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Many owners of pools may well wonder if it is worthwhile putting a blanket on their pool. There can be mixed opinions about whether or not they are worthwhile. In the end, all each person can do is make up their own minds based on the information they are given.

At SPR Pool and Spa we always strive to give our customers as much information as possible regarding the care of their pools and we offer sound advice to keep pool and spa water healthy and filters running at their peak.

Because of this, we would like to offer the following information about pool blankets so you can decide yourself if you want to invest in one for your pool.

Keep your pool clean

It makes sense that when you cover your pool that less can get into the pool. Insects, leaves falling from trees, items blown about in the wind, pet toys and dirt are all prevented from getting into your pool when it is covered.

At times, items could still make their way into the water but with a cover the amount is reduced greatly. This will not only keep your pool cleaner it will also make less work for you. It means less vacuuming and skimming with a net to remove debris.

It means you will have more time to enjoy the pool than work on it.

Reduce cost

While you have to pay for the pool blanket in the first place, buying a pool blanket will actually save you money. Water wastage from heat evaporation is cut down as is the need for chemicals and various other items. Not only does this make a financial saving but there is less cost to the environment.

As a side note, pool covers are great for those in drought areas because, as mentioned, water evaporation is cut down. If you have a heated pool or a heated spa then a cover will help you reduce heating costs. This in turn will save energy and, once again, save you money.

Increase safety

When installed and fitted properly pool covers can increase safety. This is because a cover that is put on properly will prevent children from going beneath the surface if they manage to make their way past the pool fencing.

There are a few different kinds of pool covers and so you are sure to find one that suits your needs and budget. At SPR Pool and Spa, we recommend that you use one for all the reasons listed above. Call us today to discuss a cover for your pool.

Care and Maintenance Archives - Pool Shop | Pool Supplies | Spa Supplies | Pool Cleaning | Redbank Plains | Ipswich | Brisbane

The correct pH level is vitally important to your pool’s chemistry and health. When you are taking care of your pool, keeping an eye on the chemical balance is literally one of the key factors. Keeping the water at the right pH level and chemistry not only takes care of your pool, it makes the water safer for swimming and it is far nicer to enjoy.

To balance the pH levels in your pool chlorine, is not enough. Chlorine is used in pools to control bacteria and algae but will not help keep pH levels where they need to be.

At SPR Pool & Spa we can help by maintaining your pool for you or providing the right equipment you need to monitor pH levels yourself.

Whichever way you decide to keep an eye on your pool’s pH levels you are assured of the very best assistance from our knowledgeable and reliable team. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why it’s important to monitor and maintain pH levels.

What happens if the pH is too high?

The following issues can arise in your pool if pH is too high:

When any of the above occur you will need to get the water tested using a testing kit. These can be purchased from our shop or when we carry out pool maintenance we can do this for you. If the pH level is too high then adding acid can help rectify this.

The following acids are most suitable to reduce pH levels:

These acids can be used also but are not as ideal:

What happens when pH is too low?

A pH increaser can be added to adjust this problem; the ingredient that is active is often sodium carbonate. Rain is often the culprit of a low pH level in pools.

You can see that the correct pH level is very important to your pool’s health as well as your comfort. Contact us at SPR Pool & Spa for great advice on products and services to keep your pool healthy today.

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If you own a swimming pool you may already know how important it is for the pH levels in the water to be right. If you are about to own a swimming pool or if you are thinking of it, then you should familiarise yourself with the importance of correct pH levels.

If these are not right then the health of your pool water will suffer. Getting expert servicing and advice from our knowledgeable team at SPR Pool & Spa is really the best way to ensure that all is well with your swimming pool, including pH levels.

What is a pH?

All water has a pH level; this is a measure of the balance of acid and alkalinity in the water. If water has too much of either, acidity or alkaline, then these are not balanced and can cause chemical reactions.

Water that is too acidic can cause skin irritations to those swimming in it or corrode metal pool equipment. Too much alkaline in the water can make the water cloudy or cause scaling on pool equipment and the surface of the pool.

Will chlorine help adjust pH levels?

Simply adding chlorine to the mix won’t make any improvement to the pH level of the water because if the pH is out then it will have a negative effect on chlorine. When acid levels are too high the chlorine added will dissipate too fast and when alkaline is too high the chlorine is unable to wipe out any present pathogens.

What can put out the pH?

The pH levels in pool water can easily be put out and for this reason it is something that needs to be checked regularly.

When leaves, dirt or other debris fall into the pool, chlorine is added or sunscreen/oil from a swimmer’s body washes off the chemical makeup and the pool is thrown out of balance.

Pools work best with professional care

Because the pH level of your swimming pool can be fragile it pays to get professionals like SPR Pool & Spa to take care of the job. With their vast knowledge and experience they can ensure all equipment is running at its peak as well as check other items in pool water such as calcium hardness.

SPR Pool & Spa stock a great range of products as well as offering standard and premier pool cleaning services. Give them a call to discuss your needs today so your pool stays healthy all year round.


Care and Maintenance Archives - Pool Shop | Pool Supplies | Spa Supplies | Pool Cleaning | Redbank Plains | Ipswich | Brisbane

The usual blistering summer heat that south east Queensland can experience has arrived in spring this year so you may have been caught out with your summer pool cleaning routine. If you have a swimming pool, then after the long winter hiatus you want nothing more than to be able to plunge into its refreshing depths, escape the heat of the day and revive your wilting body and mind. A good swim can turn just about any situation around. SPR Pool & Spa offer these tips to ensure that it is indeed a good swim.

Keep Your pH in Balance

Testing the pH of your pool means you are testing the acidity of the water. A low pH will hurt your swimmers’ eyes and mucus membranes, damage the pool lining and can even damage the mechanical components of your pool’s filter. A high pH indicates poor chlorine content; it will also hurt the eyes, irritate the skin and increase lime precipitation. This is what will give a pool a cloudy look. The water of your pool must be kept at an optimum 7.4 to ensure your swimmers’ and your pool’s health.

Keep up the Chlorine

As mentioned above, if your pool has a high pH it means that there is poor chlorine content. Chlorine is used to disinfect micro-organisms and bacteria. The sun and its inherent temperature increase do a great job of reducing the chlorine content in your pool. Increased swimming activity can also reduce chlorine’s efficacy as we release sweat, natural body oils and sunscreen into the water. Don’t overdose with chlorine as this will also cause swimmer irritation. Only add enough to keep the pH in balance.

Check Your Filter Regularly

It is important, especially during the “high” season that your pool equipment is running to its best possible consequence.

Regular Vacuuming and Skimming is Essential

Vacuuming and skimming the pool is not just so your bathers can swim without getting the creeps when a leaf touches them. Any form of organic matter needs to be removed as soon as possible. Its break down can interrupt the performance of chlorine and cause hard to remove marks from the walls and floor of the pool.

Give Your Pool a Professional Check Up

Just like a human might attend a physical to ensure good health, it is important that your pool be serviced at least once a season, if not more, by a professional. SPR Pool & Spa offer two levels of care for the busy pool owner. In each of these levels we will check your pool and its equipment to ensure optimum performance and offer any maintenance advice that may be necessary.