Wondering if your pool is ready for a slide? Below is a guide from S.R.Smith with
five questions to discuss with your pool pro today.
1. What is the safest pool slide?
Your pool professional should only install a slide for you that is fully compliant with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Safety Standard for Swimming Pool Slides (16 CFR Part 1207). Slides that are CPSC compliant have passed 48 unique performance tests that demonstrate the safety of users. S.R.Smith offers a complete line of pool slides that have been independently tested and verified to be fully CPSC compliant by a third party.
2. What is the best slide for my family?
You will want to consider many factors when selecting a swimming pool slide such as:
- What are the ages of the children that will be using the slide?
- Will adults also use it?
- What colors will blend with your backyard décor, decking, and pool surface?
- Your pool professional can help you navigate the many options for swimming pool slides!
3. Can I put a slide on my swimming pool? Where?
Pool slides require a proper “installation envelope” in your pool. The national pool industry association (APSP) has provided these guidelines for slide placement. The installation envelope is a series of minimum depths and widths in the water, to ensure that the slider will enter the water safely. For instance, there must be a minimum of 3’ of water directly under the slide flume. Your pool professional will be able to measure your pool, to tell you where you can situate your pool slide so that it will meet the installation envelope requirements.
4. Do I have the right amount of deck space?
If not, can it be added to accommodate the pool slide?
Pool slides have varying deck space requirements. Smaller slides might only need 6' x 7' of space, and the largest slides could need up to 7' x 14'. Your pool professional can look at your current deck, and recommend a slide based on what you have. They can
also tell you what would need to be added to your existing deck, if you desired a larger slide.
5. What will it take to get my pool slide properly plumbed through my pool's return line?
Many pool slides can be simply connected to a garden hose to provide the water supply. However, for a more permanent solution, the pool slide’s water delivery can be supplied from your swimming pool. Your pool professional can tell you the exact
steps they will take to plumb your slide, and provide estimates for time, labor, and cost.
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