Swimming Pool Blog

  • Saltwater Chlorine Generator Technology
    pool saltSaltwater Chlorine Generators, also called Salt Systems or Salt Chlorinators are fairly simple to understand. You pour salt (NaOCl2) - into the pool, about 200lbs per 10000 gals of pool water and this salty water is pumped through a salt cell, or electrically charged metal plates. Fancy folk call the process an oxidation-reduction reaction. I call it chemistry! The salt breaks down into it's components and mixes with the H2O, or dissassociates, as expressed by the following equation.
    Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:59 PM
  • Using Sphagnum Moss as a Pool Purifier
    Rob Cox
    But the purpose of this article is the use of Peat, or specifically Sphagnum Moss in swimming pool water purification. Although it may not completely replace the need for chlorine or other halogen in your pool water, using Sphagnum Moss inhibits the growth of microbes, including algae and can reduce the chlorine demand.
    Saturday, April 24, 2010 12:16 PM
  • 5 ways to operate your pool in an Eco Friendly manner ~ without spending a dime!
    Rob Cox
    I was looking over my blog post of March 13, with the same name "5 ways to operate your pool in an Eco Friendly manner ..." and I realized that most of my 5 ways involved the expenditure of dollars from your pocket. New equipment is fine if you can afford it, and I hope you can  ~ but there are easy ways to reduce and reuse resources around the pool, without spending a dime.
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 8:09 PM
  • 5 ways to operate your pool in an Eco Friendly manner
    Rob Cox
    Eco Friendly practices for operating swimming pools are becoming necessary as utility costs skyrocket in some parts of the country. Also, many communities are now stewarding the natural areas surrounding their homes, keeping natural areas natural by not allowing their pools or pool owners to discharge pollutants into the air or the ground.
    Saturday, March 13, 2010 12:10 PM
  • Ozone & UV pool and spa water treatment
    The goal of every pool owner is to have the cleanest water available free of all contaminants. With modern technology we can virtually turn your swimming pool water into potable drinking water. With technology used by water treatment plants and the bottle water industry we can save money on chemicals, have optimal pool water, and help our planet by limiting chemical use and reducing our carbon footprint.
    Saturday, November 07, 2009 10:05 AM
  • Ways to Save on your Pool Heating Cost
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    It is that time of year again to begin worrying about having to keep your swimming pool heated.  The current state of the economy is making us all "tighten our belts" a little bit, and normally, the first thing to get trimmed are the luxury items; such as, your backyard swimming pool.  It is then very important to keep those operating costs for continued swimming pool enjoyment to a minimum.
    Friday, October 23, 2009 4:24 PM
  • Saving money around the pool
    dollar signMoney is tight all around the country, and around the world for that matter. Time for a little belt-cinching perhaps? There are several things you can do in your daily, weekly and monthly pool chores to reduce the cost of pool ownership. And, because all of these methods reduce demand on the energy grid

    Sunday, October 18, 2009 7:49 AM
  • The Latest in Pool Water Filtration………Moss!
    moss moss moss mossBut how and when did people start using it to filter pool and spa water? As the story goes, a guy in Minnesota  with a hot tub always wondered why the lakes up north are so crystal clear. He looked to the ecosystem and thought it must be the moss that grows around the water and acts like a filter. He took some moss and put it into the filter chamber in his hot tub and within 24 hours it was the clearest it has ever been. He was on to something.
    Sunday, October 11, 2009 8:15 PM
  • Solar Heat Showcase
    Solar is the free way to heat your pool and save lots of money. Sure, you have to pay for the solar heater, cover, or liquid blanket , but with the money saved you will recoup that in no time. There is no slowing down seen in the production and use of solar powered products. The pool industry has always been very friendly in the use of solar pool products.
    Saturday, September 12, 2009 10:25 AM
  • Zero Footprint Pools ~ is it possible?
    Rob Cox
    The topic of a "Zero Footprint" Pool came up here at Poolcenter, and raised a few eyebrows. "Not possible", said one, "because of the manufacturing of all the products that go in to building a pool" "True", I said, "But, operationally speaking - could a pool owner operate their pool with zero carbon footprints?" More raised eyebrows.
    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:01 PM
  • Dissecting the Nature2 purifier
    Nature2 does work well, and as a pool tech, having installed many Nature2 purifiers over the years, I can say that they definitely do reduce the chlorine demand in the pool, while adding a sparkling clarity to the water. It also gives the water a softer feel, with less chlorine smell. Nature2 is not a chlorinator, and it is not a standalone sanitization system.
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:42 PM