Swimming Pool Blog

  • Pool Auto-Fill Care & Repair
    Mark Garcia
    Auto-Fill devices for pools, discussion of the types of pool water levelers available, and some basic maintenance tasks to do regularly. Also addressed is replacement of pool auto fillers, or are the new style and old style interchangeable? Pool Auto-Fill Repair and Care, that's what it's all about!
    Friday, January 19, 2018 9:40 AM
  • Correcting Drainage Problems around Pools
    Rob Cox
    Whether your pool floods on a regular basis, or only occasionally does planter dirt and mulch enter the pool, it's a problem. Find out the most common causes of rain water flowing into pool. Here is information on how to correct drainage issues around a swimming pool, and how to treat a pool that has had contamination from muddy and mulchy water entering the pool.
    Monday, June 19, 2017 10:27 AM
  • How to Pressure Test Pool Lines
    Rob Cox
    How to use a pressure testing stick to pressure test pool plumbing lines. In a previous post (5 years ago!), I showed you how to build a pressure testing rig for your pool lines, and at the end I promised a follow-up post on how to use the pressure testing tool. Well, here it is, better late than never! :-)
    Tuesday, April 04, 2017 3:04 PM
  • Using Fix-A-Leak to Fix Pool Leaks
    Mark Garcia
    When speaking with a Marlig rep recently, he impressed on me that using Fix-A-Leak successfully to fix pool leaks requires process and procedure. "You don't just pour it in and walk away". Here then is the best way to use Fix-A-Leak to stop leaks in pools, and how to reverse water flow, or put your pipes under pressure, to force Fix-A-Leak into the cracks or voids. 
    Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:31 PM
  • 5 Pool Service Scams & Flim Flams
    Rob Cox
    5 ways that pool service or pool management companies can make some extra money, at your expense! 99% of pool companies don't pull these shenigans, but arm yourself with the knowledge to protect yourself.
    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 2:08 PM
  • Relocating Pool Equipment
    Rob Cox
    Ever want to move that noisy pool pump and big ugly filter? Here's a post about relocating pool equipment, moving the pump and filter to a new location in the backyard. Or you could just build a small wall...

    Monday, December 05, 2016 2:43 PM
  • What type of Pool Paint Do I Have?
    Rob Cox
    What type of paint is on the pool? If you don't have records of the type of paint used the last time it was painted, you can test your paint with these 3 solvents, to determine the type of pool paint that was used.
    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:05 PM
  • Pool Caulking with Vulkem SSL
    Mark Garcia
    The second reason that caulking is important in the expansion joint around the pool is that it is an expansion joint, to allow room for the pool and deck to expand (when weather heats up), without bumping into each other. When the joint fills up with grit, sand and pebbles, the space between the two is filled and they can move as one, and guess who wins? Pool deck, every time.
    Friday, June 17, 2016 10:52 AM
  • How to Prep a Pool for Plaster
    Rob Cox
    How to prep your swimming pool for a replastering - you may be able to save $1000 by having your pool ready to go for the plastering crew by following these steps. Be sure to check closely with your plasterer however, to be sure that you follow a procedue that matches their prep process.
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 1:14 PM
  • Painting a Fiberglass Pool
    Mark Garcia
    How to Paint a Fiberglass pool (or a fiberglass pool slide), complete the job yourself in 7 steps, and restore the luster and beauty to your fiberglass pool at a fraction of the cost of a new gelcoat.
    Tuesday, January 05, 2016 12:59 PM
  • Air Bubbles in Pool Returns
    Rob Cox
    Is air constantly blowing or bubbling back into the pool? Air in the pool returns means you have air in the pool pump. Here's the Top Ten reasons Why, and How to Fix It ~
    Tuesday, December 08, 2015 3:37 PM