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  • Raising Pool Equipment for Flood Protection
    Rob Cox
    How to elevate your pool equipment pad, or raise the pump, filter and heater, to avoid flooding danger. Storm surges, heavy rain and overflowing rivers can damage pool equipment and put pool owners in danger. Many people in flood prone areas are elevating the pump and filter, to avoid problems and safety hazards - but are they creating new ones? 
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:30 PM
  • How to Clean a Salt Cell
    how to clean salt cellThe key to keeping a salt chlorinator working efficiently is to give it some regular TLC as part of your pool maintenance regimen. A clean salt cell not only works better, but it also lasts longer than salt cells that haven’t been properly maintained.
     
    Monday, November 05, 2018 4:35 PM
  • 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