One of the main questions pool owners ask themselves at this time of year is when to re-open their outdoor pool after the mandatory winter hibernation period. Of course, you should ensure that your pool is being serviced at least every 6 weeks during this downtime, but when do you actually book in your opening service and what does that process look like? There are several schools of thought on the issue, but we believe that when it comes to opening your pool, preparation is key so the sooner, the better.
Although Valentine’s Day has been a celebration of love for over two centuries, in recent decades our displays of affection have grown more and more elaborate. People aren’t content with a well-meaning card any more. There are hundreds of gift ideas to be found online and most retailers have some tempting Valentine’s Day offering.
While many forms of exercise such as walking are increasing in popularity in the UK (which is great for the health of the nation) swimming remains England’s most popular mass participation sport with one in every 20 people aged over 14 swimming at least once a week. (Sport England)
Christmas is almost upon us, and preparations will soon be in full swing. Alongside the more traditional Christmas parties, pool owners might be thinking of throwing a festive pool party for all their friends and family. However, pools require certain preparation for a larger number of people using it. A pool party will also mean more clean-up and maintenance afterwards. In this post, we take a look at what you need to host a Christmas pool party and what to do once the revellers have gone home.
Every pool owner with young children will be keenly aware of the need to be vigilant when children are in and around their swimming pool. The important first step is to ensure that children learn to swim as young as possible and continue with lessons to develop water confidence, technique and become safety aware.
If you’re going to really make the most of your pool, be it outdoor or indoor, you can invest in a few pool gadgets. From tools that automatically clean your pool to toys, games and novelty inflatables, we’ve amassed a few of the less conventional gadgets and gizmos that will keep you entertained all summer.
Owning a pool comes with a certain level of responsibility, particularly when it comes to maintenance and the health of the pool water. A poorly maintained pool will quickly become unusable and the longer the neglect continues, the longer it will take to rectify problems. This is the case with algae, a naturally occurring problem for pools if proper attention is not given to maintaining good circulation, filtration and sanitisation. We look at how to keep algae at bay.
Hydrotherapy pools are warm water pools that are used to treat people who have physical health problems or special needs. Hydrotherapy is an enormously helpful treatment for a range of conditions including arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pain, circulation problems and injury, such as those arising from sports injury and accidents. Physiotherapy treatment has been greatly enhanced by the introduction of hydrotherapy pools at hospitals and care facilities.
If you’ve noticed a recent change in the smell or taste of your pool water, it could indicate unhealthy changes to the chemical composition of the water. If the water tastes salty to you, it generally means that something is amiss with the water’s TDS level.
A well-designed pool that harmonises with your property not only makes a statement, it also provides lots of opportunities to luxuriate, relax and have fun. Part of a pool’s charm is its versatility; it can be used to help your children learn to swim, allow you to keep fit and is a spectacular focal point for a party.
There is no doubt that being a responsible pool owner will dramatically lengthen the lifespan of your pool. Small tasks, done regularly, will prevent minor issues from becoming full-blown problems that require expensive and time-consuming repairs. Our blog is full of posts featuring useful tips to maintain your pool; information on cleaning, renovating and pool care can all be found here.
Children love to swim but sometimes they experience eye irritation. If you find that your pool water causes eye irritation regularly and is accompanied by an unusual odour, there may be an issue with the pool water sanitisation.
Summer is almost over, and temperatures are starting to drop across the country. For outdoor pool owners, this means it's time to start thinking about covering the pool and preparing it for the cold winter ahead. If you don't prepare properly, you may need to perform some serious maintenance when warming temperatures arrive in spring.
If your pool was built several years ago, or you have moved into a property with a pool, it might be looking worse for wear. A previous owner may not have maintained it properly or the style may just not be to your liking. If your pool is tired-looking or outdated, it's time for a revamp, it’s much easier than you realise. What choices are available? In this post, we take a look at some ways you can revamp an outdated pool.
Owning a pool comes with responsibilities, like maintenance and care. From ensuring the right chemical mix and the water levels to cleaning filters and emptying skimmer baskets, there's plenty to remember. You should never hesitate to ask your pool technician for advice. However, every so often engineers get asked questions that take them completely by surprise. In this post, we take a look at the strangest pool care questions we've ever been asked – some are stranger than others!
A vinyl pool liner is used in lieu of concrete or stainless steel as a membrane to keep your water from draining away. Liner pools cost less to build, and you'll be able to see the top edge of the liner locked around the edge of the pool. However, they are subject to more wear and tear and are more easily damaged than a concrete or stainless steel pool.
Looking after your pool is the best way to ensure it stays in peak condition throughout the year. In this post, we look at five things to keep in mind when considering your pool's general health.
When swimmers use your pool, they inadvertently introduce bacteria into the water. If your water is untreated, bacteria can multiply and spread, causing several problems. On the other hand, if your pool is over-chlorinated it can cause unpleasant side effects for swimmers. In this post, we take a look at some of the signs that might indicate your pool water isn't at its best.
The key to keeping your pool in great condition is proper maintenance. Whilst you should hire an expert to perform a regular service on your pool, smaller cleaning and upkeep is something you can do yourself. There are several extremely useful tools that every owner should invest in to make cleaning that much easier, in between a fortnightly or weekly servicing.
All pool owners should follow the mantra of “little, and often”. A regular servicing schedule allows the pool engineers to keep your pool in top condition all year round. It also makes individual tasks more straightforward and means the pool will always be ready for you to use. A regular service also prevents bigger problems from taking hold with pre-emptive action.
Although we wish Britain had the climate to support an outdoor pool all year round, it gets rather too cold in the autumn and winter months. As the summer sunshine begins to wane, you'll need to think about closing your outdoor pool. It's essential in preserving the lifespan of the pool and its equipment. Most people in this country choose to “winterise” or close their pool in late September.
Pools are a great addition to any home - they allow people the time and space to pursue a healthy swim, or a relaxing rest by the water, at their leisure. Being a pool owner comes with a set of responsibilities, however. Like any other room or space at home, a pool requires maintenance and upkeep. Ensuring that you consult a regular service technician is the best way to keep your pool running smoothly and to avoid the most common issues that all pool owner’s face at one time or another.
Although it may seem daunting at times, pool maintenance doesn’t have to be difficult — as long as you take small and frequent steps to keep things ticking over. Whether you’re losing water, or noticing some signs of algae growth, here’s our quick cheat sheet to keep your pool in order.
Refurbishing a swimming pool can give it a new lease of life, brighten up your outside space and give you and your family a feature you can really enjoy. If you’ve inherited a pool in a property you’ve recently purchased, a refurb will give you the chance to repair any parts that have been neglected and adapt the design to suit your needs. If you’re planning on giving your swimming pool a bit of attention this year, here are four things to consider before you arrange your refurb.
One of the best things about spring is that it signals the start of the swimming pool season. Longer days, warmer weather and sunshine make the season the perfect time to re-open an outdoor pool and get it ready for use. Here at LSPC, we’re already well underway with pool openings for clients as most people prefer to have a professional tackle this. In this blog, we share some important information to ensure your pool opening is done just right.
In order to keep them in good condition, swimming pools need regular care and attention throughout the year and that includes servicing outdoor pools during the winter when they are closed for the season. From adding chemicals to the water to cleaning the surface, pools need TLC if they’re going to stay looking great and working perfectly. Though maintenance needs to be regular, it doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, servicing a swimming pool is probably easier that you think. Here we debunk five common myths:
For healthy swimming, it’s vital that the pool water is always clean and properly filtered, this will not only prevent any potential waterborne diseases taking hold, it will ensure that the volume and the cost of chemical treatments for your pool are well managed. There are different types of filters from which to choose and we look at three – two long-standing options and one relatively recent development; all achieve a high level of water purity.
Though a well built, well designed and well-maintained swimming pool should run perfectly week in, week out, occasionally even the most exclusive pools have problems. Luckily, in most cases, problems with swimming pools are easy to resolve. Requiring just a little intervention and some careful monitoring, fixing an issue with your pool should be relatively straightforward.
Water features can add an extra sparkle to your pool making it even more inviting, livelier, brighter and luxurious. There are many types of water features to choose from, whether for an indoor or outdoor pool, here we take a brief look at the options and give a few tips on maintaining a waterfall.
Your swimming pool will last you a lifetime – assuming it has been well-designed and well-built, and you follow the ‘little and often’ servicing mantra and look after both the pool plantroom and the pool itself.
Yes, it sounds a little zany; Christmas and outdoor swimming pools don’t usually go together, well not in the UK’s wintery climes. But, believe it or not, some fun-loving pool owners have started a new trend by keeping their pools open beyond the usual closing period.
Whilst LSPC Contracting focuses exclusively on high-end luxury pool design and installation, the servicing and refurbishment team tackles a wide range of pool maintenance and repairs and has considerable experience replacing worn, damaged or out-of-fashion vinyl liners, returning the pool to its former healthy, attractive condition.
Proper water circulation in a swimming pool is considered to be absolutely fundamental to its functioning, and with good reason. As Swim University highlights: “Circulation of the pool water allows you to filter your water, which is cleaning. It also helps to spread the chemicals you add to the water, like stirring a cup of coffee after adding cream and sugar.”
The chemical makeup of your pool water is extremely important to both the safety and usability of your pool. If your pool water tastes salty, has changed colour or turned cloudy, or if you find yourself constantly relying on chemical additives to keep your pool water clean, there may be an issue with your pool’s chemical composition. This could lead to long-term issues requiring careful correction, upkeep, and maintenance. Thankfully, there’s a solution.
One of the most important factors in keeping your indoor pool safe, comfortable, and easy to use is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). This refers to the level of pollutants contained within the air indoors, and must be carefully regulated to ensure there are no short or long-term health risks associated with the use of your pool.
A recent study revealed that the most desired leisure facility for luxury home buyers is a private swimming pool. Buying a property that already has a swimming pool is very popular – as well as the obvious benefits of swimming at home whenever you want, you own a property with a valuable asset. While a ready-installed pool means you don’t have the pleasure of bespoking it to your personal taste, you can start enjoying the pool straightaway; that is assuming the previous owner has left it in tip top condition!
One of the main products needed for the upkeep of your swimming pool are chemicals - they play a number of key roles when it comes to disinfecting and sterilising the water and are vital to ensure your pool is clean and safe for regular use. There are good practice guidelines for treating pools with the right chemicals, but sometimes simple steps are overlooked, or mistakes made that lead to inefficient use of chemicals which in turn leads to unnecessary cost. This blog gives tips to help you avoid this.
Baffled by the abundance of swimming pool terminology? Our jargon buster explains common terms and some include links to helpful articles on our website. We hope you find the A to Z helpful. If you spot a key term that is not included, email and let us know – we will consider adding it to the list.
Dip into our infographic for a fast way to learn about common servicing problems that may crop up on your swimming pool. Ten signs that your swimming pool needs to be repaired identifies the problems and gives practical advice on the next step, whether that's you undertaking the repair work, or its one for a pool specialist.
One of the joys of having your own pool is being able to swim on a whim – whether that’s an early morning invigorating dip to pep you up for a busy day running the family or luxuriating in the pool after a hectic day running your business empire! Whatever your favourite time for a swim, you’ll want to be greeted with sparkling water that looks, feels and smells great.
Whether you’re looking at buying a pool for the first time or a long-term pool owner, you’ll no doubt be aware that a number of steps are taken to ensure that a pool – be it indoor or outdoor – is clean and safe for human use.
With luck, the sun will shine throughout September allowing you to swim to your heart’s content but soon the inevitable closing period will be upon us. As the nights draw in and the cold creep of winter works its way across the country, you will start thinking about closing your outdoor pool, but will you also be thinking about servicing the pool while it’s closed?
Summer is finally here and pool owners are rejoicing at being able to soak up the rays while relaxing in their pools. As your pool will be getting more use and because of the hot climate, there are certain things to consider in order to keep the pool in pristine condition over the summer.
There’s no better way to relax after a hard day’s work than by unwinding in your luxury home spa. It’s pretty hard not to shrug off the stresses of corporate life when you’re relaxing in the sauna or enjoying the soothing bubbles in the hot tub. However, if you don’t follow a regular maintenance schedule, a home spa can quickly lose its allure. In this blog we give you a few key tips to help you keep your spa, sauna and hot tub in perfect condition - and ready to use whenever you need to chill out.
Having your own luxury pool is a fantastic investment in your home, lifestyle, health and fitness; and pool owners do their utmost to ensure their pools are in tip top condition all year round. With all that care and attention, it can be disconcerting if a problem with the pool water emerges. Discoloured pool water makes a pool look unwelcoming, and in some cases this is indicative of a bigger problem that needs to be corrected before the pool can function as normal. Fortunately, most pool water faults can be easily diagnosed by a qualified service engineer who can get the pool running optimally and looking great in no time. In this blog we look at three of the most common pool water problems.
A luxury swimming pool is likely to be one of the bigger investments you make in your enhancing home and leisure time. To protect your investment and get the most enjoyment from your pool, you really should plan for its care, not wait for a mishap and then be scrambling around to find a good engineer to fix the problem. Ahead of any issue, consider hiring a reliable, qualified and experienced professional who becomes your regular pool engineer.
Even the most illustriously designed swimming pool, complete with cascading waterfalls and picturesque rock formations, will not be inviting if the water isn’t crystal clear. If the water looks dull and unappealing, this is probably due to a buildup of impurities caused by inadequate pool filtration equipment. There are two main types of pool filter - sand and cartridge. There is also the option of swapping sand media for glass media filtration. Each option has its own unique attributes, which we cover in this blog.
If the equipment in your pool is no longer functioning optimally and the aesthetics are starting to suffer due to extended use, it might be time to think about renovating. Whether you’re upgrading the plant room equipment, refurbishing the tiles or looking to improve the pool’s structural integrity, it’s important to enlist the services of a specialist who knows the ins and outs of your particular type of pool. If you are considering renovating because you have been losing water in the pool, performing a simple bucket test will tell you if this is happening because of evaporation or whether there is a more serious problem which needs to be addressed. Taking inspiration from SPATA’s informative pool renovation leaflet, here are some of the things you should keep in mind, whether you have a concrete or liner pool.
Two of the most important elements for your pool water chemistry are pH level and total alkalinity – in simple terms pH is an indication of whether the water has acid or alkaline properties and total alkalinity is a measure of how much alkaline substances are in the water.
If you notice white deposits on your tiles, this is most likely an excess build up of calcium, usually the result of high pH level, high alkalinity level or high level of calcium in the water. Calcium deposits are often due to hard water, but external factors such as changes in temperature or water evaporation can alter the chemical composition of the water, resulting in deposits.
This is Jason Beirne’s final bog as a Service Engineer at LSPC. Jason will continue blogging in his new role as Trainee Project Designer at the Contracting arm of London Swimming Pool Campany. From December yuou can follow Jason's blog in this section.
Something happens whenever I see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben - the iconic landmarks stirs up childhood memories of coming to see Trooping the Colour; a mixture of pride and nostalgia. Just because we work in and around London, it doesn't mean to say we get to see the landmarks every day so personally I try not to take it for granted.
As summer comes to a close and the temperature starts to drop, you will want to close your outdoor pool for the winter. In a county with a seasonal climate such as Britain, most people choose to winterise their pool in the latter half of September.
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Swimming pools come in many shapes and sizes and, on the face of it, appear to be fairly simple – just big tanks of water. However, there is a lot of unseen smart technology working away in and around your pool which helps to keep your water clean, safe and chemically balanced.
Trying to decide whether you really need a swimming pool cover? You will derive a great deal of benefit from having a cover and here’s why.
After two and half years at London Swimming Pool Company, soon I shall relinquish my much-loved job as Head of Servicing & Refurbishment for another overseas adventure (I hail from the USA). Someone will step into my shoes. The recruitment ball is rolling and it won’t be long before applicants are vying for the post. What better way to help market the job than sharing a little of my experience to bring the job to life in a way a traditional advert can’t do.
As we saw in part one, there are multiple issues that can impact negatively on your swimming experience; from green algae growing on the walls of the pool to fading paint and broken lights. However, when there are problems with the pool’s plant room equipment, this can represent a hazard to swimmers and could even result in an accident. For this reason, it is important to be able to recognise when your plant room equipment may not be operating correctly so that you can call in the professionals to inspect the equipment and get it fixed.
When your pool is in working order, there’s nothing better than swimming a few lengths or even just relaxing on a lilo and catching some rays of sun. However, when things go wrong with your pool, your swimming experience usually suffers as a consequence. More importantly, neglecting potential problems when they first appear can result in damage to the pool which will be more expensive to repair the longer you leave it. In addition to this, a pool that isn’t in working condition can be a health hazard, so it’s important to get any problems rectified immediately. Sometimes the problems aren’t dangerous, but leave your pool looking shabby, which you don't want.
If you suspect that your swimming pool has a leak, early detection is paramount in order to avoid more complicated issues further down the road. A leaking pool can result in hundreds of gallons of water being lost every day. More seriously, it can cause severe structural damage to the pool itself and to other buildings nearby. A leak doesn’t have to be big for there to be a huge loss of water; a miniscule hole can be an even worse problem because it’s much harder to find. Fortunately, if you do suspect you have a leak; it’s easy to get the problem resolved before any significant damage is done.
On the face of it, cleaning and maintaining a swimming pool seems like a relatively straightforward task. We’ve all seen people do it, skimming a net across the surface of the water, adding some chemicals and it looks as if the job is done. It seems so simple that some new pool owners are tempted by the novelty or to save a little money to do it themselves before realising that this DIY approach is almost always a false economy.