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River Pools & Spas Blog

The most educational swimming pool blog in the country, providing fiberglass pool articles and videos, as well as information on inground concrete and liner pools.

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Pool Maintenance

Swimming Pool Sanitizers: The 7 Best Options to Consider (Pros/Cons)

A swimming pool is quite unlike anything else that you may ever own. If you don’t clean your house, you can still live in it. If you don’t clean your car, you can still drive it. But if you don’t clean your pool, you can’t swim in it. At least you really shouldn’t. Cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your swimming pool and, unfortunately, keeping leaves out is only half the job. There are also invisible pathogens and  parasites that can make swimming in your pool unsafe. So how do you keep them out?

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Cost and Pricing  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Design

What is a Natural Pool? Filtration, Costs, and Pros and Cons

Most people work hard to keep their pools from turning green. Others don’t mind it. In fact, they’ll dive in for a swim when the pool is as green as a swamp. Why? That swampy green color is intentional and it’s actually keeping the pool clean.

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Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age Ebook.

Comparing Fiberglass, Concrete, and Vinyl Liner Pools in the Modern Age

Don't blindly wonder if a fiberglass, concrete, or vinyl liner pool is right for you. Our educational ebook does a deep-dive comparison of the 3 types, all while noting the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Options and Accessories  |  Patio and Coping

A Quick Guide to Pool Patio Furniture and Outdoor Living Spaces

Did you know that most pool owners spend 70-90% of their time around the pool rather than in it? When you consider that the swimming season only lasts a few months out of the year, designing an outdoor living space that is functional and nice to look at becomes much more important.  But what are your options when it comes to pool patio furniture and decorating your outdoor living space? 

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Options and Accessories  |  Patio and Coping

Pool Patio Ideas and Options: A Personalized Guide

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about the perfect swimming pool? When it comes to your own inground pool, chances are you already know the exact dimensions that you want, the shape, the type, and even the features that you want your swimming pool to have.

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Tanning Ledges

Types of In-Pool Furniture: Chairs, Tables, and Other Options

Have you ever wanted to take the recliner from your living room and set it up in your pool? Maybe you'd like to stretch out on the couch underneath the summer sun while basking in the water. Okay, that sounds like a bad idea, but the good news is, there’s a lot of potential for pool furniture.

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Tanning Ledges

Customizing Your Tanning Ledge: Lights, Bubblers, and More

We all know that swimming pools aren’t just for swimming - they’re for playing, exercising, and most importantly...relaxing! Picture yourself lying on your pool's tanning ledge with a magazine in one hand and your favorite drink in the other while your kids begin another round of Marco Polo. You get to relax and they get to play. Everyone is happy.  

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Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

Inground Pool UV System: Cost, Pros, Cons, and How It Works

We all know that one of the most important parts of owning an inground pool is keeping it clean. Slacking on maintenance can damage your pool and let’s face it, no one wants to see their sparkling oasis turn into a swamp. Luckily, you have a few options when it comes to keeping your pool clean.

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Pool Design Guides  |  Swimming Pool Design  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

What Is a Cocktail Pool? Designs, Dimensions, Cost, and More

If you’re looking for a cozy spot that brings life to your home, a cocktail pool can do the job. They’re a lot smaller than your standard pool, but that’s what some people love about them. Cocktail pools have tons of benefits: they’re ideal for entertaining in small spaces, they can be affordable, and they are more environmentally friendly than large pools. But are they really worth the money?

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Cost and Pricing  |  Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Pool Maintenance

A Massive Review of Concrete Swimming Pools: Costs, Maintenance, Longevity, and More

If you’re looking into getting an inground swimming pool, you might be asking yourself, “Should I get a concrete pool?” Here At River Pools, although we may be exclusively in the fiberglass pool manufacturing and installation business, we readily admit that concrete pools are sometimes a better fit for some people. In fact, there are even times when we encourage shoppers to choose a concrete pool over other types. Why would we do that?

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Pool landscaping  |  Pool lighting

A Beginner's Guide to Pool Landscape Lighting: Types, Tips, and Other Considerations

You may be asking yourself, "Do I really need landscape lighting around my pool?" Good question, and the answer in most cases is yes for two main reasons: form and function. As manufacturers and installers of inground fiberglass swimming pools around the U.S., we've overseen thousands of inground pool projects over the years.

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