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It’s Not Summer, Why Are You Saying Install A Pool Now?

Premium Swimming Pool Construction

It’s the last day of November and the days are becoming noticeably shorter, colder and darker. Your mind is mentally checking off all those Christmas presents you have to buy this year, and just how much time there isn’t left to do so. In either case, hearing a swimming pool company tell you that right now is the time to be talking about installing that dream swimming pool; you might think they’re being ridiculous. In fact, they’re right; that is if you are looking for having it ready for summer next year. Planning and Negotiations As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and sadly, neither is a swimming

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What is involved in a Winter Shutdown?

This is a question that is frequently asked to us by our customers, particularly those new to the pool world. Unfortunately, it’s rarely as easy as turning off a switch and leaving the pool over winter. In order to properly put your pool to bed for the winter, there are a few steps to undertake, to ensure your pool will not sustain any (preventable) damage. A Final Clean A final clean of your pool is always going to be beneficial. Removing any debris in the pool as well as ensuring the water is clear, will make the difference upon opening the pool again in the spring. If your pool is

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The Careful Balancing Act of Pool Sanitation

Compass Java Swimming Pool

Maintaining the correct water chemistry is important for a few reasons. Firstly it keeps the water looking good, nice and clear and sparkling. Secondly it prolongs the life of the filter, the chlorinator and the pump and can also prolong the life of the surface of the pool. Thirdly it’s for bather comfort, a high PH or a high chlorine level can irritate the skin or the eyes. There are three simple ways to test the water.  Firstly and possibly the least accurate would be to use a testing strip. Secondly there a simple drop test, every test kit is going to have its own instruction manual inside. It’s very

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Summer Pool Maintenance Tips

With the warm weather upon us now this is the time of year you should be enjoying your pool the most. Today we are going to give you a few pointers on how to deal with the peak of the season, including a few tips on what to do when you encounter hot days, increased pool loads, storms and also what` to do when you go on holiday. The most important thing you can do for your pool during the peak of the summer is pay more attention to it. In particular, the way it looks. If its dirty, the water has gone cloudy or its starting to change colour

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Money Saving Tips for Swimming Pools

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A swimming pool can be a great inspiration for a household to be more water-wise and energy efficient. As a responsible pool owner you should look to adapt some simple eco tactics that can help minimize your environmental impact. Today we are going to look at some simple eco-friendly pool tips that can help save you thousands. With water restrictions now in place throughout most of the UK it’s important we look to other methods of filling our pools. The rain water diverter can be purchased from as little as £100, plug straight into your down pipe and is a great way of harvesting water that would otherwise just pour straight

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10 Swimming Pools You Should Have On Your Bucket List

We’ve looked at a lot of swimming pools in our time. They come in all shapes, sizes and design, but every once in a while you see a swimming pool that just blows you away. Here is our list of some of the top pools we think should be included in everyone bucket list to go swim in! 1. San Alfonso del Mar, Chile The San Alfonso del Mar is currently the largest crystalline water pool. The pool holds more than 250 million liters of water and stretches for over a kilometer, covering 8 hectares. It’s so large, you can even rent sail boats to ride in the pool. 2. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

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Top Reasons to Renovate Your Pool

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Like most things, a swimming pool needs regular care and maintenance to keep it in good condition, and even then it won’t last forever. Investing in good quality equipment and employing a reputable company to build the pool for you may prolong its life, but at some point it will need to be renovated or even replaced completely. There are many reasons you might consider renovating your home swimming pool, whether that’s a simple face-lift to improve the appearance of the existing pool, or more radical changes. Pool Is Damaged Or In Need Of Repair If your existing pool is looking a little the worse for wear, you might consider

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Triple Gold & Swimming Pool Contractor of The Year 2015

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Sunday 1st February was the date of this year’s British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, hosted by BISHTA and SPATA, held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. XL Pools put forward 7 entries in the categories for: Pools up to £40,000 Pools over £40,000 – under £60,000 Pools £60,000 – under £80,000 Residential indoor pools under £100,000 We are all very proud to announce that we collecting three gold and two silver awards as well as being awarded the prestigious Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year. We faced stiff competition from other entries which makes winning these awards so much more special for us, and really is a testament to the effort and

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Common Pool Renovation Mistakes

Outdoor Liner Swimming Pool

Is your swimming pool looking a bit tired or shabby and in need of some tlc? Perhaps you’ve acquired a pool with your new house and want to give it your own style? Maybe you want to upgrade your existing swimming pool to take advantage of developments in pool technology and energy efficiency? Whatever your reasons, renovating a swimming pool can be a fantastic decision in many respects. It pays to plan carefully, however, and avoid these common and potentially costly mistakes which could turn your renovation from dream to disaster. Timing Is Everything We’ve already talked about why winter is the best time to build a swimming pool or

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Three Simple Ways To Reduce The Work Of Cleaning Your Swimming Pool

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If you use your pool regularly and want to ensure your swimming pool water is clean, hygenic and enjoyable to swim in, you’ll need to follow a regular cleaning and maintenance routine. There’ s lots of information online about how and when to carry out various tasks, all of which need to be done regularly, whether you have an indoor or an outdoor swimming pool. If your budget allows for it, and you like the idea of reducing some of the manual work involved in cleaning your pool, you could invest in an automatic swimming pool cleaner, which will do some of the hard work for you. Whether you go

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Award Winning Pool Installation

XL Pools is an award winning Swimming Pool Installation company.

Swimming Pool Contractor of the Year 2018 & 2015

11 x SPATA Gold Winner