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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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The 4 Steps to Pool Water Clarity (Step 3 of 4)

For the last couple of articles we have been taking up the issue of cloudiness in a pool that is persistent and does not respond to clarifiers and other simple solutions. Step 3 is a product from N. Jonas Chemical Company called Hydro-Floc which performs similarly to alum (Step 2) but even more aggressively. With [...]

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Calcium In Your Pool – Does It Matter?

If you’ve had your pool for some time now, doubtless you understand the importance of some key chemicals in your pool – namely pH and chlorine (or whatever other choice of sanitizing chemical you use). Although these two readings may be at the top of the list to maintain, there are other levels well worth [...]

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Back to Basics: The Importance of a Properly Functioning Skimmer

OK, so you’ve just read the title of this week’s blog and you’re probably thinking, “What could possibly be such interesting and valuable information about my pool’s skimmer that it warrants a whole article about it? I mean it’s only a hole in the side of the pool where the water leaves and goes to [...]

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