Swimming Pool Blog

  • Pool Cleaner Tune-Up - Polaris Type Pool Cleaner repair
    Rob Cox

    polaris pool cleaner tune upsPressure type pool cleaners are those that operate from water being pushed to the cleaner, usually from a booster pump. Mostly used on in ground pools, pressure pool cleaners include Polaris 180 / 280 / 380 / 480 and Letro JetVac, Legend and Platinum Cleaners. Hayward Turbo, Viio and Phantom cleaners are also pressure cleaners that operate with a 3/4 hp booster pump to power the hydraulic power train.
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 1:34 PM
  • Swimming Pool Alarm Laws and Legislation
    Rob Cox
    cpsc logo small, pool safety lawsMore states are adding new pool and spa safety laws, regulating residential pools, both in ground and above ground. Often the new pool safety laws are the result of tragic local drownings in all types of pools and bodies of water, not just in ground pools. You can count on this trend for new pool safety legislation to continue. And you can count on poolcenter.com to monitor the situation and keep our readers alerted to new proposed legislation and new state and federal residential pool safety requirements.
    Thursday, November 11, 2010 3:19 PM
  • Swimming Pool Chemical Safety
    Rob Cox
    chlorine and pool chemical safetyWhen I was running pool service routes, I would never leave chlorine on site. I had the obsessive fear that a bucket of chlorine tablets would be left with the lid loose, which would allow rain and moisture to get into the chlorine bucket. This creates a great deal of fumes, which can overpower even a big guy like me. But that was not my fear - my concern was...
    Sunday, November 07, 2010 7:04 PM
  • Protect your Sunbelt pool from freezing temps
    Rob Cox
    keep your pool from freezing, how to thaw out frozen pool pumpsPool owners who watch the temperatures during the winter will do their best to keep the pumps running all night. If outside air temperatures reach 32 degrees for several hours, this could be long enough to freeze the water within the pump, filter, chlorinator or heater - often with disastrous and expensive results. Above ground PVC pipes also have little resistance to the expansive effects of freezing water.
    Sunday, October 31, 2010 10:43 AM
  • Regenerative Pool Filters
    Rob Cox
    de pool filters can be bumpedIn the commercial world of waterpark management or pools containing hundreds of thousands of gallons, regenerative pool filters have gained quite a foothold. On large commercial pools of a million gallons or more, the use of traditional sand filters have their drawbacks. Backwashing a set of 6 large sand filters can require 50,000 gallons of heated and treated pool water.
    Friday, October 29, 2010 9:27 AM
  • When is it time to Replaster the Pool?
    Rob Cox
    How often should they be re-plastered? And what factors should a pool owner consider when looking at replastering or resurfacing their swimming pool? Surely, Time cannot be the only factor to consider. When and Why should a pool owner replaster their pool?
    Sunday, October 24, 2010 7:55 PM
  • Eco-Friendly Swimming Pool Filtration
    Rob Cox
    green pool filtersSwimming pool filters don't often come to mind when thinking of more eco friendly methods of pool operation. Pool filters do however, make quite an impact on your swimming pool's carbon footprint. In this article, we will cover the features and benefits of each filter type in this regard, but also discuss how filter size can be an important factor, discussing how bigger filters have less of an impact on the environment than small, undersized pool filters.
    Friday, October 22, 2010 1:55 PM
  • Leaves in the Pool ~ Heavy Duty leaf removal
    Rob Cox
    leaves in the pool
    We have shown up to customer's pools many times to find over a foot thick carpet of leaves on the bottom, and a thick layer still floating on top. And with this many leaves, the water begins to resemble ice tea, making the cleaning effort more difficult.
    In this article, we discuss ways to prevent leaves from entering the pool to begin with, methods to get them off the surface quickly before they sink, and best practices for dredging leaves from the bottom of the pool.

    Sunday, October 17, 2010 3:03 PM
  • Solar Pool Heater FAQ
    Rob Cox
    Solar pool heaters are more popular than ever these days, with the rising costs of gas and electricity. Solar heat also gives the pool owner the added benefit of being "green" in the operation of their pool. Definite conversation starter. We've had a lot of questions over the years related to the purchase, installation, use, care and repair of solar pool heater panels. We've put together a bit of a summary below, in old school Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format.
    Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:41 AM
  • Swimming Babies, Concerned Parents
    Rob Cox
    Before introducing you child to a pool, please make sure your baby is over 6 months old. Before 6 months of age, the fear is that your babies immunitie levels are not high enough to handle the illnesses that can be spread while swimming. The wait should be even longer if you are considering introducing them to a lake or an ocean - around a year or more.
    Friday, October 01, 2010 9:46 AM
  • A Physician’s View on Minimizing Swimming Pool Health Risks
    New preliminary research on swimming in indoor chlorinated pools in Spain draws an uncertain line between exposure to certain pool water contaminants and health effects.  After reading these studies, I asked myself:  What do these tentative findings mean to me and my family of swimmers? I agree with the researchers that it’s not time to get out of the pool, but it is time to focus on better swimmer hygiene.
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:33 AM