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A Guide to Automatic Pool Cleaners

Scrubbing and cleaning your pool may well be up there with going to the dentist or a commute to the city in our list of least favourite things to do. Sadly as with many things in life it is something we all need to do now and again. When it comes to cleaning your pool having the right equipment helps someway to alleviate the problem but what if we told you there was a better way? An investment in an automatic pool cleaner not only will reduce the amount of time you have to spend cleaning your pool but will also improve the general health of your pool’s water. There

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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