Swimming Pool #8

Material: Concrete
Walls finish: Vinyl liner with mosaic pattern
Filtration: Filtration unit
Equipment: Filtration unit with built-in:

  • Circulation pump
  • Filtering bag
  • water skimmer
  • underwater light

 

This inground concreteswimming pool and many others have been built by our company. We stand for quality workmanship and responsible building with 100% satisfied clients. You can contact us if you are planning to have a swimming pool built in your yard. We employ our own builders and do not use subcontractors that is why can guarantee the high quality of every project.


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New construction: Development of 16 holiday villas with shared pool

In year 2005 our company started a new develoment project of holiday villas with shared swimming pool. The conceptual design included 16 detached houses, a swimming pool, two covered barbeque areas with dining facilities and a lot of spacious green gardens. The complex is located in Bryastovets - a picturesque small rural village, located only on 20 min drive distance from the Black sea resort of Sunny beach. The peaceful and beautiful surroundings are the ideal premise for a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday, especially for people willing to stay away from the crowds and the noise of the beach resorts and still to be close to the sea.

Holiday complex with pool

The complex is set in a wonderfully peaceful location, surrounded by nature offering finished and furnished summer houses for sale and for rent. All villas have three double bedrooms, equipped kitchen and lounge. The villas were designed to provide comfort and relaxation.


Floor Plan

Floor Plan

Complex facilities: a children playground, a 9 holes minigolf playfield and a 7 x 15 meters swimming pool. All areas are designed to be suitable and safe for children and elderly people.

The major part of the construction works ended in 2007 and the complex welcomed its first gests for the summer of 2007.

In the beginning of year 2009 the minigolf course was constructed.


CONSTRUCTION WORKS TIMELINE

THE PLOT BEFORE THE START OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS

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BEGIN OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS

After acquiring the building and construction permits, the works started in the middle of 2005.

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The Minigolf Playground

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THE COMPLEX TODAY




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Swimming pool leaks detection and repair


How to find a leak in a pool

Water loss from a pool normally varies between 3 mm and 6 mm per day due to evaporation, but greater loss indicates a leakage problem. It is possible that at certain point of time your outdoor concrete swimming pool starts leaking. Pool leaks can result from defects in the pool concrete shell or any of the plumbing associated with recirculation, filtration and spa systems.

The first and most obvious indicator that your pool has a leak is the loss of water and the lowering of the water level. To be sure that you really have a problem in your pool, a couple of simple test have to be done in order to determine the reason for the water loss.


Reasons for water loss in the outdoor pools

Generally, there are three reasons for water loss in the outdoor pools:

  • Natural evaporation and splash-out. Depending on the climatic characteristics of the region you live in, your pool may lose certain amount of water due to natural evaporation. The people who are using the pool can also splash out quite a big amount of water.
  • Leaks in the plumbing lines. Leaky valves, leaky seals, leaky pump (lid or body) or a broken pipe could result into major water losses and have to be repaired as soon as possible.
  • Concrete shell leaks. Even the smallest cracks in the tiles and plaster may cause a solid water loss. Very often leaks come from the areas where the skimmers, the lights, the return jets and the other fittings are installed into the pool’s shell.

HOW TO DETERMINE THE REASON OF THE WATER LOSS IN MY POOL?

1. Water loss through evaporation from pool water surface

Water loss through evaporation from pool water surface

Evaporation is the changing of water from a liquid state to a gas. It is usually used to indicate a state change below the boiling point of water. To determine if the water loss comes from evaporation fill a transparent container or a jar with water and place on the first pool step or fix it somehow floating in the water ( THE BUCKET TEST). It is important that the water level in the pool is the same as the water level in the container and the pool is not used during the test. If there is a difference in the water levels after a couple of days (for example – the pool level is lower than the container level) this means that your pool has a leak.

Bucket test

Swimming Pool Water Loss Calculator

 

2. A leak in the swimming pool plumbing system

Leak in the plumbing system

The basic configuration of a swimming pool plumbing and filtration system is simple. Water is pulled through the skimmers and main drain in the swimming pool by the pool pump. Then the water travels through the pipes back to the filter room where it passes through the pump and is then pushed through the filter, and is returned back into the pool through the return lines. The plumbing systems are a constant source for water loss for a lot of different reasons ranging from pipes material, installation quality, age, configuration and soil conditions. Before you begin to tear apart your plumbing system you need to locate the leak in the plumbing system first.

Swimming pool with Sand filter filtration swimming pool with sand filter and skimmers - scheme

The procedure used to monitor and log the water lever over given period (usually over a week) of time is called a “Hydrostatic diagnostic test”.

The test will return one of these options:

1/ The pool is losing the same amount of water regardless if the pump is on or off:
=> broken pipe, leak around skimmers, lights, drain, multiple leak locations

2/ The pool is leaking more when the pump is on, but water loss is experienced in both conditions:

=> loose fitting or crack in return line, multiple return line leaks

3/ The pool is leaking more when the pump is off, but water loss is experienced in both conditions:

=> loose fitting or crack in suction line, multiple leak locations

4/ The pool is leaking when the pump is on, and not leaking when the plumbing system is off:

=> crack in the return part of the plumbing

5/ The pool is leaking when the pump is off, and not leaking when the plumbing system is on:
=> crack in the suction part of the plumbing

Should the monitoring results indicate a difference in rate of water loss when the plumbing system is running and when it is shut off, this can be a strong indicator for a problem existing in your plumbing system.

A simple inspection of the area around the pool could be very helpful to detect a leak from the plumbing. To determine if the leak comes from the plumbing you have to investigate the ground around the pool, the filter and pump area and all the pipes coming from and going into the pool. If you see a wet or damp spot, follow the line to find the trouble-maker.

Both ways – the conclusions from the hydrostatic test and the pool inspection would help you to discover by yourselve the reason for the water loss but in any case it is recommended to call a professional to deal with the problem.

 

3. A leak in the pool’s shell

When the water loss is the same regardless if the plumbing system is running or not, then you probably have a leak in the structure of the pool itself, and not in the plumbing system.
Underwater leaks in the shell and the fittings can be identified with the help of special dye - the so called Leak Detection Dye Test. First of all you have to turn off the pump and wait until the water is calm. By adding some dye in the water near suspicious cracks, the skimmers, the return lines, the lights and all other underwater fittings piercing the pool’s shell you will be able to determine where the problem is. If there is a leak, the dye will be sucked into it. The leaks from the shell should not be underestimated or ignored, because they may lead to even bigger structural damages, not to mention the high water bill and the excessive usage of chemicals.

No matter if the leak is in the plumbing or in the shell, prompt measures have to be taken to eliminate the problem and to avoid further damages. As an experienced builder of concrete swimming pools, we are familiar with all most probable leakage places and can help identifying and repairing the leak in your pool.

 


How to repair leaks in your swimming pool


Because of significant loss of water a client contacted our company to undertake the repair of his outdoor swimming pool. The pool was losing water and the leakage was damaging the pool’s neighboring area.
It was ascertained that the concrete shell was leaking through cracks in the tiles and through the underwater fittings. The unprofessional execution of the construction works, especially in the skimmers and return lines zones was ascertained when the skimmers’ bodies and the return inlets were removed.

1. Skimmers and inlets

When we drilled around the skimmers and the inlets we found there big holes filled with brick pieces instead of waterproof concrete and plaster.

The areas were cleaned carefully from brick pieces and wooden shattering remains and after that filled with hydraulic cement in order to prevent any further leakage from these particular zones.

When the cement filling dried out new tilling in the areas was professionally installed, leaving no visual trace of the repair.

2. Shell cracks

When building a concrete pool it is essential to execute the body as a monolithic structure free from work joints in order to avoid movement or cracking within the pool shell, water loss and subsequent damages.

In our case, the upper part of the pool had been concreted separately from the rest of the pool’s body and thus forming a joint. In the course of time, really bad cracks had appeared in the pool’s tiling. The water was leaking through the holes and was destroying the area around the pool and damaging the stone ground tiling. These cracks were also very dangerous for the concrete pool shell itself. If not cured these cracks would continue to erode the concrete and the forces involved would keep on pulling the cracks apart. It was not possible just to glue or plaster them over, to fill them with some epoxy and silicone products, or other pool repair putties. More serious measures had to be taken.

3. Chiseling along the crack line

In order to make the walls as monolithic as possible we had to chisel around the joint and clear the damaged concrete. The openings were then filled with hydraulic cement that would connect the two separate parts of the wall into one monolithic structure free from cracks, joints and other leaking zones.

After the cement was dry the places were plastered with hydro insulation and the tiling was renewed. After the repair, the walls were looking as good as new.

4. The plumbing

This particular pool didn’t had any leaks from the plumbing itself but from the places where the pipes were installed. There were large openings where the pipes were going into and out of the pool’ s walls filled again with brick pieces and mortar. Through these holes the pool was leaking in the ground and destroying the neighboring area. We assume, two separate building companies had executed the concrete works and the pipework without any coordination between each other and the results are abvious. And again the brick pieces were carefully removed and the gaps around the pipes were filled with hydraulic cement which is a special cement mixture that expands as it dries and is mainly used to fill the void areas in foundations around water pipes, foundation form holes, electric wire sleeves and others of this kind.

5. Repairs of the damaged yard tiles outside the pool

Because of the numerous leaks from the pool, the tiled sun area around the swimming pool were damaged also. The leaking water had drained into the soil and the ground had sunk unevenly. Some tiles were loose or broken. The client had assigned our company to repair the problematic areas and to install new tiles.

The tiles were completely removed, a new stell reinforcement installed and concreted. When the concrete dried, the new tiles were installed to the complete satisfaction of the client.




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[REFERENCE] House renovation near Bourgas

One of our current building projects is to refurbish a solid tree-storey house, located in a village near the city of Bourgas, Bulgaria. The tasks were some inside and outside changes and improvements (relocation of windows and doors, slight changes in the floor plan, etc.) in order to achieve better space usage and make the house correspondent to modern requirements and needs. Also ordered were the construction of an additional extension which to serve as a kitchen and a covered terrace, both on the ground floor.

For the project have been used only high quality materials available on the market in Bulgaria – Baumit finishing plaster, Wienerberger Porotherm bricks, Bramac roof tiles, Sikkens and Levis paints, Austrotherm insulating panels, Knauf plasterboards, Devorex gutters and others..

The house before the start of the works

The house was in a relatively good condition with sound construction, built by the standards of the 80’s of the twentieth century in Bulgaria. The roof was old but also in good conditions, no leaks were detected during the initial check-up.


Before
The house before the renovation

Before
The house before the renovation

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Overall condition is good

Before
The roof was not leaking

Before

Before

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Typical Bulgarian interior finishing

Before
Typical Bulgarian interior finishing

Kitchen extension and covered terrace with pitched roof.

A solid slab made of reinforced concrete was build around the house as a foundation for the new kitchen extension and the new covered terrace. First striped foundations have been dug, formwork for the new foundation was installed and the concrete was poured. After drying of the concrete foundation, the formwork was removed and the area was filed, then a compacted layer of pebbles and sand for leveling, a reinforcing steel rebars for strengthening and a final layer of concrete.

Steel bars were integrated in the foundation to be used at a later stage for the construction of concrete columns. The purpose of these columns is to support the terrace roof later on (and to have a nice optic).



Stripe foundations for new extension


Gavel underlay


Steel rebars


Wet concrete


Dry concrete


Dry concrete

INSIDE REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS

Roof insulation

About 25% of heat can be lost through the roof if this is uninsulated. For better insulating properties of the ceiling, some improvements were made on the attic floor. First, the existing wooden paneling has been removed. Three layers of mineral wool were laid between the joists to reduse heat loss form the roof. The mineral wool was sealed with damp proof membrane and then plasterboards have been installed on the ceiling.



Mineral wool (3 layers) between the joists


Damp membrane to seal air-proof the ceiling


Plasterboards on ceiling






Demolition Works

Based on the client’s requirements some changes in the interior have been performed. Some existing windows and doors have been walled up – the openings were bricked and plastered. New door and window openings have been mada. The dimensions of all remaining doors and windows were extended and the openings plastered.

For the safety of the construction and its stability additional reinforced concrete columns, lintels and beams have been built.

The brick railings on all balconies have been removed.



Taking down a wall betwenn two rooms


Supporting the opening with new concrete colums and beam





window brick-in


The brick railings on all balconies have been removed

Construction Works

As mentioned above, for the purpose of stability of the construction, a number of additional reinforced columns, beams and lintels were built.

A new chimney was made to be suitable for the later construction of a fireplace.



Construct new concrete colums


Construct new concrete colums




new chmney


new chmney

Construction of the terrace columns

For the construction of the terrace columns a square formwork for each column was made with steel reinforcement inside. Electrical cable tubes were integrated in each column for the later terrace lighting installation. Then the concrete was poured. After the concrete was dry enough the formwork was removed and new formwork for the column top finishing was installed.









Building a new kitchen addition

The walls of the new kitchen were made with Weinerberger Porotherm 25 N+F brick stones. Openings for a window and a door were left during the construction.



Wienerberger porotherm 25 N+F bricks


Wienerberger porotherm 25 N+F bricks




Outside

The external walls of the house have been plastered and a final coat of Baumit SilikatTop has been applied on top.

The eaves of the house have been completely renewed - with new fascia boards, new gutters, and new wooden paneling was installed under the eaves.

EPS corner profiles have been installed vertically on the four corners of the house for a better appearance. Granit sills were installed on every door and window.













Roof works on the new terrace and kitchen

The new built terrace and kitchen were covered with roof tiles Bramac.









Almost ready…













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Swimming pool #7

Material: Concrete
Walls finish: Glass Ceramic tiles
Filtration: Sand filter
Equipment:
  • circulation pump including sight-glass
  • sand filter with multiport valve and pressure gauge
  • upper level water skimmer with lower level suction areas
  • associated pipe work and fittings
  • lights

This is a concrete pool that has been left unfinished by another building company. We were contacted by the owners with the request to complete the pool. This is how we found it:

Formwork and reinforcement



The existing shuttering was incomplete and in not very good condition, adding some more steel reinforcement was required. We finished the formwork and strengthened the existing one. The necessary steel rebar was added.

Concreting



In the concrete we used by the construction of the swimming pool were added waterproofing additives. We carried out all the concreting with no interruption which guarantees the shell to be waterproof and without joints. The still liquid concrete was vibrated with vibrating poker to ensure no air pockets will occur.
The blue line on the bottom is a swelling tape. It is used for sealing and waterproofing work joints between concrete slab and concrete wall.

Plastering and leveling the floor



When the concrete was dry the formwork was removed. The concrete bottom of the pool was very uneven and had to be leveled.

Coping stones, waterproof render and tiling



The coping stones were installed on the top of the walls to ensure the elegant silhouette of the pool. All the stones were carefully positioned and leveled for achieving a straight and accurate outline. Before the tiling was performed, two layers of a waterproof render have been applied to the inside of the walls and the bottom. The internal surface was then covered with mosaic tiles for pools.

Pool equipment and light installation, plumbing



Essential part of the pool construction is the proper installation of the equipment and the plumbing. Only high quality products were used and the installation was carried out our professional team.

Run-up and commissioning



The pool was filled with water and the pump turned on. After treating the water with chemicals the look of the pool changed dramatically with the cristal clear look of the water. The paving around the pool was perfomed by the owners.

 

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[REFERENCE] House refurbishment near Bourgas, Bulgaria

House renovation in Bourgas, bulgariaThis house has been refurbished by our company for our client from the UK. It is located in a village in Bourgas region. The property is a three storey residential building comprising 6 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 2 toilets, kitchen with dining area and a living room.

The refurbishment of the house has already been started by previous building company. There was an external insulation installed, all windows and doors to the balconies have been replaced with PVC ones. Some internal works have been started and left unfinished.

This is the condition how we found the house:

House before refurbishment


Under these circumstances the client has contacted our company to undertake the repair and to finish the renovation project that was started by the previous builders.

List of works we completed inside:

  • Plastering around windows and on walls and ceilings where needed.
  • Smooth plastering of the staircase
  • Metal railing in the staircase
  • Tiling in two toilets and installing all toilet facilities.
  • Check of the electrical installation
  • Installing of switches, wall plugs, lights and circuit breaker box.
  • Leveling of floors
  • Placing floor tiles
  • Installing doors
  • Painting throughout of the house and doors

House after refurbishment

 


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Other houses renovated by our company


 

Renovation of an old house in Karnobat area

Renovation of an old house in Karnobat areaThis old house was renovated on client’s request in a village near Karnobat, Bourgas region. After the renovation the house is consisting of two bedrooms, kitchen/living room and internal batroom with shower and toilet.


Freehold old houses with adjoining land are among the most attractive properties on the Bulgarian real estate market. Most of these rural houses can be found in authentic Bulgarian villages located close to the big cities or near some summer and winters resort.
Read more about: Renovation of an old house in Karnobat area

 


Building an extension & renovating an old house.

Building a new extension when renovating an old house is what our clients often require in order that their property becomes more functional, spacious and updated to modern standards. Here we show in pictures the bulding progress of attaching a new extension to an old house. The house is consisting of two bedrooms and the extension will serve as living roomce.


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Swimming pool #6

Material: Concrete
Walls finish: Glass Ceramic tiles
Filtration: Sand filter
Equipment:
  • circulation pump including sight-glass
  • sand filter with multiport valve and pressure gauge
  • upper level water skimmer with lower level suction areas
  • associated pipe work and fittings
  • lights
Extras:
  • Counter current jet
  • Spa massage jets

This inground swimming pool and many others have been built by our company. We stand for quality workmanship and responsible building with 100% satisfied clients. You can contact us if you are planning to have a swimming pool built in your yard. We employ our own builders and do not use subcontractors that is why can guarantee the high quality of every project.


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Swimming pool #5

Material: Concrete
Walls finish: Glass Ceramic tiles
Filtration: Sand filter
Equipment:
  • circulation pump including sight-glass
  • sand filter with multiport valve and pressure gauge
  • upper level water skimmer with lower level suction areas
  • associated pipe work and fittings
  • lights (colors changeable by remote)

This inground swimming pool and many others have been built by our company. We stand for quality workmanship and responsible building with 100% satisfied clients. You can contact us if you are planning to have a swimming pool built in your yard. We employ our own builders and do not use subcontractors that is why can guarantee the high quality of every project.


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Swimming pool #4

Material: Concrete
Walls finish: Glass Ceramic tiles
Filtration: Filtration unit
Equipment: Built-in:
  • Circulation pump
  • Filtering bag
  • water skimmer
  • lights
  • shallow area for kids

This inground swimming pool and many others have been built by our company. We stand for quality workmanship and responsible building with 100% satisfied clients. You can contact us if you are planning to have a swimming pool built in your yard. We employ our own builders and do not use subcontractors that is why can guarantee the high quality of every project.


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Swimming pool #3

Material: Concrete
Walls finish: Glass Ceramic tiles
Filtration: Sand filter
Equipment:
  • circulation pump including sight-glass
  • sand filter with multiport valve and pressure gauge
  • upper level water skimmer with lower level suction areas
  • associated pipe work and fittings
  • lights

This inground swimming pool and many others have been built by our company. We stand for quality workmanship and responsible building with 100% satisfied clients. You can contact us if you are planning to have a swimming pool built in your yard. We employ our own builders and do not use subcontractors that is why can guarantee the high quality of every project.


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