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Pool & Spa Advice

Pools: The Need to Know

Find out how to build and maintain you pool, from opening your pool for spring through to closing it in the winter.

1st Direct Pools

Spa: The Need to Know

Find out how to build and maintain you pool, from opening your pool for spring through to closing it in the winter.

1st Direct Pools

Heating

  • Do I Need a Heat Pump for My Swimming Pool?
    Do I Need a Heat Pump for My Swimming Pool?

    If you have a swimming pool or are thinking of getting one installed at your home, then you probably have a few questions about how the pool should be run and maintained.

    One of the biggest questions from pool owners is “do I need a heat pump for my swimming pool?”

     

    What is a Heat Pump?

     

    A swimming pool heat pump is one of the bes

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  • Heating Running Costs
    Heating Running Costs
    You might be thinking of getting a swimming pool installed? You know the cost of the build and maintenance but how much is it going to cost you to heat it throughout the year. If you're not sure on this then we have created a table to show just how much heating a swimming pool costs depending on its various factors including its overall size and also what type of heater you are wanting to use. (All costs are correct of 2017)
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Pool Build

  • How to Level the Ground For an Above-Ground Pool
    How to Level the Ground For an Above-Ground Pool

    Above-ground pools are a cheaper and easier alternative to installing an in-ground swimming pool. They allow you to enjoy last-minute summer bathing thanks to their quicker and easier installation process.

    Installing an above-ground pool will still require some time and effort as you will need to prepare the garden by levelling out the ground of its designated location. This can be done by yourself, but for much larger pools it’s recommended to employ a professional.

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  • Preparing the Ground for Your Hot Tub
    Preparing the Ground for Your Hot Tub

    Introducing a hot tub to your home is the perfect way to add a touch of luxury and enjoy great relaxation with your loved ones. Hot tubs can be small, offering a more intimate experience, or larger for entertaining guests.

    Regardless of the size of the hot tub you choose and your intentions for using it, there are a number of things you need to consider and prepare before your tub is installed.

    One of the most important things to prepare before installing a hot tub is the ground

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Pool Maintenance

  • How to Level the Ground For an Above-Ground Pool
    How to Level the Ground For an Above-Ground Pool

    Above-ground pools are a cheaper and easier alternative to installing an in-ground swimming pool. They allow you to enjoy last-minute summer bathing thanks to their quicker and easier installation process.

    Installing an above-ground pool will still require some time and effort as you will need to prepare the garden by levelling out the ground of its designated location. This can be done by yourself, but for much larger pools it’s recommended to employ a professional.

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  • Shock Dosage Advice for Swimming Pool Owners
    Shock Dosage Advice for Swimming Pool Owners

    We recommend shocking your pool once a week, or at least once every other week to properly maintain your water chemistry. The more often you use the pool, the more often you should reach for the swimming pool shock. We have put together a handy table for shock dosage so that any swimming pool owners will know how much they should be putting and when.

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Working Pool

  • Weekly Pool Maintenance
    Weekly Pool Maintenance

    If you didn't know already, taking good care of your pool is something that needs to be attended to regularly. We're not just talking about scooping out the odd leaf or debris, we mean the process of vacuuming and also backwashing. if you're unsure of what these things are, why they are important to do and also how to even do it just follow these simple steps to help keep your swimming pool sparking all through the year.  

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  • Product Sizing Guide
    Product Sizing Guide

    We understand that our customers need to have as much available information as possible to help them purchase the correct product for their swimming pool. 1st Direct Pools's Product Sizing guide provides information on the right product for you to purchase for your custom sized swimming pool. 

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