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Pool Shop | 3 Shrewd Thoughts Before Introducing Towel Racks To Your Pool Deck

Backyard pools are favourites with many Aussie homes because of the favourable climate during most parts of the year. Since your family and friends probably enjoy regular swims in your backyard, you may want to install a towel rack on the pool deck to keep those damp feet away from the insides of your home. But before you head off to the pool shop to find towel racks, consider these shrewd thoughts for long-term value. Consider Materials For Towel Racks That Tolerate The Test Of Time Poolside towel racks are prone to constant dampness, especially if people use the pool often in your home. Not every towel rack material is going to be as long-term as others, so be prudent with your choices if you want to avoid buying new ones frequently. For instance, wood is unequalled in appearance, but the constant dampness from pool towels will cause the wood to rot and warp over time. This will result in frequent sealing or painting needs. Alternatively, you may have to end up buying new ones if the wood is beyond repair. A good long-term towel rack choice is PVC or aluminium. These materials are naturally resistant to rust and weathering, which makes them ideal for poolside towel racks. Check with your pool shop about getting these installed on your deck. Consider Colours That Don’t Stick Out Like Sore Thumbs A pool towel may not sound like a vital accessory, but it can be an eyesore if you don’t find a way to integrate it with your existing d├ęcor. For instance, if you have a beige-stone pool deck appearance, then a good idea would be to either complement or match the look. A matching pool towel rack would borrow the same beige-stone colour scheme, while a complementary appearance would draft colours like blue. Blue sits opposite beige/orange on the colour wheel. You may use the wheel as a reference to establish complementary towel rack colours to your pool deck. Think Of The Towel Rack Style You Want Towel racks are extremely versatile, allowing you the opportunity to introduce any style you desire based on individual penchants or existing design. For example, if you have an older Victorian style home, you can inject the same elaborate curves into your towel rack for a harmonised appearance. If you have a contemporary home, then sleek towel racks feature a streamlined appearance. You can also […]

What You Should Do to Prolong the Life of Your Swimming Pool’s Pump

Even though swimming pools offer great entertainment for your family and visitors at home, you are bound to run into a few challenges when using them. One of these challenges is the need to care for and maintain the various components of the pool, particularly the pump. The pump comprises an electric motor, strainer basket and the pool filter to facilitate its primary function of circulating water to and from the pool. If proper care is not given, you will have to deal with costly repairs, and you may not be able to optimise the life of your pump. Here is what you can do for an efficient and durable pool pump: Pump Wiring Since swimming pool pumps rely on electric power, electrical problems are among the many things that can shorten the life of your pump. You need the right combination of electrical components to ensure that the pump can handle the water load in your pool. During installation, check the voltage rating of the cables used for the pumps wiring and make sure that they are capable of transferring the required amount of power to the mortar. This will prevent frequent mortar failure caused by the supply of inadequate current to the mortar. Protection against Moisture Not all components of your pool’s pump work well when they are exposed to moisture. For instance, moisture can lead to a short circuit in the mortar, necessitating costly repairs. To add on that, moisture also encourages the corrosion of the metallic components of the pump. Therefore, you need a waterproof cover for your pool’s pump to prevent the inadvertent infiltration of water to components that shouldn’t come into contact with moisture. Cleaning the Pump’s Strainer Basket The pump’s strainer basket filters the water before it reaches the pump. It has to let enough water through to the pump so that the motor keeps running. This is necessary to sustain the flow of water back to the pool. For this reason, you should get rid of any dirt and debris obstructing the flow of water in the skimmer’s opening. First, turn off the pump and the pool heater (if it has one) and shut the all the drain valves to the pool. If the pump is submerged in the pool, then shut off the filter valve as well. Thereafter, remove the pump’s lid and clean strainer basket with a jet of water […]

General Care and Maintenance Tips for a Swimming Pool

If you own a swimming pool then you probably know to add chlorine as needed and to ensure the pump is always in good working order. While these simple tasks can go a long way toward keeping your pool clean and ready for a swim, there is much more to owning and maintaining a pool than just adding chemicals and letting the equipment do its job. Note a few general care and maintenance tips for a swimming pool and be sure you follow these with your own pool so it’s always in good working order. 1. Water levels The water levels are very important to the pool’s condition; if there is too much water in the pool and the level goes above the filter or skimmer, floating debris won’t get pulled into the filter area. If the water level is too low to reach the filter or skimmer, it won’t get properly pulled through. Note the recommended levels for your pool and ensure that the automatic water pump is working properly if you have one; if you need to refill the pool manually, ensure that you do this after hot summer days when water is likely to evaporate. Vacuuming and backwashing can also lower the water levels. If the water is consistently too high, note if the water pump needs recalibrating so it doesn’t keep filling the pool unnecessarily. 2. Cleaning the skimmer and pump basket The skimmer and pump basket will typically get full of debris as they pull water through and catch items like leaves and twigs. Not cleaning these will make the pump work harder to pull water through and, in turn, you may find that the water isn’t filtered and cleaned as it should be. You may also need to replace the pump sooner than you should. Check the pump basket and skimmer as often as recommended by your pool manufacturer, and more so if your pool tends to collect leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and the like. 3. Cover the pool To keep debris out of the filter and skimmer, cover your pool regularly. You might get in the habit of doing this when you cut your grass but may leave the pool uncovered when your neighbor trims their lawn, allowing their grass clippings to collect on your pool’s surface. Remember that rain can bring dust and dirt with it, so cover the pool when it […]

The Importance Of Balancing Your Pool’s Water Chemistry Before Winter Arrives

The hazy, lazy days of summer are starting to turn into the darker, colder days of winter, and that means it is time to get your pool ready for the no-swimming days ahead. As someone who has not winterized their pool before, it is important you take a few moments to learn about why water chemistry is important during winter. By doing so, you are less likely to find yourself with a damaged pool next spring. What Does Unbalanced Water Do To A Pool? Unlike the regular attention a pool gets during the summer months, once winter arrives your pool sits completely unloved until the days start to warm up again. Because of this, you want to make sure the water in your pool is completely balanced. To do this, purchase a water testing kit from your local pool store if you don’t have one already. You need to adjust the pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness in your pool to the following levels: Alkalinity in the pool should be between 80 and 120 ppm. You want to adjust this first as alkalinity will affect the pH level of your pool. Additionally, low alkaline water can cause corrosion on metal surfaces in your pool, such a light surrounds or pool ladders. The ph level in your pool should be between 7.4 and 7.6 to make your chlorine most effective. You want effective chlorine so your pool water does not become home to bacteria or algae. Calcium hardness should be adjusted until it is between 200 and 400 ppm. By doing this you are reducing the chance of calcium scale building up on the sides of your pool. Calcium scale can stain or eat into the surface of the pool if it is left to sit too long. If you are not confident about doing this test yourself, arrange for your pool contractor to do it for you and show you the results. How To Balance The Water Balancing the water is done in the same way you would do in the summer time, it is just more important to get it right at winter since this is the last treatment your pool will have until spring rolls around again. Your pool contractor has the chemicals you need to make a difference to the alkalinity, pH level and calcium hardness of your pool. They can also give you advice on the right amount of […]

Inground Swimming Pool Construction And Trees – Considerations For Homeowners

If you’re considering having an inground swimming pool installed in your garden and you have trees growing in the vicinity, there are some considerations you’ll have to make.  Read on for some helpful information about existing trees and inground swimming pool construction. Should you install an inground pool next to trees? The main issue with installing a swimming pool in close proximity to trees is the potential damage that root growth could cause to the liner of your pool, especially if it’s made of vinyl.  Generally speaking, the root system of the tree won’t far exceed the spread of its canopy.  Therefore, if you construct the pool at least 20 metres outside of the canopy’s spread, your pool should be safe.  Another consideration here is the age of the trees in question.  Fully mature trees won’t grow spread any further, but younger specimens can be expected to continue growing, so take this into account when siting your pool. Constructional implications aside, there is also the general pool maintenance side of things to consider.  All trees shed their leaves, needles, and fruit to some degree at different times of the year.  Add to this a download of loose twigs and other debris during stormy weather, and you could end up having a major pool cleaning project to content with every year.  Birds may also be inclined to roost in your trees, creating a potential health hazard if their droppings finish up in your pool. Another consideration is the shade afforded by trees in close proximity to the pool.  During the spring and summer, direct sunlight can really help to raise the temperature of an unheated pool, so you don’t want it cut out completely by tree canopies.  How can you prevent damage to your trees while the pool is under construction? The best way to protect your trees from damage during the construction process is by shielding the trunks with a temporary plastic fence.  Place the fence as far out from the trees as you can to prevent the ground around the trees from becoming compacted and damaging the root system.  Plastic fencing will also stop contractors’ equipment from hitting the tree trunks. Be aware that a build-up of soil around the base of a tree could cause root rot, which will eventually kill the tree.  Make sure that any soil left over from the installation of your pool is removed […]

Why You Should Consider a Fibreglass Swimming Pool over Concrete

If you are looking to install a swimming pool in your home, chances are you have found that it can be constructed from either concrete or fibreglass. Concrete has been the traditional material of choice for contractors for time immemorial. However, over the years, more and more homeowners are enjoying the benefits of opting for fibreglass swimming pools. Although both options are good, here are some of the reasons why you should consider a fibreglass swimming pool. Fibreglass swimming pools are installed faster One of the main differences between a concrete swimming pool and a fibreglass pool is the installation time. Once your yard has been excavated to make space for the pool, concrete will be poured. This concrete then has to be left to set and cure. As such, the process of constructing a concrete swimming pool tends to take a significant amount of time. On the other hand, fibreglass swimming pools typically come prefabricated. All you need to do is select the shape of your pool and contractors will come and install it. This leads to a faster installation time. Fibreglass swimming pools are easy to maintain Although concrete is a durable material, it does require regular maintenance for it to remain in good condition. Since their surface tends to be porous, you will find that concrete pools provide a prime breeding ground for algae and other microorganisms if not cleaned on a regular basis. Fibreglass on the other hand is an inorganic, impervious material. Therefore, not only is it algae resistant, but you do not have to worry about stains and grime being absorbed into its surface. This means it will stay cleaner for longer after being cleaned. Fibreglass does well with saltwater or chlorinated water One thing to note about concrete swimming pools is that they are not ideal for use with saltwater. If not sealed correctly, the salt water can cause the concrete to deteriorate over time. This is not the case with fibreglass. If you would prefer having a saltwater pool, you could easily do so with fibreglass. On the other hand, if you still choose to have a chlorinated pool, then you do not have to use too many chemicals. Since fibreglass helps the pool stay cleaner for longer, it also means you would require less chemicals to keep the pool water in good condition. Concrete pools would require regular chlorination to kill […]

Kids-Friendly Swimming Pool Features Ideal For Your Family Pool

You can make your family pool more fun for your kids by adding some custom-made pool features.  Make sure that your children understand the features and how to use them properly so as to avoid unnecessary accidents. Below are great examples of ideas you can borrow to customize your pool to make it super fun for kids. Heated Pool A heated pool is a great idea for you to prolong the swimming season for kids. During the cold seasons allow your kids to swim in a heated pool for a given duration. It can be quite expensive to heat your pool throughout the day, and hence, you will need a swimming schedule. Also, to lower the heating costs, opt for a solar heating system for pools. It’s not advisable to let kids operate, switch on or off and tamper with the heating system. Also, ensure you keep your pool covered overnight, especially during the cold season so as to conserve energy. Swimming pools that remain uncovered overnight lose approximately 5 degrees Fahrenheit every day.  A perimeter wall round the pool area will also help conserve energy by obstructing strong winds that worsen pool heat loss. A Pool Slide There are numerous designs and styles of swimming pool slides you can choose from when you plan to install one at home. The size of your compound and swimming pool will determine the size of the slide you go for and where it will be positioned. It’s best to have such a feature positioned at a point where it’s visible from the house so that you can watch kids play even when you’re in the house. Clean and disinfect your slide, preferably every time you’re cleaning the pool. Also, make sure you rinse the slide thoroughly to clean out any detergent remnants that can easily make the kids slide while climbing up the slide. Also, inspect your slide for any breakages, cracks or foreign objects that may cause grave accidents or harm your kids. A Pool Spa A pool spa is a great feature for kids to relax and unwind after a long day of play. However, kids will probably enjoy the spa every time either they are tired or not. You can choose to have a portable pool spa that is separate from the main pool. Also, you can have the pool-spa combo, whereby the spa is part of the main […]

A Basic Pool Care Checklist for New Pool Owners

If you’re a new pool owner, you may be overwhelmed by all the basic equipment and parts that go into keeping the pool safe and ready for a swim. A pool is connected to a pump which pushes water through a filter and a chlorinator and back again. While the pool does this on its own and is very self-maintaining, you will still need a list of pool equipment that will keep it clean and keep your swimmers safe. Note a basic checklist for new pool owners. 1. Testing kits It’s good to test the pH of your pool’s water often, usually weekly or as advised by your pool manufacturer. You may also want to test it after a storm or any other potential contamination if you’ve had a lot of visitors to the pool recently or for any other reason you think the pool’s water may not be clean. You can get these testing kits at your local pool supply store, but be sure you understand how they should be used and how to adjust the pool chlorination and other chemicals, depending on those test results. 2. Cleaning supplies The chlorinator and pump will keep your pool clean, but you need to do this on your own as well. Invest in a long skimmer to pull out leaves and other debris and a brush meant to scrub the pool’s walls. A vacuum is also needed to clean the bottom of the pool; an automatic vacuum will go back and forth along the pool floor on its own and can save you time and effort. Your supplies should also include chemicals that may be needed for your pool water in particular. For example, your pool may be prone to algae buildup along the walls, and an algae killer might be added as needed. There may also be more calcium in your water than usual, and certain softeners may keep this from staining the pool walls and drying your skin. 3. Covers and alarms A pool cover can keep the water clean when you’re not in the pool, and also keep children and pets out of the water. A pool alarm can sound if something hits the water, and this is a good choice for ensuring a child doesn’t make it into the pool without your supervision. Considering investing in these for your own pool so you know it’s always clean […]