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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.

Jason Hughes

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Finding A Pool Contractor

A Massive Review of Swimming Pool Contractors and Installers in Virginia

Finding the right swimming pool contractor can be a lot of work. The reality is that there are many swimming pool builders to choose from across the state of Virginia, and they don’t all offer the same services (or build the same types of pools!). So, how do you find a good swimming pool contractor without spending days sifting through your options? 

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Options and Accessories  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

What is Pool Epoxy Paint? Cost, Maintenance, and More

One of the main things that you have to consider when choosing an inground pool is the interior finish. You’ve got a lot of options for this part, but which one is the best? You want it to transform your pool into an oasis, a relaxing space that makes you forget the responsibilities waiting outside the water. With that in mind, you don’t want something that just looks nice. You probably want something that’s easy to maintain and lasts for years. At River Pools, we’ve worked in the swimming pool business for many years and know all about swimming pool finishes and their pros and cons.

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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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Pool Maintenance

Chlorine vs Bromine: Which is Better?

Pool chlorine may be the hottest thing in swimming pool sanitation, but did you know that there are many other options to choose from? One of those options that people sometimes talk about is pool bromine. Bromine and chlorine are similar in many ways, but they can’t be used interchangeably without a noticeable difference.

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Installation & Construction  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Swimming Pool Placement: How Far Should Your Pool Be From the Water?

Disclaimer: This quick guide is designed to help you figure out where you should build your pool if you live near a body of water like a lake, river, or on the beach.  Although we can provide a general overview of what you need to know, the distance that your pool needs to be from the water will also vary depending on your state, county, and zoning regulations, so be sure to keep that in mind. If, however, you’re looking for some information on swimming pool placement in general or if you want to learn about the first steps towards getting a swimming pool, click here. For those of you who need to find out where to place your pool if you live near a body of water, you’re in luck.

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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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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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