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Helpful articles to help you maintain a beautiful pool.

Leak Detection

Is My Pool Leaking? Is there actually a leak or is it just evaporation? Water loss in your swimming pool typically comes from: 1. Evaporation 2. Splashed out water 3. Plumbing lines/Equipment 4. Vinyl Pools: Liner holes/tears 5. Gunite pools: cracks in the surface SYMPTOMS OF A LEAK: Water loss of more than ½” in […]

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OXYSHOCK and SALT WATER POOLS

Salt Choline Generator’s (SCGs) are not effective oxidizers. Oxidizing Shock should be used once a week for all salt water pools. Oxyshock benefits: 1. Eliminates and removes contaminants that cause odor and irritation to bathers: URINE PERSPIRATION POLLEN DUST SUNSCREEN 2. Helps Create sparkling clear water and reduces SCG Maintenance & extends cell life 3. […]

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AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANERS

Most pool owners find that automatic pool cleaners are a handy tool for easy pool maintenance. With these energy efficient machines, you can reduce your time spent on brushing, vacuuming and skimming, and have more time enjoying your pool for just a fraction of the cost of a full pool service. Robotic: Robotic pool cleaners […]

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OXYSHOCK and SALT WATER POOLS

Salt Choline Generator’s (SCGs) are not effective at oxidation Oxidizing Shock should be used once a week for all salt water pools Oxyshock benefits: 1. Eliminates and removes contaminants that cause odor and irritation to bathers: URINE PERSPIRATION POLLEN DUST SUNSCREEN 2. Helps Create sparkling clear water and reduces SCG Maintenance & extends cell life […]

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR IN-GROUND & ABOVE-GROUND POOL

In order to maintain the cleanliness of your swimming pool, there are several tools, tips and tricks that can make this process a lot less troublesome. First off, the more you keep on top of your pool, the easier each cleaning will be and less need for vacuuming and backwashing. For example, daily skimming of […]

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How to Winterize an Inground Swimming Pool

Make sure you have all of the tools and supplies you will need: basic hand tools, an air compressor or shop vac, winterizing plugs and gizmos, winterizing chemicals, pool cover and water tubes. Pool should be vacuumed and the water should have all chemicals balanced PRIOR to closing. Pay particular attention to your pH, Alkalinity, […]

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How to Summerize your Inground Swimming Pool

Make sure you have all of the tools and supplies you will need: basic hand tools, filter pump, drain plugs, gauges, cartridges, sight glasses, timer pins, summarizing chemicals, cover pump, garden hose, return eye balls, skimmer baskets and other accessories i.e. diving board, slide, ladder, hand railing, etc. First you want to try to clean […]

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How to Summerize your Above Ground Swimming Pool

Make sure you have all of the tools and supplies you will need: basic hand tools, filter pump, drain plugs, gauges, cartridges, sight glasses, timer pins, summarizing chemicals, cover pump, garden hose, return eye balls, skimmer baskets and other accessories i.e. ladders, handrails, etc. First you want to try to clean off the cover as […]

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There are so many heater choices. How do I know which one is right for me?

There are so many heater choices. How do I know which one is right for me? Gas heaters, electric heat pumps, and solar heating systems each have their own set of pros and cons. Gas heaters typically raise the water temperature between 1 and 2 degrees per hour. They raise the water temperature the fastest […]

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Why does my pool water have a very strong chlorine smell?

Why does my pool water have a very strong chlorine smell? What you smell are chloramines. Chloramines form when there is an insufficient amount of free chlorine in the pool water to sanitize the pool. A chlorine shock treatment is needed to dissipate the chloramines and establish a free available chlorine level in the pool […]

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Swimmers in my pool complain that their eyes are burning. Am I adding too much chlorine?

Swimmers in my pool complain that their eyes are burning. Am I adding too much chlorine? If swimmers are complaining that their eyes are burning your pool water chemistry is not in balance. It may be from too high levels of chlorine, but it may also be from pH or alkalinity being too high or […]

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How do I know which filter is right for my pool?

How do I know which filter is right for my pool? There are 3 types of filters: Cartridge, Sand, and Diatomaceous Earth (DE). These filters pass water through their media so that dirt and algae particles are collected there and clean water is passed back into your pool. Cartridge filters have a fiber cartridge that […]

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My in-ground vinyl lined pool is a swamp! Can I empty it, scrub the liner, and refill it?

My in-ground vinyl lined pool is a swamp! Can I empty it, scrub the liner, and refill it? This could be a very expensive error. You do not want to empty an in-ground vinyl liner pool for several reasons. If you empty the pool the liner will contract and shrink. When you re-fill the pool […]

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Can I use Household Laundry Bleach instead of Liquid Pool Shock?

FAQS about using Household BLEACH and BAKING SODA in Swimming Pools Can I use Household Laundry Bleach instead of Liquid Pool Shock? Liquid Pool shock is 12.5% sodium hypochlorite as compared to household bleach which is 3% sodium hypochlorite. Pool shock is 4 times stronger than regular household bleach. A 10,000 gallon pool will require […]

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BORATE for ALGAE and SALT WATER POOLS

BORATE for ALGAE and SALT WATER POOLS: USE for pH & Algae Control, and Corrosion inhibitor Buffers pH – keeps water balanced longer, less acid additions Inhibits corrosion and scale Rails, ladders last longer Softer feeling water on your skin Borate reacts with carbon dioxide – leaving less CO2 available for algae. It starves algae […]

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