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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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What Is a Pool Sand Filter? Cost, Maintenance, Benefits

Did you know that the ancient Greeks used sand filters to clean their bathhouse pools? That's how old the sand filter technology is, but don't let that be a drawback. Some of the greatest inventions thought up centuries ago continue to be used to this day. If you're a new pool owner or if you're looking to switch up your filtration system, you may have questions like: "What is a sand filter? How does a sand filter work? Is a sand filter better than a cartridge system? How much does a sand filter cost?" If you've got one or more of these questions on your mind, we've got your back.

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River Pools Easy Water Care System: A Better Solution to Pool Sanitation

When it comes to sanitizing your pool, most people choose between traditional chlorine and a salt system. 

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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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Which Pool Supplies Do You Need When You Buy a Pool?

Congratulations! We heard you’re getting a new inground pool. Once your pool builder is done with the construction of your beautiful swimming pool, it will be your job to keep it in good shape so that you can enjoy it for years to come. If you’re new to inground pool ownership, we’d personally like to welcome you to the club. You’ll quickly find that owning a pool can be great for the health and happiness of you and your family. As fiberglass pool manufacturers and installers, we’ve helped hundreds of new pool owners get set up and ready to go with their new inground pools. So, to help you get a great start to your life as a member of the pool owner’s club, we broke down which pool supplies you’ll need by the time your swimming pool is in the ground and ready to use. In the following sections, you’ll learn what you need to keep handy around your pool, why you need it, and how much it might cost. We also threw in a few extras for you to consider if you want to upgrade your experience. Let’s dive in.

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What is Pool Ozone? How It Works, Cost, Pros, and Cons

If you think that ozone is a mysterious substance that only exists miles and miles up in the stratosphere, think again! Ozone plays an important role in protecting us from the sun, but did you know that it can also protect you from harmful pathogens in your swimming pool? Don’t worry, you won’t have to siphon ozone from the ozone layer in the sky to get it. In fact, you can make ozone right in your own backyard.

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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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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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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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