Swimming Pool Blog

  • 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
  • 8 Best Aboveground Pool Filter Systems
    Mark Garcia
    Aboveground pool filter systems, pump and filter sets for above ground pools. Buy the pump and matched filter together, mounted on a skid, with a corded pump. Just fill with water and plug it in!
    Tuesday, February 09, 2016 11:35 AM
  • Best Pool Filter: Sand, DE or Cartridge?
    Which pool filter type is best? Sand, DE or Cartridge filters are all good, but one type is best for you and your pool. Pool filter comparison chart, accompanied by 1500 useful words!
    Tuesday, November 03, 2015 10:04 AM
  • Pool Filter Sand Alternatives
    Rob Cox
    Three different alternatives to regular filter sand. Filter Glass, Zeo Sand and PolyBALLS! Take a look at how you can filter your pool water more intelligently...

    Back to the Future, in 2015 the pool filters in Marty McFly's future have other options than sand. Now, sand filters can use without modification, recycled glass, zeolite and polyester balls.
    Tuesday, October 27, 2015 2:45 PM
  • Digital Pool Heater Troubleshooting Guide
    mark garcia
    Third in our series of pool heater troubleshooting guides, today we tackle Digital pool heaters, specifically the Laars Lite 2 LJ pool heater, produced from 2003-2009.
    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 5:34 PM