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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is There Sand in Your Pool and What You Need To Do About It.

It can be a worrying thing to suddenly see sand or glass media at the bottom of your pool. The most likely cause of the problem is that there is a break in either the laterals or stand pipe of your sand filter. Sand can sometimes be confused with dead algae, so before you call out a professional, take your pool brush and brush the sandy area. If the sand becomes a hazy cloud in the pool, this is algae and will simply need vacuuming up. Nothing to worry about. If the sand stays near the bottom and doesn’t create a cloud then the cause is almost certainly a problem

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How Do You Dose Your Chlorine Tablets?

Swimming pool With Enclosure

90% of swimming pools we work with at XL Pools use chlorine to sanitize the pool. This typically involves using a tablet style chlorine which is very simple and easy to dose instead of measuring out chlorine granules and dosing to the pool. The way many pool owners dose these tablets is to drop the tablet into a skimmer where they will slowly dissolve. Whilst this is the commonly accepted method of dosing tablets some manufacturers of pool equipment advise against it as you will be introducing high levels of chlorine directly to your pool filtration equipment. When your filtration isn’t running you also will have a very high concentration

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