Swimming Pool Blog

  • Swimming Pool Leaf Removal
    I have always thought that trees have no business being planted around a swimming pool. Deciduous trees specifically, those that lose their leaves annually. Evergreen trees, even Pine trees are preferable. No trees around the pool makes for a stark landscape however, and little privacy. Trees also provide nice shade on a hot summer day, and a place for birds to perch and sing. HOW TO PREVENT AND REMOVE LEAVES FROM A POOL.
    Monday, October 10, 2011 6:38 AM
  • How to Clear Up Cloudy Pool Water
    Cloudy or turbid pool water can present a number of unhealthy issues. Cloudy water is unsafe for diving because you can't see the bottom, unsafe for swimmers because lifeguards can't see the bottom, and the water is likely unsanitary, as well.
    Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:16 PM
  • Help! My Swimming Pool is a green algae pool!
    Rob Cox

    Algae Pool ~ This time of year the complaint is common for pools left untended or sitting all winter. Even with a good winter pool cover, pools with insufficient algaecide levels or with high debris loads can allow algae to bloom easily.  Following are some tips you can use to fight Algae Pool and restore your green pool to clean and clear pool water.
    Monday, May 16, 2011 10:34 AM
  • Shocking or Super-Chlorinating your Swimming Pool
    Rob Cox
    Shocking the pool - to many people this means to pour in their chlorine powder once per week - whether they need it or not. Although a healthy practice from a sanitation standpoint, regular and unnecessary shocking may lead to a buildup of chloramines and an unnecessary lightening of the wallet.
    Thursday, January 13, 2011 6:44 PM
  • Swimming Pool Chemical Safety
    Rob Cox
    chlorine and pool chemical safetyWhen I was running pool service routes, I would never leave chlorine on site. I had the obsessive fear that a bucket of chlorine tablets would be left with the lid loose, which would allow rain and moisture to get into the chlorine bucket. This creates a great deal of fumes, which can overpower even a big guy like me. But that was not my fear - my concern was...
    Sunday, November 07, 2010 7:04 PM
  • Leaves in the Pool ~ Heavy Duty leaf removal
    Rob Cox
    leaves in the poolWe have shown up to customer's pools many times to find over a foot thick carpet of leaves on the bottom, and a thick layer still floating on top. And with this many leaves, the water begins to resemble ice tea, making the cleaning effort more difficult. In this article, we discuss ways to prevent leaves from entering the pool to begin with
    Sunday, October 17, 2010 3:03 PM
  • A Physician’s View on Minimizing Swimming Pool Health Risks
    New preliminary research on swimming in indoor chlorinated pools in Spain draws an uncertain line between exposure to certain pool water contaminants and health effects.  After reading these studies, I asked myself:  What do these tentative findings mean to me and my family of swimmers? I agree with the researchers that it’s not time to get out of the pool, but it is time to focus on better swimmer hygiene.
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:33 AM
  • Treatment of Black Algae in Pools
    Rob Cox
    black algae in my pool!When I was growing up, in Central California, we had a bad case of Black Algae. It was my job to dive in the pool, first with a putty knife and later using a chlorine tablet, and while holding my breath, scrape off as many black algae "heads" as possible. "Black Algae - it's like Herpes, once you get it, you've got it forever". Not necessarily true, I found out much later in life.
    Friday, September 24, 2010 4:36 PM
  • Treatment of Yellow Algae in Pools
    yellow algae in swimming poolsAlso known as Mustard Algae, Yellow algae is a unique type of algae. The most distinctive distinction between other colors of algae, blue, blue-green, or black algae, Yellow algae forms small colonies in the uneven surfaces of your pool. Pits or crevices in plaster, or dips and dirty areas on a pool liner create a safe harbor for this particular strain of pool algae.
    Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:13 AM
  • Help! I can't get my pool to clear!
    Rob Cox
    cloudy hazy pool waterIt's a common question this time of year. We see it in our forums, emails, chats and other areas where we answer pool technical questions. It usually goes something like this: "I have done everything, and I mean e v e r y-thing to this pool. Balanced it, Cleaned it, Shocked it - even running the filter 24/7 and the darn thing won't clear up - Help!"
    Friday, August 06, 2010 3:53 PM
  • Phosphates & Nitrates in Pools
    Rob Cox
    phophates and nitratesIn swimming pools, our main goal is to keep eutrophication to a minimum. We don't want to see any plant life growing - unless you are operating a "natural pool", so it makes sense to keep levels of Phosphates and Nitrates to a minimum in swimming pools.
    Friday, July 30, 2010 3:29 PM