Swimming Pool Blog

- Alternative Sanitizers
  • So you want a Chlorine-Free pool?
    Rob Cox
    If you want to operate your pool without chlorine, it needn't be green, you CAN maintain a pool without chlorine and keep it blue and clear. Despite what your pool store may tell you, this IS possible - but it's also may be a bit more work, or more expensive. If you want to operate your pool without chlorine, follow these recommendations to compensate for the lack of a halogen in the water.
    Monday, February 20, 2012 12:06 PM
  • The Truth About Salt Water Chlorine Generators
    Rob Cox
    There are a number of misconceptions about Salt Water Generators. Allow me to clear the air on a few of the Myths & Facts about Salt Water Chlorine Generators.
    Monday, July 18, 2011 11:08 PM
  • 12 principles of Green Chemistry in pools
    Rob Cox
    It's called the 12 Principles of Green Chemisty, originally the brainchild of Paul Anastas, then of the EPA, and John C. Warner and it provides a framework for what chemistry would be - without toxicity. Swimming pool chemicals, as a category of chemicals, are quite toxic to many types of life forms on this planet, it turns out. I am hopeful that manufactures will manufacture and consumers will consume - less toxic pool chemicals in our near future.
    Sunday, March 27, 2011 9:58 PM
  • Salt Systems, What they are and How they Work
    “Hi, I’m changing from a chlorine, to a salt water pool, what do I need to do” This is a question I get a lot these days from folks trying to figure out exactly what they need for this technology to work.  A common misconception is that when switching to a salt generator, your pool will become a “salt water pool”

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 7:34 PM
  • Salt Chlorine Generators - Peak Performance
    Rob Cox
    One of the best things about a Chlorine Generator is that you don't have to think about it. Hook up the device, which usually involves mounting the control board and plugging it in, and plumbing in the salt cell manifold (shown above). But you do have to maintain a few things to keep your salwater generator operating at peak efficiency.
    Friday, July 16, 2010 11:25 AM
  • A Chlorine Free Pool ~ is it possible?
    Rob Cox
    Many of our customers have asked - " How can I operate my swimming pool without using Chlorine?" Those that pose the question have some concerns with the environmental effects of Chlorine production, which produces harsh by-products in the manufacture of Chlorine compounds as well as the waste produced in the packaging, transport and storage of Chlorine tablets and other forms of this very effective sanitizing chemical.
    Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:44 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Environmentally Friendly Pool Sanitation Options
    Swimming pools have come a long way over the years when it comes to sanitation. Back in Roman times, pools were heated, but they had to have the water changed a lot to keep them clean and clear. This was common practice until chlorine came along about 100 years ago, to kill bacteria and algae keeping them sanitized for use. Over the years people are leaning away from chlorine trying to have a more environmentally friendly pool.
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 1:21 PM