Swimming Pool Blog

July 2009 (11)

  • Pool Cleaners ~ Choose Carefully!
    With so many cleaners in the pool industry how do you determine what cleaner is going to suit you best? Deciding which cleaner is going to work in your particular pool can be difficult. With a variety of makes and models it can be a little overwhelming when looking at purchasing a pool cleaner. I recommend doing the proper research and comparing pricing, warranty, and features. Read all possible reviews and come to an educated decision as your cleaner can save you the headache of manually cleaning your pool but can also become a migraine in itself.

    Thursday, July 30, 2009 8:48 AM
  • Fiberglass Pools ~ Care and Conversion
    Like plaster or vinyl pools, fiberglass pool surfaces can be affected by aggressive water conditions. Too much Chlorine or low pH over time can fade the fiberglass gelcoat on your pool. However, fiberglass pool surfaces typically do not erode like plaster, or develop holes like vinyl liners. A fiberglass pool, properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Here's some tips on keeping it clean and bright. We also discuss the steps taken in converting a vinyl or plaster pool to a fiberglass shell.
    Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:41 AM
  • Going on Vacation & leaving the pool at Home?
    A very common concern we get this time of year, “I’m going on vacation, and no one will be here to take care of the pool.” As we all know, an unattended pool will not stay clear and algae free for long. Pools need filtration, sanitization and properly balanced water. If you are going on vacation, or going away for a few days, there are some steps you need to take.
    Monday, July 27, 2009 1:16 PM
  • Interview with the Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Myles McMorrow from Poolcenter.com recently had an 10 question interview with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on what they are doing for the pool industry.
    Friday, July 24, 2009 9:02 AM
  • Backwashing my filter ~ Against the Law?!?
    Backwashing is the process in which used filter media (D.E. powder) and trapped dirt or contaminants, are flushed out of your Diatomaceous Earth pool filter. Backwashing a Sand filter does not flush out the sand, just the dirt trapped within the sand bed. Backwash water contains the same chemical properties of your pool water, plus all of the "stuff" that your filter has removed from your swimming pool. It is important to know and understand local backwashing laws and regulations so you can comply and do your part in keeping your community environmentally friendly.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:17 AM
  • Dogs in the Pool ~
    Many people ask, “Can my dog get in the pool?” Or, “Is pool water safe for my dog?” The answer is yes, and no. Dogs in swimming pools are hard on the filter, chemistry and equipment. Dog hair can clog a skimmer or pump basket very quickly. Especially a hairy dog. Clog a pump basket on a 2 HP pool pump repeatedly, and you may have a pump repair on your hands.
    Monday, July 20, 2009 8:19 AM
  • Lighting for above ground pools
    Color changing LED lighting can transform your above ground pool into the focus point of your backyard. With several lights on the market and manufacturers making it as simplistic as possible to install, the right lighting for your above ground pool is readily available. Floating lights, solar lighting, and water features with lighting can help you create a unique backyard experience
    Friday, July 17, 2009 5:51 PM
  • Dissecting the Nature2 purifier
    Nature2 does work well, and as a pool tech, having installed many Nature2 purifiers over the years, I can say that they definitely do reduce the chlorine demand in the pool, while adding a sparkling clarity to the water. It also gives the water a softer feel, with less chlorine smell. Nature2 is not a chlorinator, and it is not a standalone sanitization system.
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:42 PM
  • Aboveground Pool Liner Replacement
    Every 10 years or so, it becomes necessary to replace a liner that is faded, cracking and leaking. With a little planning it can be a painless Saturday of work. No problem. On most pools, the first step is to remove the top rails of the pool. These are the flat covers at the top of the pool wall. Once you remove them, you are all set to remove the old liner. Oh, did I mention that you need to drain the pool first? Use a sump pump or cover pump and pump far away from the pool area. If the pool is very green, this can be good food for your lawn.
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:51 AM
  • Doggie CPR - how to resuscitate your pet from near drowning
    If disaster strikes, and your dog begins to drown, respiratory arrest may occur, and usually occurs before cardiac arrest. The heart may continue to beat for several minutes after the breathing stops. Artificial respiration, or rescue breathing, must begin immediately to save your dog's life. If the heart stops, chest compressions must be given right away to keep the blood pumping. Artificial respiration and chest compressions given together are called cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

    Monday, July 13, 2009 1:31 PM
  • What to do when you Drop your Cell Phone in the Pool
    With modern technology comes problems. Cell phones and water do not mix. If you drop your cell phone in the swimming pool, hot tub, or even a toilet, You will need to act fast. You only have a few seconds to save it. As soon as you retrieve it, REMOVE THE BATTERY. Don't even take the time to turn it off. Just get the phone battery out ASAP. If the phone is turned on when it is wet, then it will short circuit the phone. The circuits will survive in water if your cell phone has no battery or any type of electric power attached. So, do not turn it on.
    Friday, July 10, 2009 8:40 AM