Swimming Pool Pumps: Ditching Single-Speed Models for Variable-Speed Ones

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 22, 2016 11:24:14 AM

Understanding the benefits of two-speed and variable-speed models


If the pump on your swimming pool is due for a replacement, making the move to a two-speed or variable-speed model will cut energy costs and may provide other benefits as well.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Maintenance

Pool & Spa Design Trends: 10 Dam Wall/Spillway Styles—in photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 15, 2016 12:40:11 PM

—Check out great options for your spa façade and water overflow into your pool

With its rather unappealing name and highly utilitarian purpose, you might be surprised that the dam wall on a spa can serve as a beautiful focal point of your new inground swimming pool.

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Topics: Design / Features, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips

Swimming Pool Plaster Problems: Typical Causes for Common Issues

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Key reasons why interior finish can develop stains, etching, and other issues

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Swimming Pool Shapes: Benefits of Certain Ones Vs. Others

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 2, 2016 8:13:42 AM

—Understanding which popular shape best suits your overall pool design goals

—Part 2 in a 2-part series

In Part 1, we listed key factors to consider before zeroing in on your preferred pool shapes, including how elements of some can factor into construction costs. 

Now, let’s take a look at some common pool shapes; one by one, we outline some of the advantages that certain ones have over others. 

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

Swimming Pool Shapes: How to Pick the Best One for You

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jul 25, 2016 4:13:50 PM

—Key design and function goals to consider when choosing a shape



—Part 1 in a 2-part series

Building a swimming pool is an exciting outdoor addition for which you will make many design choices. From the pool’s position in your backyard to the color of the interior finish, a number of aesthetic and function-related options await your review. Among the most important ones will be the shape.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

Pool Water Testing: Why it’s Vital to Check These Four Chemical Levels

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jul 19, 2016 11:12:39 AM

Tracking and balancing your pool water—and what could happen if you don’t!

Regular pool water testing and maintenance of the chemicals are essential for ensuring a safe, comfortable swimming environment and preserving the longevity of pool finishes and equipment. 

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Purification, Health & Safety, Maintenance, Heating, Filtration

Inground Pool Prices: Do larger pools cost more? Do small pools save money?

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jul 12, 2016 11:44:43 AM

Why pool dimensions affect price—but not always as you may expect

When it comes to the price of building an inground swimming pool, size matters.

Pool dimensions—square footage, perimeter, and depth—will affect the project’s total construction cost. However—and this is where it gets a bit confusing—sometimes size does not matter to the price all that much. Or, size does not matter as much as or in the ways you might expect it to.

Allow us to explain.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips