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How to Create a Pool Maintenance Plan

It’s the one thing pool owners all share, the maintenance of your pool. Creating and sticking to a consistent plan of attack will help eliminate stress and save money on pool chemicals. Treating your water MORE OFTEN means using LESS CHEMICALS. This might seem counterintuitive, but it makes sense if you understand two things: 1. It’s easier to maintain chemical levels than it is to correct them. Imagine riding a bike. It takes a lot of effort to get started, but once you’ve reached a certain speed, you can maintain it with a fraction of the strain. As long as you maintain the speed, you can go for a long

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What to do if Your Pool Has a Nitrate Problem?

Nitrates are not an uncommon problem to have especially if you are in the UK. It is important to be mindful of the nitrate levels in your pool as a high nitrate reading could become into an algae nightmare. The secret to controlling nitrate levels is to test regularly and then you can respond quickly to rising levels before it becomes a problem. Before you start testing for nitrates, it’s good to know exactly what they are and what you need to do to remove nitrates from your pool water. What Are Nitrates? Nitrates are a naturally occurring contaminant to swimming pools. Nitrates are a plant nutrient typically found in

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Triple Gold, Pool of the Year & Contractor of the Year 2018

Tuesday 30th January 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 6 entries in for an award. We are all very proud to announce that we collected three gold awards for: Residential Outdoor Pools £75,000 – £125,000 – Sellindge Project Residential Outdoor Pools £40,000 – £75,000 – Residential Indoor Pools under £100,000 – West Kingsdown Project We were also graced with the “Pool of the Year Award” as well as being awarded the prestigious Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year for the second time (Previously in 2015) We faced stiff competition from other

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How to Fix Cloudy Pool Water

How to Fix Cloudy Pool Water

Waking up one morning and finding your pool has turned a white milky mess can be a daunting thing even for a seasoned pool owner. A cloudy pool can be a challenge to recover from so in this article we will explain why a pool becomes cloudy and offer you some tips how to get your pool crystal clear as quickly and easily as possible. What Causes Cloudy Water in a Swimming Pool? There are three main causes of cloudy water in a pool: The chemicals in your pool: Believe it or not, too much chlorine in a pool can cause a cloudy pool! Other levels could be too high

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The Perfect Times to Open and Close your Pool.

That sad time of year when the weather just doesn’t look as appealing, least of all to be running out into the back garden in a pair of swimming trunks! So it’s time to close the pool right? Well let’s explore the perfect time to close you pool… and open it too! The time you close your pool is key to good water quality and the amount of time and money you spend getting it back to health come the spring. Many customers rely on the use of their pool to dictate the close down and importantly the opening of the pool which could be a mistake as a late

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Swimming Pool Heating

There are essentially two different types pool heating systems, primary and secondary.  A primary system is a system where the home owner sets thermostatic controls at their desired temperature (typically between 22°C and 30°C), and the heating system will, as long as it was correctly sized, specified and installed, operate up to and until the water reaches that desired set temperature, irrespective of external factors like the ambient temperature, the weather, amount of sunshine etc, and then maintains it at that temperature, again, irrespective of any outside influences.  A secondary system will raise the water temperature, but is dependent on outside factors which will impact its performance, such as the

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Pool Hall Construction Considerations

If a swimming pool is to be used throughout the year the  structure placed over a it must conform to Building Regulations Part L (Conservation of Fuel & Power, Approved Document L1B). If the structure does not conform, then heating systems will not be permitted to heat that structure. Heating the water will be permitted. However as the ambient external temperature drops and with it the internal temperature, condensation will be formed by the difference in temperature between the water and air. Fogging will occur to the extent that visibility will be almost nil and the bathers will be cold when the are out of the water. In effect bathing

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Indoor Pool Design Considerations

Pool tied to building. Often architects specifying indoor pools will place the pool hard up against one wall with the wall of the building running into the pool. While aesthetically pleasing this opens up a can of worms with regards to the integrity of the pool structure. Settling of the foundations or movement in the building can result in water loss from the pool shell due to the stress involved. It is also impossible to access any services located behind this wall, for example pool lights, return inlets etc. The recommended method in this instance is to locate the pool 350mm from the building that is enough for a coping

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Outdoor Pool Design Considerations

Outdoor Swimming Pool With Enclosure

Any of the pool construction methods described in the previous article can be utilised to build an outdoor pool. Outdoor pools do have their own particular design considerations which you need to be aware of, including but not limited to…  Proximity to the house. How close is the pool to be to the house for changing and showering facilities?  If the pool is to be used for extended periods of the year, a relatively close proximity to the house is desirable in order to minimise the walk from the pool back to the house in the cold. If the pool is to be located some distance away, think about the

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Ground Conditions & Ground Water Handling

One common factor in relation to the proper installation of all pool shells is dealing with groundwater. If the groundwater pressure builds up the shell of the pool will be at risk unless the pressure is relieved. Battleships were made of steel, weighed thousands of tons and floated. If the pressure is greater than the water and the weight of the concrete or fibreglass shell, it could lift or float the shell. In concrete pools not only should a hydrostatic relief valve be fitted in the lowest point but also the drainage under and around the structure should be such that the water can easily gravitate to the deepest point

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About XL Pools

XL Pools are a team of dedicated professionals who have built a reputation for outstanding swimming pool design and construction. We are the leading suppliers and installers of Compass Pools.


XL Pools Ltd

t: 01233 840 336


a: The Parlour, Saracens Dairy

Pluckley Road, Pluckley,  Kent

TN27 0SA

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