Swimming Pool Blog

  • Taylor Test Kits vs. LaMotte Test Kits
    Rob Cox
    Battle Royale for test kit supremacy! We compare the LaMotte ColorQ Pro 7 test kit, and the Taylor K-2005 Test Kit - two well known and well loved pool and spa test kits. Which one is better - read to find out!
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:44 PM
  • Cool Pool Cleaning Equipment and Accessories
    Rob Cox
    Cleaning your pool should be easy - here's some unique tools to help you in that task. Some are new, and some are old - even though you may not have seen many of these pool cleaning tools to help you clean a pool more efficiently and effectively.
    Tuesday, June 03, 2014 5:05 PM
  • Good, Better, Best Pool Water Test Kits
    Rob Cox
    Taylor and LaMotte test kits - brief history of each of these depression-era Baltimore, Md companies, and a glimpse at 3 models of good, better and best test kits by each maker.
    Friday, May 09, 2014 1:24 PM
  • Leaf Rake Pool Cleaning Techniques
    Rob Cox
     A pool leaf rake can be a pool owner's BFF and the most used tool in a poolmans truck. For leaves on the surface, laying on the floor, or floating somewhere in between, a leaf rake can be used quickly to skim the surface and dredge the floor.
    Friday, March 21, 2014 3:39 PM
  • Pool Stabilizer and Chlorine Kill Rates
    Rob Cox
    Your Test Kit has been Lying to you. Cyanuric acid, aka pool conditioner or stabilizer, slows down the kill rate, or activity of chlorine in your pool....Anyway - if you really want a sanitary pool, this new data suggests that stabilized pools begin using a lot more chlorine than in the past.
    Saturday, February 01, 2014 12:54 PM
  • Swimming Pool Shock User Guide
    Swimming Pool Shock - what, when and why? In this article, Mark reports on the three reasons to shock a pool, and makes real world suggestions for the amount of chlorine shock to use for these different reasons. It may be more than you think.
    Friday, January 10, 2014 4:11 PM
  • Algae Eradication Guide
    Rob Cox
    Some pools never become contaminated, and other pools - have constant algae problems. This post is for those pool owners who battle algae every year, and never seem to recover for very long before another algae outbreak takes over. And also for those of you responsible for turning around a pool that has been neglected for months or years without chemicals or filtering. Here's some ways to really fight back hard, and keep algae from coming back - ever again!
    Friday, August 02, 2013 1:26 PM
  • Algae Battles - Wage War!
    Mark Garcia
    How to plan a counter-insurgency attack on a well organized algae army. Fight the good fight, and never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the algae enemy - you can restore peace to your backyard, and regain blue and clear water.
    Tuesday, July 09, 2013 4:59 PM
  • Pool Pathogens: Bacteria in Pool & Spa Water
    Rob Cox
    Bacteria and viruses can easily find a home in swimming pool water. I'm not speaking about algae, which is not a pathogen (disease causing organism), but smaller, invisible creatures that can live in your pool or spa.
    Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:24 PM
  • Chlorine Buyer's Guide
    Choosing the best chlorine for your pool depends on factors such as pool type, size and location of the pool. The best chlorine to buy may be the most convenient source for you, from a dealer with a good price and good service.
    Friday, March 08, 2013 12:02 PM
  • The Many Types of Pool Shock
    Rob Cox
    Calcium Hypochlorite, or Cal Hypo for short, has been the most popular form of pool shock treatment. Sodium Hypochlorite, popular with service companies and sunbelt pool owners,  was the alternative to using powdered or granular pool shock. But Cal Hypo, and Liquid chlorine - as popular as they have been, do have certain disadvantages.
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:27 PM