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Pool Construction Types

Pool Shell Construction Methods – Differences, Advantages & Drawbacks There are essentially five types of pool shell; those erected above ground; the concrete, the liner, the ceramic modular, and the stainless steel. Most domestic pools are of the ‘freeboard’ design. That is to say that the water level is approximately 150mm below the level of the pool deck or 50-100mm in the case of a compass design line. Surface water draw-off is via a number of surface water skimmers (quantity dependent on overall volume of pool) set into the pool wall at finished water level. A skimmer is connected to the pool’s filtration plant and is under suction from the

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Preliminary Questions to Ask in a Pool Build.

Before the designer can start work on a pool design, there is some information which is essential and, generally, can only come from the end user. What is the pool to be used for?         Swimming up and down for exercise?         Kids Play?         Aerobics?         Wallowing?         Recreation? All these will have an impact on the shape and size of the pool. Where is it to be sited? When deciding on the site of an outdoor pool, facing south to maximise exposure to the sun is usually the best option. However take into consideration shadows and the time of day the pool is to be used. Many people think that trees are a

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What is the Difference Between Clarifier and Flocculent?

Flocculent Clarifier

Flocculent is a very ­handy chemical to have at your disposal in your swimming pool arsenal when you want to clear a pool fast. However, flocculent isn’t going to always be the number one choice for clearing your pool. In this article, we will explain what the difference is between flocculent and clarifier, along with the directions to use both. What is Clarifier? Although the sand filter in your pool filtration does much of the heavy lifting when it comes to clearing a cloudy pool, sometimes your sand filter needs a little help to do the job. The sand in your sand filter will catch 95% of particle in your

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The Future of Pool Cleaning

Zodiac Vortex Lift System

The future is now! Autonomous pool cleaners are not new to the market. In fact, some have been around for almost 30 years! Pool cleaning can, for many be a laborious task and almost anyone would like to leave it to someone (or something) else! There have been many forms of automatic cleaner in the past. Most of the older generation pool cleaners have been powered by the filter pump, attaching a long hose to the vacuum point and they move around the pool by use of a diaphragm. Later models like the Polaris came around which use a separate line connected to their own pump, this time pumping water

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Swimming Pool Chemistry 101

Swimming Pool Chemistry 101

The water in a swimming pool has to be kept well maintained to maintain perfect clarity, sanitation and wellbeing of the equipment as well as the pool finish. Maintaining your pool water means keeping a range of variables within tolerance and can become confusing to a new comer to the pool ownership club. Today we explore the main variables you need to be checking on your pool and what to do if the readings are over or above the desired range. 1.    Water balance One of the first things you need to check regularly on your pool water is pH. Swimming pool water should typically be between 7.4 and 7.6

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Conserving Water That Your Swimming Pools Uses

Liner Swimming Pool

Many customers and new pool owners ask us how much water will having a swimming pool consume annually. The problem with answering this question accurately is that there are many variables from how often you will be using the pool to how often you backwash the pool. In a general situation a pool should not consume much water every year and should not amount to much on your annual water bill however if you are concerned about the amount of water you use then read below for some tips to conserve your water usage. Have your pool tested for leaks If you are concerned that your pool is emptying quicker

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How to Clean a Green Pool When You Have a Saltwater System

How to Clean a Green Pool When You Have a Saltwater System

Having a saltwater generator on your pool has many benefits however the effect of sanitation will not be much different from a traditional swimming pool. The salt in the water of a saltwater pool passes a electrolysis plate which charges the chlorine particle in salt (salt is made of Sodium and chlorine) and creates a chlorine ion. In short, whether you have a traditional sanitation system or a saltwater system, you have chlorine in your pool. Many people believe that having a saltwater pool, you should not dose chemical chlorine. This is NOT true! A “boost” or “100%” button can commonly be found on saltwater systems which will boost the

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How to Improve the Look of Your Pool Surround

Swimming Pool Surround

The winter is by far the best time to start some repairs and maintenance to your pool surround. If your patio is looking tired and growing weeds and moss in-between and on the slabs then you can really make a big difference with a little elbow grease! Taking pride in your pool surround not only keeps it from further damage, staining and costly repairs, it will totally transform the look of you pool area making it much more inviting for you and guests. Pressure wash your pool surround One thing that will drastically improve the look of any pool surround is to pressure wash your paving. Over time your pool

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How to Prime a Pool Pump

How to Prime a Pool Pump

A common question our service department get asked is how do you prime a pump? A pump will need priming for many reasons. The pump may have been accidentally run dry or shut off for a long period of time. It may be that the pump is higher than the pool and needs a bit of help to get going. Priming involves adding water to the pump before it is switched on to give it a bit of help to pull the water from through your pipework. Imagine it like an old plane, having to spin the propeller to get it started. Priming a pump is a simple task that

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Protecting Your Pool Cover in the Winter

Protecting Your Pool Cover in the Winter

When the colder months draw in and your pool is closed, there are some things you can do to protect your cover and extend its life. If you have a solar cover, you need to remove this over the winter as if left on the pool, it will become brittle and become useless for next season. A winter cover should be installed in place of a solar cover for the colder months. Store Your Solar Cover When you close your pool for the winter, wind your solar cover back on the reel, hosing off any debris as you reel. Then you should use some tarpaulin or a specialist cover for

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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.

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Pluckley Road, Pluckley,  Kent

TN27 0SA

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Swimming Pool Contractor of the Year 2018 & 2015

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