Swimming Pool Blog

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  • What Can You Learn From a Pool Water Test?
    Alicia Harris
    Swimming pool test kits and test strips are essential for maintaining balanced, sanitary water in your pool. But what can you learn from a pool water test, and what should you look for when purchasing a test kit? Which factors should you pay closest attention to in your water? And more importantly, what does ideal water chemistry look like? Not to worry...we’re here to help!
    Monday, July 02, 2018 12:38 PM
  • So Long, Lithium Pool Shock!
    Mark Garcia
     Where can you buy Lithium Hypochlorite? You can't - at an affordable price anyway. Due to price increases on the raw material Lithium, it's become No Longer Available, or Discontinued. Instead of Lithium pool shock, you can use these other products with the same benefits. 
    Monday, March 12, 2018 4:57 PM
  • 5 Non-Stabilized Chlorine Options
    Rob Cox
    3 types of "unstabilized chlorine" or chlorine without cyanuric acid, and 2 alternative practices that can be used to help the problem with cyanuric acid build-up in pools. Non-stabilized chlorine tablets and other options to using stabilized pool tablets

    Friday, December 15, 2017 3:36 PM
  • How to Clean Anything Around A Pool
    Mark Garcia
     For pool owners - how to clean any surface around the pool, and remove smudges and stains from ladders, rails, caulk and furniture, and on the pool too.
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:27 PM
  • Common Questions about Water Testing
    Rob Cox
    Taylor Complete Water Test Kits, like t he K2005 and K2006 come with a great little booklet, called the Pool & Spa Water Chemistry Testing and Treatment Guide. Here is an excerpt from the Taylor Guide 2004B, Chapter 7: Common Questions about Water Testing.
    Monday, October 30, 2017 1:36 PM
  • Chlorine Shock Vs. Non-Chlorine Shock
    Rob Cox
    What's best? Non-chlorine shock or Chlorine shock (for pools or spas). Simple question, but complicated answer. Both are oxidizers, but only one is a disinfectant. But they both have valid uses - especially now that they both cost nearly the same price.
    Monday, July 10, 2017 11:05 AM
  • Why is my Pool Still Green?
    Mark Garcia
    Help! Why is my pool still green? I've tried everything! What to do when your pool stays green, or cloudy, for longer than seems reasonable.
    Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:24 PM
  • Pool Water Testing Blunders
    Rob Cox
    If you want to really geek out on your pool chemistry - here's how to do it. 9 water testing errors to avoid, and a list of common pool testing problems or interference from other chemical levels affecting test results, with false high or low readings.
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:49 PM
  • Old Pool Water in Drought Conditions
    Mark Garcia
    How high TDS, High CYA, High CH and high DBP's are making your pool cloudy, unhealthy and unmanageable. What to do in a drought - water restrictions when you can't change the pool water.
    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 1:54 PM
  • How to Use Alum Flocculant in Pools
    Rob Cox
    How to use alum or aluminum sulfate in swimming pools. Used as a flocculant, alum is very effective to clear cloudy pool water or swampy pool conditions. Alum is not for everyday pool water clarity, but used as a last resort, given the extra work in vacuuming to waste, that is required.
    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:27 PM
  • Is it Safe to Swim in a Pool with Algae?
    Mark Garcia
    Is it SAFE to SWIM in a green pool? Is pool algae harmful? Can you get sick from swimming in an algae pool? Yes, and No...
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    Thursday, July 14, 2016 11:08 AM