Swimming Pool Blog

  • Help! I can't get my pool to clear!
    Rob Cox
    cloudy hazy pool waterIt's a common question this time of year. We see it in our forums, emails, chats and other areas where we answer pool technical questions. It usually goes something like this: "I have done everything, and I mean e v e r y-thing to this pool. Balanced it, Cleaned it, Shocked it - even running the filter 24/7 and the darn thing won't clear up - Help!"
    Friday, August 06, 2010 3:53 PM
  • Phosphates & Nitrates in Pools
    Rob Cox
    phophates and nitratesIn swimming pools, our main goal is to keep eutrophication to a minimum. We don't want to see any plant life growing - unless you are operating a "natural pool", so it makes sense to keep levels of Phosphates and Nitrates to a minimum in swimming pools.
    Friday, July 30, 2010 3:29 PM
  • Backyard Pond Safety
    Rob Cox
    backyard pond safetyBackyard Ponds, Water Gardens, Ornamental Ponds and Fish Ponds. Lovely to look at, relaxing to behold, and dangerous for young non-swimmers. If your backyard contains an open, natural water feature of depth greater than 6 inches, precautions for safety should be addressed.
    Monday, July 26, 2010 2:24 PM
  • Teach your Toddlers How to Swim!
    Rob Cox
    toddlers swimmingWe were having a company pool party recently, and when I asked someone why they weren't doing backflips off the diving board, they replied that they "Don't know how to swim".  I was sad when I heard this, for many reasons. One, he has to carry around baggage full of fear his whole life. Two, he was missing on out on great fun, fitness and family togetherness. Three, he would be unable to help a person struggling in the water, and Four, I suspect that this lacking may pass on to his own children.
    Monday, July 19, 2010 9:45 PM
  • Salt Chlorine Generators - Peak Performance
    Rob Cox
    One of the best things about a Chlorine Generator is that you don't have to think about it. Hook up the device, which usually involves mounting the control board and plugging it in, and plumbing in the salt cell manifold (shown above). But you do have to maintain a few things to keep your salwater generator operating at peak efficiency.
    Friday, July 16, 2010 11:25 AM
  • Aboveground Pool Safety
    Rob Cox
    above ground pool safetyAboveground pools - are they safer than inground pools? That is a common statement made by an above ground pool salesman, that because of their height they are harder for small children to get into, and because of their depth, easier to stand up inside of.
    Monday, July 12, 2010 7:43 PM
  • Aquatic Facility Carbon Footprints
    Rob Cox
    Implementing green practices at your facility can be divided into three categories—Reducing Energy Consumption, Reducing Water Consumption and Recycling. Some are considered long-termefforts and itmay take time to see direct results. The impact of other practices may show immediately; however, all efforts will help in managing your facility’s overall carbon footprint.
    Saturday, July 10, 2010 1:53 PM
  • New Pool Pump Installation
    Rob Cox
    At the heart of your pool's circulation system is the pool pump, making filtration and circulation possible. This article however, is not about Pool Pump Selection, here we focus on Pool Pump Installation. You've already done your homework, selected your new pump, and it just arrived. So, what's the next steps in replacing an inground pool pump?
    Tuesday, July 06, 2010 4:20 PM
  • Pool Party Safety Tips
    Rob Cox
    For most people I know, whether spending the holiday weekend at the beach or down by the river, or making a trip to the community pool, or enjoying their own backyard pool, the Independence Day holiday will involve hot days and cool water. Many of our customers have been planning their pool parties for weeks, including "getting the pool ready". If your holiday will be spent near, in or on the water - have a great time, but remember these water safety rules
    Saturday, July 03, 2010 10:44 AM
  • 10 Steps to Replacing a Pool Light
    Rob Cox
    Underwater pool lights don't last forever.  Bulbs, Gaskets, Lens are parts in good supply, but eventually the body of the light fixture, the socket or the cord may fail. At this point you will need to replace the entire fixture or pool lamp, as they are sometimes called.
    Monday, June 28, 2010 4:50 PM
  • Replacing a Pool Pump Motor
    Rob Cox
    10 steps to replacing a pool pump motor. Remove the impeller, diffuser, seal plate, wiring and then reverse the order. Not too difficult, most DIY homeowners can replace their own pump motor with simple hand tools. My record is 12 minutes, and I wasnt even rushing...
    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 6:02 PM