Self Cleaning Pool

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Many people object to buying a pool due to the maintenance work required. After all, you buy a pool to use it, not clean it! Compass Pools’ Vantage Self Cleaning System takes the stress of cleaning your pool away, leaving you to sit back, relax and enjoy your pool.  

 This system places water jet nozzles into the floor of the pool to systematically sweep the dirt into the mdx main drain to take it to a convenient basket just like emptying a vacuum cleaner. This not only ensures your pool is sparkling clean every time you want to use it but has a number of other benefits.

Reducing the amount of chemicals in your pool.

Just like a river bead the floor of your pools in continually circulating, this eliminates stagnant water and reduces the ability to for algae to grow. This also enables the full volume of the pool water to go though the filtration system and optional UV to kill bacteria without chemicals.

Reducing the heating costs in your pool.

With a conventional “suck and blow” filtration systems hot and cold spots develop in segments of your pool, in particular if you have a solar cover fitted this will get extremely warm underneath but provide no benefit to more than a foot under the surface. With vantage self cleaning system this thermal current is distributed evenly within the pool to maintain an overall temperature increase.

Clearing dirt from your pool.

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The vantage system works using rotating nozzles that will start at one end of the pool and using the patented water valve will systematically move the dirt from one end of the pool to the other until it gets to the “collection zone” where it is swept away to the Debris Canister and unique A.D.R. (Automatic Debris Removal). This system helps prevent clogged filter situations by preventing large dirt from entering the pump basket from the floor of the pool.

Getting in all the crevices

The vantage plus system is standard in all pools in the UK. This places additional nozzles on the steps of your pool to ensure any sand or grit taken in by tiny feat I clear away automatically.

Optional Cover System.

Those customers who opt for an automatic cover can additionally specify the Cover Cleaning system. The places two nozzles within the cover housing to sweep away dirt that accumulates from off the cover. This is especially useful in the autumn when the leaves from the trees are falling.

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Stainless Steel Waterfall

A contemporary stainless-steel waterfall feature really adds the ‘wow’ factor to a swimming pool. Whether you choose to install one in your indoor or outdoor swimming pool, having a waterfall will definitely be a great talking point during pool parties.

We can install a stainless steel waterfall in indoor and outdoor swimming pools; either way you can enjoy a stunning cascade of water at the flick of a switch.

Waterfalls and Feng Shui

Water features are a popular way of adding interest to swimming pools, ponds and gardens in general. Waterfalls are important in Feng Shui because moving water is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. A waterfall indoors will also help to disperse any negative ions in the atmosphere. We can’t promise that installing a stainless steel waterfall in your Compass Pools swimming pool will improve your finances, but it will definitely improve your swimming pool.

Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Swimming Pool

Installing a water feature in a swimming pool is a great way to maximise your enjoyment of the pool. Our stainless steel waterfall comes in a polished or matt finish, so whatever look you are trying to achieve you can add a touch of luxury to your swimming pool installation. Stainless steel waterfall features can be installed on the edge of your swimming pool, or on a wall above the pool. Either way, once the waterfall feature has been activated, water is pumped through the feature to create a beautiful cascade of clear, sparkling water.

Great for Kids

Waterfall features are a great addition to any swimming pool. Not only do they look great, but they are also fun to play with if you have kids. Children love to splash about in swimming pools and waterfall features add an extra element of entertainment to your pool. They will have a fantastic time playing around under the waterfall, while you relax on the poolside.

A beautiful stainless steel cascade will enhance your swimming pool and create a focal point. Indoor swimming pools really benefit from having a focal point. A cascading waterfall is a dynamic, soothing water feature. You can even incorporate lighting into your stainless steel waterfall feature to add a whole new element of style.

Light and Colour

The addition of integral coloured LED pool lights will allow you to enjoy your stainless steel waterfall feature into the evening, whether your swimming pool is located indoors or outside in the garden. Once the sun goes down, simply turn on your pool lighting, activate the waterfall feature, and then enjoy the iridescent play of light and colour across your swimming pool. It is the perfect accessory for outdoor entertaining and kids parties.

We strongly believe that a beautiful stainless steel waterfall available in a matt or polished finish is the perfect accessory for any Compass Pools indoor or outdoor swimming pool, but if you would like more information on how a cascade waterfall feature works, or you are not sure whether it would be right for your current pool design, give Compass Pools a call today.

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Salt Water Swimming Pool

Saltwater swimming pools deliver clean, fresh pool water without the hassle of a traditional chlorinated pool. Our saltwater swimming pools are the perfect solution for customers who want to spend more time enjoying their new pool instead of cleaning it.

How Does a Salt Water System Work?

In many ways a salt water pool is no different to any other type of swimming pool. The purpose of the salt element is to reduce the number of microorganisms in the water, but a salt water swimming pool is not chlorine free. Instead the salt water system makes chlorine through a process of chemical electrolysis. The main advantage of this type of pool system is that you won’t need to worry about adding chemicals to the water. There is also no need to buy and store chlorine compounds when you have a salt water pool, which is a lot safer if you have small children.

To make things nice and easy for customers who choose to have a Compass salt water pool installed, we use IntelliChlor chlorine generator pumps in all of our salt water swimming pools.

IntelliChlor pumps use regular table salt (sodium chloride) to produce all the chlorine your swimming pool needs to ensure the water is safe, clean and sparkling. Instead of buying chlorine compounds to sanitise the pool, you can let your IntelliChlor pump manage the pool’s chlorine levels instead. Regular table salt is added to the water – approximately 1 tsp of salt per gallon of water. As the pool water passes through the generator cell inside the IntelliChlor pump, it is converted to chlorine and distributed throughout the swimming pool. The IntelliChlor pump continuously recycles the salt in the water, which ensures that your pool stays clean and hygienic, day after day.

An IntelliChlor pump is very easy to manage – just select one of five sanitising levels and let the pump take care of your chlorine levels. You can keep an eye on salt, water flow, sanitiser output, and if anything needs adjusting all you have to do is press a couple of buttons.

What are the Benefits of a Salt Water Pool?

The main benefit of a salt water pool is that it is easier to manage. You can save time by installing a IntelliChlor salt water pump system as it makes pool management a dream. However, it is important to remember that a salt water pool is not a chlorine-free pool, so if you have any health concerns about chlorine levels, you may wish to look into UV disinfection systems, which can be added to salt water pools to lower the chlorine levels and improve water quality.

Please note: we will upgrade all stainless steel fittings to marine grade 316 stainless steel when we install a salt water system in your new Compass swimming pool.

If you would like more information about salt water pools and the IntelliChlor pump, call the team at Compass Pools today for some expert advice.

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

Maintaining a swimming pool is easy if you want to pay someone else to do the cleaning. However, this can be expensive so, if you’d rather do the job yourself, a robotic pool cleaner can help make cleaning your pool a doddle.

Robotic pool cleaners are the most popular choice for swimming pool owners everywhere. A robotic pool cleaner comes with its own self-contained filtration system, so they don’t subject your swimming pool equipment to any unnecessary wear and tear, which in the long run will almost certainly save you money.

Note: The robotic cleaner is not able to access the rolo cover pit or very top rail just bellow the covers surface. This will need a quick brush off before placing in the pool to assist it do its job. The robot should not be left in the pool with the cover closed. Stones larger than a piece of gravel should also be removed.

Superb Cleaning Power in the Pool

Compass Pools recommend their revolutionary pool robot for swimming pool owners who don’t want to invest in a full Vantage self cleaning system. Our amazing pool robot is specifically designed for a Compass Pools biluminite surface finish. Like any well-designed robot, the Compass Pools robot can get on with cleaning your pool effortlessly, as often as you want it to. It has no electronic moving parts that could potentially wear out over time, so pool cleaning is hassle free for you and the robot.

Watch with awe as your clever little pool robot moves swiftly around the floor and walls of your swimming pool, cleaning up the dirt and polishing the underwater surface. All you have to do is plug your robotic cleaner into an outlet, put him underwater and press the ‘on’ button, and then let him do his thing. Once he has finished pulling debris from the floor and walls, you empty the pump basket and give it a backwash to remove any residual dirt that might be left inside.

The Advantages of a Robotic Pool Cleaner

The big advantage of using a robotic pool cleaner is that, aside from the fact you don’t have to lift a finger to clean the underwater surface of your pool, a robotic pool cleaner will lift any debris from the bottom and remove it before it ends up being sucked into the swimming pool filtration system. This means you won’t need to clean out the pool filter quite as often.

Please note: The robotic cleaner is not able to access the rolo cover pit or very top rail just below the surface of any pool cover you may have in place. These will need a quick brush off before placing the pool robot in the swimming pool to do its job. The robot should not be left in the pool with the cover closed. Stones larger than a piece of gravel should also be removed to avoid causing damage to the pool robot.

Swimming pool robots are very simple devices and therefore last for a very long time. They are a fantastic investment for any swimming pool owner, but if you are not yet convinced about the benefits of a pool robot, or you would like some more information on how a robotic pool cleaner actually works, give the team at Compass Pools a call today.

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Renewable Energy in Your Pool

Here at Compass Pools we offer our customers a variety of different renewable energy solutions to integrate into your swimming pool. This can not only reduce your energy bills, but also help sustain the planet by lowering your carbon footprint.

We fit Air Source heat pumps to all of our outdoor swimming pools as standard so our clients can enjoy outdoor swimming at a comfortable water temperature. Our Air Source heat pumps are designed to work efficiently above 10 degrees Celsius, but they can also work as low as 0 degrees Celsius if you want to extend your swimming season for a bit longer.

Why Use Renewable Energy to Heat a Swimming Pool?

Heating an outdoor swimming pool all year round using a traditional heating source will prove costly, but by making use of renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels or a ground source heat pump you can enjoy your pool for a lot longer whilst reducing your energy bills.

The same applies to an indoor pool. In order to maintain a constant water temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, some form of heating will be essential. Renewable energy can help you enjoy your pool all year round, without having to worry about your energy bill.

Different Heating Options from Compass Pools

We can integrate your Compass Pool with a wide variety of different heating methods, including any of the following:

  • Ground Source Heat Pump
  • Air Source Heat Pump On the House
  • Solar – Evacuated Heat Tubes
  • Solar – Black Mat
  • Solid Fuel Boilers – Coal / Logs / Wood Pellets
  • Photo Voltaic Panels
  • (non renewable gas / electric & oil)

In our experience, in order to enjoy the best level of heating for the lowest possible energy expenditure, it is usually preferable to employ a hybrid system that make uses of more than one type of renewable energy source. For example, you could combine a solar heat mat or photo voltaic panels for use during the sunnier months, in combination with a solid fuel boiler for the winter months. This, in combination with a pool cover, will enable you to make use of your outdoor swimming pool for as long as possible, thus ensuring you are able to maximise your investment and enjoy your new pool even during the colder months of the year – or even all year round if you are a truly hardy soul.

If renewable energy swimming pool heating options is something you might be interested in, we are more than happy to advise you on the different options available. Our expert team of swimming pool designers are very knowledgeable and can discuss with you which renewable energy pool heating option would be the most suitable for your swimming pool installation. So if you would like to learn more about the advantages of integrating swimming pool heating with renewable energy sources, talk to Compass Pools today.

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Pool Mosaic Tiles

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There’s no denying it – mosaic tiles look stunning in a swimming pool. However, they’re not a particularly practical design as they can be an absolute haven for bacteria growth. We offer a range of mosaic tiles which counteract this problem, yet give the same beautiful effect.

One of Compass Pools unique advantages is that there are no grout lines for bacteria and algae to breed or corners for dirt to get stuck in, and with a smooth continuous surface, no chance of leaks; abrasions to tiny feet, or increased chemical demand.

However at Compass we are always in search of perfection, given the beauty of mosaics we set to work with material engineers to overcome the flaws of a conventional mosaic tiled pool. The solution; a high temperature glass mosaic tile band, with cutting edge installation process to adhere to the ceramic carbon-composite shell.

The majority of the visible area in a pool is on and above the waterline. This is the part you see from the side and visible at eye level when swimming.

Developing the very finest in high temperature glass mosaic, with the luxury tile company Fired Earth, this glass makes the ideal solution as it is incredibly hard and frost resistant; bacteria growth is inhibited due to the smooth pore-less surface and above all, unimaginably beautiful.

Tiles are installed and fixed to the pool on site, utilising pioneering green laser technology to ensure lines are perfectly parallel to the water. They are adhered to the shell using epoxy resin and grout, this is used in hospital operating rooms to ensure no bacteria can breed in the grout lines and maximum adhesion to the substrate (pool shell) is achieved. Epoxy has over one hundred times the strength of conventional tile adhesives, so Compass Pools can provide a long-lasting and robust finish.

Working with Fired Earth, we offer a range of colour and texture options to blend perfectly with the Bi-luminate shell colours of your pool and work seamlessly with the design of the surroundings. From the iridescent tones of copper and pewter, to the lustre of neutral tones. Speak to your pool designer to see samples of these tile options.

*Please note the installation of mosaic tiles is weather and temperature dependant and may add to the installation time of your pool.

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iQ- Intelligent Pool Control

Spending more time maintaining a swimming pool than actually enjoying it is not ideal. Using an Intelligent Pool Control system, this takes the stress of pool maintenance away by monitoring chemical levels, temperature and water quality on your behalf.

Pool control systems are nothing new. They have been around for a while now and many manufacturers offer pool control systems as part of their swimming pool installation packages. However, we at Compass Pools want our customers to be 100% happy with our service, so we like to go the extra mile and provide optional extras that are truly exceptional. In this regard, the iQ Pool Control system certainly fits the bill.

Intelligent Pool Control

The iQ Pool Control system is a bit like a butler, running away in the background, toiling away diligently without you thinking about it. The iQ Pool Control system uses a range of highly advanced sensors coupled with a computer ‘brain’ to control every aspect of your swimming pool environment. The system takes care of pool lighting, water features, and even the cover if you have one. You can adjust the settings from the comfort of your home and forget about it. So once the sun goes down, you won’t need to remember to turn the pool lights on – your intelligent pool control system will have already done it for you.

 

Interior control system –  ICU Main Control Unit -MCU
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Basic system parts

The iQ system consists of five main control devices together with a sophisticated information system that allows for remote operation and pool management using a web based interface:

1. Main Control Unit (MCU)
2. Internal Control Unit (ICU)
3. Outdoor Measurement Device (OMD)
4. Pool Remote Control (PRC)
5. Internet Communication Manager (ICM)

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The customer benefits:

  • Complex chemical and technical analysis done by the MCU
  • User friendly remote management of pool controls by the pool and in the home
  • Access to normally invisible data online, iphone, pc etc.
  • The potential of using the minimal amount of chemicals so as to reduce environmental impact
  • More time spent in the pool … less time maintaining it!

Swimming pool maintenance can be a complicated business. Water quality needs to be carefully controlled in order to prevent illnesses caused by poor water quality. The iQ intelligent pool control system takes care of complex chemical and technical analysis. This will enable you to use a minimal amount of chemicals in the water, which is a lot better for your health and also for the environment.

The iQ system is extremely user friendly. The internet communication manager allows users to adjust settings at the poolside, or from other areas of the home. It really is easy – if you need to turn up the water temperature from upstairs, no problem; or if you want to lower the water temperature from the poolside after a hard workout, again, no problem. The management interface also lets you see technical data that would normally be invisible – and it is accessible from any web-enabled device, including iPhones, iPads and computers.

If you would like more information about how the iQ intelligent pool control system can make your life easier, talk to Compass Pools today.

 

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Fastlane by Endless Pools in your Compass Pool

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If you are thinking of investing in a swimming pool but don’t have either the budget or space for a larger pool, don’t worry. Using a Fastlane system by Endless Pools, you will still be able to exercise in your pool. This provides a current for you to swim against without moving.

Compass Pools specialise in ceramic in-ground pools that not only look fantastic, but are also easy to maintain and highly durable. As an added extra we offer a Fastlane by Endless Pools. The combination of a Fastlane with a highly durable ceramic pool –– which, of course, doesn’t need a replacement liner every few years –– provides excellent value for money and is a popular choice for many of our customers.

Why use a current pool?

A Fastlane provides a current in your swimming pool for you to swim against. The hydraulic pump system produces a wall of water that is perfectly smooth and free from bubbles. You set the pace to match your ability.

Endless Pools have developed the perfect current pool system that is easy to use. You will feel the same smooth current for the entire depth of your stroke, creating the perfect training environment. This innovative technology means that even very small pools can be transformed into serious exercise pools, so lack of space will not hinder your swimming.

Swimming in a current pool is very similar to swimming against the current in a river. It enables the you to swim continually and not be interrupted by turning. This allows for greater stamina, stroke correction, or simply more fun. When you use a current pool you are swimming on virtually the same spot for your entire session.

What do I need to know before investing in a swimming pool?

Here are a few of the questions you will need to ask yourself when you start your research:

  • How much space do I have?
  • How can I fill this space most effectively?
  • What will I be using my swimming pool for?
  • If I will just be using the pool for exercise, will friends and family want to use the pool for fun?
  • How many strokes will I be able to do in one length of the pool?
  • How much will adding a Fastlane increase the potential of my swimming pool?
  • How much time will I have for pool maintenance?
  • How much money will I have for ongoing pool costs?
  • Once I have invested in a pool, how long will it last for?
  • If I am investing in a pool, how important are the aesthetics?

Your own lap pool

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Even the most serious of swimmers will see great benefits from having a Fastlane in their Compass swimming pool. You can set the speed of the current as fast as you like, so whether you are training for a long distance open water swim, or a sprint race you can use this system.

It is fair to say that most people do not have the space for their own Olympic-sized pool, resulting in regular and expensive trips to the leisure centre and the inconvenience of sharing lanes. That is why so many swimmers opt for a Fastlane in their own lap pool.

Professionals or serious amateurs may be tempted by the traditional lap pool design, in order to cut costs and to make the best use of space. However, realistically you will need a lap pool to be at least 25m long (half an Olympic pool) for it to be worthwhile. If your lap pool is much shorter than 25m then you will find that the amount of turns will greatly hinder your stamina and stroke technique.

At Compass Pools you can have your own bespoke lap pool that fits into the space you have available. Adding the Fastlane technology will create the effect of having a much larger pool. You will see massive improvements in your stamina as you continually swim against the current. You are able to set the speed however you wish, therefore your lap pool will be suitable for all types of training. You can go slow and work on perfecting your stroke, or fast to practise your sprints.

The smoothness of the current means that all the work you put in when you are using your own lap pool can be transferred seamlessly into the competition pool or open water.

By installing a Fastlane in a Compass Pool you also have the added benefits of being able to use training aids, such as fins, without the worry of accidentally damaging the pool liner. Compass Pools are exceptionally strong and easy to maintain. This means you won’t have any unplanned breaks in your training while you get you pool fixed.

Install an exercise pool to stay healthy

Not all of our happy customers are professional swimmers. Most simply use the Fastlane technology in their Compass Pool for exercise. The benefits of swimming are immense. Very few other sports allow you to work your entire body and build your cardiovascular fitness without impacting on your joints and tendons.

Swimming is also a very enjoyable form of exercise that is suitable for all ability levels. You don’t have to have the perfect technique or take it seriously in order to have an effective and pleasurable workout.

As lifestyles get busier and working hours get longer it is very hard to get enough exercise to keep healthy and feel good. Exercise can soon turn into a chore. However, your own fitness pool will change all of that. Using the Fastlane system by Endless Pools will increase your fitness without you even realising. You don’t have to swim fast or perfectly to have your own fitness pool, simply set the speed that you want to go and spend a short time each day swimming against the smooth current.

Choosing swimming as your form of exercise will also greatly reduce the risk of injuries and it is safe to do daily as it is such low-impact. Other forms of exercise, such as running, can lead to joint or tendon damage through continually pounding on a hard surface.

Fastlane technology will transform your leisure pool into a proper exercise pool. Even if your pool is small you will still be able to exercise and improve your health and fitness. Of course, you can still switch the current off for lazing around on hot summer days.

How a resistance pool can help with rehab

Having a current in a swimming pool is not just for those who want to improve their fitness or their swimming. The technology is also used successfully by those who are recovering from injury or illness.

Many forms of exercise are unsuitable for those wanting to regain strength and movement after an injury or illness. The fear or relapsing or doing further damage can be a real worry for many and a deterrent from starting a rehabilitation programme. Injuries such as tendon damage can have a long and frustrating recovery period, as putting weight on the damaged tendon, or subjecting it to knocks or irregular movements will only result in further damage, extending the recovery time.

By exercising in water, much of the body weight is supported and you avoid accidental fast or jerking movements, which can result in further damage. Exercises such as aqua jogging or aqua aerobics have long been popular for those who are recovering from an injury that will be damaged by conventional exercise, or those who are physically weak.

A resistance pool adds extra benefits to aqua exercise. Having an adjustable current means strength can slowly be built up as you walk or run against it. The current provides an opportunity for building up muscle strength that will give greater support to any injury.

The flexibility of the Fastlane technology in your Compass Pool means you can have the exact current to meet your needs. You can switch it off altogether as you warm up and increase the speed when you are ready.

If you are recovering from an illness or if your senior years mean standard exercise isn’t suitable for you, then a resistance pool can be both a fun and practical addition to your home. Having your body weight supported by the water ensures you can carry out effective exercise without undue exertion that could damage your health. You can change the speed of the current as you wish, allowing you to walk, jog and run against it, or carry out other forms of aerobics at different levels of difficulty.

By installing a Compass Pool you also have the option of using different equipment for your exercise. In a standard liner pool you have to be very careful about what you use in case anything damages the liner if it is dropped. Compass pools are strong and sturdy, allowing you to use whatever equipment you need.

Exercising in water allows you to safely increase your range of movement and flexibility and a resistance pool will allow you to build up your fitness and strength. This has obvious physical health benefits, but we also believe that our resistance pools can help you mentally as well. Exercise is a key factor for improving mental health and resistance pools are a very fun way to exercise that allow you to progress your physical rehab much sooner than conventional exercise, bringing positivity and hope into what can be a difficult time.

The luxury of a swim spa

If you take your relaxation as seriously as you take your exercise, then you may be considering a swim spa as an option for your home. Lounging in a hot tub is the perfect way to unwind at the end of a long day, whereas a swim spa also allows you to also get some exercise.

If you would like to find out more about swim spas, get in touch and we can talk you through the options to ensure you have the best product for your home and lifestyle.

Fitness pool experts

When you first consider having your own fitness pool there is a lot of information to take in. Choosing the right technology combined with the right pool is important, you don’t want to end up investing in something that is unsuitable.

At Compass Pools we have all the expertise that you need to make the right choice. We can help you find a pool that is both stylish and practical. If you will be using your pool just for serious training then we will find a lap pool that will fit the space you have.

However, if you want a pool both for fitness and leisure then we will ensure that you have one with the right technology to meet both those needs – and the aesthetics to make it a beautiful feature of your home.

Fastlane will provide all the fitness you need and Compass Pools will provide the style and finish to ensure your new pool has a real wow-factor. Get in touch today to request a brochure or have a no-obligations chat about your requirements.

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