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The Compass Pools UK blog provides everything you need when considering a new indoor or outdoor pool for your home. As award winning designers and installers of environmentally friendly pools to homes and business premises across the UK, Compass Pools UK can help design the pool of your dreams. Take a look at the Compass Pools UK blog today for design ideas and company news.

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Death Defying Swimming Pool Boasts 360 Degree Views of London

Death defying swimming pools are set to become the newest architectural trend in central […] The post Death Defying Swimming Pool Boasts 360 Degree Views of London appeared first on Compass Pools.

Death defying swimming pools are set to become the newest architectural trend in central London, allowing visitors to float over 200 metres above the capital’s skyline.

Update:

Pool designers at Compass Pools have developed Infinity London, the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool.

The concept, also referred to by the Greek lemniscate symbol (∞), features a 600,000-litre pool built right on top of a 55-storey building. The pool is made from cast acrylic rather than glass, as this material transmits light at a similar wavelength to water so that the pool will look perfectly clear. The floor of the pool is also transparent, allowing visitors to see the swimmers and sky above. Swimmers will access the pool through a rotating spiral staircase based on the door of a submarine, rising from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out.

Other advanced technical features include a built-in anemometer to monitor the wind speed. This is linked to a computer-controlled building management system to ensure the pool stays at the right temperature and water doesn’t get blown down to the streets below. Boasting an innovative twist on renewable energy, the pool’s heating system will use waste energy from the air condition system for the building. The hot gas that is produced as a by-product of creating cold air in the building will run through a heat exchanger to heat the water for the pool.

compass infinity pool below
The pool is also fitted with a full spectrum of lights which will give the building the appearance of a sparkling jewel-topped torch at night.
Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley commented: “Architects often come to us to design roof top infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought.
“But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’
“When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.
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“Swimming in the SkyPool at The Shard, it’s quite a weird feeling to have helicopters flying past at your level, but this pool takes it a step further.
“Pop your goggles on and with a 360-degree view of London from 220m up, it really will be something else – but it’s definitely not one for the acrophobic!”
Infinity London could kick off construction as early as 2020 if all the partners and contractors are confirmed.
It will have a five-star international hotel on the top floors of the building with the pool used by the guests.
Commenting on the design, Alex continued: “We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool.
“Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don’t want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either.
“The solution is based on the door of a submarine, coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out – the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!”
compass infinity pool top
Infinity London’s exact location is yet to be confirmed.

For comment please email: alex.kemsley@waterstream.co.uk 

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The Complete Guide to Swimming Pool Maintenance

Your swimming pool is a fantastic feature piece for your home and a wonderful […] The post The Complete Guide to Swimming Pool Maintenance appeared first on Compass Pools.

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Your swimming pool is a fantastic feature piece for your home and a wonderful place for fun and leisure for the whole family. But if you want to get the most from your pool and ensure a long lifespan, regular maintenance is essential. Here we have created a comprehensive guide to maintaining your swimming pool, covering everything from routine cleaning and water testing to chemical treatments and machinery servicing.

Servicing your pool

It is important that you should have a plan in place for the proper servicing, cleaning and maintenance of your pool. This will include general weekly work that you will have to do while the pool is in use, as well as a servicing for the equipment and machinery involved in the running of the pool.

Weekly work

Proper weekly maintenance is key to improve the lifespan and cleanliness of the pool. Carrying out the small, simple stuff on a regular basis can reduce the amount you have to spend on repair works and other expensive maintenance bills when the small issues have grown into something much more serious.
It is best to get into a routine with your pool cleaning and maintenance, and carrying out the work on a specific day every week. Your weekly tasks should include:

  • Checking the water level and topping it up if need be
  • Cleaning the filter/s
  • Cleaning out the skimmer baskets
  • Vacuuming the floor of the pool
  • Brushing the wall of the pool
  • Cleaning the area around the pool terrace
  • Checking the pH levels and adjusting the water balance
  • Checking your pool chemicals and ordering any necessary replacements

Servicing the machinery

It is necessary to have regular servicing carried out on your pool. The equipment and machinery used to run your pool will have a much longer lifespan with a good servicing schedule. For example, boilers and heat pumps need to be serviced according the instructions from the manufacturer, usually annually. Gas Boilers, where fitted must also be checked yearly for leaks under gas regulations.
It’s also worth noting that if you notice anything strange such as an unusual noise in the plant room or the pool not reaching the correct temperature, you should have a professional come out and inspect the equipment.

Chemical treatments

Collage maintenance of a private pool
Chemical treatments are a vital part of your swimming pool maintenance routine. These treatments are important both for ensuring that the water is clean and safe for swimmers, and for the overall health of the pool.
The specific chemical treatments for your pool will vary based on the water used in your pool as well as the materials used in construction. This means that you take advice from your swimming pool installers on the appropriate water treatments for you.

Balancing the pH

Getting the pH of your pool right is one of the key principles of pool maintenance; pH is the scale of acidity and alkaline, ranging from 0 to 14 where the middle point of the scale at 7.0 is neutral. Anything above 7 is alkaline and anything below 7 is acidic.  
The ideal pH rating of swimming pool water is between 7.0 and 7.6. Anything lower than 7.0 and metals and pool finishes can start to corrode, while anything above 7.8 and there can be issues with scaling due to calcium salts in the water and chlorine becoming ineffective.

Safety tips with chemicals

Remember that pool chemicals are usually potentially dangerous and should therefore be used carefully. Here are some safety tips you should follow when working with these chemicals:

  • Chemicals should be stored in a dry and cool area, in separate containers
  • Always read and follow the instructions
  • You should wash your hands after using pool chemicals
  • You should wear proper PPE when handling pool chemicals
  • Chemicals should not be mixed together before they are added to the water – when mixed, many chemicals can be very volatile and the process can release noxious gases and even cause explosions
  • Chemicals should never be stored in a container that was designed for another
  • Empty containers can be washed with pool water, rinsed out and disposed of
  • Empty containers should not be re-used for storage of other chemicals
  • Children should never be allowed to handle pool chemicals

Shock treatments

Shock treatments are a key factor in maintain the cleanliness of your pool. This is an excellent way to prevent algae and bacteria from building up in the water – something that cannot always be prevented by standard forms of maintenance.
A FreshWater Swimming Pool System will reduce or eliminate the need for shocking your pool.  
Many people assume that if there is a strong smell of chlorine around a pool and stinging eyes from the water, it indicates that there is too much of the chemical is in the pool. However this is not the case. In fact, these undesirable effects come from either incorrect pH or chloramines, which form when chlorine in the water mixes with sweat, oils and other bodily fluids. To rid yourself of the build-up of these chloramines you ‘shock’ the pool with a very high dose of chlorine or another chemical.
Shock treatments are not as simple as adding a little more chlorine than usual, and in fact using standard chlorine tablets will not work. You can choose between a number of options including calcium hypochlorite or unstabilised  dichlor.
You should follow the instructions on these products – it will usually be at least eight hours before it is safe for you to swim in the pool again. It should also be noted that shock treatments need to take place after the sun has gone down. If you try to carry out the shock during the day, sunlight will burn off unstablised chlorine and the shock will not work as intended.
How often you need to shock the pool will depend on the usage of the pool, and you also may need to carry out a shock treatment immediately after an incident such as heavy wind that has caused detritus to accumulate in the pool.

Testing and monitoring

It is important to test and adjust your pH levels on a weekly basis to ensure that the water is always safe to swim in and that you are not doing any damage to your pool. You can use testing kits with a simple colour comparison or dip strip test – these kits are widely available and you can easily follow the instructions.
You can have automatic dosing systems installed to monitor the chemical and pH levels of your water and most can even sense when there is a problem and automatically release chemicals. If this is not something you are interested in having it can be a good idea to have the water balanced by professionals on a weekly basis.

General pool cleaning

Cleaning pump working with a swimming pool.
Another important element of pool maintenance is that of the general cleaning that you need to carry out in addition to the chemicals. This includes skimming and vacuuming the pool to rid it of any debris that can get into the water such as litter, leaves and other biological matter. It is important that you should also understand your pool’s filter and the need for a cover.
It is also worth noting that when you are cleaning your pool you should not forget to check potential problem areas such as steps, ladders and diving boards which will need cleaning from time to time.

Skimming

Any time that you notice debris or dirt in the pool you should skim the surface with a net to remove it as soon as possible. Ideally you should also do this each time before you use the pool.

Vacuuming

It is unavoidable that dust, debris and other items will get into the pool water and will sink to the bottom before you can skim them out. Not only will this create an unsanitary swimming environment with a dirty pool floor, it can also lead to a build-up of algae and bacteria if left for long periods. Vacuuming should be carried out on a regular basis, and it also may be necessary to vacuum outside of a schedule in order to deal with debris that you notice on the pool’s floor.
Once the floor of the pool gets very dirty, normally after winter, vacuuming  becomes essential and you should vacuum to waste for the best results. This process involves vacuuming as you would normally before stopping the pump and then re-positioning the multiport to the ‘waste’ setting. You can then restart your vacuuming and the water will be sucked out so that it doesn’t need to go through the filter. Note that this will reduce the water level in the pool so it is worth overfilling before you start and keeping the hose running.

The importance of pool covers

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If your pool does not currently have a cover then you should definitely consider investing in one. Pool covers fulfil multiple functions, but most importantly they are a huge benefit to the maintenance and upkeep of the pool. Clearly that one of the biggest issues of introducing dirt to the water is the debris that falls into the pool – having a cover when the pool is not in use can reduce this problem to a minimum.
Pool covers are also useful in the fact that they retain heat in the water meaning that if you have a heat pump, you won’t need to use it as often. Ultimately this not only means you will pay less for heating but also the pool will have a longer lifespan.  

The filtration system

Man Fitting Filtration System
It is worth noting here the importance of the filter to your pool’s cleanliness. The filter removes dirt and debris from the water. There are a number of filter types and it is a good idea to understand the differences in order to clean them so they work effectively.

  • Sand or Glass  filter – cleaning a sand or glass filter works by backwashing or reversing the flow of water. These filters work best when they are slightly dirty, and need to be cleaned at least once every other week..
  • Diatomaceous earth filter – a DE filter is similar to a sand filter and uses backwashing to remove dirt. However, after backwashing, DE must be added to the filter to coat the filter. It should be cleaned a few times per season, and additionally once a year the filter should be disassembled and thoroughly cleaned.
  • Cartridge filter – to clean a cartridge filter you need to remove the cartridge and then hose off the dirt. The elements should then be soaked for at least 12 hours to remove oil and grease. Finally, give the cartridge a throughout rinse before allowing it to dry. It is good practice to have two sets of filters so that you can change between them, allowing for the lengthy cleaning process without downtime.

The more you use your pool and the more dirt that goes in it the more you have to clean your filters. It just like emptying a hoover bag when you lose suction.  

Your pool in winter

Snow covered pool
Outdoor pools won’t get an awful lot of use over the winter period, so you need to set aside some time to prepare for the colder weather. Firstly, if you are going to do any major work on the pool this is the best time to have it carried out. Secondly, while you may be tempted to remove all the water from your pool this is poor policy without taking professional advice first as can damage the pool.
The first thing you will need is a proper winter cover that will keep debris and sunlight out of the water. It should also be noted that the pool will see need to be treated even if it not being used to prevent the growth of algae and bacteria.
Regular checks on the pool water should also be performed.

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Top 6 Pool Heating Options in the UK

In the UK some form of heating system is almost always required to reliably […] The post Top 6 Pool Heating Options in the UK appeared first on Compass Pools.

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In the UK some form of heating system is almost always required to reliably raise and control pool temperature.
A heating system should operate up to and until the water reaches that desired temperature. Specifying a heating system during the design phase of the swimming pool is created in close consultation with the client, and takes into account a number of factors:

compass pools 19kw swimming pool heat pumpAir/water heat pump

Heat pumps are gaining in popularity for heating pools, especially as the costs of fossil fuels continue to rise. A heat pump works by absorbing heat from the surrounding air and transferring it to the pool water. The ambient air doesn’t itself have to be warm though, clearly, the warmer the air, the more heat is available to extract, and the more efficiently the heat pump will operate.

High performance fuel oil heater

The same working principle as with an oil heater, but using natural gas, LPG or butane as the fuel. NB: Propane (LPG) and butane solutions offer the same advantages as natural gas, but the running costs are often considerably higher.

Electric Heating

Directly heats pool water via an array of stainless steel or titanium electric heating elements. With escalating electricity prices it is seen as the least viable of the direct heating systems and tends only to be installed in situations where there really is no other alternative.

Direct Pool Solar Heating

Renewables – biomass, pellet, and log burners

Many consumers are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and their heating bills in the face of ever increasing fossil fuel costs, and solid-fuel renewable heating systems are gaining in popularity in that respect. The real value to consumers is to those looking to run a carbon-neutral system, as long as the fuel comes from a sustainable and replenished source, of course.

Solar – Evacuated tube

Evacuated tube solar systems are relatively efficient collectors of heat, converting the sun’s energy. Whilst they will collect much greater quantities of heat on sunny days, the point to note is that as long as sunlight reaches them, they still work to a degree, and are not reliant on ambient temperature either. However, as the sun is unreliable in the UK, it should only be considered as a secondary (i.e. back-up) system.

Hybrid

Using a combination of renewable and conventional heating systems the ultimate flexibility can be achieved to maintain all year round heat, cutting heating costs to a minimum.

Heating Source Cost Comparison

pros and cons of swimming pool heating

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