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    Construction Factors That May Affect Your Build

    At Albatross Pools, we endeavour to construct the swimming pool of your dreams. When it comes to swimming pool construction, however, there are a few key things to keep in mind. While it is always our goal to complete the job to perfection in the most efficient way possible, several construction factors may affect your build when incorporating your new pool into existing landscaping.

    Stkildawest Pool Construction
    St Kilda West Pool Construction

    Tight Access

    One of the major factors that you'll want to look into prior to the beginning of installation has to do with access. Tight access would require a smaller machine to be used during installation, which would therefore take longer to complete than if easier access had been provided. If you're already working with a landscaper on an existing project, helping to increase the access that our professionals have to your yard would definitely help make things easier and less expensive. Though there is no level of access too small, an ideal situation would see double gates on the side of a house or a similar access point of this nature. Our swimming pool construction team is able to work in restrictive confines if needed, and the tightest access we’ve had to deal with was only a doorway wide! Clearance heights can also be an issue concerning pergolas and rooflines.

    Slope

    One of the major construction factors that will affect build cost when dealing with other providers is slope. Depending on the slope of your yard and the eventual pool, you could be looking at an additional charge that you didn't plan on. Luckily, this is not an issue with Albatross Pools - so long as the pool exists no more than 700mm above the natural ground in your yard, our superior Aqualux PVC membrane and pre-engineered heavy gauge steel frame construction will not require any additional engineering like other pool construction methods.

    If you are worried about slope you can have the area levelled off, but this isn't necessarily something that you need to do or that we even recommend that you do.

    Ground Hazards

    Another factor that can significantly slow your build down has to do with ground hazards that may be in the area you've chosen. If there are electrical or telephone lines in the pool zone (mostly applies to front yard pool construction) this definitely complicates the process. For rear yard builds, you can obtain sewer plans, but with older homes they are not always accurate. Our advice in this situation is to employ the services of a plumber for the first hours of a build in case pipes need rerouting.  Ideally, you should try to pick an area that is free from these types of ground hazards for the best results.

    Albatross Pools Experience

    Albatross Pools has proudly serviced Melbourne as premiere pool builders for over 40 years. Our in-ground swimming pools have a unique Aqualux PVC membrane that is built on a steel frame, making it the high quality choice for the widest range of situations possible. If you're in the market for a new pool, visit one of our Award Winning display centres or contact our friendly team to discuss your requirements today.

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    The Robot Revolution

    They’re taking pool cleaning to a whole new level of efficiency. The K-Bot-RX-Robotic Pool Cleaner is changing the way pools are cleaned, big time. Big on innovation and technology, they’re fully automatic, fast and powerful. They leave no stone unturned in immaculately cleaning any pool. No matter what size or shape. When you see them in action, you’ll quickly agree that this is pool technology at it’s very finest.

    The beauty of the K-Bot-RX-Robotic Pool Cleaner is that it features high speed motors and an ultra fine filter vacuum that scrub and brush debris away without placing any load on your pump and filter system. The advanced technology of the K-Bot-RX really comes to the fore with its incredibly precise Autoscan system that delivers automatic and total cleaning efficiency, time and time again. No matter the pool size, it detects and picks up any debris. In less than three hours, your pool will end up absolutely spotless.

    Pool Design Robot Cleaner
    Pool Design Robot Cleaner

    Another great feature of K-Bot-RX Pool Cleaner is the smart swivel. What it does is it simply stops the cable from tangling. When you want to get the K-Bot-RX rolling, all you have to do is plug it in. It’s that easy. It’s safe, economical digital switch mode power supply is less than 30 volts DC. And when the automatic timer’s done – in three hours or less, it will turn itself off. All you have to do then is to lift it out, empty the convenient filter bag or cartridge and stow it away until next time.

    There are many other fine features that make the K-Bot-RX Pool Cleaner a must for any pool. For a start, it’s environmentally friendly and reduces the need for chemical use, and it’s fully independent from the pool filter system. Its level of efficiency when it comes to scrubbing, cleaning and vacuuming is second to none.

    The K-Bot-RX Pool Cleaner also has some unique systems in place, like an obstacle escape system and a motor protection system. With its highly intelligent adjusting software and built in self diagnostics, it can provide greater manoeuvrability and precise water line cleaning (K-Bot-RX 2 & 3 only). There’s an optional multi grip for improved performance on slippery and fiberglass or tiled floors. And if you’re thinking that maintenance could be tricky and costly, forget it. No need for a maintenance guy to turn up to charge you for the effort. You can replace the brushes and roller yourself. The K-Bot–RX Robotic Pool Cleaner is really something else when you’re looking for the very best in pool cleaning.

    At Albatross Pools, we have a fantastic range of pool cleaners to suit any size pool. There are quality suction pool cleaners priced between $800 and $900. With the K-Bot-RX Robotic Cleaners, they’re priced from $1,200 to $2,800. So drop in and talk to our experienced team at Albatross Pools. We’d be only too happy to show you all the brilliant features of the K-Bot-RX range of Robotic Pool Cleaners. We’re sure you’ll be simply amazed at what they can do.

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    Energy efficient equipment…is it worth the investment?

    Just think about this. If you have a swimming pool, your pool pump unit which is a combination of pump and electric motor, could be responsible for about 20-30% of your energy bill. This would make it without doubt, one of the single largest users of energy in your home.

    So how do you go about reducing that energy cost? It’s actually pretty easy. By simply making some smart purchasing decisions and following some helpful tips, in no time at all, you’ll reduce your pool energy costs and still enjoy all the great benefits.

    Pool Construction Energy Efficient
    Pool Construction Energy Efficient

    When you take a closer look, many high efficiency pool pumps operate at a number of pool settings. Your energy savings will be greatest when the pump is operating at it’s lowest setting – use a low speed setting for filtering and a higher speed if necessary for cleaning. It is important to ensure that the pump will work effectively with your filter pump and any other cleaning equipment of these settings. You may also need to adjust the times you operate the pump to ensure that you filter enough water each day.

    To help you minimise the energy use of your pool pump, the best thing is to choose the correct pump size which meets the requirements for your pool (and filter), as the larger the pump, the greater the maintenance and pumping costs (a larger pump isn’t always best). You should also consider using multi-speed and variable speed pumps. They run slower for filtering and use less energy, but can be sped up to run pool cleaning equipment, which uses more energy.

    If you have a multi-speed pump, take a close look at the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you run the pump at the lowest recommended speed, while meeting all health requirements. Obviously the more time you run the pump on the lower speed settings, the better your energy savings will be. Also, run your pump only when necessary. It’s usually enough to pump the entire volume of water through the filter once or twice a day.

    It’s a good idea to use a timer to effectively manage your pump’s running time. Check your plumbing. The most efficient pool plumbing usually has large diameter pipes with as few bends as possible. You should regularly clean your skimmer basket and pool filter, and be sure to keep your intake grates clear of debris. This will naturally reduce the load on your pool pump enabling it to work more efficiently and use less energy.

    High efficiency pumps will really pay off in the long run. At Albatross Pools, we can advise you on the right energy saving pool pump. A real favourite with customers at the moment is the Astral Pool Viron P320. If you’re looking to upgrade, then the Astral Pool Viron P600 is the perfect choice. So come and talk to us at Albatross Pools. We’ll take you through all the options and show you how you can dramatically reduce your energy bill by simply having the right pool pump working for you.

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    Pool lighting

    Putting a whole new light on how to illuminate your pool.

    There are just so many creative options open to you when it comes to designing a pool. However while every swimming pool design differs from a geometric shape to an elaborate maze of lagoons and water features, the basic principles of lighting design remain the same.

    It’s important to get the spread of light, right. The Spa electrics range of LED lights are some of the most powerful and effective underwater lights on the market today. One LED light will illuminate a large area. But it is recommended that more lighting should be used due to the loss of light over a greater distance.

    The interior colour of a pool will have an equally dramatic effect on night time illumination. A general rule for this is the darker the interior colour of the pool, the more lights are needed to achieve the same result. A simple equation would be 1.5 lights should be installed in a dark pool for every 1 light for an equivalent light colour pool.

    Pool Design Lighting
    Pool Design Lighting

    Now let’s get down to shapes. In a smaller geometric shape pool with limited intrusions, a single light is sufficient. You should position the light at the end of the pool to illuminate length. It will provide a bright and even illumination. Wherever possible, it’s always recommended to position lights central, on each narrow end of the pool opposing each other. This provides the best possible spread of light and by facing each other, ensures any obtrusion within the pool that may cast a shadow, will be illuminated by the opposite light. When it comes to illuminating the width of the pool, lights can be placed in a row and spaced evenly across.

    What about illuminating steps, swim outs and ledges? Well, most pools have one or more of these. All are designed to increase pool safety and function. To assist in pool safety, it’s important to ensure that the safety features are illuminated at night while still providing even illumination throughout the entire pool. A general rule for illumination is to ensure that these lights are installed at a maximum depth of 300mm from the top of the pool, as steps and ledges are usually installed at a depth of 540mm. Mounting lights above the bench height ensures the area will be illuminated.

    With swim out and ledges in smaller pools, a single light will do the job. In mid size pools, place steps at the narrow end of the pool. For this type of pool, install lights on the wide wall, closest to your house. This will provide even illumination due to reflections and by installing the lights at a depth of approx. 300m; it will ensure the steps are adequately lit. If you’re illuminating ledges in pools over 10m, position the lights at a depth approx 300m. While it will generate a shadow, it will increase the safety of the pool at night.

    There so many creative possibilities with bringing your pool to life with special lighting. At Albatross Pools, we’ll provide you with some great ideas and tips on how to make it all happen. Just drop in and have a chat to any member of our team. We guarantee it will be time well spent.

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    Don’t build before you ask

    Important questions to ask yourself as you prepare a pool project

    It’s such an exciting prospect. Having your very own pool as a great source of relaxation, a brilliant venue for entertaining and a fantastic asset that will without doubt increase the value of your home. So it’s important to get all the right information, right from the outset. There are lots of questions to ask and we’ll do our very best to provide you with some real answers.

    Swimming Pool Design
    Swimming Pool Design

    Whatever type of pool you ultimately choose, there are two main considerations to keep in mind. Firstly, ensure the best quality pool by choosing only an established pool builder who is a long-standing member of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA). Secondly, be extremely thorough and conscientious in the maintenance of your pool –ANY pool will deteriorate over time if neglected.

    Fancy a concrete pool? Well correctly installed, the actual pool shell has a very long life. However the internal pool finish can have limitations and depending on the type chosen, can present maintenance problems. There are five main internal pool finishes to choose from. Epoxy and rubber painted, marble sheen/render, crushed quartz, fully tiled and pebble.

    Now let’s take a look at fiberglass/ceramic pools. The interior colour and finish of a fiberglass pool is known as the Gel Coat – this is in fact a thin layer of resin over the base layers of fiberglass materials. The quality of the pool shell is absolutely vital to a long and trouble free life. The complete factory build nature of fiberglass pools offers an excellent method of quality control. However, for your own protection, take not. Insist on sighting evidence of compliance of the set standards.

    Pre-engineered pools have a great history. Introduced into Australia fifty years ago, they have a proven performance under the widest variety of site conditions. Although for many years it’s been the stalwart of the domestic market, the pre-engineered concept is now widely accepted and used in commercial pool installations right across the world. When it comes to design, the pools are essentially a system of a concrete floor, sidewalls of a rigid material such as steel in a modular form and an interior finish of tough purpose designed Aqualux.

    During installation, the Aqualux interior is subjected to the effects of vacuum pumps that create a tight fitting skin with the pool shell, eliminating wrinkles. Aqualux itself is manufactured under strict factory quality controls and is thicker that the paint finishes of concrete pools, and the gel coat of fiberglass pools. In fact, Aqualux and other pvc membranes are the only type of pool interior specifically designed and engineered as a pool interior.

    There are many more questions to be answered on what pool would be right for you. The best place to find out more and see examples of what we’ve been talking about is a pool centre. If you pop on down to Albatross Pools, that’s exactly what you’ll find. A terrific display of pools and more importantly an incredibly experienced team on hand to give the right answer to any questions you might have.

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    Night Swimming

    Prepare your pool area to be able to entertain at night

    There’s nothing quite like a backyard poolscape beautifully lit at night. It can be dramatic, exotic and quite seductive. Once the lights are perfectly positioned and switched on, all of a sudden you got a brilliant entertaining space that everyone is going to thoroughly enjoy. If you are planning on building a swimming pool in Melbourne, there are key lighting points to consider.

    Getting the lighting right from the outset is the key. The best way to start is with your pathway to the pool. Instead of illuminating every step of the way, provide subtle areas of light, illuminating it in pockets. If you want to make the pathway lighting seem more natural, paths should be softly illuminated from above. The lighting should be placed where the viewer can see the effect of lighting, but not the source. Small low-voltage spotlights, hanging fixtures, or directional baffles can direct the light exactly where it is required.

    If your poolscape is multi level, steps are another consideration. Before you install the lighting, it’s important to get it right. Wide steps will not benefit from niche lighting or path lights along the side. The best way to illuminate stairs is once again, from above. For instance, low voltage light roping can be recessed into the underside of hand rails or the overhang of a stair tread. A soft, subtle glow across the staircase provides a warm welcome for guests, instead of a glaring spotlight in their eyes.

    Niddrie Pool Profile
    Niddrie Pool Profile

    Now with the pool, the type of lighting used inside is mostly affected by the colour of the interior finish material. A lighter pool interior will reflect light, while a darker pool interior will absorb it. So how do we go about sorting out what works best? To create a scene with even illumination, multiple lighting fixtures must be employed within a pool. To avoid a truck headlamp effect, the lighting should be directed away from the primary vantage point.

    One way to create an amazing trick effect is to keep the pool completely dark at night. This creates a reflective surface, which will mirror the surroundings on the surface of the water. You then have key elements of the landscape properly lit near the pool. Their reflection will be cast upon the pool’s surface. It’s a great effect and can be done with buildings, trees, statues and art sculptures.

    Now let’s talk practicalities. Being outdoors at night you need lighting for entertaining and cooking. For instance, you can light up the whole backyard with sodium floodlight for lawn games or huge parties. When the action is happening around the barbecue as it often does, a narrow spotlight ensures that what’s on the hot plate is cooked to perfection and not to a crisp.

    Getting the right lighting in the right position around the pool area is paramount in making sure your entertaining area works a treat. If you want to know how to make it all happen, talk to us at Albatross Pools. Our team has plenty of imaginative ideas that will really light up your pool and bring your whole entertainment area to life.

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    Heating Your Pool

    Heating your pool not only makes it more enjoyable but also has therapeutic benefits and extends the swimming season. As a pool owner you have three options for heating your pool: solar, gas, or electric heat pumps.

    Heating Your Pool
    Heating Your Pool

    Solar

    Heating your pool with solar energy is cost competitive with both gas and electric heat pumps, and in many climates it is the most cost effective option. It has the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.

    With a solar heating system water is run through a filter, then the solar collector, and finally into the pool. Although some pool builders use the pool’s filtration system to run the solar heating system, Albatross Pools prefers a completely independent system to ensure heating and operating efficiency - there is a greater cost upfront but it surely pays off!

    Consider how you will use your pool. If you will only swim during parts of the spring and autumn but all of the summer, then solar is a good choice. With proper maintenance, you can expect 10 plus years from your solar heating system.

    Gas

    Gas is one of the most popular ways to heat a pool. It is the ideal heating system for pools that need to be heated quickly and that are not used on a regular basis. Unlike an electric heat pump or solar heater, gas pool heaters can maintain any desired temperature regardless of the weather or climate. Many pool owners use a gas heater as a back up to another heating system.

    With a gas heater, pool water runs through a filter and then the heater; gas burns in the heater's combustion chamber thereby generating the heat that transfers to the water that goes in the pool.

    The cost of natural gas or propane is a big consideration when choosing a gas heater, however newer gas heaters are more fuel efficient than older models. Properly maintained, a gas heater should last five or more years.

    Additionally, a gas booster heater is a good option to supplement your solar heater because it ensures you can swim during cooler spring and autumn weather. If you want to swim all year round, then consider a solar system for the warmer summer months and a gas system for winter.

    Electric heat pumps

    Electric heat pumps are best for extended use. An electric heat pump does not generate its own heat but rather captures heat and moves it from one place to another. Heat pumps operate most efficiently when the outside ambient air temperature is 7.2-10 degrees, because the cooler the outside air, the more energy they use to heat it.

    The pool's water is run through a filter and then the heat pump.

    An electric heat pump will initially cost more than a gas heater, but its annual operating cost are typically less, thereby offering greater savings. Electric heat pumps generate a similar noise to an air conditioner and this should be considered when deciding on the best heating solution for your dream pool.

    A heat pump is not as costly as some assume and is a good option if you want to swim from September through May.

    At Albatross Pools, we can help you determine which heating system is best for your individual pool and unique environment.

    No matter which heating system you choose, a pool cover is beneficial because it traps the heat at night. Heating a pool without a cover is like heating a house without a roof.

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    Have You Taken A Look At Our Warranty?

    When completing your due diligence in the planning stage of your new swimming pool you should enquire about the warranty conditions attached to your potential new investment. Many perspective pool clients are happy to hear the warranty numbers that are banded about by many pool companies, “Ten years! Twenty years! One hundred years!” From here many clients smile, happy in the knowledge that the figure they’ve heard is satisfactory, and move on to the design phase. But wait! A swimming pool is a major investment, with a high-end pool costing the same as a family car, so why would you be happy to hear a salesman’s warranty figure and not investigate what that figure includes?

    A long warranty is a double-edged sword. More often than not, as is with the case at Albatross Pools, it is a sign of confidence in our manufacturing and construction methods. But a fantastic warranty period on paper isn’t worth the ink it is written with if the installer isn’t around to honour it. At Albatross Pools we have been a family run business since 1969 and have proudly constructed over 15,000 pools. Over 70% of our work is through referrals, which means we’ve learned a thing or two about our clients’ needs and delivering quality products. Albatross Pools have stood the test of time and you can be rest assured a warranty issued today will be honoured long into the future.

    Pool Warranty
    Pool Warranty

    The Albatross Advantage

    At Albatross we’re serious about pools. As a founding member of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) of Victoria we strive to maintain and improve the quality of our pools every time we build. We are a Registered Building Practitioner and therefore our knowledge and experience is backed by domestic building insurance. Each of our pools is constructed from the highest grade of zinc enriched steel that is pre-engineered to eliminate the risk of product and site variances. This assurance of quality is the reason we proudly offer a ten year structural warranty on all our swimming pools, longer than the legal requirement that is normally offered by concrete pool builders. A fibreglass pool, while traditionally robust, can conjure up a nightmare of a problem when the need arises for repairs. Fibreglass pools need to be drained before they can be repaired and draining a fibreglass pool can result in severe damage if done incorrectly. A fibreglass pool warranty is often a split warranty; that is half being covered by the manufacturer, and half by the installer. Twice the potential headaches when making a claim! At Albatross we prefer to streamline our processes to make your pool purchase stress free. Therefore we offer the one warranty as manufacturer and installer. All of our plumbing and pipework is covered by a two year warranty against faulty workmanship, and supplementary items such as pumps, filters, covers and sanitisers are covered by their applicable manufacturer’s warranties. Concrete pools are not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty as they are built, and therefore you would be reliant on an experienced, trustworthy builder to honour any such warranty claim.

    At Albatross we finish all of our pools in the Aqualux membrane. This extremely tough membrane is the equivalent to fifteen layers of pool paint and can stretch over 200% before breaking as opposed to competitor’s linings that can only stretch 4% on average. Once the waterproof membrane is vacuum sealed into the pool shell it results in a satin-smooth finish that won’t graze skin or crack, peel and flake. The Aqualux interior is resistant to algae and will not affect your water chemistry like some fibreglass or rendered pool interiors. We offer an outstanding ten year warranty on the Aqualux pool interior which is superior to most other assumed ‘permanent’ interiors such as tiled (usually offered with a 2 year warranty) or rendered (which comes with a 5-8 year warranty depending on brand). The Aqualux pool interior is the only interior specifically engineered as an actual ‘pool interior’ – fibreglass and concrete pool interiors are not and are simply modified versions of various surfaces available in the marketplace.

    We also offer a 7 day customer service solution for all new pool owners. Just pop into one of our display centres to receive anything from free advice from our knowledgeable staff to complimentary water testing. We even have mobile workshops that can come to you!

    Dive In With Confidence

    So kick-start your dream swimming pool with the confidence that only a trusted brand like Albatross can offer. With cutting-edge, cost-effective manufacturing and construction processes that deliver outstanding results in both quality and longevity backed by industry leading warranties from a family pool company that has been around for over 40 years, Albatross is a name you can truly trust.

    So if you’re ready to take the plunge on your new pool project, why not visit one of our display centres today, or contact us for an obligation free consultation.

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    Pool Toys – For kids and adults

    Now that you have all the tips on keeping your pool clean, you can lounge gracefully in and around your beautiful swimming pool. However sometimes it needs a little injection of fun to make it the place to hang out around your home. To this end we suggest a small investment in some of the many wonderful, and often wacky, pool toys that are available on the market. They cater for the smallest child to the most mischievous adult. Here’s a selection:

    Pool Toys
    Pool Toys

    Kids toys - Learning

    Kids toys encompass many forms. For nippers or those in the early stages of learning to swim, a pool toy should have the dual purpose of a learning aid and entertainment. One of the challenges of instilling water confidence in a child is for them to be submerged. Rainbow hoops are a great aid for this. The hoops float below the surface of the pool and are easy to spot being brightly coloured. Children of all abilities can have endless hours of fun, diving and swimming through the row of hoops which can be arranged to set challenges for themselves. Taking the child’s mind off the lesson of swimming and on to the fun of swimming is a vital part of the make-up of a good pool toy. Magnetic dive gloves are excellent for this. The toy contains several ‘fish’ that are dropped to the bottom of the pool. The child dons magnetic gloves and has to dive down to retrieve all the metallic ‘fish’.

    Kids toys – Sport

    Once your children have reached total confidence in the pool then it is natural for them to play competitive games. The days of throwing a sodden tennis ball from one end to the other are history now that it is possible to play most ground-based sports, poolside.

    Floating soccer goals will allow you to remain partially submerged while your child attempts to hurl a miniature soccer ball past you and into the net behind. While having a ball fired at your head for hours on end may not sound appealing to you, your child will adore it! For something with a little less risk of you attending work with a bruised face, but no less frenetic, how about a floating aqua-hockey table? This waterborne version of the classic air-hockey table sees you try to outscore your opponent on a large inflatable table, complete with hand mallets.

    For a poolside sport you can’t go past the timeless basketball hoop. Choose from a small-framed, low model for easy scoring, or a larger, extendable pole that makes it feel more like a court. If you want to guarantee a victory against shorter opponents just locate the ring at the deep end!

    If your idea of a fun time in the pool consists of shooting one another with water-guns then you have plenty of choices. The water-gun has evolved from the cheap plastic toy that we used to buy at the newsagents into mammoth and elaborate super-soakers capable of holding half a litre of water (and spare magazines to boot) and capable of firing an incredible 8 metres!

    Kids toys – Traditional

    Now, no list of pool toys would be complete without mentioning the ubiquitous pool noodle, or ‘poodle’ as some have affectionately named it. Since it was apparently patented over three decades ago, this humble foam tube has become a staple of backyard pools the world over. They have a vast range of uses, from simple floatation aids to pool chairs for both kids and adults. Kids can sit on them and race from one end of the pool to the other, staging their own aquatic Melbourne Cup Day in the process. They can be trimmed into smaller sections and attached to the sides of a plastic tub which, when filled with ice, can become a floating Esky! The uses are limited by your imagination.

    Kids toys -Inflatables

    For those who have children that can spare the lung power (tell them the electric pump is broken) you can spoil them with a range of inflatable pool toys. For larger pools, and looser purse strings, there is The Eruptor, from Wahu toys. This mock pool volcano contains an opening hidden within. Attach a hose line and the top of the volcano sprays a refreshing blanket of water over its surrounds. The interior also disguises a cubbyhole for the kids to relax and grab some shade from that searing Aussie sun.

    Other inflatables in the large category include toys such as the Seesaw and the paddle wheel, a child-sized inflatable wheel that can be ‘walked’ across the surface of the pool. If floating leisurely across the pool is more your thing then the kids can choose their favourite animal from a selection of themed animal swim rings. Take your pick from animals such as manta rays, giraffes, sharks or crocodiles. Maybe your children can solve that age-old mystery of who would win a fight between an inflatable shark and a crocodile!

    Adult toys

    Adults don’t get left in the shade these days when it comes to pool toys for people that never grew up. For the card-sharks amongst you there is the waterproof Texas Hold ‘em poker set. If you are tired of sitting in a gloomy room with your friends watching your chips slip away, take it outside! The poker set comes complete with waterproof cards, chips and four loungers set around a table.

    For peace and tranquillity try a fashion lounge. From a basic model offering single air chamber support all the way through to a top of the line model offering twin air chambers, dual cup holders, snack tray and recliner headrest. If you can think of a better way to laze away a day on the pool we’d like to see it. And if you run out of room on your floating palace you could always have someone launch you the floating beverage tray. This sturdy container can hold several drinks on a bed of ice and will mean you never have to leave the comfort of the pool for refills.

    For the sporting types who feel basketball requires far too much energy, there is the floating golf green. This most challenging hole in the ultimate water course will have you practicing your short game for hours. When you tire of chipping off the side of the pool (or have dispersed your bucket of balls on the pool bottom) then cool off by diving in to retrieve your overshot balls.

    So whatever your age, size or sporting ability, there is a pool toy to suit your needs. Grab some today and be prepared for those long summer days around the coolest spot at your place!

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    Keeping Your Pool Clean

    Have you ever stood by the edge of your pool on that first hot day of summer, expecting to stare down into crystal azure waters only to be faced with the lair of the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Not a pretty thought, is it? Keeping your swimming pool water clean is not magic. All it requires is a little commitment from you to a regular, scheduled maintenance routine that will save you time and more importantly, money, further down the track.

    Pool Cleaning
    Pool Cleaning

    Use the Technology Available

    Keeping your swimming pool water clean and clear is imperative if you wish to enjoy a relaxing, trouble-free swimming season. The thought of pool maintenance can be daunting, but with the advances in technology from companies such as BioGuard, it only takes minutes per week to maintain beautiful pool water all year round. Taking a sample of your pool water to a BioGuard retailer every 4-6 weeks will allow them to offer you a computer analysis of your water health and produce simple, personalised instructions for you to keep a pristine swimming environment.

    Monitoring the Levels

    Of course you can take a D.I.Y. approach to monitoring your swimming pool water. Chemicals are available from most major retailers but they have been known to contain binders and fillers, which can leave your water cloudy and compact your filter sand. These no-name products often come from questionable sources and are cheap for a reason, with inferior technology and unstable chemical imbalances that will do more harm than good. Building a relationship with your local pool maintenance store means you’ll never be afraid to pop in for helpful, friendly advice and the store will keep a record of your swimming pool’s chemical history for swift analysis and troubleshooting.

    Ionic Purifiers

    Many people object to the high level of chlorine used in some swimming pools. This ‘heavy’ feel can lead to skin and eye irritation in some sensitive swimmers. To counter this residual chlorine level, Albatross Pools recommend and install Ionic Purifiers, or Ionisers. This simple, yet clever device has been in use with Albatross Pools for around forty-five years and is extremely tried and tested. The Ioniser releases silver and copper particles into the pool water via electrolysis. The silver detects and attacks bacteria present in the water while the copper inhibits algae growth, a particular problem during the winter months. The Ioniser helps neutralise the water, giving it a ‘soft’ feel and reducing the amount of money you need to spend on maintenance and preventative chemicals.

    Pool Cleaning System

    Keeping your swimming pool free of dirt and debris will go a long way to maintaining that inviting, clear water. Scooping the leaves from the surface is fine, but for a thorough clean there are many automated systems on the market to choose from. The days of unblocking a traditional suction cleaner have gone, with a new generation of affordable Kreepy Krauly robotic pool cleaners available with intelligent cleaning modes that will keep the walls and floor of your pool dirt free with virtually no effort on your part. If you plan on spending as little time as possible cleaning your pool then why not factor it into the construction? Albatross Pools have the option of their market-leading Paramount Infloor cleaning system. This technologically advanced system contains pop-up nozzles that are integrated within the shell of your pool, rendering them virtually invisible. When the system is activated, the nozzles flush dirt and debris to a central drain where it is captured for easy disposal. The system also has the added bonus of complete water circulation, which optimises heat distribution and is independently proven to reduce running costs for both heating and chemical usage.

    Pool Covers and Blankets

    Sometimes it is better to try to stop debris entering your pool in the first instance. That’s where a quality pool blanket comes in. The pool blanket appears to only be useful for stopping debris like leaves and bugs from entering the water, but their usefulness extends far beyond that. Installing a pool cover can stop water evaporation by as much as 95 per cent which reduces the need for backwashing and drastically reduces your precious chemical cleaners evaporating into thin air. A covered pool also retains far more heat, especially at night when the outside air temperature drops below the water temperature it can retain as much as 10°c to extend your swimming season past those summer months.

    So keeping your swimming pool water clean, crisp and clear requires nothing more than a little dedication to maintenance. The pH level of your water should be the same as human tears, 7.4, so to avoid your own tears call Albatross Pools, or visit one of our showrooms, and we’ll be happy to offer you a free consultation and advice.

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