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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.

Marcus Sheridan

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27 Ideas for a Home Staycation with Kids

These days have been anything but ordinary. As many of us begin to adapt to life at home, you may find yourself wondering what to do in place of your spring and summer plans. We know that many have been asking questions like: Is a vacation still an option at this time? Can I still take that trip that I planned? What will I do during my vacation now?

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8 Tips for the Best At-Home Staycation

We’ve all been through a lot over the last couple of weeks. Spring and summer travel plans have been put off indefinitely, weddings have been postponed, events canceled. Recently, more and more customers have come to us and said that, instead of traveling, they've decided that this year they'll stay home and do a "staycation" (stay-cation). 

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Pool Maintenance

Yes, Swimming Pools are Safe from Coronavirus

It’s official - the CDC has stated that there is no evidence that the new coronavirus can be spread through swimming pools and spas. We wanted to make this clear because even over the last week, as we’ve been chatting with homeowners about a swimming pool, this is a question that has already started to come up in conversations. With so little understanding of the virus currently in the world, we wanted to at least clarify any concerns regarding coronavirus and swimming pools.

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Installation & Construction

Coronavirus and the Swimming Pool Industry: An Honest Assessment of What’s Coming

In frank terms, the coronavirus isn’t a good thing. Nor is it something any of us are excited about. Its impact on individual health, as well as the world economy, is indeed a tough pill to swallow. Over the past week, many of our swimming pool dealers around the country have asked us what this virus might mean for swimming pools in 2020 and beyond.

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Options and Accessories

Sliding Deck Pool Covers: Cost, Designs, Pros & Cons

Let’s face it - the swimming pool cover is rarely as pretty as the pool itself. They make having a pool safer for your family and the neighborhood, but you lose all of that yard space when the pool is covered up...not to mention that some pool covers can be an eyesore. That is unless you have a sliding deck pool cover.

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Pool Maintenance  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

How to Remove Stains from a Pool Liner

Have you ever spilled cola or red wine on a brand new carpet? Yeah, it’s not fun. Know what else isn’t fun? Stains on your pool liner. Knocking your cocktail into your swimming pool probably won’t stain your pool liner, but a lot of other things will.

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Installation & Construction

Building a Swimming Pool in Charlottesville, Virginia? Here’s What You Should Know

Do you live in Charlottesville and want to get a swimming pool?  Charlottesville, Virginia is an excellent place for an inground pool, but we want you to be aware of what you need to know before you get your pool (you know, the kinds of things that you wish someone would have told you early on before it was too late).

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance

Concrete Pool Repair: Structural Problems

Surface damage to a concrete swimming pool can be annoying. Structural damage to a concrete pool can be a catastrophe. We think that both are serious enough to be considered before you buy your inground concrete pool (and we definitely recommend that you learn about these issues if you’re already a concrete pool owner). Most major damage happens when the pool is designed, built, or maintained incorrectly, and many of the things we’re going to talk about here can be avoided. Since we at River Pools love seeing people happy with their new inground swimming pools (we manufacture fiberglass pools), we want to help you avoid these issues.

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance

Pool Plaster Repair 101: Common Pool Plaster Problems and How to Fix Them

Are you getting an inground concrete pool, or do you already have one? If you’re on a budget, chances are you’re going to choose plaster for your pool surface, and it’s not a bad choice. Pool plaster is the cheapest option, and it’s the classic choice for concrete inground pools. On the flip side, it’s also the least durable, rough to the touch, and comes with its share of problems.

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Inground Pool Kits 101: Types, Costs, Tips

If you’ve ever built a toy model or assembled furniture from a box, you might think that a pool kit is similar to that. In some ways, you are correct. An inground pool kit comes with many of the parts that you need to put your pool together, but in the end, it’s more than just assembling the pieces.

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