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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 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 Heating Guide
    Pool Heating Guide

    To make your swimming more comfortable you need to heat your swimming pool using a pool heater. There are various different types of pool heater available and this guide will explain how each one works and which one would be most suitable for your pool.

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Pool Build

  • Building a Swimming Pool
    Building a Swimming Pool

    When you are looking at building your dream swimming pool there are a series of imperative steps you should look at in successfully planning the construction.

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  • Running a Swimming Pool
    Running a Swimming Pool
    Running a pool is actually very straight-forward when you know what you are doing. Below are a few points on things to do and how to do them when it comes to managing your swimming pool. If you have any more specific queries and questions please do not hesitate to call for some advice.
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Pool Maintenance

  • Pool Pumps and Filters
    Pool Pumps and Filters

    The swimming pool pump circulates the pool water through the pools filter which mixes the chemicals and sanitises the water to keep it free from contaminants and debris. It is important to choose the right pump and filter combination for your pool so the system operates efficiently.

    The first step to choosing the correct pump is to find out the volume of water your pool has as

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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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