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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 Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance

Pro Tips for Closing Your Inground Pool

As summer draws to an end, we have to bid goodbye to our loyal friend, the pool. You can opt to close your pool yourself or hire a professional. They're both valid options. If you choose to DIY, though, be careful! Many pools across the country get damaged because they were improperly closed and winterized.  River Pools specializes in manufacturing and installing fiberglass pools, and we educate on all three pool types through our blog articles and videos. We know pools. And we're here to help you take the best possible care of the backyard oasis you've worked so hard on.

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Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance

Does My Pool Need Winter Maintenance?

The joys of summer: pools and convertibles. My best friend has a red Mustang convertible named Sally (i.e., Mustang Sally). In the summer we love to drive with the top down to get Slurpees. However, with a heavy heart, she has to cover Sally up for the winter. Likewise, you should bundle up your pool during the chilly months. We know it’s a sad day. We won’t judge if you cry a little.

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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  |  Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

How Late Can I Install a Pool Cover?

If you’re new to the world of pool ownership, get ready to use your Surprised Face… You don’t have to have a pool cover. I always got the impression that you did, but it’s actually not required. The obligatory fence around the pool area is your first line of defense in the safety arena.

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Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

When Should I Close My Pool for the Winter?

I have zero tolerance for the cold. My family teases me for my wimpiness. I’ve accepted it.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance

Proper Fiberglass Pool Winterization: Should It Be Drained Below the Skimmer?

Well, sadly the summer has again come to a close for most folks around the US, which means it's time to winterize their inground swimming pools. But for those persons that own a fiberglass swimming pool, it's very important to remember one key to a proper winterization: Water Level.

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Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance

Attention Fiberglass Pool Owners: Keep Your Solid Winter Cover Drained!

Just a quicky here for any fiberglass pool owner who has a solid winter cover, or any cover that does NOT allow water to pass through it.  Just to review here, mesh security covers allow water through, solid security covers do not, standard tarp winter covers do not either.  This applies to the solid and the tarp.      

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance

Trying to Close Your Inground Pool? Avoid the 5 Most Common Mistakes

Each year, many pool owners throughout the world attempt to properly winterize their inground swimming pool. And unfortunately, each year many pools sustain damage over the winter because pool owners make simple mistakes when attempting this task.

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Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance

Steps to a Proper Pool Closing

What's the right way to winterize your pool? Every year I see quite a few mistakes that homeowners make when closing their pools. Although it's certainly not impossible to close your pool yourself, one does need to understand the basic steps to this important process. An improper pool closing can lead to major filter system and plumbing damage, potentially costing the homeowner thousands in unnecessary expenses.

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