Swimming Pool Blog

- Pool Chemicals
  • 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
  • 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
  • How to Use Alum Flocculant in Pools
    Rob Cox
    How to use alum or aluminum sulfate in swimming pools. Used as a flocculant, alum is very effective to clear cloudy pool water or swampy pool conditions. Alum is not for everyday pool water clarity, but used as a last resort, given the extra work in vacuuming to waste, that is required.
    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:27 PM
  • Pool Chemicals for Dummies
    Mark Garcia
    Since there is no "Pool Chemicals for Dummies" book - here is an online version! basic information about the hundreds of pool chemicals available - What, Why and When you might need them, or not. Not a real book book what might be chapter 4 in a Pool Chemicals book for dummies, if it existed...

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:18 AM
  • Do Pools Need Conditioner or Stabilizer?
    Do you need to use cyanuric acid for an outdoor pool? Probably, yes - some pools have trouble maintaining chlorine level without it - but it's more compicated than that..
    Tuesday, October 06, 2015 3:53 PM
  • Pool Chemical Myths & Misconceptions
    mark garcia
    Myths and Misconceptions about swimming pool chemicals or pool chemistry. Here's 15 ill concieved notions about taking care of pool water balance and sanitation. Is it really necessary to shock the pool every week? Does Chlorine turn hair green? These and over a dozen more pool chemical myths. De-mythified!
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:33 AM
  • Acid and Chlorine Safety and First Aid
    First Aid for Chemical contact with pool acid or pool chlorine. What to do for eye, throat, skin and lung irritation from pool chemicals, specifically acid and chlorine.
    Friday, April 03, 2015 1:25 PM
  • Cal Hypo Tablets vs Trichlor Tablets
    Cal Hypo tablets or Trichlor tablets - or bleach? We discuss benefits of each type, and the delivery systems available for introducing the chemical into the pool.
    Monday, March 16, 2015 12:22 PM
  • Bromine Use on Outdoor Pools?
    Rob Cox

    Q: Can I use Bromine on my Outdoor Pools? A: Yes, with exception given to the following Caveats
    ...Bromine tablets are a good option for indoor pools or outdoor pools with automatic covers or solar blankets, or heavily shaded pools.

    Tuesday, August 05, 2014 1:46 PM
  • Fresh Thoughts on Cyanuric Acid
    Rob Cox
    Fresh Thinking about cyanuric acid (aka stabilizer or conditioner), in swimming pools. Experts like Neil Lowry, Richard Falk and Ben Powell have all done extensive research into the effects of using CYA to stabilize chlorine. There are a few side effects, some bad, some good...!
    Monday, August 04, 2014 7:54 PM