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The 4 Steps to Water Clarity (Step 1 of 4)

One of the hallmarks of a well maintained pool is water clarity – the kind of clarity that allows you to spot a quarter in the deep end of the pool…and tell if it’s heads or tails! Water clarity is not simply a nice feature to brag about to your friends and neighbors, but is [...]

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The Beauty of Potassium Monopersulfate

There are some who have turned to potassium monopersulfate (KMPS or MPS) as a means for shocking their pools. KMPS is a non-chlorine oxidizer, whose chemical formula is KHSO5. It is a strong oxidant with an oxidation potential of similar magnitude to that of chlorine. While it is a powerful oxidizer, there are several important [...]

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Sand Filter Multiport Valve Positions

A close up bird’s eye view of a Hayward Multiport valve -Positions are in ORANGEIf you use a sand filter to maintain your above-ground or in-ground pool, you may have noticed that the handle on the multiport head has either 6 or 7 positions that the filter can be set to. Like many pool owners [...]

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The Importance of pH in Your Pool

In one of our recent blogs on pool chemistry we discussed the role of chemicals in general, the ranges to shoot for, and the reasons for maintaining those ranges. In this week’s blog I’d like to address pH specifically (and pH’s close relative Total Alkalinity) and the many good reasons for maintaining these levels. So [...]

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Common Causes of Air in Your Pool’s Pump & Filter System

Excess air in your pool’s pump and filter is much more than just a nuisance. It is the symptom of a problem – one that could be a minor or major fix. Left unaddressed it will cause other problems as well, and those problems could have minor or major impact. Remember that any pool’s filtration [...]

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What to Do When Your Hot Tub Water Turns Hazy, Milky, or Foamy

What could be more inviting than a hot tub with clear, warm, bubbling and soothing water? Clear water, although not the only vital sign, is definitely a key part of healthy water. Symptoms such as cloudiness, haziness, or excessive foam point to problems in chemical balance, filtration and/or circulation in your spa. Sooner or later [...]

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Testing Your Water: Liquid vs. Strips. Which Is Right for You?

If you’ve had your pool or spa for more than a couple of months and have maintained clean, clear, healthy water, then you already have been testing your water chemistry regularly as part of your maintenance routine. If you haven’t been testing, then you’ll want to start doing so right away so as to avoid [...]

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How to Find a Leak in an Above Ground Pool (part 2 of 2)

OK, so last time we talked about how to confirm if you have a leak in an above ground pool using the bucket test. If you’ve confirmed what you’ve suspected for a while now – that you have a leak – you probably are asking, “What next?” “How do I track down the leak so [...]

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Finding a Leak in an Above Ground Pool (Part 1 of 2)

Even a minor leak in a pool is more than just an irritating nuisance. Losing water in an above ground pool will cost you a bundle even in the semi-long term, and may even pose a threat to the entire pool’s structure as well. Large leaks, especially in the liner, are often readily visible, making [...]

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The 4 Steps of Water Clarity (Step 4 of 4) D.E. Filter Rental

And last but not least is step 4 – diatomaceous earth filter rental. In general, if you have a DE filter you will not experience lasting problems with cloudy water due to the ultra-fine filtration capacity of these filters. In fact I would go so far as to say that if you already have a [...]

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