Swimming Pool Blog

  • Pool Cleaner Not... Moving, Cleaning, Climbing
    Mark Garcia
    Yes, pool cleaners are great, but when the pool sweep isn't sweeping, ain't nobody happy. This post is for all those "My pool cleaner is not _____." You can fill in the blank, because no matter if you have a suction, pressure or robot pool cleaner, at one point you will have one of these issues - details below.
    Tuesday, May 09, 2017 9:52 AM
  • My D.E. Filter Keeps Clogging Up!
    Rob Cox
    How to correct an ailing DE pool filter. If your DE pool filter clogs up in hours, or days instead of weeks or months, here's what to do....
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:40 PM
  • Gas Pool Heater Cage Match: Raypak vs. Hayward
    Mark Garcia
    Pool Heaters: Hayward vs. Raypak. Which pool heater is best? We compare top pool heater brands with reviews, ratings and rants.
    Wednesday, November 09, 2016 10:24 AM
  • 3 Ways to Heat a Pool
    Mark Garcia
    Just as there are several ways to heat your home, there are many swimming pool heating options available. Gas heaters, Electric heat pumps or Solar heaters can all be used to add heat to the pool water, from 5° to 25° (F), depending on the size and effectiveness of the heater.
    Monday, October 03, 2016 7:26 AM
  • Electric Pool Heater for Small Pools?
    Rob Cox
    Electric pool heater? Yes and No - electric resistance heaters, those that use an immersion element, are not good pool heaters, even for small pools. Pool heat pumps however, are an efficient and affordable way to use an electric pool heater.
    Wednesday, September 07, 2016 7:50 AM
  • In-Floor Pool Cleaner Repair FAQ
    10 questions about in-floor pool cleaner systems, or 10 common problems, and the solutions to look for while you fix your in-floor pool cleaner.
    Friday, June 24, 2016 12:09 PM
  • DIY Color LED Pool Lighting
    Mark Garcia
    Colored pool lights, or color changing pool lights, whatever you call them are bathing pools in pink, blue and green lighting. LED colored pool lights really make your pool glow with color. There are two ways to upgrade an inground pool lights to color changing LED lights.
    Friday, May 13, 2016 4:13 PM
  • How to Make a Pool Porta-Vac Pump
    Mark Garcia
    Portable pool vacuum pumps Portable pool vacuum pumps - How to make your own Porta-Vac, to vacuum to waste (or recirculate into the skimmer). Quick clean-up of leaf and algae filled pools, with a portable pool pump vacuum.
    Thursday, April 14, 2016 9:19 AM
  • DE Pool Filter Comparisons
    Mark Garcia
    DE pool filter comparisons of 4 different DE pool filter grid types. Fingers, Curved, Flat and Cartridge style DE filters, which one is best? 
    In-Ground Pools can use sand or cartridge filters, but if you want the best filtration possible, a D.E. filter is the way to go. 
    Wednesday, March 09, 2016 2:57 PM
  • Leaky Pool Filter Multiport Valves
    Rob Cox
    Pool Filter Multiport Valve Leaks - 6 kinds of leaks that happen on pool multiport valves, and how to fix 'em! When a pool filter is leaking, half the time it's actually the multiport valve that leaks. The usual multiport problem is leaking water, or water coming out from somewhere it shouldn't.
    Wednesday, March 02, 2016 10:46 AM
  • Costs of Running a Pool Pump
    Rob Cox
    How much energy do pool pumps use? How can you calculate the amount of electricity your pool pump uses, and what are some ways to reduce your pump's amp draw? These questions and many more answered in this week's blog post!
    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:49 AM