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If you are installing a new inground swimming pool there are many options when it comes to choosing building materials. The top choices are fiberglass pools, gunite pools and concrete pools.

Concrete makes an outstanding building material for inground swimming pools because its durability is unmatched. When installed properly, a concrete pool will last indefinitely.

Unlike other pool choices your options for design are limited only by your imagination. Because concrete is installed on site instead of being pre-formed at a factory, you can make allowances for terrain that would otherwise be impossible.

Concrete swimming pools are themselves the least expensive pools to build. The installation of a concrete swimming pool also requires the least amount of terrain prep work than any other pool building material. This adds to the cost savings.

You are not limited in color as you are with other building materials. You can paint the concrete any color that you choose, have a design painted, have a design stamped into the concrete or even use a vinyl liner. If you wish to change the color or design at a later time, it’s as easy as repainting the pool or changing the liner.

Paint considerations for concrete pools are now limitless. Any color can be mixed into a paint formula suitable for pools. No other building material allows for the kind of creativity with paint that concrete allows.

Concrete pools are also the easiest pools to tile. This is important if you want a mosaic design. This can be done at installation easier than with any other building material.

The installation of vinyl liners is also easier in concrete pools than in other types of pools. This is because vinyl liners were originally designed for concrete pools. These can be installed professionally or personally.

Concrete pools are also easier to clean than other building materials owing to the simple fact that they are so durable. While many people choose to clean by hand, concrete pools are not limited to this option. Some pool cleaners and vacuums that are more likely to damage fiberglass and gunite pools are perfect for concrete swimming pools. Concrete is also the least likely to be negatively impacted by the use of chemicals in the pool.

Overall it is a matter of preference as to what material you ultimately choose to use when creating your new inground swimming pool. When taking all factors into consideration concrete is clearly the best building material in terms of durability, design and cost.

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The level of your pH is a important component of creating a balance within your water. When this is out of whack, goofy things can take place. Not to mention that dirty tile line that can build up over time and if your water is too acidic, dreadful things can happen to your pool equipment causing unwanted repairs and hundreds of dollars spent needlessly.

The water’s pH is a gauge of its total acid-alkalinity balance, the relative proportion of acids and alkalis in the water. Basically put, water that is either too acidic or too alkaline will cause undesirable chemical reactions. If the water is too acidic, it will eat away metal equipment, cause etching on the surface materials and cause skin pain. If the water is too alkaline, it can cause scaling on the pool surface and plumbing equipment and can cloud the water.

Additionally, both high acidity and high alkalinity alters the effectiveness of the chlorine. The chlorine won’t destroy pathogens as well if the water is too alkaline, and it will dissipate much more quickly if the water is too acidic.

On the pH scale, zero indicates extreme acidity, 14 indicate extreme alkalinity and 7 indicates a neutral state. I recommend a pool pH between 7.2 and 7.8. To raise or lower pH, a pool custodian simply adds acids or alkali into the water. For example, adding sodium carbonate (soda ash) or sodium bicarbonate will generally raise the pH, and adding muriatic acid or sodium bi-sulfate will lower the pH.

Maintaining the proper balance of chemicals in the swimming pool is a continual process, because any new oils from a swimmer’s body, a shot of chlorine, stuff that falls in the water shifts the water’s total chemical makeup. In addition to pH, pool owners should also monitor total alkalinity, calcium hardness and total dissolved solids.

A chemically well balanced pool, utilizes fewer chemicals, has a nice sparkly blue appearance to the water and creates a much more enjoyable experience to those swimming in the pool.

Swimming Pool maintenance is key in saving money and getting the most out of your swimming pool. Not maintaining your swimming pool maintenance and pool cleaning can result in requiring expensive pool service help.

Not checking your pool’s chemistry often enough is a mistake often made by pool owners. By checking the pool’s chemical levels twice a week in the summer/spring/fall and once a week in the winter you can properly maintain the pool’s chemical levels.

Avoid the pH to go above 8.0, this lowers the effectiveness of your chlorine to 10% active. At 7.0 it is about 73% active; allowing you to use more potential of the chlorine that is already in the pool, thus cutting your chlorine costs.

Keep alkalinity between 80-140 PPM; alkalinity affects water balance and your pools sanitizer’s ability to perform.

Checking calcium hardness every month and the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) every 6 months helps to maintain water balance too; although not sanitation.

Routinely cleaning the cells in your chlorine generators is important because if they become calcified or corroded the production of chlorine in your pool is lowered.

If you backwash your filters too often the filter won’t clean as much as it can. You should only need to backwashing most filters if the pressure gauge goes 8-10 PSI above clean.

Not cleaning your pools pumps regularly will result in poor water flow, causing problems in your pool.

When adding chemicals be sure to add them in the evening after the sun has set. Adding them during the day lowers their effectiveness.

Be sure to brush your tile regularly, neglecting to do this can cost a lot of money. Brushing down the walls will help any problems with algae your circulation system may have. If you don’t brush enough your tile will become calcified and require a specialist to clean it, costing you more money.

If the space between the bottom of the cantilever and the top of the tile on the deck cracks put in some silicon to keep water from leaking out of the pool under the decking.

As long as you have a good circulation system you should run your pump roughly 1 hour for every 10 degrees of temperature. Your pools circulation is the main determining factor in having a low maintenance pool; the better your pools circulation the lower maintenance it will be.

Make sure to replace any drains that become damaged or lost. Not doing this is a real hazard.

Keeping swimming pool maintenance and pool cleaning regular helps reduce the need to hire pool service.

The decision to add an inground swimming pool to your home is an easy one. Inground swimming pools are a great way to add value to your home. Swimming pools also provide your family with an easy and convenient source of entertainment and exercise. However, there are a variety of swimming pool options available. One of the best options for homeowners is a fiberglass swimming pool. Fiberglass swimming pools have a variety of advantages over traditional concrete swimming pools that make adding one to your backyard a smart investment.

The biggest advantage to installing a fiberglass swimming pool is that they are mostly built in a factory instead of your backyard. This means they can be installed in your backyard quickly and easily. When you install a fiberglass pool, the hole for the pool is dug and the fiberglass pool is lowered into the hole with a crane. After that the only steps necessary to get you swimming are installing the plumbing and deck to your new inground swimming pool. This ease of installation allows your swimming pool contractor to install your fiberglass pool quickly and easily without the added mess, noise, and construction of other inground pool types.

Fiberglass pools are also much easier to maintain than concrete pools. By nature, fiberglass pools have a non porous interior. This allows the pool to be easily wiped clean of any algae that may grow, concrete pools that have turned green often need extra scrubbing to be eradicated of an algae infestation. Also traditional inground pools need to have marcite repaired and replaced periodically. This can be both time consuming and costly.

As a rule fiberglass pools can last much longer than other pool types. Fiberglass has been used in the boating industry for years because of its ability to withstand the effects of water. The first fiberglass pool was installed in the 1950’s and it is still in use today.

A fiberglass swimming pool will also save you money on chemicals. Concrete pools leach alkali into the pool water, which requires extra chemicals to counteract its effects. This means you will not only save money on chemicals you will also save the time that it takes to add the chemicals to your pool. Plus, your family will enjoy swimming in a pool with fewer chemicals.

Most swimming pool contractors, including the Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pool builders, offer a large variety of pool designs. Modern fiberglass pools are available in so many shapes, sizes and designs, that anyone can find the perfect swimming pool design for their family.