured pool. This geometric vanishing edge pool with an attached spa creates a unique and stylish backyard oasis. Custom features include: Vanishing spa Sun ledge Deck jets Fire pit Lueders Stone coping and veneer Ceramic… Read More

Riverbend Sandler Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Area in the Fall

Thinking of ways to get the most of your backyard this fall?  Whether you are considering revamping your existing outdoor living area or are planning to build it from scratch, these tips below will help you create the perfect fall-friendly outdoor living space. Invest in your Furniture Your outdoor furniture is going to take a… Read More

Frequently asked questions

How much does a swimming pool cost?

The cost of swimming pools varies depending on a variety of factors, including size, depth, utility runs, materials, access for excavation, your yard’s elevation and slope, and even the location of your house as this can impact permit costs.

All of the pools we build are fully customized meaning costs will differ. On average, a pool can range from $60K to over $1 million.

Does my pool come with a warranty?

Any reputable builder will provide you with a written warranty; make sure you review the warranty section and do not accept anything verbally. A new swimming pool is a huge investment, so do not be afraid to ask questions for clarification.

How long does it take to build a pool?

Every pool design is different, so the pool build will also vary. Most pool and spa builds take on average 12-14 weeks, but the complexity of the project and weather conditions will also need to be factored in.

Projects that require engineering or contain structures can take longer. Your builder will provide you with an estimated timeline after you’ve signed the contract.

How soon can you start my project?

From the time you sign a contract, allow at least 30 days for HOA approval if required before we can begin. City jobs can also add on time at the front end due to permitting reviews and during the process for inspections required at certain phases of construction.

Why is my pool pump not working?

If your pool pump is not working, first check the breaker panel in your pool control panel to see if the breaker has been tripped. The breaker is labeled ‘filter’ and if it has been tripped, it will be in the middle position.

If this is the case, push the breaker completely into the ‘off’ position. Then, push it into the ‘on’ position. Also check the system to ensure the pump is turned on.

If the pump turns on then it means the trip was what caused the issue – however, if it does not, then it means there is a different problem and you’ll need to call our office to dispatch a technician.

Why am I getting air bubbles in my pool?

Check your water level is full. This is the case when the water is halfway up the skimmer mouth or below the overflow gate.

If the water level is low, it can cause the system to pull in air and push it through the system and into the pool, creating bubbles.

If your water level is correct, then the problem might be caused by your skimmer doors not being pulled into the water. If one or both of the skimmer doors are not being pulled in with the flow of water, it can cause large amounts of water to enter the system which means bubbles may appear.

If air bubbles persist, turn off the pump, close suction valves (skimmers one, two and the main drain), remove the pump lid, and clear any debris.

If you’re still experiencing air bubbles, it’s time to call a technician.

Do you sell spare parts or chemicals?

We do not sell spare parts or chemicals, but as part of our ongoing maintenance services, we will ensure you have everything you need to operate your pool effectively.

What are your maintenance rates?

Our pool maintenance starts at $205 plus tax a month. They will vary, depending on the size of your pool, and we offer free quotes within 24-48 business hours. To inquire about our rates and to find out more, contact our team today.

What do I do if my pump is leaking?

If you notice that your pump is leaking, it’s vital that you contact our service department as soon as possible.

How long should I run my pump?

The amount of time required to run your pool system and pump will depend on the time of year and your pool conditions. For example, in the spring and summer months when your pool is likely to be used more, we’d recommend running it for eight to ten hours a day.

However, in the fall and winter, we’d recommend doing this for four to six hours a day.

What is normal pressure for my filter?

Every pool system has different pressure restrictions depending on the type of equipment and features that were built with your pool. New pool owners will be given the normal pressure for their system with their start-up instructions.

How often should I backwash my filter?

The filter should be backwashed every four to six weeks or when the pressure increases 8 -10 lbs over normal clean filter pressure. The filter should also be completely disassembled, inspected, and cleaned every six months to ensure proper filtration.

As part of our maintenance service, we will backwash your filter as described above. Filter cleaning can be done at an extra charge through our customer care program.

What should I do when the temperature is below freezing?

Most swimming pools include a freeze protection mechanism that activates when the temperature reaches the near-freezing temperature of 32°F. Your freeze guard keeps your pool running to help prevent damage to your pool and/or equipment. If the freeze guard does not activate and/or you lose power, then please see the FAQ on power outages in freezing weather.

What should I do if there is a power outage in freezing weather?

As mentioned above, most swimming pools include a freeze protection mechanism that is triggered automatically when the temperature reaches the near-freezing temperature of 32°F.

Unfortunately, during a power outage the freeze protection will not activate. When this occurs, it’s essential to winterize your pool equipment to ensure it doesn’t become damaged.

To do this, watch our video or view our PDF which will outline how to effectively winterize your pool and equipment.

My pool is losing water. What should I do?

You can expect some water loss due to evaporation and splash out during swimming. The evaporation rate varies due to several factors, including the season, the area in which you live, and the amount of time you run your water features.

If you suspect that your pool is losing an above-average amount of water, check all plumbing and equipment for leaks, inspect the backwash line for the water bypassing valve, and inspect the interior of the pool for cracks.

You should also contact our service department to schedule a service call to check for visual leaks on equipment. Alternatively, you can contact the structural warranty department for non-visual leaks to discuss possible scenarios.

How important is water chemistry for my pool?

Water chemistry is the most important part of any pool’s maintenance routine. Pool water that is not balanced correctly will not only damage the pool equipment, but it will also ruin the interior finish of the pool and can even cause harm to swimmers. We recommend testing and balancing the water chemistry on a weekly basis. With our weekly maintenance packages, not only will we clean your pool but we’ll also test and balance your water chemistry.

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