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Stain Prevention with Dr. Pool

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Stain Prevention with Dr. Pool

Hello, I’m Dr. Pool, and today’s class will focus on the prevention of stains, on inground pool plaster surfaces. It’s a topic that has all the elements of a good chemical story, with great play between the main characters – a semi-porous cementitious surface, 1000’s of charged particles, and of course, water. Let’s start with pool plaster itself, typically a mixture of white Portland...

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Saltwater vs. Chlorine Systems

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Saltwater vs. Chlorine Systems

Both saltwater and chlorine systems are used to clean spas and swimming pools. Chlorine is a powerful chemical that will kill any pathogen it comes in contact with, even at trace amounts, making it an ideal choice for keeping pools clean and safe to use. Both salt and chlorine systems require that you check the pH balance of the water regularly to ensure that it is alkaline enough to prevent most...

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10 Aquatic Exercises to Do in Your New Pool

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10 Aquatic Exercises to Do in Your New Pool

Pool (aquatic) exercise provides many benefits, including an ideal environment to exercise throughout the year. The buoyancy of the water supports a portion of your body weight making it easier to move in the water and improve your flexibility. The water also provides resistance to movements, which helps to strengthen muscles. Pool exercises can also improve agility, balance, and cardiovascular...

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Is There Scale in Your Pool?

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Is There Scale in Your Pool?

The white film around the water lines of your swimming pool is unsightly; but it may also indicate some imperfections in your water chemistry. Scale is the crystalline build-up of inorganic materials – most often the mineral calcium – found in pool shells composed of plaster, ceramic tile, fiberglass, stone and other surfaces commonly found in commercial applications. Consider the...

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The Perks of Using Fiberglass to Revitalize Aging Swimming Pools

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The Perks of Using Fiberglass to Revitalize Aging Swimming Pools

Without a sturdy and leakproof pool interior finish, your swimming pool won’t be very useful. Such a large volume of water needs to be kept in a pool basin that is not only attractive but also sturdy, something that becomes a challenge in older pools. Deterioration to a pool’s finish is virtually inevitable, due to everything from imbalanced chemicals and natural erosion to contact with...

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It’s Almost Winter: Is Your Pool Ready?

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It’s Almost Winter: Is Your Pool Ready?

The winter brings about plenty of changes; not only do you swap out your summer wardrobe for your winter selection and start preparing for holiday gatherings and parties, but you also must consider how to prepare your backyard pool for incoming cold. Your preparation will ultimately be determined by your geography. Pools in Pennsylvania need to be completely winterized, but pools in Florida...

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Winterizing Your Pool in Florida

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Winterizing Your Pool in Florida

With the colder months coming up, many northern states close or “winterize” their pools. This includes draining the pool, emptying the pipes, and covering/sealing the top to prevent the water from freezing and damaging any plumbing or the surface of the pool. However, in Florida, there is no need for such action. In fact, there are dangers to draining your pool with the amount of ground...

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Pool Safety for Cats and Dogs

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Sometimes, we think of our pets as another family member. Well some of those family members we love so much like to swim too! We can often overlook pool safety for our pets, but it’s important to keep them out of harm’s way, as well. Here are a few ways to keep your pool safe even for your furry family members. Flotation Devices Some pets enjoy spending time in and near the pool (even...

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What Does It Mean for Your Pool to Be Refinished?

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That backyard swimming pool of yours is a blessing during the hot summer months, and it’s a smart investment for your home equity. You want to enjoy the cool water as much as possible, and an important part of that is making sure your pool looks as great as it feels. Damages to Your Pool’s Surface The interior of your pool will naturally wear out over time, but improper water chemistry can...

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Preparing Your Pool for the Realty Market

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Preparing Your Pool for the Realty Market

Staging a home is often talked about as a great strategy when selling your home. To make your home your very best, you clean and paint, de-clutter and re-decorate with an artist’s flair. If the home also has a pool, staging a pool for the home sale just makes sense. Staging a pool is not difficult, but it requires that you take off your pool owner goggles, because you’ve grown...

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