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Keeping Unwanted Animals Out of your Pool

There is running joke in the XL Pools office about ducks swimming in the show pool, most likely sipping on a pina colada while lounging on a lilo! It isn’t ideal, and most pool owners one time or another maybe faced with a similar dilemma and would like to know how to remove unwanted animals from enjoying a lounge around in your pool. Here are some tips to stop birds and other animals from entering your pool: 1/ Make Sure to Cover Your Pool Whenever You Are Not Using It. Covers are not only there to keep the leaves and debris out from the pool but it also stops animals

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How to Keep Your Pool Clear While on Holiday

With the summer sun holiday season approaching, you may be looking forward to your break away in the sun for a week or two. But what happens to your pool while you are away and how can you stop it from transforming into a green mess for when you get back? There are some things you can do to ensure that you can keep your pool clean and clear while you are away and return to enjoy a last dip before sadly having to return to work.   1/ Get a Someone to Check on the Pool. Pools need human intervention a lot of the time and do require someone

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How to Make Your Pool Energy Efficient

Pool with Slide

In these austere times everyone is trying to save money and make savings on their expenditure; if you own a pool you’ll know it can be an expensive hobby and yet there are ways to cut back on running costs and make energy saving cutbacks which don’t affect the enjoyment of the pool. If your pool is heated perhaps you should consider having energy saving heat pump installed, although there are many alternatives to reducing the running costs of a swimming pool. Perhaps the most efficient method of heating a pool is a heat pump; these work pretty much like an air conditioning system except in reverse. The system works

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How to Give your Pool A Spring Clean

Have a think about the last time you gave your pool a through clean? When we say a thorough clean we mean scrubbing the tile band, cleaned your equipment and gave it some real attention. It may well be that your pool needs a good scrub now. Whilst a regular vac and brush once a week will do the trick to keep on-top of your regular maintenance, much like your home, your swimming pool needs attention now and then to keep it looking tip-top. With the right attitude (we all have to be in the mood to clean right?) and the right equipment you can have your pool right on

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Understanding Swimming Pool Circulation

What is a swimming pool? When you boil it all down, a swimming pool is just a giant structure that holds a large amount of water. That water requires cleaning to keep it sanitised and safe for you to swim in. To do so, the water requires the three C’s: Cleaning Chemicals Circulation In this article we will be looking at the last item on this list, Circulation. Circulation plays an essential part in the three C’s as it enables cleaning and helps mix chemicals in your pool water. Without circulation, the other two points will not be possible.   The Essentials of Pool Circulation In most in-ground pools, water

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A Comprehensive Guide to Swimming Pool Enclosures

Outdoor Swimming Pool with Enclosure

In the UK, sadly we aren’t blessed with perfect weather. Even in the height of Summer, bad weather can spoil your plans to take a dip. Unless you are fortunate enough to have an indoor swimming pool the other option you may have is a swimming pool enclosure. What is a Pool Enclosure? A pool enclosure is simply a structure that can be erected around your pool. Enclosures can come in many different shapes and sizes depending on your requirements. Some enclosures can simply just cover the pool from the elements and others can effectively become a pool hall with space for furniture and even partitions for showers and changing

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How to Accurately Test Your Pool Water

It’s important to learn how to test pool water and do it at least once a week to make sure the pH and alkalinity are balanced, and to keep your sanitizer level in check (i.e. chlorine at 3 ppm). What most pool owners don’t know, however, is there’s a right and wrong way to test your water, no matter what type of testing you’re doing. It all starts with the water sample. The Water Sample There are 3 ways to test pool water: Liquid test kit Test strips Taking your sample to a pool company to have it professionally checked. To take a proper water sample, use a clean cup

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Why Do Blondes Get Green Hair in Swimming Pools?

Blondes have more fun, according to Rod Stewart. However, when they exit a swimming pool, blondes have more trouble too: green hair! I’m sure you’ve heard it before – swimming pools can turn blonde hair green. Most people are under the false impression that chlorine is to blame. The truth is, chlorine is not the main enemy here.   What Turns Blonde Hair Green in A Swimming Pool?   The answer is: copper! Copper is a metal that is found in some swimming pools, particularly ones that are filled using well water. Copper can also enter the pool water from certain copper-based algaecides. So how does copper in pool water

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Heating Your Pool With a Heat Pump

Swimming Pool with View

Here in the UK, I think we can all agree we aren’t blessed with constant sunkissed shores and warm summer days. So how does that leave us when it comes to swimming pools? Well, sadly it means we need to heat our pool water to hit a comfortable swimming pool temperature. A typical outdoor swimming pool for general swimming and family use should be at 28C. This is not too hot so that you don’t tire too quickly but not too cold that you catch a cold! It’s comfortable. With average UK summer temperatures around 25C we need to add a bit more power to our heating than just relying

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Dealing with Wrinkles in a Pool Liner

There is nothing the rejuvenates the look of your swimming pool than a new pool liner. However, your liner may become tired over time and sometimes your liners can become wrinkled or creased. If that happens, what are you to do? Dealing with pool liner wrinkles is just part of owning a pool with a liner, so you need to be prepared to deal with them when they happen. There are many ways you can remove wrinkles from a pool liner that are relatively easy for you to do yourself, although it will take a little bit of work. Tips to Remove Liner Wrinkles Once you have noticed creases in

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About XL Pools

XL Pools are a team of dedicated professionals who have built a reputation for outstanding swimming pool design and construction. We are the leading suppliers and installers of Compass Pools.

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t: 01233 840336

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Pluckley Road, Pluckley,  Kent

TN27 0SA

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XL Pools is an award winning Swimming Pool Installation company.

Swimming Pool Contractor of the Year 2018 & 2015

11 x SPATA Gold Winner

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