Award winning swimming pools

The American publication Pool and Spa News run a competition each year called the “Masters of Design”. Here are some photos of the latest winners of the award.

This stunning lake side infinity edge pool in Texas is our favourite

This pool is in New Brunswick, Canada

This pool is set in woodland in Texas

This pool is set on the edge of a lake in Texas

A Review of the Monaco Sun Reel

If you have even wanted to have a motorised roller for your pool cover but were put off by having to install an electrical supply to your pool deck then a solution is at hand.

Intopool, the manufacturer of the market leading Monte Carlo swimming pool reel, have introduced the motorised Monaco Sun Reel with a solar powered motor eliminating the need for an electrical supply.

The solar powered Monaco reel means there is no need to install an electrical supply

The reel on the Monaco is the same as the Monte Carlo which is the strongest and best swimming pool reel on the market. Inside the reel is a reliable German manufactured motor taking its power supply from a battery. The new hi-tech battery sits behind a solar panel fixed to one end of the roller. The panel can be rotated to a position to catch the best sunlight. One flick of a switch and the cover is pulled off. During the installation process you set the limits for when the motor stops so once activated the motor will always stop just when the cover is fully removed or replaced.

A bubble cover is not rigid enough to be pushed back on to the pool so you have to guide it back on with a leading edge kit on the cover.

The Monaco Sun Reel will even work on an indoor pool. If there is enough sunlight to charge the battery then you can use the standard model but if not there is the option to install the solar panel outside to catch the sun.

How does a swimming pool leak sealer work?

If you have a leak in your pool  you are faced with two major problems. One is finding where the leak is and the other is the expense of digging down and repairing it. Getting a professional in to find and fix the leak will probably cost a minimum of £150 and you could end up with a bill in the thousands.

Before you call in the pool engineer it is surely worth £20.00 to see if Lo-Chlor Leak Sealer will solve the problem. You don’t need to find the leak, Leak Sealer will do that for you, and you don’t have to dig down on it.

The leak sealer contains a special chemical that remains liquid when in water but as soon as it comes in contact with air it forms a solid. So as soon as your water leaks through the hole and comes in contact with air it forms a solid plug and seals up the hole.

The leak in your pool needs to be relatively small, about 2cms per day and we can’t promise that it will work but we have had many very happy customers who, faced with a probable bill for hundreds of pounds, found that Leak Sealer did the repair job for them at a cost of £20.

Lo-Chlor Leak Sealer. £20 spent could save you hundreds.

Cleaning Slatted Pool Covers

If you have a slatted pool cover you no doubt love the convenience of just flicking a switch and watching your pool cover remove itself from your pool but you may also suffer from the frustration of seeing all that scale and algae building up in the joints between the slats. We have a chemical to help with that.

Lo-Chlor Salt Cell Cleaner is a strong acid mixed with a soap and mainly used for de-scaling the plates of a salt chlorinator and it is very good at performing that task. But diluted down it can be used to clean off limescale deposits from a slatted cover and it is great at that too.

For light deposits dilute at 10:1 and for heavy deposits dilute at 5:1. Apply with a brush and leave it on for a few minutes. The acid will react with limescale and dissolve it away. It will also kill any algae. The soap content in the mix will wash away any dirt and you will be left with nice clean slats.

Made for cleaning salt chlorinators this product is also great for cleaning slatted pool covers

 

Solving the problems of Scale build up in swimming pools

The build up of scale on the side of a pool or on the surface of your pool cover is a problem that many pool owners face. This article will give some advice on how to deal with it.

Scale or Limescale on your pool starts life as limestone in the rocks that our rain falls upon. The rain dissolves the limestone and it ends up in our drinking water and swimming pool water. Limestone is calcium carbonate, chemical symbol CaCO3. A mix of calcium, carbon and oxygen. Because we never see it in its pure form it is often forgotten that calcium is a metal.

When water evaporates, as it does all the time from the surface of your pool cover, it is the water (H2O) that evaporates leaving behind the calcium carbonate behind as a white, scaley deposit. The easiest way to deal with with the scale deposits is to put an acid on it and the acid will react with the scale and remove it. Typically in swimming pools the acid is phosphoric acid which turns the calcium carbonate into calcium phosphate (as found in your bones) which stays in the water and does not form a scale. Products like Spa No Scale contain phosphoric acid. The problem with using a chemical like that in a pool is that the phosphate formed by the reaction with the carbonate is food for algae. So you solve the scale problem but can cause an algae problem.

No More Scale will prevent limescale build up on your pool cover and pool walls

Another way to deal with the problem of limescale deposits is to prevent it from depositing. Lo-Chlor make a chemical they call No More Scale which does just this. Instead of reacting with calcium carbonate to form a different chemical it sequesters it. Seqestering is a complicated reaction but involves a chemical that bonds to a metal and prevents it from coming out of solution ie being deposited on your pool walls. Calcium is a metal, remember. So No More Scale bonds to the limescale and stops it from being left behind when the water evaporates from your pool. It doesn’t just work on the calcium in limescale it works on all metals so it will help with Iron stains as well.

We recommend that you dose your pool with No More Scale once a year in the spring to prevent scale build up on your pool cover.