DEL VAL POOLS of New Jersey Develops Innovative Hydrostatic Pressure Technology

The innovative inground swimming pool formed by steel cage and grade beam construction secured to three story below grade pylons is a creation of Bryan and Brett Hull of DEL VAL POOLS, a pool construction and design engineering firm.
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Oct. 28, 2020 - PRLog -- Many homeowners constructed swimming pools at the Jersey shore during the building boom from 1990's until the real estate market crash of 2008. Houses went up fast, not necessarily of the best quality, and pools even lesser so. Most were vinyl pools wrapped over steel frames, and some were concrete shot into frames in the sand relying on weight to keep them in place.

Hurricane Sandy, on October 29, 2012, hit the New Jersey coast as the largest Atlantic hurricane in history with an unusually low central barometric pressure of 940 mbar. The record setting barometric pressure helped drive the Category 2 storm with a surge of more than thirteen feet in places, and it peaked over a period of three full moon high tides.

The majority of New Jersey coastal structures had water in their first floors, and many homes were completely destroyed. Swimming pools, unanchored and held in place by gravity, literally popped from the sand. "It was a horrible time for homeowners," says Bryan Hull, co-owner of DEL VAL POOLS & SPAS, "When we examined the storm damage and what was left of in-ground pools at the Jersey shore, my brother Brett, knew we had to engineer a unique design that would hold fast in the next superstorm. The term 'Sandy-proof' became stuck in our vocabulary for several years."

During the months and years after Hurricane Sandy, DEL VAL POOLS engineered, perfected, and effected a new way of building pools at the New Jersey shore using a combination twelve inch diameter three story, pressure- treated wood pilings sunk into the sand. Anchored to these pilings are steel reibar runners that form the base of a cage frame with riebar forming perpendicular cross points every twelve inches.

Hydrostatic relief valves are created when the pool cage is shot with gunite to form the shell. These valves allow for equalization of water pressure inside and outside the shell as the form cures. "It's about over-engineering pool construction for us," says Brett Hull, co-owner of DEL VAL POOLS. "I know each pool we build will remain when the next superstorm comes ashore. For us, it's personal. The south Jersey shore is our community."

The New Jersey coastline is in the midst of another building boom, and once again residential has become raw land's best use. That means more inground pools. DEL VAL POOLS builds custom inground gunite pools and also provides engineering direction to municipalities from Ocean City, NJ south to Cape May.

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