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What is The Difference Between Powder and Liquid Chlorine?

Many new and veteran pool owners alike ask what the difference is between liquid chlorine and powder chlorine? They are not sure which is best to use and what is going to be more effective at keeping the pool clean and sanitized. There will also be a surprising amount of conflicting information on the internet depending on where you look. The truth is, there are pros and cons to using either liquid or powder chlorine. What really should be the determining factor is what is going to be best for your pool, your budget and your equipment.   Chlorine : The Basics Chlorine is the chemical that most pool owners

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6 DIY Swimming Pool Hacks

Outdoor On-Site Lined Swimming Pool

In the age of Pinterest and do it yourself home projects we have seen a rise in some of your very own DIY pool hacks ranging from ingenious to near essential, showing that pool owners are a very resourceful bunch! We’ve put together this list of pool hacks that you too, can try for yourself to keep your pool clean and enjoy your pool season more. 1/ Use your pool Vacuum as an additional or replacement main drain. Most inground pools will have a bottom drain. This drain will pull water from the bottom of the water column and increase the overall turnover of the pool water. Other benefits of

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How to Backwash a Sand Filter

In a sand filter, water flows into a multiport valve, down through a thick bed of filter sand, back up the multiport valve, then back to your pool via the return jets. They require little maintenance besides replacing the sand about every 5 years and a backwash every week. Even though it might not be the most effective form of filtration you can get, it’s certainly the easiest to take care of, so this type is the most common filter type in the UK. Backwashing your sand filter is a very simple process which pushes all the debris and bacteria that it catches, out the waste line by using pool

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The Benefits of Hiring a Swimming Pool Maintenance Company

Cleaning your pool can be a tedious task, it requires regular attention and if life gets in the way and you aren’t able to maintain your pool the results could be a very green pool and a laborious task of getting it back to health. Therefore many pool owners choose to employ the services of a pool professional to clean and maintain their pool on a regular basis. Not only does this save on time but it also can guarantee a better healthier pool with minimum fuss. Below we outline the main benefits to outsourcing your swimming pool maintenance. 1/ Save Time Time is money as they say. Employing a

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Converting Your Pool to Saltwater

The idea of a saltwater pool is not a new one. In fact, saltwater pools have been around since the 70’s however in recent years their popularity has grown rapidly and for good reason too. Saltwater is gentler on skin, hair and eyes and is also healthier than chemical-based chlorine. If you have considered converting to saltwater for your pool and receive all of these benefits, then you will be pleased to know that the conversion process is not as difficult as you might imagine. The Problem with Chlorine. The problem with chemical based chlorine is the compounds that are created when chlorine comes into contact with contaminates called chloramines.

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How to Stop Your Pool From Bubbling.

A common problem pool owners ask is why their return jets are bubbling? It is not unusual to start seeing small bubbles enter the pool and whilst this isn’t a problem that will cause damage it can be quite annoying, so we will explore the reasons why this happens and give you a few troubleshooting points yourself before calling the professionals.   What Causes the Bubbling The typical reason your pool is bubbling is because air is entering the system somewhere. This could be at point of entry on the skimmers or further down the line in the filtration system. You may not see a leak of water anywhere as

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7 Tips to Get Your Pool Ready to Swim

Outdoor Lined Swimming Pool With Slide and Summerhouse

One of the biggest chores in the pool owners diary is the spring opening. Most people will either employ a company to do this for them or put aside an afternoon on a warmer weekend to get this job out of the way. The realisation when you take off the winter cover and find the pea green water makes you realise that this is not going to be a quick job and your will need some chemical and a lot of elbow grease to get it to a swimmable state. But fear not, we offer our top 7 tips to help you be prepared for the spring opening and a

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Open your Pool Early and Save Money

The temperature outside maybe in negative numbers right now so thinking about opening your pool anytime soon may well be the last thing on your mind. Quite rightly so, however once the weather starts behaving and starts to look a little bit more Spring-like then you will want to consider opening your pool, even if you aren’t planning on using is for a month. We will explain why. Algae Makes Your Opening Harder When the weather starts to get warmer Algae will start to bloom in your pool. Over the winter the chlorine in your pool that was put in at closing will have become used up and likely be

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How to Lower Calcium Hardness in Your Pool

Hard water (especially for those of us who live in the south east of England) is a well known problem for kettles, boilers, and washing machines. It is also a problem for your pool water. Maintaining your proper calcium hardness in your pool is critical to the quality of your overall pool health. A high calcium hardness in you water can cause corrosion of the pool plumbing and can even cause scale to build up on the surfaces of the pool making them rough. What is Calcium Hardness Calcium hardness is the measure of how hard or soft your pool water is and how much calcium is dissolved in your

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What is The Difference Between Stabilised and Unstabilised Chlorine?

The world of pool chemicals and the different choices you can make are seemingly countless. One thing many pool owners, especially new pool owners, are faced with is sanitation. To clean your pool you need chlorine, then you find there are two types: stabilised and unstabilised. Making the wrong decision on these two types of chlorine won’t be the end of the world however it is very beneficial to know the difference and understand that both types are often used interchangeably however knowing when to use either is key. Unstabilised Chlorine The word unstabilised may get you a bit scared, by it’s very nature of being unstable! Don’t worry, it

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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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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

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