Swimming Pool Blog


  • The Latest in Pool Water Filtration………Moss!
    moss moss moss mossBut how and when did people start using it to filter pool and spa water? As the story goes, a guy in Minnesota  with a hot tub always wondered why the lakes up north are so crystal clear. He looked to the ecosystem and thought it must be the moss that grows around the water and acts like a filter. He took some moss and put it into the filter chamber in his hot tub and within 24 hours it was the clearest it has ever been. He was on to something.
    Sunday, October 11, 2009 8:15 PM
  • How many swimming pools are in the U.S?
    intex pool 54463If you want to know how large is the U.S. swimming pool market is, simply count the pools! 2009 will go down as one of the worst years in recent history for pool sales and construction. Swimming pools are a luxury item, and when money is tight - demand decreases. However, if you already have one in the ground (or on the ground), like nearly 10 million Americans 
    Monday, October 05, 2009 7:48 AM
  • Mesh Safety Pool Covers ~ Measuring, Ordering, Installing
    A safety cover is ideal for the homeowner with a swimming pool in their backyard. It adds a safety barrier and keeps debris from falling into the pool during those months when the pool is not in use. It makes spring cleanup easier and is visually more appealing than any tarp style cover that has the potential of turning into a backyard swamp. This article covers mesh cover selection, measurements, ordering and installation.
    Friday, October 02, 2009 3:50 PM
  • 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