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Preparing for a Pool Installation? Here’s a Handy Checklist.

Outdoor One Piece Swimming Pool Installation
Are you preparing for your pool installation? Exciting times ahead! In a matter of weeks you will be happily swimming and enjoying a drink beside your brand new pool. To ensure you have everything ready and you are fully prepared we have put together this essential checklist for you to download and print to make sure you have everything covered with your project manager. If you are having your pool installed by XL Pools your project manager will be happy to run through these points with you to make sure you are fully prepared for your build. Download The Free Checklist Having a pool installed can be a disruptive timeRead more

Keeping Unwanted Animals Out of your Pool

There is running joke in the XL Pools office about ducks swimming in the show pool, most likely sipping on a pina colada while lounging on a lilo! It isn’t ideal, and most pool owners one time or another maybe faced with a similar dilemma and would like to know how to remove unwanted animals from enjoying a lounge around in your pool. Here are some tips to stop birds and other animals from entering your pool: 1/ Make Sure to Cover Your Pool Whenever You Are Not Using It. Covers are not only there to keep the leaves and debris out from the pool but it also stops animals

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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?

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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

Indoor pool with Spa

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

Outdoor Luxury Swimming Pool Installation

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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