Tuesday, 30 December 2014
The frolicking in the water and sun was fun while it lasted. However, even the allure of a swimming pool at home loses its lustre with the passage of time. About Home writes about reasons some owners fall out of love with their fibreglass pools in Perth, and what should be done to discard it the most economical way.
Monday, 29 December 2014
Palm City Pools, an award-winning installer of swimming pools in Perth, recently announced that their smartphone app is now live. The app is available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Furthermore, the app is completely free to download. Fittingly named “Palm City Pools”, the new smartphone app allows iOS and Android users to get in touch with Palm City Pools with a simple touch of their respective screens. Users may also utilise the app to view swimming pool designs, set an appointment for pool removal, and view any ongoing promotions among a variety of neat features. With a simple and organised interface, users can keep in touch with Palm City Pools whenever and wherever they need to do so.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Does your pool look beaten and neglected? Is it making your backyard look uninviting, instead of a cool, refreshing oasis? Does it simply need to be spiced up a bit? It’s high time to give your pool a facelift! Give it a timely revamp, and your pool can become your home’s luxurious asset again.
You don’t even have to break the bank for a pool remodel. Some minor touch-ups can instantly transform the pool’s look. If your pool really needs a good dose of TLC, however, after all its years of service, go on and splurge to restore its former glory or to make it even more beautiful. Here are three things you can do:
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
For many fitness buffs, swimming laps in the pool is an effective form of total body workout. Doing a butterfly stroke or a breast stroke, for instance, requires the strength of the entire body. Even Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman prefers swimming over any other method to keep fit and sexy.
You can adopt swimming to your exercise routine and follow Ms. Kidman’s example by planning a pool installation at home. Keep in mind, though, that a pool meant for laps must ideally be rectangular in shape with parallel ends, and measure at least 3 metres wide and 12 metres long. As such, you should have a backyard spacious enough for the pool.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
There are no hard and fast rules for selecting fibreglass pools in Perth. What actually influences your choice of size and shape are your family’s needs. It would be wise to have a sit-down and decide what kind of pool you’ll be investing in before making the investment.
First, take into consideration the number of people in your family. If three to four people will be using the pool then a 4m by 7m pool would suffice. If you’ve got five to six people ready to jump in, you may want to consider 4.5m by 9m. If you have a large family or plan to entertain several guests, then something in the range of 10 or 12m in length is what you need.
Friday, 5 December 2014
Having a concrete inground swimming pool is custom made and costs more than one made of fibreglass, for it includes tiles and other items to personalise the pool. Furthermore, it requires heavy and regular maintenance in order to prevent algae from building up, unlike in fibreglass swimming pools, where they use less chemicals and are cheaper to maintain. Both kinds of pools, however, require additional costs for fencing and paving. You’ll have to complement your garden to your swimming pool and create a pavement where you and your children can pass through when going to the pool. Nowadays, however, fibreglass pools are not limited to ovals or rectangles. There are many varieties of fibreglass pools in Perth to choose from which can be viewed online such as those from Palm City Pools. They offer a variety of second-hand and refurbished fibreglass pools that look just like new as well as brand new swimming pools also.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Plunge pools are known for their small size, making it perfect for relaxation. This kind of pool is now becoming more popular in hotels and resorts for guests, ranging from businessmen to A-list movie stars, who are simply itching to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax in the water. Aside from relaxation, plunge pools are also perfect for newly-wed couples on their honeymoon. This experience, however, doesn’t have to be exclusive to five-star hotels and resorts. Perth plunge pools are the preferred swimming pools at home, since living spaces are now becoming smaller as the days go by, everyone has to make the most out of it. Furthermore, plunge pools are easier to maintain than regular-sized swimming pools and are perfect for your kids and for the whole family.
A fibreglass pool will always be a good place to spend your downtime away from daily duties. Still, while your Perth swimming pool provider will make every effort to build the pool area according to your preferences, the power to maintain it is still in your hands.
Schedule one day off to maintain the pool. Start by using nets to gather all debris in the water and dispose of them off-pool, as well as the debris in the strainer. Clean out the pool filters at least once a month by washing them off with a garden hose. A scrub brushing is needed to scrape off the algae, dirt, and general scum on the pool lining, especially on the water line. The gel-coat can be fixed using auto polish and a hand buffer, but consult your pool provider about replacing the gel-coat after five to ten years.
Monday, 1 December 2014
This trend of adding swimming pools to old homes isn’t just restricted to Sydney’s exclusive residences. The Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Western Australia reports that about 3,500 swimming pools are installed in Perth and other places in the state every year. Considering that a swimming pool is a huge investment, however, home owners might want to find a way to save money for this particular home addition. Thankfully, there are companies that sell refurbished swimming pools in Perth, like Palm City Pools, which are just as good as brand-new ones without the large price tag. Owning a refurbished swimming pool isn’t just a sensible choice because of the monetary value it adds to an existing property. A swimming pool also provides a wealth of health benefits, specifically by facilitating certain aerobic and cardio workouts. It also provides endless entertainment to the family, particularly to children and teens who can be expected to invite their friends over for swims more ofte
Thursday, 27 November 2014
As a leading installer of preowned plunge pools in Perth, we take pride in providing top-notch services to all of our clients. That’s why we’re happy to announce that we bagged not just one but two awards at the 2014 SPASA WA Gala Awards Evening, which was held last July 26 at the Hyatt Regency Perth. Our company took home both the gold and silver plaques in the “Secondhand Fibreglass Pools” category, both testament to our continuing efforts to become the number one choice for used pool installations.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Swimming pools are always a lovely addition to a home, and it goes without saying that a swimming pool has to be professionally installed to ensure that the integrity of the pool is not compromised as well as the safety of the swimmers. The most difficult part in getting a pool besides the installation process is picking the right Perth swimming pool builders for the job.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Summer is in full swing, and everyone wants to beat the heat. With the numerous people flocking to the beach, public pools, and other recreation centres, it might be hard to find a peaceful place to cool down, especially if you want solitude or silence.
If you don’t want to endure the noisy, crowded places, you have a private, pleasant watering hole instead! Plunge pools would be a perfect choice to transform your backyard into an outdoor oasis. You can take a dip in these quaint and cosy pools as much as you want, cool down in the summer, and even enjoy it all year round.
Sunday, 23 November 2014
While it can be exciting, it’s easy to get carried away when thinking about designs for your backyard swimming pools in Perth. It can be overwhelming to consider all the materials and accessories you’ll need to create the perfect waterpark at home. Before getting wrapped up in the possibilities, there are several important factors to consider. Before channeling your inner child, you must take a lot of practical considerations into account. For example, fibreglass pool prices differ from vinyl pool prices and concrete pool prices. A Landscaping Network article states.
Friday, 21 November 2014
Aside from encouraging social interactions and providing a great place to swim during sunny weather, Perth fiberglass pools also enhance the outdoor aesthetics of residential properties. That’s why Palm City Pools is excited to introduce two new designs for its fiberglass pool shapes: the “Florina” and the “Edessa”. These pools represent a very exciting time for Palm City Pools who have been in the refurbished second hand pool market for decades. The new pool shapes are available in a range of exciting colours and finishes and are NEW - not refurbished. Palm City Pools now caters for all fibreglass pool needs whether new or second hand, giving them a significant advantage over the competition with the wide range of pricing and budgets their products now cater for.
Monday, 17 November 2014
Over the last decade in Australia, there were more than 300 documented cases of accidental drowning of children under the age of five – half of them in residential swimming pools. With supervision and the proper physical arrangements, these deaths could have been avoided. Unless you can hire lifeguards like those at plunge pools in Perth, homeowners should always bear these tips in mind.
Monday, 10 November 2014
Western Australia’s mostly clear weather practically gives owners of fibreglass pools a chance to frolic on the water. However, there are some who prefer the water being really warm at any given day of the year, warranting the installation of solar water heating systems. A pool contractor can guide you on the various factors that govern the machine’s placement and capacity.
Monday, 3 November 2014
Everybody knows that water is a nasty conductor of electricity; safety from jolts, therefore, is of paramount importance when you’re installing swimming pools right at home. If you are thinking of getting one for your property, here are some pointers to take heart.
Some pooling experts state that grounding a swimming pool requires learning more about equipotential bonding. It involves using a single roll of bare copper wire to link together all pool components in a bonding grid and ensure that the pressure around the pool will remain constant.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
The main reason for having a pool is to have a place to regularly go swimming, and swimming has several benefits for children. Renowned Swiss developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, if alive today, would have probably been pleased to find out that an activity as fun as swimming is scientifically proven to bring significant benefits to children’s learning and cognitive development stages.
However, having a pool in Perth homes do not only benefit children. Even adults can help maintain a healthier lifestyle by swimming laps regularly. After all, swimming is considered to be among, if not, the most holistic exercises out there, because it uses and activates muscles in the entire body. Of course, there is also the perk of being able to keep it cool during the hot, summer days – even nights.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
If you’re thinking of building a pool in your Perth home, you should consider what materials to use. A swimming pool can be made of concrete, vinyl, granite, or fibreglass. These materials are most commonly used for pools due to their unique perks, including durability, elegance, and low maintenance.
Fibreglass plunge pools in Perth come in one or several pieces, and can be installed within one to three days. That’s quite faster than concrete pool installation, which may last for several weeks or even months. Shorter installation time means less expensive labour needs. Also, fibreglass normally has a smooth finish, which contributes to its durability by preventing algae build-up.
Saturday, 11 October 2014
If you’re concerned with affordability, we can provide you economic choices like no other. At Palm City Pools, we are experts at refurbishing Perth swimming pools, and we carry a selection of less expensive but high-quality fibreglass pools to suit your budget. Our careful restoration process revives the beauty of old pools, so you can purchase products that will truly enhance your outdoor living area. We have also released our two BRAND NEW swimming pools the Florina and Edessa. Be sure to check out our stunning new pool shapes at www.palmcitypools.com
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Perth has its share of great places to go for a swim, like the Beatty Park Leisure Centre and the Fremantle Leisure Centre. However, since these are open to the public, individuals looking for some swimming exercise can expect the pools to get pretty crowded. Thus, they can consider having their own fibreglass swimming pools in Perth. Generally speaking, swimming is a good way to stay fit and healthy because doing so allows individuals to move their whole body against the water’s force. Since water is denser than air, it’s believed that as long as swimmers make the most out of their time in the water, they can burn more calories than they would out of the pool.
Having a pool gives more than just aesthetic value. If you plan to sell your house soon, you’d be glad to know that having a swimming pool in your yard could actually increase the property’s selling value. Of course, adding a pool is a significant investment, and it requires careful consideration before proceeding with installation.
One of the first hurdles you’ll encounter is choosing the type of pool to install. While concrete and vinyl pools are viable options, more and more people are getting fibreglass pools.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Swimming pools in Perth come in different materials and designs. You will most certainly be looking for a pool that is pleasant-looking, long-lasting, and affordable. A pool with every one of those qualities might be a tall order, but you can most surely find one that offers more perks. For instance, if you’re contemplating having an above-ground pool, chances are, you’ll have to deal with wear and limited depth, whereas an inground pool offers you not just longevity, but safety and design flexibility too.
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Despite the amazing qualities of a fibreglass pool, its longevity and efficiency will greatly depend on its installation. To ensure that the pool is well-installed, level and supplied with the correct filtration equipment you need to hire professional Perth pool companies like Palm City Pools to carry out the installation. Their experience with pool installation and the plethora of equipment they use for construction and refurbishment can guarantee the durability of your pool.
Thursday, 2 October 2014
A large percentage of senior citizens in Australia are rapidly increasing along with the rest of the population. Some studies add that as many as one million seniors in the country today are overweight.
Further studies add that being overweight or obese puts people at greater risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis and respiratory ailments, among other things. Of course, exercise can help seniors lose the excess weight, but at their age, strenuous activities like lifting weights or even prolonged running may cause injuries.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Having a pool is still one of the most popular ways to have rest and relaxation right in your own backyard while increasing the overall value of your home. Throughout the years, many changes in pool trends have been noted across homes in Perth. If you are looking for some inspiration for you own pool project, these ideas will definitely add a wow factor to your home.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Many homeowners have fantasized about having their very own private pool. Unfortunately, not everyone has the room in their yard to accommodate a standard-sized pool in which they can do their morning laps. Thanks to different design innovations, however, those who truly desire to have their own pool in their limited space can still enjoy lounging around in their own plunge pool.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
When building your own swimming pool at home, homeowners are faced with a dilemma as to which type of pool would serve them best. The common choices are the traditional concrete pools and the vinyl pools, though recently, fiberglass pools have overtaken these two and are making waves in the pool industry. So what’s up with fiberglass pools that make them the most popular pool option these days?
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Though often used during the summer, swimming pools require regular care and maintenance to ensure its beauty and functionality. Of course, there is no better way to prepare your pool for the summer than to have it checked months ahead. Here are some useful tips on maintaining your swimming pool all year long.
Friday, 22 August 2014
Owning a backyard swimming pool is loads of fun, but it also demands attention and maintenance. Otherwise, you cut down the enjoyment of swimming, as well as put your health and that of your guests at risk. With that in mind, here are some common pool problems and ways to resolve them:
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The exercise your muscles receive from swimming is just the beginning. Swimming is a low-impact exercise with no ground impact since you’re in the water, producing minimal stress or strain on the joints. Swimming has also been found to be a perfect cardiovascular exercise, working the heart and lungs while increasing the body’s endurance at the same time. If swimming can be integrated as part of your exercise and fitness routine, why not consider having a pool in your own backyard? Take note that pool installation can take a while and you may have to wait before you can start splashing around and enjoying it – although installing a fibreglass pool from the Team at Palm City Pools can be installed relatively quickly. Part of the delay includes the wait until permission to build is granted from your local government.
Monday, 18 August 2014
If you want to buy a pool to decorate the yard of your home in Western Australia, then you should familiarise yourself with the various options available and weigh up the pro’s and con’s of each. Plunge pools in Perth, for instance, can be an excellent choice for the space-conscious consumer, especially if they’ve been installed by professional, reliable contractors, such as Palm City Pools. Here are some of the advantages of installing a plunge pool outdoors, or even indoors. Space-Saving Plunge pools are meant for wading and lounging more than swimming, so they shouldn’t really take up much space—as a matter of fact, they are only slightly larger than a personal spa or hot tub. You may decide to make it part of your decking, or as a fixture in a small garden—no need for wide rectangles or ovals cut into your yard.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Perth has one of the few Mediterranean climate zones in the world. Expect to see sunny skies for most of the year while experiencing hot summers and warm winters. The summer heat coincides with clear sunny skies in Perth, with temperatures ranging from an average of 27 and 33 °C.
Friday, 15 August 2014
If you believe that your home in Western Australia’s capital city could use some luxury, spare a thought for installing excellent Perth fibreglass pools. With this type of swimming pool, you can have a stylish and durable pool with little of the taxing maintenance needs of the conventional types—nevertheless, it is not without its own cleaning needs. Here’s what you need to know: Cleaning Algae Fortunately, algae do not easily get trapped in the pores of your fibreglass pool unlike other conventional pools, so all you have to do is to sweep it all the way to the main drains. You can also fight algae using the water chemistry in the pool, preferably by keeping the pH levels somewhere between 7.2 and 7.6
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Of course, it is foolhardy to mandate every household to get their own swimming pools in the hopes that Australian children will take to the water and instantly dream of bringing home the gold medal. Then again, at least this option of having pools at home is a feasible and enjoyable one – Olympic medal or not. After all, there are plenty of other benefits of swimming, national fame and glory aside. The most obvious benefit, certainly, is the fitness, thanks to the full body workout that swimming laps could bring. New studies have also found that it helps in the cognitive development of children. Pools in Perth homes also add to the aesthetic appeal of the property, thereby consequently increasing its value as well. People love to be able to dip in pools, especially during the humid days, and what better way to do it than to just walk over to their own pool in the backyard?
Monday, 11 August 2014
Nobody ever thought that a simple and sometimes leisure-related activity such as swimming could bring in some wonderful benefits to child development. Renowned Swiss developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, if alive today, would have probably been pleased to find out that an activity as fun as swimming is scientifically proven to bring significant benefits to children’s learning and cognitive development stages. However, having a pool in Perth homes does not only benefit children. Even adults can help maintain a healthier lifestyle by swimming laps regularly. After all, swimming is considered to be among, if not, the most holistic exercises out there, because it uses and activates muscles in the entire body. Of course, there is also the perk of being able to keep cool during the hot, summer days – even nights.
Sunday, 10 August 2014
One of the first hurdles you’ll encounter is choosing the type of pool to install. While concrete and vinyl pools are viable options, more and more people are getting fibreglass pools from Perth installers like Palm City Pools. Owner John Raykos explains why these pools are so popular with customers: Easy to Install (or Remove) Fibreglass pools are prefabricated, meaning the “shell” arrives at your home premade and ready to be installed in the ground. You could be swimming laps in your very own pool in a week or less, which is far quicker than the three-week installation time required for concrete or vinyl pools. In the same vein, removing fiberglass pools from Perth homes is also markedly easier, according to Raykos, whose company also removes and refurbishes pre-owned pools.
Saturday, 9 August 2014
Back in the day, homeowners had bloody debates on whether concrete or fibreglass is better to use for a swimming pool. That debate is pretty much over in the 21st century with the advent of mouldable fibreglass and computer design technology. When it comes to installation and pricing, fibreglass comes in first.
What stops many homeowners from investing in concrete pools is the building time. While they cost relatively lower, their construction takes twice as long. However, the real challenge is maintaining them. Algae grows on concrete surfaces and is difficult to clean. Fibreglass pools require virtually no maintenance except for bottom sweeping, just like a bathtub.
Friday, 8 August 2014
The study adds that being overweight or obese puts people at greater risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis and respiratory ailments, among other things. Of course, exercise can help seniors lose the excess weight, but at their age, strenuous activities like lifting weights or even prolonged running may cause injuries. Fortunately, adding a swimming pool to Perth homes provides older citizens a way to exercise without overexerting themselves. When people swim, their body is supported by the water, which reduces the pressure on their joints. This doesn’t mean, however, that water exercises are not as effective as their dry-land counterparts. Water is approximately 12 times denser than air, so any activity done in a pool becomes an effective means of strength training.
Saturday, 2 August 2014
If you had money to spend on a pool, how would you do it? A U.S. homeowner hired a pool builder to combine his affinity for violins with his love for Koi. What resulted was a pool design like no other. You can perhaps draw inspiration from this scenario.
The Stradivarius pool
The pool is shaped like a Stradivarius violin, with two fish-filled Koi ponds (shaped like a violin bow) intersecting the violin’s neck. The violin’s chin rest is a 12-person overflow spa. Not content with the design, the owner went ahead and added more “extras.”
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
There are different types of swimming pools in the market. There are concrete ones, which use concrete as their base, and there are fibreglass ones that use a moulded fibreglass vessel. If you’re on the fence between the two types, you might want to consider fibreglass, instead. Here are some reasons why:
- Easy installation – concrete swimming pools require time to get built. The normal wait time is up to several months, as the concrete foundation need time to dry. With a fibreglass pool, all you’ll need is a hole dug deep enough to install the fibreglass. The whole project can be completed in a matter of weeks.
- Easy maintenance – fibreglass has a smooth surface that makes it difficult for mould and algae to cling to and grow on. That makes one less worry for you when it comes to maintenance. The smooth surface also makes it is easier to clean. Expect to spend a short thirty minutes a week dealing with any accumulated dirt on the pool. Australians will also appreciate that fibreglass pools can handle salt water better than concrete ones, useful with the many seaside pools in the continent, especially in cities like Perth.
- Easy on the wallet – the initial investment may be roughly equal with concrete pools of similar size, but fibreglass pools are more affordable to maintain than concrete ones. Additionally, they last longer in most conditions, reducing the need for maintenance repairs.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Plunge pools serve a simple purpose: to provide a more relaxing vibe than a conventional-sized pool. If you’re looking to have one installed, make sure you take the time to know a few more essential things, such as the following:
Dimension and pricing – Always keep in mind to go for practical dimensions – at least 5 metres in length and 3 metres in width. Anything smaller than that will be uncomfortably small. Consider the price tag, and choose your contractor well.
Main usage – Consider how you’ll be using your pool for the entire year. One of the advantages of having a smaller, more intimately sized plunge pool is that it’s easier to heat the water to the desired comfortable temperature, turning your pool into an instant home-based spa. You can also add jets for massaging purposes, or for those who like to exercise.
Additional options – Aside from the entry and exit steps, you might want to include some large underwater seats or ledges to lay on and relax, which are great when combined with the steps.
Location – Make sure that the pool is neither too far or too near your home. If it’s too far, you risk getting yourself or your friends and family bringing a lot of dirt into the pool; if it’s too near, you’ll need to keep a watchful eye on your children or pets as the pool could pose a danger to them.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Fiberglass pools are inexpensive alternatives to the conventional pool system. However, as in any fixture in your home, you will have to spend time and effort cleaning it and keeping it well-maintained, if you want your investment to last you a long time. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
While draining is practically an integral part of conventional pool maintenance, this will only serve to damage your fibreglass swimming pool. The fact is, unless there’s been a flood that might have sent scores of bacteria into the water, or if the pool itself has been neglected for some time, there’s hardly any need for draining.
For heavy debris floating on your pool’s surface, you should vacuum these out by attaching one to your telescopic pole and attach a hose to the vacuum head right before you plunge it into the water. While automatic vacuums should be able to accomplish this job with little effort, you can do as much with a manual vacuum.
Filter Check and Water Testing
There are many cleaning practices which are pretty much the same for both fibreglass and traditional concrete pools. For one, you should constantly monitor the state of the filter and have it replaced when it gets too filthy to work efficiently. Checking your water’s chemical balance is also essential regardless of the type of pool you’re using.
Thursday, 3 July 2014
For years, your kids have been bugging you to build a pool in your backyard, and for years, you’ve held off, citing a litany of reasons from high expense to safety concerns. You should know that plenty of advancements in pool technology have pretty much addressed these issues. Isn’t it about time you give in and give your kids the pool they want that is sure to provide hours of fun and quality time for the whole family?
With the right pool builder, you can have a pool that fits your budget, your backyard, and recreational needs. Here are two of the best benefits of having your own pool.
An instant party place
With a backyard swimming pool, you have a place to celebrate with family and friends for those special occasions—without the major expenses on food and venue, or the strain of preparation. People enjoy swimming and gathering together when the weather is perfect; a normal day can instantly turn into a fun-filled day when people spend time relaxing around a pool.
Pools aren’t just for fun and frolicking. Swimming is a low-impact form of aerobic exercise and you can take up swimming as your ultimate fitness routine. Take water aerobics. Swim a few laps every day. Walk or jog while in the water as a way to exercise your muscles or joints without putting much strain on them. If someone in your family has chronic pain, a regular swim, especially in a warmed-up pool, can be one of the best ways to manage your loved one’s health.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
People are exercising more regularly to stay in great shape. For some who aren’t too crazy about gym workouts, swimming is about the best activity that engages the entire body—toning muscles and building muscle strength, among others. It’s one of the best reasons why homeowners decide to install pools in their homes.
Besides exercise, having a pool just right outside your door can benefit you in other ways: Here are a few of them:
- A perfect place to socialize. Pools can become a great place to laze around and keep in touch with people you want to be with or reconnect with.
- For the elderly, certain exercises at the pool can help them, particularly with arthritic and heart ailments. Simple, supervised activities in the water can help them recover much faster.
- Convenience. No more swimming at the gym or local sports centre. You have access to a pool 24/7 where you can swim, whenever you want to.
- A pool is a great stress reliever. Like a hot shower, a dip in the pool, especially when temperature-controlled, can provide a relaxing experience for anyone.
The American Heart Association reports that swimming, even for just 20-30 minutes per day, can cut your risk for coronary heart disease; the Annals of Internal Medicine also supports that regular aerobic exercise eases blood pressure, reducing one’s hazard for stroke.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Want to get a pool, but not really keen on swimming around? Then a plunge pool is the perfect fit for you. A plunge pool is a small, shallow pool built specifically for the purpose of lounging or just chilling out by the water. Its relatively small size makes it a preferred choice among many homeowners because of lower costs, easier maintenance, and reduced water requirements. You cannot practically swim in it, but rather simply wade and cool off.
The smaller size of a plunge pool make it highly customisable. Homeowners can literally have it their way – from a geometric-inspired or minimalist designed pool to a relaxing green-themed spa pool. Some of the more popular optional features for these pools include:
Waterfalls – The water in the pool can be recirculated using a waterfall, which gives the effect of a natural, refreshing waterfall in your own backyard.
Massage therapy – Using jets, plunge pools can also double as water massage centres. As you float, you have the luxury of a soothing, targeted massage; allowing for maximum relaxation.
Temperature control – Is it sweltering and you’d like a nice, cool dip? You can cool down your water at will whenever you want, as the small water volume in a plunge pool can easily be heated or cooled.
A plunge pool’s wide array of configurations enable owners to create the pool of their dreams from standard components. Add up a little creative touch and voila! A relaxation haven at an affordable price is within anyone’s reach.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
So you want to have a swimming pool set up. Do you know what type you want? There are many, varying mostly on what materials are used on them. Fiberglass for one, is a relatively new technology introduced for pools, yet it is quickly becoming one of the most popular. Here are some reasons why:
- Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to fiberglass. It’s easy to install, low-maintenance and it has much lower long-term costs compared to other types.
- They are prefabricated, which means that they were produced in a factory which ascertains that your pool is of sound quality and performance by the time it arrives in your backyard for installation.
- Not only are they pre-made, but they arrive in one piece. No assembly required, no seams and joints – these make for better water retention and rust prevention.
- Unlike concrete, fiberglass isn’t prone to algae development, thus making the pools quite easy to clean.
- Fiberglass, having high flexibility, is also excellent in absorbing natural forces like constant ground vibrations or earthquakes. While this can be disastrous for other forms of inground pools, your fiberglass swimming pool can easily weather through the ground shifts.
- Being more resistant to temperature changes, a fiberglass pool can keep water warmer or cooler for longer.
So, do you think a fiberglass pool is suited to your tastes and preferences? Consult your contractor or pool professional for more information.
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Having a pool installed and filling it up with water is just page one of the responsible pool owner’s book of responsibilities. You want to make sure that your backyard swimming pool remains safe enough for your family members to take a dive in, so make sure that the chemicals you use to treat it with is balanced and maintained.
Go to your local pool supply store to buy a testing kit. Be sure that you have strips for pH, chlorine, alkalinity, and cyanuric acid. Follow your kit’s instructions on how to take test samples of the water and determine its values (pool kits follow a colour scheme that should tell you about the state of the water’s chemicals).
Add about two or three chlorine tablets in your pool’s chlorinator (or through a floater basket), and you should be all set for about a week before adding more. Take care not to put the tablets in the skimmer basket though, since this might lead to all the water passing through your pool plumbing to contain high levels of chlorine.
pH and Alkalinity
Adding some baking soda to the skimmer just might work to improve the pool’s alkalinity and pH. Of course, there also are many commercial products you can use for this. Look to achieve a pH reading of at least 7.4 or 7.6.