From detoxification and relaxation, through to increased metabolic rate and stimulated blood supply, the benefits of stainless steel hydrotherapy pools are endless. They’re becoming increasingly popular in new build hospitals and rehabilitation centres, and can now be designed and made to be low-cost and low-maintenance, with a reduced risk of infection. We wanted to take a look at how hydrotherapy pools, particularly stainless steel ones, are installed to show just how easy they are to work with.
Anything to do with a hydrotherapy pool should start with a consultation meeting. This is where the manufacturers and specialists will take into account what is needed in the pool itself, including size and materials based on the needs of the project. They should consider how many people will be in the pool in order to determine its size, and they should discuss features like water jets, lights, whirlpools and wave systems. They should also think about whether or not the pool will be above or below ground. CAD teams should then create the layout of the pool and all of the features to address all the client’s requirements.
The room around the pool will be determined by the size of the pool itself. The designers will give the client all the preconstruction requirements concerning things like filtration, concrete supports, and the pump room. After the pool is manufactured and it passes strict quality control checks, it’s ready for installation.
Installation of the hydrotherapy pool will take place early in the construction process. This is because stainless steel pools often come in one piece, and will require more space to be lifted into place. Larger pools will come in two pieces, and will be welded together when in place. If the pool is going in the ground itself, there should be a dug-out area with a concrete base that it will sit in.
When the pool is sat in position, it is then covered and left alone right until the final stages of construction. Covering the pool allows workers to still use the space to build around the pool without damaging it.
Only when there are water and electrics on site will the hydrotherapy pool be plumbed in. Plumbing around the pool and under it will be fitted, and then any equipment will be installed. This includes lights, water jets, waterfalls or any other extra features.
When everything is set up, technicians will carry out testing and commissioning. They’ll look at the filtration system, chlorine, and pH levels amongst a wealth of other things to make sure that the hydrotherapy pool is functioning perfectly to enhance care and rehabilitation.
Stainless steel hydrotherapy pools are, quite simply, incredible. They boast the same effects as a traditional concrete or tiled pool with reduced manufacturing, installation, and maintenance costs. They’re more durable and will last longer, and are better for infection control in multi-user environments. Not to mention how smart and sleek they look in comparison to traditional pools. If you want to see how the process works, check out our hydrotherapy pool product page.