Swimming Pool Blog

  • Pool Borax - How to Use Borates in Pools
    Rob Cox
    There are two ways to use borax in your pool, you can buy a product like Proteam Supreme, Bioguard Optimizer or Natural Chemistry's Foundation. If you are using one of the boric acid products or your own borax pool treatment, you can test the levels of borates in your pool by using the AquaChek Borate Test Kit.
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 6:43 PM
  • When to Shock your Pool
    Rob Cox
    Shocking the pool with chlorine is the raising of free chlorine levels in the pool to such a high level that every living thing in the water is killed by cell disruption. I liken the process to a lightning bolt ripping through the water, and perhaps that's why they call it shocking the pool.
    Wednesday, December 26, 2012 2:50 PM
  • Cyanuric Acid: aka Conditioner or Stabilizer
    Rob Cox
    Cyanuric acid, also known as stabilizer or conditioner. FAQ style Q&A about America's favorite (and only) chlorine stabilizer. Extend your chlorine properly, with managed Cyanuric acid levels. All you need to know, and some extra stuff you may not care about - about cyanuric acid. Too much information about cyanuric acid - enjoy!
    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:36 PM
  • Leaves in the Pool: How to Deal
    Rob Cox
    Leaves in the Pool - how to deal with them, and effectively manage large volumes of leaves. How to keep leaves out of the pool and how to remove leaves from your swimming pool. If your pool is full of leaves or pool leaf removal is taking up too much of your time, this blog post is for you.
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 5:08 PM
  • Kick Algae Butt - Karate Style!
    Rob Cox
    Don’t let algae make the first move. Here are some techniques you can use to defend yourself: Size up your enemy by determining the color of the pool. If your pool is a teal color, you will need to double shock it. This means using 2 pounds of shock per 10,000 gallons of water. By completing your training (reading this article), you’ve earn your green belt. Congratulations! You are now qualified to defend yourself against an algae attack.
    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 4:20 PM
  • Phosphates and Nitrates in Swimming Pools
    Phosphates and Nitrates are naturally occuring combinations of Phosphorous and Nitrogen with oxygen atoms. They are also produced synthetically for various industrial and agricultural products. Phosphates and Nitrates in the water, and rougly speaking, ppb (parts per billion) is OK, but ppm (parts per million) will give you trouble with algae, if you let your chlorine regimen slip now and then.
    Monday, July 23, 2012 4:44 PM
  • Filtration, Sanitation & Circulation
    Rob Cox
    Filtration, Sanitation & Circulation. These three work together to keep pool water fresh and inviting. It's true that if you have a large DE filter, you can get by with less sanitation and less circulation.
    Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:18 PM
  • Swimming Pool Algae: Death by Chlorine
    green algae picture of algae cellThe worst thing that could ever happen to your pool just did - Algae! What are you going to do? How are you going to stop it? More importantly, how are you going to KILL it?
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:58 AM
  • Pool Chemical Safety Checklist
    Even the most experienced swimming pool professionals have occasional run ins with chemical related mishaps. From something as minor as dry skin to a potentially fatal outcome, all pool chemical hazards should be addressed to prevent accidents when storing, transporting, or introducing the chemical to the swimming pool.
    Thursday, December 01, 2011 4:02 PM
  • Enzymes: Pool Water Treatment
    Enzyme treatment of your pool water is a natural way to break down organic material which is one of the many benefits when incorporating it into your weekly maintenance. Enzymes are a catalyst for a biochemical reaction which naturally breaks down certain compounds to their chemical building blocks. This will reserve chlorine to combat harmful bacteria.
    Friday, November 18, 2011 1:43 PM
  • Swimming Pool pH - Who Cares?
    Rob Cox
    Pool pH - a measurement of the relative acidity or basicity of your pool water. Who Cares?!? Well, your pool surfaces care a whole lot. Low pH and Alkalinity can lead to etched plaster finishes or a vinyl liner that becomes less like vinyl and more like plastic. Plastic fittings on....
    Monday, October 17, 2011 3:08 PM