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Shower Before Entering the Pool

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Showering before you go swimming is something that every swimmer is made aware of before going into commercial pools. The logic applies in the same way for residential pools as well, however most pool owners never actually do this. Why? Simply because it is not convenient and there is not a direct and immediate problem with the water if you decide to not bother with enforcing this rule. So do you...

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How to Make Pool Care Easier

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Why do so many pool owners struggle to take care of their swimming pools? The first reason is simply not understanding the technical aspects of pool maintenance such as water chemistry. If you do not understand pool water chemistry values or how to interact with these values then it would seem obvious that you might struggle with the difficulty of caring for your pool. Aside from not knowing what...

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Basic Swimming Pool Maintenance

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Skim all debris from pool surface to keep it free of floating leaves, bugs and organic matter Vacuum all debris from the floor of the pool (failure to do this will impair your ability to maintain chemical balance) Keep skimmer strainer basket and pump strainer basket free of leaves and debris at all times Maintain 1-3ppm of free chlorine levels in the water at all times Backwash sand filters as...

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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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Warmer Weather: How to Alter Your Pool Chemicals

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As the Florida spring arrives, it is time to start thinking about getting your pool primed for the swimming season. When opening your pool, our favorite approach is to take stock of what chemicals you have on hand as well as checking other pool supplies like your net, brush, skimmer, lights, and other accessories to make your pool maintenance routine the easiest to execute during the busy season....

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Delamination of Pool Plaster

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As the name suggests, pool plaster delamination is a situation where the new coat of plaster has separated from the old layer beneath. Small pop-off areas the size of a quarter may not be indicative of large scale bond failure. Spray a hose on an empty plastered pool, and you may “hear” areas of delamination in the pool, which produce a hollow sound. However, de-laminations can go unnoticed...

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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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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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