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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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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance

8 Things to Look for in a Pool UV System

Have you been wanting to boost your pool's sanitation with a UV system? Now may be a great time to look into your options.  Although swimming pools and spas are safe and do not spread COVID-19 when maintained properly, it's never a bad idea to give your pool an extra bit of care.

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Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Accessories

Automatic Pool Cover Maintenance 101

Let us guess - you couldn’t take it anymore. Just the idea of calling in friends to help you pull the giant, heavy tarp-like winter cover off the pool in the spring made you almost put off opening your pool another week. Even if you have a more durable version, such as a mesh or solid security pool cover, putting them on and taking them off is difficult. Too difficult to do it frequently enough to keep the pool clean and warm.

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

How Much Does Inground Pool Resurfacing Cost?

You knew it was coming. You tried to put it out of your mind. Maybe one more year, you hopefully thought. But as last year’s summer came to a close, you knew that resurfacing your pool was inevitable. Resurfacing an inground pool is a regular and necessary maintenance task for most pool owners. The plus side is that it will improve your swimming experience, and it can also extend the pool’s lifespan. The downside is that the cost can be...a lot.

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Pool Maintenance

What Is an Automatic Pool Chlorinator? Cost, Types, Pros, and Cons

Keeping your pool clean is extremely important, but, let’s face it, it’s also a chore. Since we at River Pools are in the business of manufacturing and installing fiberglass pools, we know first hand how much work caring for a swimming pool can be. Most people have one swimming pool in their yard...we have four. Luckily, there are a few robots that can help out.

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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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Pool Maintenance  |  Vinyl Liner Pool Information

How to Repair a Tear in a Vinyl Pool Liner

When swimming season rolls around, nothing can get in the way of a pool owner's happiness except for maybe a thunderstorm, a cold front, or one of the most dreaded...a new tear in the vinyl pool liner. It happens. Despite the upsides that vinyl pools offer, one of the biggest downsides is that tears or holes can occur. The good news? There are easy fixes to this problem.

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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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Concrete Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance

Concrete Pool Leaks 101: Types, Causes, Repairs

Dread washes over you like the water that used to be in your pool the moment you realize there might be a leak. Is there a leak? How did it happen? When did it happen? And the scariest question, how much will it cost to repair it? This is a common problem that plagues many concrete pool owners. Leak repairs can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, so it’s important to know the details associated with them.

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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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