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Having a swimming pool put into your garden is one of the best investments you can make in your family’s health and happiness. Not only will it bring you many hours of fun and relaxation, but it will also provide a great way to exercise, entertain your friends and generally enjoy a higher quality of life. As an added bonus, having a pool that has been properly built and maintained will even add to the value of your property.


1. Swimming is a GREAT form of exercise
Every member of your family, from the children to their grandparents, can reap the health benefits of your swimming pool. For the kids, it’s a fun way to step away from the Xbox or the TV and cool down in the hot summer months. Children must always be supervised in the water, but it’s a great way for a child who isn’t sporty to spend some time outside and get active. For the older members of your family, swimming is arguably the best form of exercise they can do. Thanks to the water holding the weight of one’s body, swimming places no strain on the knees and ankles. This means none of the aches and pains associated with going for a walk or run to get that much-needed exercise.

2. Transform part of your garden into an entertainment area
Let’s face it – going out to a restaurant every time you want to have a meal with your friends gets expensive. If you have small children, you face the added challenge of finding any restaurant other than Spur that has the facilities to keep them entertained. Now picture this – the kids are splashing in the pool on a balmy summer’s night while you and your friends sit on the deck adjacent to the pool, sipping a glass of wine while meat sizzles on the braai. What could be better?

3. Maintaining your pool is a LOT less tedious than you think
A lot of people are put off the idea of having a pool in their garden because of the work that they think will be involved in maintaining it. “I’ll spend my weekends cleaning out the leaf trap, backwashing filters and checking chemical balances,” you may think. If you live in Umhlanga, Durban North or the Berea, there’s good news for you. Blupool’s affordable pool maintenance service can take care of all that, leaving you with a sparkling oasis to jump into at the end of a long day.

Article: Steph
 

Whether you’ve just had your dream pool installed in time for summer 2017 or whether it’s been part of your lives for years, there are certain basic safety precautions that you need to take to keep your family safe.

The rule is simple – if a child who is not an extremely experienced swimmer is in the pool, he or she needs to be supervised. A lot of parents believe that it’s fine for their kids to be in the pool if they are inside the house, because they would hear screams if a child had to get into difficulties in the water. This isn’t true – unfortunately, a drowning can take place in mere minutes, without you hearing so much as a splash. If a toddler is in the water, an adult needs to be not only watching them at all times, but actually in the water with them – close enough so that he or she can reach out and touch you at any time.

It’s important to make sure your children are comfortable in the water from a young age, and they should be taught basic swimming skills as early as possible. Various experts have different ideas about the right age to teach a child to swim, so we recommend that you take this step as soon as you feel that your child is developmentally ready.

Having a cover over your pool when you’re not using it can literally save lives. However, when it’s time to swim, it needs to be taken off completely – not just pulled halfway back. Any area of your pool which is covered when people are swimming in it is a safety hazard.

Putting up a fence around your pool is another great way to keep your little ones (and pets) safe. Make sure your fence has a gate with a lock or out-of-reach latch on it so that the kids can’t get into the pool area without you knowing about it. A fence will also help to prevent balls and other toys from ending up in the pool and enticing kids into the water to fetch them.

Floatation devices such as armbands and pool noodles are a great investment, as they can help kids learn to swim and have fun in the water. However, they are not safety devices, and are not recognised by any authority as providing protection against drowning. While armbands should keep your child afloat, there’s nothing to stop your child from removing them if he or she is left unsupervised. 

Having a swimming pool put in is one of the most wonderful things you can do for your family. As long as you ensure that it is used safely, your family will enjoy many hours, days and years of fun in the sun.

Words by Steph. She's good. 

Why is having your pool built in winter a great idea?


Only when summer is around the corner do lots of people suddenly spring into action and decide to engage a pool company to build a swimming pool. There are plenty of good reasons to HAVE a swimming pool in summer, but hardly any reasons to BUILD a swimming pool during summer.

First off, it rains a lot during summer. Rain will definitely cause delays in the building of your pool, and could even force your contractor to redo work that was completed before the rain started.

Pool companies are run off their feet during the summer months ñ which means your new pool probably won’t be built with the same tender loving care that a contractor could provide during a quieter time of year when their work is less manically paced.


Making a spur-of-the-moment decision to stay cool in a pool this summer could lead you to place the job in the wrong hands. Many unscrupulous builders are waiting in the shadows to take your money in the ‘heat’ of the moment.

From a purely practical point of view, architectural drawings will never be ready in time to get permission to start building in time for you to enjoy a brand new pool this summer. Blupool still comes across customers who say that the previous pool company said that they didn’t need plans. Well, that’s a load of rubbish!

The fact of the matter is that while your swimming pool will be an absolute joy to you and your family once it is installed, it’s better to slow down, take a deep breath and do your homework properly.

Here are some of the factors that you’ll need to consider:

Which company will you choose and why?
Where do you want the pool?
What will the main use of the pool be?
What size pool do you want (or need)?

If you find yourself without a pool this summer because you’ve left it too late, then now is the time to get the ball rolling for next summer. It’s time to get going by obtaining architect’s drawings, getting prices for different types of pools and finding out what your options are when it comes to pool automation. Obtaining and drawing up plans can take from three to six months from start to finish. If you don’t get started now, you’re likely to find yourself in the exact same position - without a pool - by the time next summer comes around.

Build before the rainy season.

Summer in Kzn is our rainfall season. It’s what makes our province so beautiful and green. The disadvantages of a rainy season is that if you are building onto your home, or building or renovating a swimming pool, the rain can wreak havoc. Not only will the building stop while it rains, it can also undo some of the preparation work done during the course of building.

It’s common practice for building contractors to to add 30% extra time onto their schedule to account for rainy days. (I.e. if the job is going to take 10 days, then the scheduled time is about 13 days. This excludes the time and cost if any damage to the existing structure occurred as a result of the rain.

Swimming pool builders and contractors get extremely busy during the summer. Supply and demand drives up prices, and can sometimes end in rushed jobs.

The trick is to get a couple of quotes from a number of pool contractors, short list three of them and be prepared to meet them in person. Especially if it is a large job or a new pool. You may think that their quote is the right price, but once you meet them, you could have a change of heart about using them.

Ensure that your swimming pool contractor is a member of a professional organization such as the National Spa and Pool Institute.

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The following article was written by Ian Tjasink, the Owner of BLUPOOL Westville. I hope you enjoy the read!

Swimming pools exist in nine out of ten gardens. Their popularity in sub-tropical climate might be very rewarding at times. In truth, the occasions that contribute to its justification are often questioned by the one paying the bill. Pool costs differ from pool to pool depending on trees, shade, temperature, filter, and, the most significant: surface material. What is always abundantly clear is that, when it isn’t that all-inviting Blue, it is an eye sore, a curse, and an added expense. We all know that if you don’t make the effort to get it blue again, the cost to do so will accumulate the longer you leave it. Most pools are quite easy to keep clean and, while they might not be crystal clear, a pool complements the look of one’s garden. It is then an asset.

At a time when there is a fad to collect water in plastic water tanks, one can’t help asking “why not use pool water?” – Of course, we can. Pool water is not poisonous. It is not the best water and can sometimes taste terrible. The acid makes it bitter; sodium bicarbonate and chlorine don’t help. But the percentages or part per million is not high enough to hurt. And if clean and properly dosed, it is sterile. I am not suggesting that we drink pool water: it is not ideal and pool water is expensive because adding council water to the pool depletes the chemical balance needed to make the pool clear. That then needs to be made up to maintain the all important balance, stability and ultimately that blue appearance. But then, tanked water is not ideal either! Tanked water will harbor more micro organisms and the dreaded mosquito larvae and can quite quickly become very dangerous. Unless the installation in inlet from the gutter is well protected, mice, frogs, geckoes and other small animals can fall in and rot. Clearly pool water is visually inspected by default. If you add a pressure pump to the filter piping, a simple connection to the house supply can supplement your water requirements for house toilets, showers, and washing machines. Your appliances can continue to serve their purpose without a plastic water tank.

The plastic tank is limited in size and is typically installed out of the way, so we don’t see the water or smell it. They are often quite small – the typical installations are 1000 to 5000 liters. This will only supply the house for perhaps a day or two, while the pool can deliver the needed water for 10 to 20 times that amount. Again, it is not ideal to have the pool level drop too much, as this can leave a staining at any level that is consistent for a length of time, depending on the finish material. Fiberglass is more forgiving than Marbleite. But if it is there, then it is a more attractive option than a plastic tank. The installation includes pipes from the pool to the house pipe supply, a non-return valve between the connection and the council, and a high pressure pump which has a pressure-control valve. All of this is required for the plastic tank option, but without the plastic tank.

Water preparation for human use has various requirements. Two typical alternatives we are used to are drinkable tap water – something we are used to in South Africa, and those of us that have travelled know that, in many other countries, is just not an option – and purchased bottled water. Bottled water has come under much scrutiny from time to time, as chemists have found some labels to be suspect. This is because preparing water to be bottled really means making it very sterile and yes, that might mean pure. In truth, additives help its stability and often the purest water is safe as long as it is consumed as soon as you open the lid. Letting bottled water stand is dangerous, too. Councils only have to prepare water for a short time, as in the council system water is limited to air exposure and sunlight. Once the water is treated, it is consumed within days, if not hours. This enables councils to need fewer stabilizers than bottlers or anyone storing water. Because pool water is held for maybe years, it needs so much chemical treatment. High alkalinity is needed to maintain natural pH – high acid levels to help kill germs. Chlorine alone will not keep a pool clean. The clarity of the pool is aided by polymers that attach small foreign particles together so that they will get caught in the filter, giving the pool water clarity. These algaecides give the water that terrible plastic taste and, ideally, we want as little of that as possible. We know that storing water needs filtration, sterilizers and clarifiers. So how can a tank alone be safe? While there are different methods to keep pool water safe, chlorine is the most common. There are salt chlorinators, but if the mix is right and the chlorinator is working properly, then the salty taste is barley obvious. While systems that are easily available make it challenging to manage the option of hydrogen peroxide, it is available. Hydrogen peroxide is more dangerous than chlorine in its sellable form but, when managed properly, it gives pool water the same benefit that chlorine does and can taste as good as spring water because it is a natural sterilizer. The only down-side is the cost of this option.

Any sterilizing option for pools is safe if consumed – that is why they’re used, and that is why we let our children swim with little concern. Although they’re not ideal and are perhaps expensive, they are safe in their correct dose as pool water.

Storing water is a simple and obvious solution to the fear we have of water shortages. It is comforting to know that there are ways to protect ourselves, and that we can continue our daily lives and adapt to a lifestyle with less water. Whether you choose a tank or a pool, you need not be outdone by not having a flushing toilet or a shower. If you would like more advice, call us at Blupools for assistance. We at Blupools not only offer a service of keeping your pool blue, but include repairs, maintenance, and modifications to more than just your pool. 

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