02 January 2020
Swimming Pool Maintenance in Surrey
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)
Is it any wonder? Apart from swimming being plain good fun, it has so many health benefits – it is one of the most effective ways to burn calories, lowers blood pressure, improves lung capacity, increases bone strength and reduces stress levels; and those are just some of the plus points.
More public swimming pools are opening in the UK, likewise many families are fortunate enough to have a pool at home. In fact, SPATA says that there are 240,000 pools installed at private residences in the UK and sixty percent of them are based in the South of England. A good proportion of these pools are installed in homes in Surrey – from Kingston to Farnham – where London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC) has been providing swimming pool maintenance for clients’ pools for over 30 years. Based in New Malden, Surrey, LSPC comprises 25 experts who cover every element of swimming pool design, servicing, maintenance and refurbishment.
Summer can be a roller-coaster time for LSPC – it is the time when outdoor pool owners pay the greatest attention to their pool as they want to be sure it’s in the best condition for swimming on all days that the shine shines. Swimming pool servicing and maintenance are top of their agenda at this time of the year, but of course, servicing, maintenance and refurbishment should be a priority all year round for owners of both indoor and outdoor pools.
Whether it is new or long-established it will benefit enormously from regular professional pool servicing, keeping the water healthy and protecting its longevity. The pool water must be cared for regularly and as pools age and experience wear and tear, they must be maintained just like the house and car. The better the pool service record the longer the pool will sparkle and provide decades of pleasure and healthy exercise.
So with this in mind, we share six tips for getting the most of your swimming pool whether you’re based in Surrey or anywhere else in the UK:
Tip 1: Servicing
Regular servicing is the single most important thing you can do to look after your pool. Servicing involves monitoring the chemicals in the water to ensure that they are at the required healthy level, general cleaning of the pool, washing and re-grouting tiles, checking the performance of filters and pumps and periodically cleaning pool covers and surrounding areas. During these swimming pool servicing visits, your engineer can spot anything else that needs attention immediately or longer term.
Tip 2: Pool Liners
Vinyl liners are robust but after years of use they can become damaged through general wear and tear, so if you see nicks or tears, you should be thinking about getting it changed as soon as you can to ensure that leaks don’t occur and harm the pool structure. Once a liner is torn, it becomes a threat to the pool and must be replaced. Re-fitting a vinyl liner is a relatively short job, but it does need to be scheduled to ensure you get it done in your preferred time scale. Contractors get booked up months ahead of the work. If you leave it too late, you may miss out on swimming time. Once booked the job can be completed in a couple of days.
Some clients choose a new liner not because of damage but because the liner has aged in terms of style and design, and they want a modern look. Today, there are so many design options including mosaic patterns of various types, bold colours and even novelty styles as well as different thicknesses.
Tip 3: Upgrade the Filter Media
Many of our Surrey clients have switched from conventional sand filtration to glass filtration because it provides a superior level of filtration. We offer one of the latest glass media technologies on the market, Activated Filter Media (AFM). Not only does it produce water clarity like you have never seen before, it does so for up to 15 years before replacement AFM Media is necessary – much longer than sand media.
Tip 4: Pumps and other Plantroom Equipment
This applies to older pools – pumps, filter, ventilation equipment and heaters can become outdated because of technology and health and safety regulations. For the latter, your regular servicing engineer will have informed you of any legal requirement to upgrade your equipment which leaves getting the best from modern equipment. For example, a pool with a 10-plus year old pump may not be benefiting from the reduced energy consumption offered by modern-day pumps. These have more advanced motors or variable speeds which allow a pump to be set at the optimum performance level which are far more energy and cost-efficient.
Tip 5: Fresh Tiles
Chipped and cracked pool tiles should be replaced at your earliest convenience for both health/hygiene reasons and to protect the pool structure. Clients who have much older pools can also consider having a complete swimming pool refurbishment, replacing a tired, outdated design with a unique, creative colour scheme and aesthetic. New tiles come in an array of colours and patterns in glass, ceramic and porcelain – we even have local clients who have opted for a personalised design. Also, keep an eye on the pool surround, if these large format tiles are looking a bit worse for wear, you could tackle both jobs at the same time.
Tip 6: Automatic Pool Covers
Indoors or outdoors, automatic pool covers are becoming the default option for many clients because they provide extra safety, conserve heat, outdoors they protect against sunlight that causes algae growth, and against dust and plant debris getting into the pool. And of course, being automated, they are very easy to operate. They are power-operated, lockable covers manufactured in vinyl, fabric or rigid slatted materials – they come in different colours to adorn any décor. Do remember that slatted pool covers will depress into the water if weight is applied, so should never be stood on.
So, these are our top swimming pool servicing, maintenance and refurbishment tips based on the most popular work undertaken for clients in Surrey. But, of course, LSPC provides many other services including re-water-proofing pools, replacing damaged light bulbs and upgrading from traditional to modern LED lighting, which not only looks fantastic but can be coordinated with an underwater music system to create a son et lumière in the pool.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment in Surrey, so if you have a pool that’s in need of regular maintenance or a facelift, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice. If you have an older swimming pool that needs upgrading, we suggest planning your refurbishment for the autumn, so all the work is done and dusted before the next swimming season.