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What Should You Know Before Changing the Shape of Your Pool?

One of the best parts of owning your own swimming pool is that you can make whatever changes you like, whenever you like. Being able to renovate, improve, and expand upon your pool can be a great way to show off your taste in aesthetics, design, and more. However, renovating your swimming pool can also be quite a time-consuming and stressful process, especially when work takes more time and money than you might have expected. That's why we wanted to discuss how renovating and changing your pool can come with some complications - as well as put to bed some myths you might've heard about how easy it all is. It's Probably More Expensive Than You Think Right off the back, we wanted to drive home the point that whenever you change the shape, size, or depth of your pool, it's usually a process that ends up being  as expensive as installing an entirely new pool. Why is that the case? Well, an expansion or reduction to your pool will mean basically everything about you

Potential Pool Renovation Costs

  Swimming Pool Renovation Costs Our time in the pool is winding down with fall among us. Now is the time to renovate your pool, with the kids back in school and summer vacation over. There are some things to consider as you think about potentially renovating your pool. You might want to add something or take off something. However, your budget needs to be considered as well. Here are some things to ponder as you think about potential pool renovation costs. Remodeling or repairing your pool has a  wide range in prices . On the lower end of the price spectrum is replastering a concrete pool. The price could increase for retiling a concrete pool or replacing a current concrete surround. The high end of the spectrum in cost is reshaping a concrete pool and installing new concrete surround. If a part of the pool cannot be repaired, it needs to be replaced, which can be done during a renovation. Adding Lights to a Pool Adding lights to a pool  are great for swimming at night and not

Is Adding a Pool Light Expensive?

  One of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a swimming pool is having access to it at any time. This is especially important during the evening hours and after sun fall, when you'll need some extra lighting and visibility. When considering options for your pool, price is usually the first to come to mind, though before prioritizing budget. It's vital to ensure that the lighting and installation methods adhere to electrical and safety guidelines. When you query your search for equipment and materials, always filter to include only reputable products and installation services. Budgeting for Pool Lights, Installation, and Equipment Costs When budgeting for pool lights, you'll generally need about $100-250 per light, spaced roughly 6-8 feet apart. Depending on the size of the pool and brand of lights, there is room for variance. If this is the first time installing pool lights, hiring an electrician will cost an estimated $100-150 per hour. Other equipment that you'll

When and How to Drain a Pool

Immersing yourself in a swimming pool full of clean water is the best feeling you'd love to experience every time you are ready to swim. There are many maintenance practices to keep your pool clean and draining it once in a while is one of them. No matter how clean the pool may look, draining it after a while is essential. Reasons to Drain Your Pool The top reasons to drain your pool evolve around the quality of water. You can clean your pool when it is filled with water, but when saturated with heavy metals, there is a need for complete drainage. Comprehensive repairs are also done when the pool is drained to ensure all the necessary modifications are done. Another reason for draining your pool is the need to change the water and a combination of other tasks such as painting. When to Drain Your Pool Typically, pools are drained and refilled every five years unless it requires necessary repairs. Frequent drainage often leads to additional problems that impact your pool fur

Keeping Your Pool Safe

Warm weather comes with so much fun in the sun. One of the most common summer activities is enjoying a day with family and friends in the pool. It is for this reason that you should keep your pool safe for everyone, especially children who are at risk of drowning. According to a World Health Organisation (WHO)  report , more than 300,000 people die annually because of drowning. This translates to more than 3,700 people in the US. Here are tips to ensure your pool is safe: Build a pool fence As a homeowner, the best safety measure you can take is installing a fence around your swimming pool. The fence forms a barrier that will keep children out of the pool when adults are not around to supervise them. The gates to the fence should be made to open outwards, away from the pool and be self-latching and self-closing. Different states and cities have implemented laws that outline fence requirements, so you should check your local building laws for material and height restrictions before

Opening Your Pool In Spring

Spring is a beautiful season. This is when you see trees beginning to grow and plants starting to blossom. The weather will be warmer and daylight will be a lot longer. It's the perfect time to go swimming! But how do you open your swimming pool in the Spring? Check out our tips below. 1. Take Care of the Pool Cover It's a good practice to cover your pool when you are not using it. When Spring comes, remove the water and other debris on top of the pool cover. As much as possible, make it spotlessly clean before taking the cover off. After removing the cover, clean off the remaining dirt and let it dry. When it's dry, sprinkle both sides with talcum powder to prevent mildew and mold. When everything is all neat and clean, loosely fold the cover and store it in a cool and dry place as you will need them in the winter. 2. Raise Pool Water to Normal Levels Get the hose and fill your pool with clean water for swimming. The normal water levels would be either halfway up

Testing Pool Water

Are you planning a big pool party or just want to spend the afternoon soaking in the pool? Remember, the beginning of warm weather means more pool time! Determining if your pool is ready for swimming is an important first step. But how do you determine the aforementioned scenario? The only logical way is through pool water testing. Of course, many people are conversant with the basics of testing pH balance and chlorine. But what most of them don't know is that testing of phosphates and other contaminants like calcium, copper, and iron is of the paramount essence. If you let these high levels of salt remain in your pool, you are leaving it vulnerable to potential damage. That's why you have to routinely check it and make sure the following chemistry is within the given range. pH : 7.4 – 7.6 Chlorine : 1.0 – 3.0 ppm Total Alkalinity : 80 – 140 ppm Calcium Hardness : 200 – 400 Cyanuric Acid : 25 – 50 ppm In this regard, let's explore different methods to test p