Swimming Pool Blog

January 2010 (7)
  • Muriatic Acid & pH in swimming pools
    Keeping pH in range will give the pool owner several benefits, including swimmer comfort and greater chlorine efficacy. A pH level that is too low, is a "corrosive" water condition, which can etch plaster and steel pool components. A pH level that is too high creates a "scaling" water condition, which can cause scale or mineral deposits to form on pool surfaces.
    Wednesday, January 27, 2010 6:07 PM
  • Swimming Pool O-rings
    Rob Cox
    o-rings for poolsO-rings are used all over pool equipment. Pumps, Filters, Heaters, Valves, Chlorinators, Skimmers, Cleaners....all use small rubber rings in their manufacture. A vital piece of equipment, if it fails, your whole system could shut down. Here's some information on how to care & repair for your little rubber rings.
    Friday, January 22, 2010 12:45 PM
  • The Saturation Index ~ What is it?
    Swimming pool and spa water chemistry is no doubt a science that can become very involved and somewhat complex. The LSI and the modified Hamilton Saturation Index are not guaranteed; however, some readings for pH, calcium, and alkalinity which, if taken individually would be considered to be well beyond recommendations, can combine within the formula to produce "balanced water." 
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 4:19 PM
  • Air Leaks in the Lines
    air leaks in poolsThe sometimes elusive air leak can be more dangerous than a water leak. As air is sucked back into your system the pump can lose prime. When the system is turned back on it puts extra stress on the pump and can even lead to melted/warped components. In short, an air leak can damage plumbing and pump components leading to costly repairs. To prevent these drastic damages all leaks or loose connections at the equipment pool pad should be repaired promptly and correctly.
    Monday, January 18, 2010 6:01 PM
  • Frost Heave on a Concrete Pool Deck
    Rob Cox
    frost heave in a poolWith the frost and freeze all over the country many pool decks are raising up in protest! Expansive soils and freezing expansive water beneath concrete has an amazing amount of lifting power. Here's one man's struggle with concrete and the cold, and what to do about it.
    Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:04 PM
  • Help! My filter - pump - heater is FROZEN ~
    Rob Cox
    We have had some Cold Temperatures all through the US in the last week. Many of y'all in the south are not accustomed to winterizing your pool, or even to such cold winter temperatures. here's what to do if your pool equipment freezes or if you have had freeze damage to your pool equipment. If you have not noticed any cracked, leaking or broken pool equipment, congratulations. You must know that moving water does not freeze very easily. So keep all of your pool pumps runnning with all the plumbing open.
    Friday, January 08, 2010 12:40 PM
  • Calcium Hardness in Swimming Pools
    Rob Cox
    calcium chlorideCalcium Chloride is a very useful compound. Once taken as a tonic for the sick and infirmed, it also serves as an excellant de-icer. Many commercial ice and snow melting chemicals are a form of Calcium Chloride. Pellets tend to work better than flakes for this purpose. But Calcium Hardness in swimming pools, that is our focus for this first article of four on your pool's water balance.

    Tuesday, January 05, 2010 7:49 AM