Welcome to the Overberg Pool Clinic website. 


Overberg Pool Clinic offers you a comprehensive pool service to meet your pool's custom requirements. From building a unique pool design to installing a moulded one to re-fibre-lining existing pools, Overberg Pool Clinic will bring your vision to life.


Overberg Pool Clinic is owned and project managed by Ewald Swart, who founded and operated Pool Clinic in Benoni, Johannesburg, and built it into a highly successful business. Ewald's team now offer his Overberg clients over 25 years experience and expertise when designing, building, installing and servicing swimming pools.


Overberg Pool Clinic offers the following services:

  • Custom pool design, layout and features.
  • Pool installation and construction.
  • Fibre-reline existing pools.
  • Pool and pump maintenance, repairs and replacement of equipment.
  • Leaking pools, water testing and green pools.
  • Salt chlorinator installation, pool filters and sand changes.
  • Pool problem-solving, diagnosis and repairs.
  • pthsoftchemical-free water softening device - reduce chlorine by 50% - prevent rust, limescale and algae buid-up in pipes.


Custom pool design, layout & features. 




Planning the design and layout of your swimming pool?
We can guide you when designing your pool and advise on the shape, style, colour, personalised features and patio options.


Pool installation & construction. 




Thinking of installing a fibreglass swimming pool?
We can install a top quality fibreglass pool from our trusted suppliers; and construct the paving, tiles or decking surrounding it.

 

Fibre-reline existing pools.



Does your fibre-lined swimming pool need repairing and resurfacing to restore it to glory?
We can reline, repair and resurface the fibreglass of your pool to good as new.


Pool & pump maintenance, repairs & equipment replacement.




Does your swimming pool or pump need repairing or replacement?
We can repair your pool or pump, and also replace the pump. 


Pool problem-solving, diagnosis 

& repairs.




Does your pool leak; are you having trouble with your filter, water flow or chlorinator; is your pool green?
We can find the problem, diagnose a solution and fix the problem.

pthsoftreduce chlorine by 50% -
chemical-free water softening device.




Do you want to reduce chlorine in your water by 50%? How do you prevent rust, limescale and algae buid-up in pipes?

We have the solution: install pthsoft - a chemical-free water softening device.
Read more...



Source: Overberg Map. Wiki Commons. 


How does pthsoft water softener work?


pth stands for Prevention of Total Hardness. pthsoft is a catalytic converter which changes the nature and structure of potentially harmful dissolved minerals and salts in water, without the use of any chemicals, making it more acceptable for consumption by plants, whether vegetables, flowers or other crops or harvests. The device comprises a stainless steel casing with a multi metal and mineral core inside.


The pthsoft device enables the South African crop producer and flower grower to utilise the notoriously hard and “brack” local waters, which often hampers growing conditions, and which results in numerous side effects, such as stagnation, stress and leaf burn. pthsoft prevents the build-up of of limescale and algae in swimming pool pipes.


What does pthsoft do? 


Not only does the pthsoft device save on water and electricity, but it also improves water quality and clean your plumbing from all rust and scale. It also protects sensitive equipment such as cooling towers, boilers, geysers, ice machines, dishwashers, washing machines, urns and coffee machines.


pthsoft reduces chlorine in your pool by 50%! Read more...



Above: Blue inner tube on water pool. Source: Shutterstock.


Health benefits of owning a pool or spa


Swimming pools and spas are wonderful additions to the lifestyle of every home. Exercise - and the social benefits provided by a pool or spa - is immeasurable. With the current global obesity epidemic, the health and fitness benefits of pool and spa ownership are undeniable.


Swimming isn't just a fun way to cool off during the summer. It is one of the few sports or activities that doesn't cost a lot of money, or require any equipment. Swimming holds no age or ability barrier! There are health benefits from swimming pools and spas to be gained from people of all ages. As the population ages, they are looking for exercises to stay active without putting extra strain on their joints. Many people turn to water therapy and aqua exercise as a way to get fit, change bad habits and feel better.


Here are just some of the benefits of swimming:


Increases Flexibility. Pool water's buoyancy counteracts the force of gravity, making swimming an ideal low-impact form of exercise that puts very little stress on those bones and joints. Read more...




Take a moment to relax with the Japanese Macaques (Snow Monkeys) as they soak in natural hot springs




YouTube: Meditative Snow Monkeys Hang Out in Hot Springs | National Geographic Short Film Showcase


Swimming Pools: A brief history


The "Great Bath" at the site of Mohenjo-Daro in modern-day Pakistan was most likely the first swimming pool, dug during the 3rd millennium BC. This pool is 12 by 7 metres (39 by 23 feet), is lined with bricks, and was covered with a tar-based sealant.


Ancient Greeks and Romans built artificial pools for athletic training in the palaestras, for nautical games and for military exercises. Roman emperors had private swimming pools in which fish were also kept, hence one of the Latin words for a pool was piscina. The first heated swimming pool was built by Gaius Maecenas of Rome in the 1st century BC.


Ancient Sinhalese built pairs of pools called "Kuttam Pokuna" in the kingdom of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka in the 4th century BC. They were decorated with flights of steps, punkalas or pots of abundance, and scroll design.


Spas: A brief history


A spa is a location where mineral-rich spring water (and sometimes seawater) is used to give medicinal baths. Spa towns or spa resorts (including hot springs resorts) typically offer various health treatments. The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times. Such practices have been popular worldwide, but are especially widespread in Europe and Japan. Day spas are also quite popular, and offer various personal care treatments.


Spa therapies have existed since the classical times when taking bath with water was considered as a popular means to treat illnesses. The practice of traveling to hot or cold springs in hopes of effecting a cure of some ailment dates back to prehistoric times. Read more...



Above: The ancient Kuttam Pokuna pools in Sri Lanka. Source: Wiki Commons. 


Kuttam Pokuna pools of ancient Sri Lanka 


One of the best specimen of bathing tanks or pools in ancient Sri Lanka is the pair of pools known as Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds/Pools). The said pair of pools were built by the Sinhalese in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura. These are considered one of the significant achievements in the field of hydrological engineering and outstanding architectural and artistic creations of the ancient Sinhalese. Read more...


About Pool Safety


Millions of us enjoy the summer months every year by swimming in our home pools and relaxing in hot tubs. Tragically, many drownings occur, with young children being particularly vulnerable. 


Pools pose a risk of drowning, which may be significant for swimmers who are inexperienced, suffer from seizures, or are susceptible to a heart or respiratory condition. Lifeguards are employed at most public pools to execute water rescues and administer first aid as needed in order to reduce this risk. For private and home pools, it is the responsibility of the adults to ensure children and others are safe when swimming. 


A guide to Pool Safety


Overberg Pool Clinic encourages owners of swimming pools to make pool safety their priority by following these guidelines:


Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use, and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool. Read more...



Above: Girl with styrofoam swimming board. Source: Wikimedia Commons.



Keeping your pool clean doesn't take as much effort as you might think. All pools are different, and so are their maintenance needs. However, the secret to pristine pool health is a routine of regular care. 
If you choose to handle common problems like murky water or broken pumps on your own, make sure to always consult manufacturers' manuals before fixing or using equipment. Even if you rely on a pool service company such as Overberg Pool Clinic to take care of your pool, you could still benefit from the following tips to ensure your pool remains in good condition for years:

Tip 1.  Skim Debris and Clean out Baskets 

Skimming the pool's surface by hand every few days is one of the fastest and easiest ways to keep your pool clean. Floating debris will eventually sink, becoming harder to remove. Use a long-handled net called a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove leaves, bugs and other unwanted items. Skimming significantly increases the efficiency of the pool's circulation system and lowers the amount of chlorine you'll need to add to your pool. Cleaning out strainer baskets once a week also helps circulation and lowers chlorine demands. 


Tip 2.  Vacuum the Pool and Brush Walls and Tiles 
A pool should be vacuumed every week to keep water clear and reduce the amount of chemicals you need to add to it. Read more...



Above: A kreepy Krauly cleaning a pool. Source: Overberg Pool Clinic.