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Winter is the best time for a pool installation or renovation. Here’s Why…


Winter is the best time for a pool installation or renovation. Here’s Why…

With the cold weather due to be setting in, it might seem an odd time to start thinking about having a swimming pool installed. Talk to any swimming pool installer, however, and you’ll hear that winter is the perfect time to start planning, and construct your pool. Logistically, there’s not really a right or wrong time, but you’ll find that by starting the process off during the off-peak season, there are plenty of benefits you might not have considered. All In The Preparation As with any building project, be it a swimming pool, an extension or a whole house, proper planning and preparation is absolutely essential. The more time you spend […]

Outdoor Pool or Indoor Pool – Which One Is Best?


Outdoor Pool or Indoor Pool – Which One Is Best?

Swimming pools are great for all kinds of activities. The kids can play in the pool during the summer months and you can swim laps to keep fit and burn some extra calories after a heavy weekend of drinking beer and eating barbecue. But as fantastic as an outdoor pool can be, come the winter it becomes fairly redundant unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere near the equator and the temperature rarely dips below 20 degrees Celsius. So would you be better off investing in an indoor pool, or is it possible to have the best of both worlds? The Advantages of an Outdoor Pool Outdoor swimming pools […]

Could You Swim for Charity?


Could You Swim for Charity?

There are a million and one ways to do something sporty and raise money for charity. You could climb Kilimanjaro, complete an Ironman triathlon, or cycle across the States like Pippa Middleton. However humongous challenges such as these require a great deal of training, cash, and time off work, so for the average person with a demanding job and very little disposable income, they simply aren’t doable. So if you have a burning desire to do something physically taxing in the name of charity, then why not complete a distance swim for charity? A Tough Challenge Swimming for charity is harder than you might think. Obviously if you can’t swim […]

How to Plan a Kid’s Pool Party


How to Plan a Kid’s Pool Party

Swimming pools are tremendous fun. When the sun is beating down and the mercury is hitting 30 degrees, nothing beats an afternoon spent by the pool while the kids play games in the water and burn off some of their excess energy. Swimming pools are also very useful if one of your kids has a birthday in the summer – instead of paying a fortune for your child and his or her friends to visit a play barn for the afternoon, you can host a pool party instead. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well pool parties are fun, but you do need to plan them carefully, so if you have recently […]

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


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

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 […]

What is involved in a Winter Shutdown?


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 […]

Winter Offers From XL Pools


How fast it comes around! This time of year we are yet again closing swimming pools down and preparing them for the winter. It is this time of year that upgrades and any niggling problems with your pool can also be fixed without interuption to your swimming. We have a couple of special offers available between now and December 1st 2015 for all our customers to enjoy: 1/ Chlorine feeders – If you use chlorine in your pool and still add your chlorine tablets to your skimmer we highly recommend using a chlorine feeder. A feeder will allow you to add a month’s supply in one go and will trickle […]

The Careful Balancing Act of Pool Sanitation


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 […]

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 […]

Money Saving Tips for Swimming Pools


Money Saving Tips for Swimming Pools

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 […]