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HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT POOL CLEANER

Posted 26/3/2019

 

 

With so many amazing pool cleaning brands and products available, finding the perfect pool cleaner can sometimes seem a little challenging. We've put together a list of considerations to help you select the perfect product for your swimming pool. Don’t forget, you can always give us a call to discuss your needs.

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CHANGING YOUR FILTER SAND: WHEN & HOW?

Posted 25/3/2019

 

 

So you’ve installed a sand filter and forgotten about it for the past four years… Does it need to be changed? How do you change it? Need help?

Experts recommend that filter sand should be changed every one to two years especially if you have a high bather load, overhanging trees and plants or dogs that love to swim and because the sand grains become smoother over time like tiny pebbles and fails to catch all the miniscule debris, which then make their way back into the pool.

 

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BLACK ALGAE & YOUR SWIMMING POOL

Posted 25/3/2019

Tips for Removal & Prevention

 

Black algae is a living organism that grows on porous swimming pool surfaces (think concrete, marbelite, and plaster), and it shows up in the form of black spots. It has a nasty habit of settling into corners, steps, and other hard-to-reach areas, and it flourishes in both sun and shade.

It’s also the most aggressive form of swimming pool algae, and it’s the most difficult form of algae to get rid of. Simply shocking or adding algaecide to your swimming pool will not kill it. There are two reasons black algae is so challenging: First, it features deep roots that keep it firmly embedded in your pool surfaces. Second, it has a natural, protective layer that makes it hard for chemicals to get through.

But if you see the first signs of black algae on your pool walls, don’t despair: Black algae might be difficult to treat, but it’s not impossible. With the right pool care routine, you can kick those black spots to the curb and keep them from coming back.

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THE HISTORY OF SWIMMING POOLS

Posted 12/9/2015

THE FIRST SWIMMING POOL
The "great bath" is the earliest public water tank in the ancient world. It existed over 5000 years ago in the Pakistani city settlement of Mohenjo-daro. The tank itself measures approximately 12 meters north-south and 7 meters wide, with a maximum depth of 2.4 meters. Two wide staircases lead down into the tank from the north and south and small sockets at the edges of the stairs are thought to have held wooden planks or treads. At the foot of the stairs is a small ledge with a brick edging that extends the entire width of the pool. People coming down the stairs could move along this ledge without actually stepping into the pool itself.

The floor of the tank is water tight due to finely fitted bricks laid on edge with gypsum plaster and the side walls were constructed in a similar manner. To make the tank even more water tight, a thick layer of natural tar was laid along the sides of the tank and presumably also beneath the floor. Brick colonnades were discovered on the eastern, northern and southern edges. The preserved columns have stepped edges that may have held wooden screens or window frames. Two large doors lead into the complex from the south and other access was from the north and east. A series of rooms are located along the eastern edge of the building and in one room is a well that may have supplied some of the water needed to fill the tank. Rainwater also may have been collected for this purpose, but no inlet drains have been found.

Most scholars agree that this tank would have been used for special religious functions where water was used to purify and renew the well being of the bathers.

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