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Switching Your Pool from Baquacil to Chlorine

Switching Your Pool from Baquacil to ChlorineBaquacil, the chemical trade name of a non-chlorine pool system, is a product used by a fairly small percentage of pool owners to sanitize their pools. The main active ingredient in this system is biguanide (the generic chemical name), and you may see this type of chemical sold under [...]

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Sand Filters 101 – How Important is Sand Quality? – Changing Your Filter’s Sand (Part 3 of 3)

In part 2 of the 3-part blog on sand filters we got all the way through emptying the tank of the old sand and inspecting internal parts for damage. In this final blog of the series, we’ll work on re-filling and re-assembling the filter to get you back in operation. Although you will want [...]

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Sand Filters 101 – How Important is Sand Quality? (Part 1 of 3)

Sand Filters 101HOW IMPORTANT IS SAND QUALITY?Sand filters are a common choice for many pools due to their user-friendly method of operation. Precisely because of this ease of use, it is also very easy to overlook the importance of the main component of the filter, namely the sand itself! It is for this reason I’d [...]

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What are Phosphates in Swimming Pool Water?

Have an Algae Problem? Your Pool is BalancedYou Shock WeeklyYou Use ChlorineYou Still have Algae?Let’s talk about Phosphates.WHAT ARE PHOSPHATES?Phosphates are food for algae. If you have had persistent trouble with algae- and it always seems to come back, you may have a phosphate problem in your pool. When excess phosphates are present in a swimming [...]

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Sand Filters 101 – How Important is Sand Quality? – Changing Your Filter’s Sand (Part 2 of 3)

In our last blog we discussed the reasons for changing filter sand as well as the need for using a quality brand of silica sand – we recommend Mystic White II™ silica sand from US Silica. In this blog and the one to follow, I have chosen to focus on the proper method for changing [...]

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How to Heat Up the Pool this Summer!

 If you have a pool with a heater, a heat pump or are just looking to keep your pool warmer, it may be time to consider a using a solar blanket. Especially if you live in the northern half of the country, a chilly pool even on a hot day can change your decision to [...]

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5 Common Ways to Fix: Air Bubbles in Pool Pump & Filter System

What happens when I see air bubbles in my pump basket?How can I prevent air in pool filter?This is a common question that many swimming pool owners ask and the answer can be a quick fix or a major problem. Remember the problem lies from the pump forward. If you are taking in air you [...]

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Dr. Dryden’s Activate Glass Filter Media

Dr. Dryden’s Activate is a glass filter media designed to replace traditional sand in sand filters. Activate, according to the manufacturer, “is made from recycled glass that goes through a patented process of decontamination, sterilization, shaping and activation. Activate creates 300 times more surface area; more surface area means more filtration area given a same size filter [...]

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All Shock Is Not Created Equal - Part 4: Monopersulfate

This is the last article in a series discussing the different types of shock available and their multiple uses. In this week’s installment I’d like to address the last of the common shock alternatives available today to the pool and spa owner – namely monopersulfate. It’s often listed under active ingredients as potassium peroxymonopersulfate. Monopersulfate [...]

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All Shock is Not Created Equal - Part 3: Dichlor

In our running article on shock let’s discuss another alternative – dichlor. It’s full chemical name is sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione, but unless you’re a chemist we’ll stick with dichlor! Dichlor comes in granular form in a wide range of percentages (strengths), and may have other active ingredients combined with it for multiple purposes.Dichlor is available in [...]

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