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What decking/surrounds to choose for your Magiline pool?
The choice between a hard surround or a lawn round the swimming pool is fundamental.
The question that must be answered is how the areas adjacent to the future swimming pool will be used: will they bear heavy traffic to and from the pool, be a place to party with a group of friends ? Or form a secluded corner of the garden, a place where calm prevails? In the latter case, a handsome stretch of lawn right up to the copings of your swimming pool will do very nicely, whereas in the former hard landscaping will be necessary.
It is important to correctly determine the shape of the future decking/terrace: its practical aspect, in other words the place it occupies in the garden, how it will be used, and also how much time you will be spending alongside the pool.
The appropriate height of the decking with respect to the rest of the garden will depend on the weather. And its appearance must not be neglected. Do you favour slabs, tiles, stone, wood, reconstituted stone, etc ? The decking must blend in with its environment. Here, the choice of materials for the terrace or copings turns out to be critical. And consideration must also be given to the long-term performance of these materials, to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Once the aesthetic choices have become clear, find out what slope is required for the evacuation of runoff and rain water from your land. This is governed by rules. Feel free to ask your Magiline dealer for advice.
Caring for your Magiline copings
Whatever the material that you chose for the copings round your pool; stone, wood, tiling, paving or reconstituted stone, they need a minimum of maintenance which should not be neglected so that the pool surrounds remain clean throughout the year.
Piscines Magiline offers a range of care products specially designed for copings. The beauty and long life of your Magiline pool, subject to external attack, very much depend on your care! Remember too that some safety covers intended for winterising your pool can also cover the copings, for optimal protection.
Maintaining your Magiline liner
The life of the liner is entirely dependant on the care the user pays to maintaining the pool.
Even though the liner is fitted in accordance with the rules described in the Magiline fitting instructions, it is still necessary on an ongoing basis to look after the water correctly, by maintaining the pH, controlling the quantity of treatment products and monitoring treatment processes, so that the water is free from micro-organisms that can cause stains and various damage.
- Keeping the liner in good order over time means regular upkeep of the water monitoring the pH and concentration of treatment products (at least once a week). Prolonged or repeated overuse is harmful (discoloration and appearance of wrinkles). A pool must never be left untreated or unfiltered.
- Checks must also be made for metal particles and derivatives that can cause stains and various damage. Copper sulphate and its derivatives (sometimes used for treating algae) are strictly prohibited (green/black indelible stains).
- The water line is especially vulnerable to deposits (lime scale, oil-based products, pollution) and subject to attack by UV light. It must be cleaned regularly using suitable, non-abrasive, solvent-free products, compatible with the liner.
- The liner is sensitive to high water temperatures. So it is advisable not to let the pool remain at a temperature above 28° C for long.
- For winterising the pool, it is advisable to put frost protection on the surface of the pool, empty pipework, stop it off and fill the pool again to prevent liner movement in the event of water entering beneath the liner. A winter cover is desirable to keep light out of the pool and stop bacteria and algae from developing.
- It is not advisable to lower the pool water level because ground water levels could then be higher. If they were, the liner would no longer be under tension because of the imbalance in pressure. So there would be a risk of substantial creasing.
- The pool must not be emptied in the absence of a professional. Some information on what causes wrinkles to form in your liner, after the pool has been filled
- water beneath the liner
- chemical incompatibility between the liner and its support (polystyrene, PVC tape?)
- use of treatment products incompatible with the liner membranes (plasticized PVC)
- water temperatures too high, pH too low (acid)
- contact with undissolved treatment product (all solid chlorine or bromine based products should be dissolved before being added to the water).
- total or partial emptying of the pool
- it is not advisable to completely empty the pool. However, it is advisable to replace at least 30% of the water during the year. Nonetheless, if total emptying becomes necessary, the liner must be readjusted by a professional, using the Magiline fitting method.
Some information on the colourfastness of your liner
- As a general rule, liners undergo normal discoloration due to ageing. However, the incorrect use of products containing halogens (chlorine or bromine) for water treatment can advance and speed up discoloration of the membrane.
- Prolonged or very frequent use of halogen based shock treatment products also harms the colourfastness of liners. The darker the initial colour, the more visible and irreversible the damage will be.
- The water line is especially sensitive to miscellaneous deposits, lime scale, oily products, fixed by sunlight. Lack of regular maintenance of the water line causes such deposits to penetrate to the core of the membrane, making cleaning impossible.
- Careful, regular cleaning, using suitable, non abrasive products, free from products that are not compatible with the membrane, should be the rule. It is not advisable to use products not specifically for liner pools.
Winterising your Magiline pool
Choosing your pool is also choosing a means of winterising.
- When the summer ends, you need to conserve the pool and its surrounds from pollution (dead leaves, soil, dirt, algae development and lime scale, etc.) and from the weather.
- Piscines Magiline offers several winterising solutions, to choose with your advisor-salesman according to your requirements: safety covers or tall shelters. Tall shelters also enable you to use your Magiline pool as a covered pool and maintain the water temperature by means of the greenhouse effect.
Treatment during holidays
If you are going away for more than a week during the holidays and you do not have an automatic water treatment system, remember to cover your pool, do not turn off the filtration system, but turn it down to run half the time recommended according to temperature. This will result in greater energy savings! Remember too to clean the cartridge filter.
Lastly, when you get back, even if the water seems perfect, we recommend that you perform a counter-flow wash and clean the filter.
The fine weather comes, and with it some advice from Piscines Magiline on starting up your pool at the beginning of the season so you can enjoy it as soon as possible.
- Using your pool brushes, clean the water line and scrub the sides and edges of the pool. If necessary, perform a shock treatment to efficiently rid it of algae and other micro-organisms.
- Adjust the level of the water and if necessary run the automatic cleaner.
- Clean the filter and let the filtration system run for at least 24 hours.
- Lastly, adjust the pH of your water and enjoy your pool!