Become a Dealer  |  Contact  |       

Request Pricing

Swimming Pool Blog

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.

Blog Feature

Pool Maintenance

The Basics of Pool Water Saturation Index

Hey guys, my name is Mike Harper, aka The Pool Care Guy, and in today's post I'm going to be talking about the pool water saturation index. It's a bit of a complex topic that involves lots of numbers, but I'll try to break it down into plain English as best I can.  The water saturation index, officially known as the LSI (Langelier Saturation Index), is a scientific formula created to calculate the perfect water balance, or essentially whether it is corrosive or scaling.  Specifically, it's defined as “an approximate indicator of the degree of saturation of calcium carbonate in water.”

Read More

Blog Feature

Patio and Coping  |  Pool Maintenance

How to Maintain Stamped Concrete

The following is a guest article from Bill Michaels at Patterned Concrete. Nothing beats that “fresh, new look.” Unfortunately, too many things in life lose their luster if not properly cared for. That can be the case even for something as stable as stamped concrete, but it doesn’t have to be. Your new installation is beautiful, whether it's your patio, walkway or even indoor surface. With proper care it can keep up its appearance and luster for many years.

Read More
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.

Blog Feature

Pool Maintenance

How to Prepare Your Inground Pool for a Major Storm

You've invested so much into your pool. Time. Money. Sweat. Maybe even tears (although I hope not).  And now some storm wants to come in and mess up your oasis? Not today, Satan!  If a natural disaster is on its way, you can follow these guidelines to storm-proof your pool as much as possible. And this doesn't apply to only a hurricane or tornado per se, but any big storm, especially with high winds.

Read More

Blog Feature

Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

The Ultimate Guide to Inground Swimming Pool Maintenance

When I was a kid, I hated my mom’s chore charts. I vowed, with the seriousness of any 8-year-old, that if I had children, I would never make them do that. I now make chore charts for myself. Moms really do know everything. As you plan out the swim season, it may help to make a pool chore chart for your family—or at least to mentally review what you'll need to do.

Read More

Blog Feature

Pool Maintenance

The Beginner's Guide to Pool Flocculants

The following is a guest post from Mike Harper, aka The Pool Care Guy. Flocculant may sound like the white fluffy stuff you spray on your fake tree at Christmas, but it's actually a really useful chemical you can use to clean up a cloudy pool. In fact, it's probably the fastest way to clear up a pool that you can’t seem to get clean with your filtration system. But in case that’s not enough information for you, let’s talk about it a little more.

Read More

Blog Feature

Pool Maintenance

The Basics of Testing Your Inground Pool’s Water Chemistry

Testing your pool water for the first time? It can feel intimidating, especially if you never had a good chemistry teacher to build up your science confidence. But don’t worry! At River Pools, we know pools, and we’re here to help.

Read More

Blog Feature

Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool FAQs

How Long Do Fiberglass Pools Last?

Lifespan matters for just about everything. As an exotic pet owner, I check how long a snake breed is expected to live before adding that snake to my menagerie. As a laptop buyer, I check user reviews for the real-time battery life before purchasing that model. So how long will your fiberglass pool last?

Read More

Blog Feature

Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance

How and When to Drain a Fiberglass Pool

We say “Don’t drain your pool.” Then we say, “At some point, every pool will need to be drained.” So, fiberglass pools: to drain or not to drain? That is the question. Yes, I know this Hamlet-style pondering can be confusing. But are we contradicting ourselves? Not quite. To keep your pool living its best life, don’t jump on the drain train. Problems can happen if the groundwater around an inground swimming pool is higher than the water in the pool, no matter what type of pool it is.

Read More

Blog Feature

Fiberglass vs Concrete vs Vinyl Liner  |  Pool Maintenance

Will My Inground Pool Fade?

If you're considering an inground pool, you're probably wondering what the pool will look like in 5, 10, or even 20 years. At River Pools, we've been around a while and understand how the different types of inground pools weather over time…specifically, when and how the surfaces of inground pools fade.

Read More

Blog Feature

Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance

How Do Osmotic Blisters Form on a Fiberglass Pool?

Double double, toil and trouble / fire burn and gelcoat bubble… Wait. Why are there bubbles in my pretty, pretty fiberglass pool gelcoat? How did they get there? Who can I yell at about it? First of all, don’t yell. It’s not nice for anyone. Second, let’s take a chill pill and discuss these bubbles—osmotic blisters.

Read More