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It really does seem that humans are just hard wired for waterfalls – a visit to the natural falls is often the highlight of any outdoors trip, and artificial waterfalls can be the difference between a regular experience or something completely unforgettable, whether it’s inside a restaurant, front yard, or installed next to a nice backyard pool!
If you have been considering adding a waterfall to your in-ground pool, or are curious about the process, this should help you understand if you want one, what to expect, what to think twice about before committing and how Dolphin Pool Services, LLC can assist you with building one unique waterfall of your dream by the existing inground concrete swimming pool.

An artificial waterfall usually connects to a swimming pool and is sometimes called a grotto. Usually the terms are interchangeable, and these waterfalls share several common features:

  • A pool waterfall starts above the pool’s waterline
  • Water flows over the “fall” into the powered pumps
  • Functional waterfalls will need some regular extra maintenance
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How are the waterfalls built and operating?

Pool waterfalls are very versatile, and offer lots of customization between the shape, size, design, and material construction. Waterfalls are usually made with a material like brinks, rocks, or other artificial materials. These waterfalls use powered pumps to pull water to the top, which is called the spillway, and allow for it to pour down. Some waterfalls are built around the ground level, making the artificial waterfall part of the pool structure itself. Others are designed to look down over the pool instead, or be used from raised walls.
Despite how they are designed, all artificial waterfalls require pumps to pull water upwards against gravity. They can be integrated into other places, such as tanning ledges or spas as well. Should you opt for an integrated waterfall, you may lose some of the aesthetics, but you will find they are often more functional than stone waterfalls.
Here are some of the most important benefits to a waterfall:

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Therapeutic sounds
  • Ability to block background noises when in operation
  • Water circulation, offering cooling effects and improved filtration
  • Increased play area when properly designed
  • Added value to home

The active noises of a waterfall help to muffle the less enjoyable background noises, like traffic or the chirping of birds. If you’re a person prone to overthinking, the simple sound of moving water may help you tap into your brain a bit better! Not only does the pump moving water cause it to cool off, but it also keeps gunk and things like algae from growing in your pool. Because a waterfall can be connected to your filtering system, it can add extra circulation to help keep your pool clean and clear.

Falling water from the waterfall helps to oxygenate your pool, which removes harmful particles and limits the growth of algae. Although it isn’t a replacement for a primary system, it can help to extend the lifespan of your pool overall and reduce chemical usage. Larger pool waterfall installations may even have the opportunities to install entertainment features, like unique lighting or sound systems.

How expensive are waterfalls?

In general, a simple cascade-style waterfall can cost less than average waterfalls but mainly depending on the size and location. Cascade waterfalls are the type to create a strip of falling water, and they don’t often include any kind of decorative structure. For an elevated waterfall to overlook the pool, you may expect to spend anywhere from 5-15K. The sky’s the limit with your design options, and you can construct about anything you can imagine!

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How fire features can benefit you and your pool?


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Fire pits offer glowing focal points to outdoor spaces and instantly turn up the heat on even the best patio furniture. Dolphin Pool Services, LLC construction team can help you transition your space from endless summer to the perfect backyard party spot deep into colder seasons, even when the pool is closed. We can help you build the best fire pit for every type of yard, style and budget.


Fire pits can provide you with a delightful setting for your backyard, being a key element in recreating the campfire-like experience that you want. With so much going on in the world right now, finding comfort in the area of your own home is even more important in times like these.

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