A home swimming pool means years of fun for you, your family and your friends. Maintenance is easier and cheaper than you might think, but it is important to keep on top of basic maintenance to keep your pool safe and clean. Many of these checks can be carried out yourself.
You want to be proud of your investment as the years go by and keep it looking at its best as well as ensuring it’s always ready for family fun. Weathering through the seasons causes inevitable deterioration and some effects can be repaired as they occur. However, inevitably the passage of time takes its toll and you may consider refurbishment. But what indicators should you watch for that might indicate that it’s time for refurbishment?
The water in your swimming pool probably comes from the mains supply, the same source as our drinking water. But once your pool is filled, it immediately becomes subject to whatever dust and debris is floating about in the air and sitting in the water lines even before the first bather gets in for a dip. Keeping pool water safe and fit for use is a constant duty of care throughout the summer months. Knowing what chemicals are required to achieve that is important, but also appreciating just why they are needed provides valuable context and understanding.
Preparing a pool for overwintering is called “winterising” and is a really important task for prolonging the life of your pool. Winter weather conditions in the UK are rarely drastic enough to create the depth of ice required to exert tremendous force against the pool walls but you never know what conditions this winter will bring.
If you lived on the US west coast, you would have a pool person come in every week to skim and vacuum your pool. Oh the sheer luxury of it. Pool person is almost a career choice in the US. Here in the UK, professional swimming pool companies like ourselves offer various care and maintenance packages that go a long way to prolonging the life of your pool as well as keeping it in tip top condition and spotting potential problems before they can cause trouble. We offer everything from one off visits to weekly attendance to clean and check every aspect of your pool.
An outdoor swimming pool does require frequent inspection and removal of any debris that may have fallen in. It’s also important to check the levels of chlorine and test the pH so as to maintain the water at a healthy condition. There are many simple checks and tasks that you as the pool owner can perform without having to call in the professionals.
There are many types of pool cover but the most common are the winter cover and slatted covers that roll up at the touch of a button. No matter what type is on your pool, there are some common steps that should be followed to carry out the cleaning procedure safely and without damaging the cover.
You are considering installing an outdoor in-ground swimming pool and you are browsing through websites that show a vast range of beautiful pools in all shapes and sizes. One of the first decisions you need to make is how big it should be. While budget and available garden space are an obvious constraint, you should also take some other factors into account.
There is no swimming pool without a swimming pool liner - the liner is the support structure which holds the water in place. Pool liners are typically made of vinyl sheeting which is fitted tightly around the shell of the swimming pool. They are usually blue and vary in thickness from 20 mm to 30 mm.
The key to keeping your pool as clean as possible is to simply stay on top of it. Making it a habit to check the surface for leaves and debris and removing them immediately makes a huge difference to the amount that will sink to the bottom. Frequent action does not take more than a minute or two but is the basis for a clean pool.