Swimming Pool Blog
- Pool Pumps: Rebuild or Replace?
So, when selecting a pump, keep it close to the original specifications, and use the Flow Charts. Most systems could handle a small increase in pump size, especially if you are replacing the filter with a larger one, but be careful not to install a pump that is too large for the pipes or other equipment.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 9:47 AM
- Gas Pool Heater Safety
An estimated 900,000 pools in the U.S. are heated by Natural Gas or Liquid Propane Gas. Gas is a dangerous substance and should be treated with respect. Here's some tips to make sure that you avoid any injuries from your pool heater.
Saturday, June 12, 2010 3:31 PM
- Summer is Here - Time to do a Pool Safety Scan
Now that you've got your swimming pool opened, water restored to a blue hue, pump and filter doing their job on schedule...it's time to take a look at pool safety. Whenever opening a pool, it's a good idea to give a Safety Scan. This is not one of those trademarked terms, just a phrase I use to describe looking at the entire pool area and adjoining areas, for possible, maybe probable, Safety Issues.
Monday, June 07, 2010 9:33 AM
- A Chlorine Free Pool ~ is it possible?
Many of our customers have asked - " How can I operate my swimming pool without using Chlorine?" Those that pose the question have some concerns with the environmental effects of Chlorine production, which produces harsh by-products in the manufacture of Chlorine compounds as well as the waste produced in the packaging, transport and storage of Chlorine tablets and other forms of this very effective sanitizing chemical.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:44 PM
- 5 ways to keep the heat in the swimming pool
If you have a solar heater heating your pool, or a pool heat pump, the cost to heat your pool can be very low. If you heat your pool with fossil fuel, namely natural or propane gas, like an estimated 900,000 pool owners do, you may be interested to know ways to reduce your gas bill and reduce your pool's energy demand.
Friday, May 28, 2010 3:53 PM
- Accurate Pool Water Testing
With test kits, the axiom holds true, you get what you pay for. If you want accuracy, you'll need to pay a few more dollars. For the average pool owner however, I would recommend the $50 K-2005 kit. This will test all of the parameters important to water balance. One more thing...there are some water testing techniques or tips that will also help improve accuracy.
Friday, May 21, 2010 8:51 AM
- Help! My pool is stained!
Stains on the pool! Nobody likes to look at a stained pool, and even fewer want to swim in a stained swimming pool! Pool stains can form from neglect or from poor source water. Plastered pools are more susceptible to stains than vinyl lined pools or fiberglass pools, so the focus of this article will be on identifying and removing stains from a plaster pool.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 1:51 PM
- Swimming Pool Affiliates
Do you have a website? A blog? A FaceBook page? Maybe you have readers or visitors that would benefit by a recommendation to some good ecommerce websites. Or maybe you have thought of selling something on your website, but how to do it? When visitors on your webpage click a link to a merchant in an affiliate program, they are tracked through...
Saturday, May 15, 2010 1:45 PM
- Saltwater Chlorine Generator Technology
Saltwater Chlorine Generators, also called Salt Systems or Salt Chlorinators are fairly simple to understand. You pour salt (NaOCl2) - into the pool, about 200lbs per 10000 gals of pool water and this salty water is pumped through a salt cell, or electrically charged metal plates. Fancy folk call the process an oxidation-reduction reaction. I call it chemistry! The salt breaks down into it's components and mixes with the H2O, or dissassociates, as expressed by the following equation.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:59 PM
- Pool Opening at the Douglas Pool
The snow has melted, the days are warming up, and it's time to get your pool ready to use again. I always wish this step could be magically done for me, and I can go straight to sipping margaritas. In fact, it can be done almost as easily as that, by hiring a service to do it for you. A pool service can save you a lot of time and effort. What it won't save you is money, as it can typically cost a several hundred dollars.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 1:39 PM
- Dog Pool Safety
Swimming pools can be great exercise for dogs, or your pet turtle. But what pool safety measures should be put in place to protect animals from accidental drowning in pools? The focus of this article is how to keep your pet safe around water. This brings to mind the pet dog, and If you own a cat, this author assumes that keeping him or her out of the pool is easy, however noted that accidents do occur.
Monday, May 03, 2010 2:16 PM