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Swimming Pools

Copyright 2000 Philip H Perkins

Swimming Pools

Fourth edition

Philip H Perkins

London and New York

Copyright 2000 Philip H Perkins

This edition published in 2000 by E & FN Spon 11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 29 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001 This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2003.

E & FN Spon is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis GroupFirst edition 1971 Second edition 1978 Third edition 1988 (Elsevier Applied Science Publishers Ltd) 2000 Philip H Perkins All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. The publisher makes no representation, express or implied, with regard to the accuracy of the information contained in this book and cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made.

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication DataA catalog record for this book has been requested ISBN 0-203-47788-X Master e-book ISBN

ISBN 0-203-78612-2 (Adobe eReader Format) ISBN 0-419-23590-6 (Print Edition)

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Preface 1 The planning and layout of swimming pools General considerations 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Introduction Basic requirements for all swimming pools Pools for private houses, clubs, hotels and schools Covered pools for private houses, hotels, clubs and schools Teaching/learner pools Public swimming pools Floor gradients The drainage of walkways and wet areas Hydrotherapy pools Pools used for sub-aqua activities Facilities for the disabled Swimming pools with movable floors Wave-making machines

Recommended procedure for getting a pool built: contracts and dealing with disputes 1.14 Introduction 1.15 Contracts: how to proceed 1.16 Dealing with disputes Further reading 2 Basic characteristics of the materials used in the construction of swimming pools 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Portland cements 2.3 Aggregates from natural sources for concrete and mortar 2.4 Admixtures

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2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17

Additions Water for mixing concrete, mortar and grout Steel reinforcement Spacers Non-ferrous metals Bimetallic corrosion Curing compounds for concrete and mortar Polymers Reactive resins Joint fillers Joint sealants Ceramic tiles British standards and euro codes

References Further reading 3 Factors affecting the durability of reinforced concrete and cement-based materials used in the construction of swimming pools 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Introduction Corrosion of steel reinforcement in concrete Carbonation of concrete Chloride-induced corrosion of reinforcement Deterioration of the concrete Chemical attack on cement-based mortar Swimming pool water and chemicals used in water treatment Moorland water and the Langelier Index Alkali-silica reaction

Further reading 4 Construction of swimming pool shells in insitu reinforced concrete 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 4.10 4.11 Introduction Site investigations Under-drainage of site Flotation (uplift) of the pool shell General comments on design and construction Concrete construction in cold weather Concrete construction in hot weather Plastic cracking Thermal contraction cracking Swimming pools with floor slabs supported on the ground Construction of the walls of the pool

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4.12 Construction of walkway slabs and floors of wet changing areas 4.13 Curing the concrete floor and walls of the pool 4.14 Construction of suspended pool shells 4.15 Thermal insulation of swimming pool shells 4.16 Under-water lighting and under-water windows Further reading 5 Construction of swimming pool shells in reinforced sprayed concrete and other materials Reinforced sprayed concrete (shotcrete) 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Introduction Design and specification Methods of application Execution of the work Thermal insulation Pipework Testing for watertightness Under-water lighting

Swimming pools constructed with reinforced hollow concrete block walls and insitu reinforced concrete floor 5.9 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 Introduction Construction of the floor Construction of the walls Pipework Under-water lighting Curing the concrete and protecting the blockwork Testing for watertightness Back-filling around the walls Thermal insulation

Sandwich type construction with insitu reinforced concrete core wall and concrete blocks as permanent form work 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 Introduction Construction of the floor Pipework Construction of the walls Under-water lighting Finishes to floor and walls Testing for watertightness Back-filling around the walls

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5.26 Thermal insulation Other methods of construction 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 General comments Pools constructed with mass (gravity) type walls Curing the concrete Testing for watertightness Pools constructed in very stable ground such as chalk or rock Pools constructed of precast post-tensioned concrete units Pool shells of steel

Further reading 6 External works 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 General considerations Paving Surface water drainage Walling

Further reading 7 Finishing the pool shell and associated structures; problems with pool hall roofs Finishing the pool shell and associated structures 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 Cement-sand rendering to insitu concrete walls Cement-sand rendering to sprayed concrete walls Cement-sand rendering to concrete block walls Cement-sand screeds on insitu concrete floors Cement-sand screeds on sprayed concrete floors Ceramic tiles and mosaic Walkways and wet changing areas Testing the completed tiling Marbelite Coatings and paints Sheet linings to swimming pools Glass-fibre polyester resin linings Finishes to walls of pool halls

The roofs of swimming pool halls 7.14 General considerations 7.15 Pressurised roof voids 7.16 The warm-deck roof Further reading

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Water circulation and water treatment Water circulation 8.1 Flow-through pools 8.2 Pools where the pool water is in continuous circulation 8.3 Ducts for pipework Water treatment 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 Layout of treatment plant Filtration and filters Chemical dosing of the pool water The disinfection of pool water Chlorination Ozone Bromine Chlorine dioxide Metallic ions (silver and copper) Ultra-violet radiation The base-exchange process for softening pool water Sulphates in swimming pool water

Further reading 9 Notes on heating swimming pools and energy conservation 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Heating open-air swimming pools Heating the water in indoor swimming pools Heating and ventilation of pool halls and adjoining areas Solar heating of swimming pools

Further reading 10 Maintenance and repairs to swimming pools Maintenance of swimming pools 10.1 General considerations 10.2 Routine supervision: smaller pools 10.3 Shut-down periods 10.4 Algal growths: prevention and removal 10.5 Foot infections Repairs to external works: paving 10.6 Remedial work to insitu concrete paving for pedestrians 10.7 Remedial work to insitu concrete paving for light commercial vehicles 10.8 Remedial work for precast concrete flag paving

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10.9 10.10 10.11 10.12

Remedial work to precast concrete block paving Remedial work to clay pavers Remedial work to slippery paving Preventing trips and falls

Repairs to external works: walling 10.13 Remedial work to free-standing walls 10.14 Remedial work to earth-retaining walls Remedial work to pools under construction 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 General comments Remedial work to thermal contraction cracks Remedial work to drying shrinkage cracks Remedial work to honeycombed concrete Inadequate concrete cover to the reinforcement

Remedial work to existing pools: tracing leaks and investigations 10.20 Introduction 10.21 Tracing leaks 10.22 General investigations Remedial work to existing pools: repairs following leak tracing and investigations 10.23 10.24 10.25 10.26 Remedial work to leakage Improving support to the pool floor Structural lining to the pool shell Remedial work to finishes

Further reading Appendix 1 Conversion factors and coefficients Appendix 2 Testing swimming pools shells, walkway slabs and other wet areas for watertightness. Commissioning swimming pools Introduction Testing new pools Testing existing pools The leakage test procedure General comments on testing Watertightness test for walkway slabs and other wet areas Commissioning swimming pools (filling and emptying) Appendix 3 Investigations, sampling and testing General considerations

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Sampling and laboratory testing Cover-meter survey Appendix 4 The consultant/designer as an expert witness Introduction The form of the Experts Report The expert witness and the Construction Act 1996 Appendix 5 Notes on safety in swimming pools Introduction Water depths for diving Signs for water depths in the pool Other safety signs Outlets for water in the pool floor Water slides and play equipment Slipping and tripping on floors of walkways, changing rooms etc. Chemicals in water treatment Appendix 6 List of organisations relevant to this book