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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 Maintenance

14 Things You Must Know About Saltwater Pool Maintenance

Salt systems are all the rage in the swimming pool world, and it's clear to see why:   The water is softer Salt pools are often easier to maintain  They don't irritate skin and eyes like traditional chlorine   And the list goes on.    But before you run out and switch to a salt system or set up your new pool as a saltwater pool, we want to make you aware of a few points about saltwater pool maintenance.  

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

The 10 Best Pool Covers to Protect Your Pool in 2021 (and 2022)

There’s a time of year in (nearly) every pool owner’s life when they’ll face an unavoidable decision: is it time to close my pool and winterize it for the season?

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

How to Shock a Pool

A swimming pool is a major investment, not only in financial terms, but also in regards to the amount of time you’ll spend keeping it clean and enjoyable during swim season.

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

How to Backwash a Pool Filter

Owning a pool often comes with more responsibilities than new owners often expect when they start their pool journeys. Nearly everyone knows it takes time, purposeful effort, and some non-trivial expenses to keep a pool clean. The pool’s pump and filter system is the cornerstone of its cleanliness -- but did you know you’re occasionally supposed to clean out your pump and filter system, too?

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How to Winterize a Pool

Most pool owners accept “pool season” -- the warm, comfortable time of year when the sun’s shining, temperatures are high, and your pool is at its most appealing.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Pool landscaping  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How to Keep Frogs and Other Small Animals Out of Your Swimming Pool

Frogs are everywhere… including, unfortunately, many swimming pools.

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

What is a Gunite Pool? How They’re Built, What They Cost, and What to Expect

Thinking about getting a new swimming pool for your backyard? You probably know about the three types of inground pools: concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl liners.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

What are the Best Salt Water Pool Systems for 2021?

Salt water pools are as popular as we’ve ever seen. It’s not hard to see why.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

Can I Use Bleach Instead of Chlorine to Clean My Swimming Pool?

We’re in unprecedented times, and that means answering unprecedented questions. One question I’d honestly not expected to hear is, “is it okay to use bleach to clean my pool?” But since the start of the year, I’ve seen folks asking about bleach in pool owner groups on Facebook, on our social media channels, on blogs and YouTube comments, in emails, and even in a few panicked phone calls here and there.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

What are the Best Robotic Pool Cleaners in 2021?

If you’ve got a pool (or will have one soon), you know how important it is to keep the water clean. A sparkling backyard pool can quickly turn into a brackish eyesore if you’re not diligent with regular maintenance.

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