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How to ensure your swimming pool adds value to your home

How to ensure your swimming pool adds value to your home

Did you know that a swimming pool can add value to your home? If you do it right, the increased price of your home after installing a pool can be worth the investment alone. However sometimes it can be a turn off for potential buyers. Here’s how to ensure that your pool isn't a millstone around your neck when you're selling your home: Continue reading →
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How to deal with black algae in your swimming pool

How to deal with black algae in your swimming pool

Black algaeOf all the many types of algae that can contaminate and spoil a pool or hot tub, there are none worse than black algae. Although they’re not as widespread as green algae, black algae (also known as blackspot algae) are a darn sight harder to get rid of once they're manifested in your pool. Let’s take a detailed look at this particularly pernicious plant. What is it? How can you prevent it? And what can you do to get rid of it? Continue reading →
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Pools and newborns: when can my baby swim for the first time?

Pools and newborns: when can my baby swim for the first time?

BabyDid you know that swimming with your newborn baby is a great way to boost its development? As well as allowing the two of you to bond personally, introducing a very young child to water allows them to build their confidence and develop an understanding of their limbs long before they can do the same on dry land. So long as they’re the right temperature, private pools are the perfect place to introduce a baby to water for the first time, as you’ll be able to dedicate all your attention to them and they won’t get confused by the often-raucous atmosphere of a public pool. Here’s our essential guide to having fun swimming with your baby: Continue reading →
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Is it possible to have a completely chemical-free pool?

Is it possible to have a completely chemical-free pool?

Germs Here at Online Pool Chemicals, you’ll know that we’re committed to providing simple, sanitary solutions for pool owners across the world. What’s more, sourcing eco-friendly, sustainable products is one of our top priorities – ensuring that your pool stays safe for the long term without adversely affecting the local ecosystem. However, you may also have heard some manufacturers boast about providing chemical-free pool solutions and we wanted to check those claims out – while casting aside the fact that all things in the world, whether water, mineral or living organisms, consist of chemical compounds. But that’s just us being picky. Is it possible to have a completely chemical-free pool? We don’t think so. Here’s why: Continue reading →
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Winterise – how to prepare your pool for winter

Winterise – how to prepare your pool for winter

WinterBrrrr. It won’t have escaped your notice that the weather has turned somewhat wintry. And that means that you need to think about protecting your pool from the colder climes of winter. Here’s how to make sure your pool’s ready for all that Old Man Winter has to throw at it: Continue reading →
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Swimming pool designs – what are the current trends?

Swimming pool designs – what are the current trends?

MosaicThese days, swimming pools come in so many different shapes and sizes than the classic rectangular, blue-lined design. Thanks to technological advances and changes in trends, the high-end, desirable nature of pools means that owners are always adding new exciting features and designs to keep up with the Joneses. What are the features and trends being seen in new swimming pools? What is popular with pool owners in 2013? Continue reading →
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How to calculate the chemicals required in your pool

How to calculate the chemicals required in your pool

CalculateDid you know that your swimming pool is like a scientific experiment? Each pool is different and if you don’t use the proper quantity of treatments in the right order then everything could go wrong. But combine them correctly and your pool or hot tub will be gleaming. Continue reading →
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How to prevent foaming in your hot tub

How to prevent foaming in your hot tub

Have you ever been sitting in your hot tub and found yourself surrounded in foam? It’s not quite as pleasant as a nice relaxing bubble bath is it? Normally this hot tub foam is the result of a foreign agent being introduced to the water and reacting with the spa chemicals, which can be easily prevented. There is a common misconception that foaming is a natural result of cleaning, but the fact is that quality cleaning products should not cause foaming. Our Chlorine Shock Granules, for example, will clean your water without causing a bubble bath effect. So, what is it that is causing the foam to appear and how can you stop it? Continue reading →
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An Algae Guide– How can I beat it in my Hot Tub or Pool

An Algae Guide– How can I beat it in my Hot Tub or Pool

AlgaeAlgae. If there’s a bigger bane to the life of a swimming pool or hot tub owner then we’re yet to see it. We offer different types of water treatment- from Chlorine Shock Granules to Bromine Tablets- but what is the best for you? Did you know that there are over 30,000 different types of algae across the world? To treat it properly you need the best pool algaecides and to know exactly what you’re dealing with. Let’s discover the ins and outs of algae. Continue reading →
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