We are located in Indianapolis and are considering an inground pool. We live in a HOA on a cul de sac with a pie-shaped lot, about 1/3 of an acre. With a retention pond/community space bordering the back. We have scheduled consultations with 2 local builders. (would appreciate any recommendations as well)
I have been looking through the forums here to glean what information I can so that when we meet with the consultants, I will have some idea of what to ask.
We haven't decided between vinyl or fiberglass, but are leaning towards a small kidney-shaped pool. Of course we will be concerned about pool placement within our lot. Also, our HOA does not allow out buildings, so I am concerned about placement of the pump and filter.
So, some initial questions...
Where in relation to the pool and the house should the pump and filter be placed?
Does the type of pool (vinyl vs fiberglass) have a bearing on the type of pump/filter?
With a smallish pool, how much horse power for the pump?
Central Indiana has very hard water, lots of limestone around here, however, we are on city water, and the pool may be filled from the fire hydrant. How will this affect our pool water?
I am concerned about metals in the water, how can I guard against this?
Kids are school age and are good swimmers, but there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood. We currently have a fence, but it is only 4 feet high (HOA says being on a pond, 4 feet is the highest we are allowed). What are our options concerning safety?
What else should I be considering?
Thanks for any advice. I'm sure I'll need more.