Shoemaker Pool Service

Shoemaker Pool & Spa has a proud history of delivering superior quality design and craftsmanship to its customers in the Birmingham and Northern Alabama area. We consistently do more than is required to create ideal backyard environments, which meet the needs of each client.  The long term nature of our pool service business has given us the opportunity to see down the road to make service on the pool and the equipment simple.  We believe that a swimming pool can be your greatest joy, or your worst nightmare.  We install spare lines and backup systems in the initial pool construction.  All plumbing lines are separate from the pool back to the equipment pad so they can be isolated if service is necessary down the road.  Our pumps and filters are generally over-sized for the amount of water being filtered.  The clarity of the water is dependent on multiple factors:  Chemicals, filtration and circulation.  By having pumps and filters sized to clean the water, the chemical needs for sanitizers can be diminished.

Our goal in swimming pool construction is to create customers for life and to provide our customers with a place to bring their friends and families together.  What better for family togetherness than to swim and play together at your house for many years to come?  Please contact us and let's get the process started now.  View our gallery to see photos of finished jobs and jobs in progress.

What makes us different?  It is necessary to have a fence around a pool that meets local codes.  You do have to have power run to the pumps that operate the filtration system.  We don't leave these costs out to get the job and then bring them up when the project is underway and there is no going back.  Please bring any competitors bid to us and we will be happy to compare on a line item basis our pool vs. theirs.  You might be surprised at what you can get.


The following is a list of the some of the many features and benefits of a Gunite swimming pool constructed by Shoemaker Pools: 

  1. Flexible design for shapes and features related to the pool. 
  2. Experienced excavators who are capable of assuring suitable soil condition in regard to bearing capacity. 
  3. 6" gravel bed under the concrete floor. 
  4. 6" thick Gunite (not Shotcrete) wall featuring minimum 1/2" rebar on 10" center. 
  5. 6" thick pool floor consisting of 4000 psi concrete and same steel schedule as walls 
  6. Frostproof 6" x 6" swimming pool tile selected from our samples. 
  7. Frost proof 3" x 3" bull nose tile to border the front of the step area to create a clean plaster edge on step treads. 
  8. Commercial series high-rate sand filter. 
  9. Side mount multiport valve to control functions of filter. 
  10. Swimming pool pumps specially designed to limit noise production. 
  11. Commercial series waterline skimmers. 
  12. Stainless steel lintel to bridge space over mouth of skimmer opening, providing strong surface for coping material to attach on top of. 
  13. Minimum two 12" x 12" main drains with grates. 
  14. Dedicated plumbing lines run to each main drain individually. 
  15. Dedicated plumbing lines run to each return individually. 
  16. Dedicated plumbing lines run to each skimmer individually. 
  17. 2" Schedule 40 PVC plumbing to all suction lines (main drain & skimmer). 
  18. 2" Schedule 40 PVC plumbing to all return lines. 
  19. Equalizer lines for skimmers to maintain suction in cases of low water volume in pool. 
  20. Directional jet fittings for return lines. 
  21. Automatic cleaner line is run to pool with option to customer to add the automatic cleaner during construction or at some future time. 
  22. Backwash line is stubbed out 10' from equipment pad. 
  23. Plumbing lines are valved individually for exact control by customer. 
  24. Spare plumbing lines run during initial construction to facilitate simplified repair if needed in the future.
  25. Redundant pressure testing of the plumbing lines to confirm their integrity after various phases of construction. This is to ensure that another trade (i.e. gas plumber, sprinkler installer, deck installer) has not damaged our plumbing lines. 
  26. Two 500-watt light fixtures. 
  27. Custom color powder coated handrails, color chosen from samples. 
Pool with limestone coping and jets for a water feature.