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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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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Pool Manufacturing Process

Do Fiberglass Pools Need to be Resurfaced?

We’ve covered fiberglass pools extensively in our previous guides and articles, but there’s something that's been missing from our content... We haven’t said much about resurfacing fiberglass pools. At River Pools, our fiberglass pools are made with high-quality materials, and they really don’t need to be refinished when cared for properly, even after several decades. However, we also acknowledge that not all fiberglass pools are made equal. Some fiberglass pool shells are made with lower quality materials that may be less durable over time. 

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Pool Maintenance

Chlorine vs Bromine: Which is Better?

Pool chlorine may be the hottest thing in swimming pool sanitation, but did you know that there are many other options to choose from? One of those options that people sometimes talk about is pool bromine. Bromine and chlorine are similar in many ways, but they can’t be used interchangeably without a noticeable difference.

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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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Pool Closing/Winterization  |  Pool Maintenance

Automatic Pool Cover Winter Maintenance: Everything You Should Know

Winters can be harsh. We’re talking pipes bursting, driveways cracking, and roofs collapsing harsh, and you need to know how to maintain and protect your pool equipment during these cold months. After all, you want to be able to enjoy your pool again when the warm weather rolls back around. One of the things that you need to take care of is your automatic pool cover. (Don’t have one yet? Read about the pros and cons of automatic pool covers here.) Automatic pool cover systems are beneficial to have mainly for safety reasons, but they also help to keep out dirt and debris. As tempting as it might be, you can’t just put the cover on for the winter and hope for the best. You also have to take care of it to make sure that snow, ice, and water don’t damage it.

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Pool Maintenance

Swimming Pool Sanitizers: The 7 Best Options to Consider (Pros/Cons)

A swimming pool is quite unlike anything else that you may ever own. If you don’t clean your house, you can still live in it. If you don’t clean your car, you can still drive it. But if you don’t clean your pool, you can’t swim in it. At least you really shouldn’t. Cleaning is an essential part of maintaining your swimming pool and, unfortunately, keeping leaves out is only half the job. There are also invisible pathogens and  parasites that can make swimming in your pool unsafe. So how do you keep them out?

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Pool Maintenance

How to Keep Your Pool Water Clean and Prevent Pool Parasites

You may have heard the news that the lack of maintenance in public pools has led to bacteria and pool parasites running amuck in the swim water all summer. Yeah, gross. If you never had a good reason to invest in your own swimming pool, you might be thinking about it now.

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Installation & Construction  |  Options and Accessories  |  Pool Maintenance

What Is an In-Floor Pool Cleaning System? How It Works, Cost, Pros, and Cons

Everyone looks forward to swimming in their pool, but who looks forward to cleaning it? Okay, some of you like cleaning the pool (maybe even you), but most people find pool cleaning to be a chore and would rather have someone or something else do it for them.

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Cost and Pricing  |  Pool Maintenance  |  Swimming Pool Design

What is a Natural Pool? Filtration, Costs, and Pros and Cons

Most people work hard to keep their pools from turning green. Others don’t mind it. In fact, they’ll dive in for a swim when the pool is as green as a swamp. Why? That swampy green color is intentional and it’s actually keeping the pool clean.

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

Inground Swimming Pool Maintenance Costs: Chemicals, Electricity, and More

Before getting your swimming pool, you might be asking questions like, “How much does a pool raise your electric bill? What does it cost to get a pool cleaning service? How much will I pay for chemicals?” These are totally valid questions, and you’re a smart shopper for asking them.

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Fiberglass Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance

What Is the Life Expectancy of a Fiberglass Pool?

Fiberglass pools are durable, low maintenance, and they have the fastest installation of all inground pools, but you might still be asking, “What is the life expectancy of a fiberglass pool? How long should a fiberglass pool last?"

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Concrete Pool Information  |  Pool Maintenance

Are Salt Water Systems Bad for Concrete Pools?

Close your eyes and picture the sidewalk on your street. I myself live on an ominous back road—no sidewalk or concrete, just loose gravel and abandoned houses. But it branches off the main street, which is paved and has a sidewalk. Fancy.  This sidewalk features trip hazards and aesthetic issues: multiple cracks, salt stains, little holes and etching, and (bonus) a set of footprints from a small dog.  Concrete has its own set of issues, but let’s think about those salt stains and etches for a moment. That’s just from the occasional weather maintenance, like the trucks that spray salt all over the road and the sidewalks (and your car if you’re driving behind them).  Water in a concrete pool wears at the plaster all day every day. Now add a salt chlorine generator to that mix. Salt + water + concrete. See how that might be an issue?

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