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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.
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,"
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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