You have probably seen a foam pool party at a resort pool, on TikTok/Instagram/Facebook, or at your friend’s pool. Foam parties are a very popular topic that a lot of people have questions about, especially new pool owners.
Is it right for your pool? Can you really have a foam pool party in your backyard pool?
The answer is yes, you technically can have a foam pool party (and some people do), but that doesn’t mean you should or that it is completely safe. And there are a lot of reasons we need to cover to help you make the right choice for you.
Before we do that, I want to make it clear that I am not recommending that you have a foam pool party or that a foam pool party is perfect for everyone. Instead, this post lays out all the things you need to consider before you make the choice to have a foam pool party or not.
So, let’s get into it!
What is a Foam Pool Party?
As you can probably guess, a pool foam party is a party in your swimming pool in which your pool is filled with bubbles or foam. This can be an option for birthday parties, big get-togethers, and other events with lots of people.
How Do You Make Foam in Your Pool?
The foam in the pool for a foam pool party is typically generated in two ways:
1. Foam Machine (Foam Cannon): Foam machines, also called foam cannons or foam blasters, are pieces of equipment specially designed to make foam. A foam machine works by making foam from a foam solution and water and then blowing this foam out of the machine. Depending on your budget and future needs, you can buy one or get a foam machine rental.
You must ensure you have access to an electrical outlet and a water hose connection to make the foam machine work.
You will also need to place the foam machine near the pool to make sure the machine blows the foam into the pool.
2. Add Foam Solution (or Soap) Directly to the Pool: Instead of using a foam machine to make foam, you can add the foam solution or soap directly into your pool.
The trick here is stirring up the pool water and soap to make the bubbles. Some people turn on the jets in their spa and add the soap there. Others will add the soap underneath a waterfall or other water features to help stir in the soap to make the foam.
11 Pros and Cons of a Pool Foam Party
Now that we have covered how to make foam in your pool, let’s talk about some of the pros and cons to see if it is really worth it for you.
Pros of a Foam Pool Party:
Let’s start off with my two pros of pool parties with foam.
#1. A Unique Experience
A foam party is far from your regular pool bash. A foam party will be an easy headliner to invite guests, and people who have been brave enough to have one in their pool have loved it.
#2. Photogenic Moments
Foam creates an excellent backdrop for photos. Expect Instagram feeds to be flooded with foam-filled photos that make the event look like a complete hit!
Cons of a Foam Pool Party:
Now, let’s get into the longer list of cons.
#1. Drowning Risk
Foam will block your view of who is in the water, especially if someone is under the water. This can be a real hazard to preventing drowning.
It is strongly advised that if you have weak swimmers and small children, you should not add foam or things into a pool that block the supervision of safe swimming.
#2. Slippery Surfaces
The foam solution/soap used to make the foam in the pool will make surfaces like coping and pool decking slippery. This can be a real hazard to your pool.
Any accident that results in an injury can quickly ruin any fun from a foam party.
#4. Health Hazard
Dirt, germs, pollen, etc., can easily be attracted to the foam. These things can easily be ingested by your guests or become an eye or skin irritant (the foam may cause irritation by itself, too!).
#5. Pool Chemical Imbalance
It’s hard work to keep your pool chemicals in balance, and it gets harder when a lot of people use your pool at once. Now, do you want to add a bunch of soap or foam solution to the mix?
It’s not clear how the soap or foam will really affect your existing pool chemicals and how they might affect your filtration system. But something will happen, and the effort to rebalance your pool chemicals could be a nightmare.
#6. Foam Removal
Where’s all of the foam going to go when the foam pool party is over?
In some cases, the foam may quickly go away after a day or two. In other cases, some people have stated that it takes multiple days or weeks to get rid of the foam from their pool.
In these cases, some people have had to drain and refill their pool or do lots of clean up just to remove the foam.
#7. Foam Machine Cost
The cost of a foam party can be pretty high. A high-quality foam machine can be expensive to buy or rent. Plus, you’ll need a foam solution, which is an additional cost. Hiring a foam party company to help run the party can be pretty costly, too.
#8. Environmental Concerns
Some foam solutions may not be biodegradable or could be harmful to your landscaping. So, you’ll want to make sure you choose an option that won’t kill the grass and plants near your pool.
#9. Limited Activities
Foam can make playing some traditional pool games impractical. Plan your party games with this in mind.
10 Tips for a Pool Foam Party
If you are set on having a pool foam party, here are some tips to consider:
#1. Test Equipment and Foam Before the Party
Don’t wait for the day of the party to test your foam machine or foam solution. Make sure everything works as you expect, or else there won’t be a foam party at all.
#2. Have the Foam Party Outside the Pool
Instead of having the foam inside the pool, have the foam party in a separate large party area near your pool. This can be in a grassy area, driveway, or patio… any large, flat outdoor space should be a good foam party space. Having the foam party in a separate area will help keep the foam out of your pool.
#3. Wash Foam Off Your Guests Before Getting in the Pool
If you choose to have the foam party outside of the pool, make sure you wash the foam off your guests before they get into your pool. You can simply do this with a hose, a sprinkler, or an outdoor shower. A good idea here is to make sure you have plenty of extra garden hoses for the foam machine and to wash off your guests.
This will keep foam out of your pool, keep pool chemicals balanced, and reduce the chance of slippery surfaces from foam.
#4. Get Anti-Foaming Agent to Remove Foam from Pool Water
To help get rid of foam in your pool after your party, you may want to try an anti-foaming agent to reduce the bubbles in your pool.
This may have an effect on your pool chemistry, so make sure you read the manufacturer’s directions to see if and how much of the foaming agent to use in your pool.
#5. Inform Your Guests
Make sure your guests know about the foam party. This way, they can prepare (make sure to bring some goggles!) or not attend the party in advance.
#6. Hire a Lifeguard
Since foam will make it extra hard to observe people swimming safely in a pool, you can consider hiring a lifeguard to help watch the guests at your party. Extra eyes will always help ensure the safety of your guests!
#7. Get Extra Pool Noodles and Floats to Help Stay Afloat
If you plan on having foam in your pool, consider giving your guests a pool noodle or float to help them navigate the foam and water safely.
#8. Add Soap/Foam Solution Near Waterfalls and Bubblers
If you are adding soap and foam solution directly to your pool, add it near a place in your pool that can help mix it in with the water to make the bubbles. This can be near waterfalls, bubblers, deck jets, spa jets, and other water features.
#9. Use a Leaf Blower to Spread Foam
Again, if you don’t have a foam machine or you have a really big pool, a leaf blower is a great way to help spread foam across your entire pool.
#10. Hire a Foam Party Company
There are plenty of companies out there that can help with your foam party setup and provide a dedicated professional foam party machine operator. A foam party company can give you advice on how to have your own foam party the right way to have an unforgettable experience.
There you have it—everything you need to know about having a foam pool party in your pool! Weigh the pros and cons, prepare adequately, and decide for yourself if the potential risks are worth it for you.
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