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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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SALT WATER POOLS FAQS

What is a Salt Water Pool? A salt water pool is a pool that uses salt in the water to generate chlorine. It is simply a pool that uses a chlorine generator, which through the process of water passing through an electronic cell, produces sodium hypochorite or liquid chlorine. So, a salt-water pool is NOT […]

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Pool Owners Guide to Water Care

Pool Owners Guide to Water Care A regular water care routine – correct sanitation, pool circulation and filter use – is the key to a sparkling pool. This section is intended to be a quick course in water care and chemical use and is not meant to be a comprehensive handbook in water chemistry and […]

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How Many Gallons Are In My Pool

About Ground Pools Size Shape Avg. Depth Gallons Avg. Depth Gallons 8′ Round 4′ 1700 5′ 2000 12′ Round 4′ 3398 5′ 3800 15′ Round 4′ 5310 5′ 5700 18′ Round 4′ 7646 5′ 8200 20′ Round 4′ 9400 5′ 10000 24′ Round 4′ 13593 5′ 14600 28′ Round 4′ 18500 5′ 20000 33′ Round […]

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Nitrates and Phosphates FAQs

What are Nitrates and Phosphates? Phosphorous is a mineral and Nitrogen is a gas. Nitrogen enters the water & combines with oxygen to form Nitrates. How do Nitrates and Phosphates get into the pool water? Phosphates come into the pool water from lawn & tree fertilizers (blown or rained in from you or your neighbors […]

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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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How do I safely store my swimming pool chemicals?

How do I safely store my swimming pool chemicals? Click on the link for the EPA booklet: “Safe Storage and Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals” Link: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/docs/chem/spalert.pdf […]

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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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Help! My pool is covered with algae! What do I do?

Help! My pool is covered with algae! What do I do? Test your pool water. You will need to shock the pool and possibly add an algaecide as well. Balance all chemicals to proper ranges. Vacuum off the algae from the floor and walls. Brush off any algae that is in the corners, seams and […]

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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 long should I run my pool pump every day?

How long should I run my pool pump every day? That depends. Typically, you will want to run your pump enough to have a complete turnover of your pool water volume once a day at a minimum. Check the GPH (gallons per hour) for your pump and compare that to the gallons in your pool. […]

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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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