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    Essential Maintenance Tips for Your In-ground Swimming Pool

    Last updated 2 days 11 hours ago

    If you are looking for a great way to get active and have fun in the outdoors with your family and friends, you may want to install an in-ground swimming pool. With an in-ground swimming pool installation, you will transform your yard into an inviting sanctuary that is full of possibility. Over the years and seasons, you will need to perform routine maintenance in order to keep your pool running great. Here is a look at some essential maintenance tips for your in-ground swimming pool.

    Check Your pH and Chlorine Levels

    To keep your pool in great condition, it is important to check your pH and chlorine levels at least once every week. Ideally, the pH of your pool should remain within 7.4 and 7.6 and your chlorine should be no more than 3.0 parts per million. With this chemistry balance, you will ensure that your pool water is safe, clean, and clear.

    Skim Your Pool Water

    Skimming your pool water is another important step of maintaining your pool. Using a cleaning net tool, you can remove any leaves or debris that have fallen into the water. Additionally, be sure to empty all of your pool’s skimmer baskets.

    Shock Your Pool Weekly

    On a weekly basis, you will need to shock your pool water. When you shock your water, you will use a high dose of chlorine to remove any bacteria or algae. Typically, it is a good idea to shock the water in the evening. Be sure to wait 24 hours before you get back into your pool after shocking.

    At Custom Pools, our staff can provide you with all of the information you need to take perfect care of your swimming pool. Our Minneapolis pool company offers both pool installation and pool maintenance services, and you are sure to have a great experience when you work with us. Call (952) 955-4534 to make an appointment for your pool today. 

    How Swimming Enhances Heart Health

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Like most other types of aerobic exercise, swimming can substantially improve the health of various organs and muscles, including your heart. This can protect you from severe diseases and health complications. Keep reading to find out exactly how swimming enhances heart health.

    Aerobic exercises such as swimming can reduce blood pressure and significantly reduce your risk for coronary heart disease. These benefits are observed even when aerobic exercise is done in smaller spurts. Swimming causes your heart to become larger and stronger, and when your muscles become larger and stronger they tend to work more efficiently. This can inhibit the inflammatory response that is associated with heart disease. Swimming is an important aerobic exercise that can be refreshing, rewarding, and beneficial to your general health.

    If you want to find out how swimming enhances heart health, call Custom Pools at (952) 955-4534 and learn about our in-ground pool services. If you live in the Minneapolis area, please feel free to stop by and meet with us or visit our website to learn more about what we can do for you.

    Planning for a Pool Next Summer

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Relaxing in your pool after a long day at work or simply taking a dip to escape the heat is a luxury to say the least. There are many factors that need to be considered when it comes to installing a pool. Keep reading to learn about some of the hidden considerations if you are planning for a pool next summer.


    A pool is a luxury, and most luxuries are not cheap. If you are planning on installing a pool, it is important that you know what you are getting into financially. You must also consider the cost of a patio or deck, landscaping and lighting, and fountains or other water features. In addition to these costs, you will need to purchase chemicals to keep your pool safe and clean as well as equipment such as filters and pumps. Remember that the more elaborate your pool is, the more expensive it will be. Fortunately there are various ways to pay for your pool including financing.

    Location and Size

    If you love to entertain your friends and family, you may be interested in a larger pool; if you live alone and are looking for a private getaway, on the other hand, a smaller pool may suit you just fine. You will have to consider the location and size of your pool because the flexibility of one factor depends on the other. If you have a large yard and you like having room for your kids to run around, consider installing a smaller pool off to the side of your yard.


    Consider surrounding your pool with a fence; this will protect children and pets from wandering into them. Remember that diving boards are not for shallow pools and that your children should not use the pool without the supervision of an adult.

    If you are planning for a pool next summer, contact the pool experts at Custom Pools or visit our website. We provide the Minneapolis area with pool service and equipment. You can find out more about our services by stopping by and meeting with us or by calling (952) 955-4534.

    Is Your Pool Ready for Winter? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 22 days ago

    No one likes the thought of saying goodbye to their inground pool for the season, but prepping your pool for winter temperatures is the best way to make sure it’s ready for another summer of splashing. Winterizing your pool is a multi-step process designed to protect your pool itself, along with the associated filter system and plumbing lines, from damage caused by cold temperatures and freezing water. Because water expands as it freezes, your pool and plumbing lines could be damaged if your pool isn’t properly winterized, leaving you facing costly repairs. Although it’s possible to do many of the steps required to winterize your pool yourself, hiring a professional pool service company to do the job is a great investment. Professionals have the equipment required to get the job done right, and they know the best techniques for protecting your pool. This Infographic by Minneapolis’ Custom Pools explores the winterization process. Share this information with your fellow pool owners, so no one loses a day of pool use next summer.  

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    Removing Algae from Your Swimming Pool

    Last updated 25 days ago

    A dip in the swimming pool can be the perfect treat on a hot summer day, but not when your pool is full of algae. Fortunately, this problem is easy to treat. Watch this video for some tips on removing algae from your swimming pool so you can relax in total comfort.

    Algae growth in your swimming pool is a sign that your chlorine level is too low. Start treatment by scrubbing the floor and walls of your pool and then test your water. Your pH level should be in the 7.2 to 7.6 range. Add chlorine and run your filter, then vacuum out the dead algae before use.

    Custom Pools is happy to serve Minneapolis with in-ground pool equipment and services. If you would like to find out more about our business, please do not hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at (952) 955-4534 today.

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