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How Often Should You Clean a Swimming Pool?

Swimming is perhaps the most enjoyable form of aerobic exercise. If you swim with your family or group of friends, it is real fun. It is common to use pools in health clubs or large housing complexes. Although they are common for all members, swimming there can be an enjoyable experience as long as you can socialize there and the...

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Opening your Pool

It is almost that time of year again. Time for backyard bar-b-queues, parties and swimming. Follow these steps to ensure you are off to a great start to your swim season. Remove the cover if you have one. Make sure to get rid of any debris that may be on the cover. Inspect pump, plumbing and filter for cracked or...

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How to Prepare Your Swimming Pool for Summer?

When temperatures rise, a dip in the swimming pool is what people across the globe yearn to do. This is the favorite summer pastime for most people in the US. However, it may not be as easy as it sounds. The pool water chemistry must be properly balanced before someone swims in it. There are two reasons for readying the...

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How Often Should You Test Your Pool Water?

Periodical testing of pool water is crucial with regards to safety, cleanliness, the overall health of the user. But, how often should test your pool water? This depends on what sanitation method you use to maintain your water. There are many factors such as the climate, bather load, indoor/outdoor/enclosed pool, sunlight exposure, type of pool surface and any other complementary...

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9 Healthier Alternatives to Chlorine for Swimming Pools

Chlorine, as a purification agent, has been used for water treatment and swimming pools since the early 1900s. However, there are increasing concerns of this chemicals widespread and the long-term exposure to human health. It is well documented that chlorine, when combined with organic matter, can produce toxic byproducts such as trihalomethanes (THMs). The health risk of THMs to swimmers...

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We have received a lot of questions this week on copper levels.  Most of these questions are related to the inability to increase copper levels when opening their pool.  Below is a list of common reasons copper levels are not rising: 1. Signs you need to replace copper bars;  1) You are running your ionizer much longer than last year...

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Most of you are already familiar with the types of chlorine used in swimming pools (calcium hypochlorite, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), lithium hypochlorite, dichlor, and trichlor). The first three are not stabilized. Meaning once exposed to the sunlight, it will quickly precipitate out of the pool. This is why dichlor and trichlor have become so popular since the stabilizer is added...

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Swimming Pools and Turtles – Yes We Handle Anything/Everything

I had the best conversation yesterday with a fascinating woman.  Her story is so unique, I had to share.  I am an animal lover like Bonnie and when I was little I did catch a lot of turtles.  She is not our client and does not have one of our ionization systems However, I did consult with her on how to best...

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Phosphate became a household word in the 1970’s when people started to use low-phosphate and phosphate-free laundry detergents. This was to protect lakes, streams, wetlands and other runoff areas from the detrimental effects of excess phosphate. One of these effects is unwanted algae blooms.  What’s true for lakes is also true for swimming pools.   Phosphates are derived from phosphorous,...

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The level at which the swimming pool skimmers operate best is between one third and one half the way up the opening of the pool skimmer. If the level is higher, the water moving into the skimmer is going so slow that debris may pass by the opening without being pulled in. If the pool water is so high that...

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