Swimming Pool Blog

September 2009 (10)

  • The Safety and Security of your Backyard Swimming Pool
    Swimming pools are becoming more common in the backyard of homeowners. When acquiring a pool you are also acquiring an additional responsibility as well as a liability. Drowning accidents are typically silent so preventing the accident, as opposed to responding to the accident, is key. Safety barriers can be used to limit accessibility and add extra security to your pool.
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 8:40 AM
  • Digital Pool Heaters ~ my pool heater won't come on!
    Digital and electronic pool heaters have come a long way in the past few years. Self diagnostics and digital read outs have made life simple for repair technicians all over. Low flow? The heater tells you. Heater too hot? The heater tells you. Pool too hot? The heater tells you. Filter dirty? The heater tells you. Not much to troubleshoot, but what about the things the heater can’t tell you. Here are some frequently asked questions about digital pool heaters that are NOT in the book.
    Monday, September 28, 2009 9:13 AM
  • Push Pull Valves ~ Care & Repair
    slide valvesThe push-pull valve is the most simplistic valve to use when backwashing is required. It has only two settings, filter or backwash. The advantage to having a push pull valve as opposed to a multi position valve is that there are fewer components and therefore fewer parts that can malfunction and need replacing. The push pull valve (also called a Slide Valve) will allow for a slightly higher flowrate as well, as compared to multiport valves.
    Thursday, September 24, 2009 11:47 AM
  • How to Close a Mesh Covered Pool
    Rob Cox
    how to close a mesh covered poolMesh covers are great - beautiful, safe, low maintenance, durable. But they do have the drawback of allowing algae growth - if you let it! Completely preventable - just simply add another $20 worth of chemical, at the right time, and you'll save time and money later.
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:44 AM
  • Mesh is Best ~ Avoid the Mess with Mesh!
    Summary of the advantages of owning a mesh safety pool cover. Saves money in the long run by savings on labor, water, supplies, all while looking good.
    Saturday, September 19, 2009 11:05 AM
  • Swimming Pool Algae ~ Identify & Destroy
    green poolsThe key to algae control, is prevention. If algae doesn’t get started, it won’t be an issue. My number one rule is chlorine. Chlorine to prevent the algae from starting, and if it does get started, chlorine to kill it. In most cases, it is very easy to prevent algae. Keep the chlorine level at 1-3 ppm at all times, keep the pH between 7.2 and 7.6 and shock the pool every other week.
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 7:43 AM
  • Solar Heat Showcase
    solar heat optionsSolar is the free way to heat your pool and save lots of money. Sure, you have to pay for the solar heater, cover, or liquid blanket , but with the money saved you will recoup that in no time. There is no slowing down seen in the production and use of solar powered products. The pool industry has always been very friendly in the use of solar pool products.
    Saturday, September 12, 2009 10:25 AM
  • 2009 U.S. Drowning Statistics
    Let’s face it, children get into things and get into places they are not supposed to be in. The last thing you want is to have an unsupervised child around your pool. Hundreds of children die in pools every year, but this year, 2009, is different in that the number has doubled so far this year. Over 600 drownings! Please Read On!
    Saturday, September 05, 2009 11:03 AM
  • Pool Caulking ~ time to Caulk your expansion joints
    Pool owners often overlook caulking the joint between the pool coping and the pool deck. Because of the time needed to allow pool deck and coping to shift and allow proper curing time, pool builders often refrain from including caulking your pool when building operations are complete. When the expansion joint is not caulked you are at risk of damage.
    Friday, September 04, 2009 1:58 PM
  • Algae - the many hues and colors
    Algae, bacteria and mold can present itself in your swimming pool in many forms and colors. Restoring your pool and getting back that healthy crystal clear blue water can sometimes become a task. The best remedy is of course prevention. Continually monitoring and adjusting your water chemistry is a must - but unfortunately an algae bloom can occur almost overnight.
    Wednesday, September 02, 2009 3:30 PM