Swimming Pools and Maintenance




Acme Pool Construction, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Aquatech Society
Photo courtesy of Acme Pool Construction, Grand Rapids, Michigan; a member of Aquatech, A National Society of Pool-Building & Retailing Professionals

Get ready to jump in! Find everything you need to start building your backyard swimming pool, plus how to keep it safe and clean.

Already own a pool? Read about pool covers, cleaners, water care, pool equipment, and other maintenance items you’ll need for your swimming pool.

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Pool Categories

Enclosures—Add style while turning your pool into a year-round oasis.

Inground Pools—Whether for swimming, lounging, or family fun, learn how to choose the type of inground pool you want and find a pool builder.

Pool Cleaners—Keep your pool water crystal clear with pool vacuums, automatic and manual cleaners.

Pool Covers—Say goodbye to leaves and dirt, and hello to warmer water with a manual or automatic pool cover.

Safety—Learn safety tips for a secure swimming environment. See the products that add layers of protection to your swimming pool to keep your family and pets safe.

Pool Heating & Solar—Use solar power to heat your pool and power your pumps. Your swimming pool can be eco-friendly and energy-efficient.

Water Care—Learn everything you need to know to care for your swimming pool. Learn how to choose among chlorine and chlorine alternatives, including bromine, biguanide. Plus, determine the recommended levels for proper water balance and water testing.

Water Technology—Automate your pool maintenance with saltwater pools, chlorine generators, ozonators, mineral systems, heating technology, and more.

Featured Articles

J. Brownlee Home Resort

Ultimate Home Resort

Journey through one amazing outdoor retreat that has just about everything--from a giant pool with a hidden cave to blazing firepits, unique water features, and a spacious pool house. We spoke to the builder/designer to learn exactly how this project came to be.
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Backyard America gazebo

Outdoor Additions

Pool enclosures and gazebos come in many different styles and models to fit your needs and the style of your home.
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Environmental Pools renovation-after

Pool Renovations: Before & After

Find out how some much-needed renovations made these outdated pools go from depressing--to refreshing! See the before & after photos of these major makeovers and read comments from the builders about the renovation was completed.
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Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps: In Praise of Swimming

How has the Olympic swimming champion spent the last couple of years, post-Beijing? Between training for London 2012, he’s been raising money for nonprofits, working with his foundation, and helping to develop innovative products—all in the name of swimming.
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Gib-San Pools

Pool Cues: Building an Inground Pool

What you need to know before building an inground pool. Learn the differences between concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl-lined pools and how they are installed.
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Top Articles

Tools for Your Pool

Maintaining your swimming pool can become a simple routine when you have the proper set of equipment on hand. See options in pool cleaners, sweepers, and vacuums; filters and pumps; sanitizers and test kits; and pool covers.
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Energy-Saving Tips for Your Pool Pump

Learn how to save money on your pool's operating costs by following these tips from an industry expert on pool pumps.
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Design Decisions: Pool Enclosures and Gazebos

Pool enclosures and gazebos come in many different styles and models to fit your needs and the style of your home.
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Choosing the Perfect Pool Cleaner

A wide selection of pool cleaners ensures an option for every pool owner and budget.
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Covering Your Options

Pool covers come in many different styles, including solar, automatic, safety, and more. Decide which type is right for you.
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Treat Your Water Right

Explore your options in pool and spa maintenance systems and how they keep your water crystal clear.
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Q&A w/John Antretter: How to Maintain Your Filter

As a leading national company in the pool/spa industry, Pleatco, LLC, manufactures highly efficient filter cartridges for pools and spas. To get the lowdown on how these cartridges work, we turned to Pleatco’s COO.
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Honoring Pool Service Professionals

Top-performing pool service men and women receive recognition for dedication to their work and their customers.
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Planning a Pool House or Cabana

More than a place to change, pool houses are ideal venues for enjoying outdoor living.
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