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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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Chlorine Alternative for Swimming Pools

Chlorine Products Used Today 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 and/or be converted to chlorides.  This is why dichlor and trichlor...

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Unintentional Drownings: How to Protect Your Family

Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.  This article will offer some tips on reducing risks and help keep your family and friends safe How big is the problem? From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about...

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How to Get Rid of Water Bugs

Two of the most common bugs in your pool are the backswimmer and water boatman.  These pests are in the aquatic insect classified under the order Hemiptera.  The bugs generally are not harmful to humans, although the backswimmer in particular can deliver a painful bite. Although most bugs feed on algae, the backswimmer feeds on the water boatman as well as...

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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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Are You Sensitive to Swimming Pool Chemicals?

There is a debate going on now if there is such a thing as chlorine allergies (I will leave that up to the medical doctors). However, there is a general consensus that a small percentage of people are actually hypertensive to chlorine. There is also a decent amount of evidence on increased asthma in young athletes which are involved with...

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New for 2014 – Genesis Expanse

The salt water pool is still a chlorinated pool. When maintained properly, these irritations should not be so severe. A common problem with salt water pools is that owners / operators believe this is a “set it and forget it technology”. The pool water chemistry is evidentially off and the pool is probably not being shocked as it should be....

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With all the hassle, expense, and disadvantages that come with chlorine, many pool owners have chosen to go the way of the salt water pool system. On the surface, a salt water pool to them sounds like a win-win situation; the way it is marketed, a salt water pool is natural, easy, and goodness, if the ocean is made of...

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