Water Chemistry and Pool Heaters

briefly address the importance of water chemistry and how it can affect your swimming pool heaters if not properly maintained.
Many pool heaters both above the ground and in the ground have a main component called a heat exchanger which is where the water goes through and is heated, newer technology has generated Cupro or Titanium exchangers which are less suceptable to problems but still not immune to total lack of water balance and the older heaters were generally made of copper which can be damaged should your pool become an acid bath,...

Big Pool Party and Your Pool is Green?

Well, the big party weekend is upon us and for those who have been too busy to open your swimming pool yet or have been procastinating due to the unseasonably cool weather are now raising your heads and thinking hmmm we could have a party, nice weather coming and yet your pool may open looking like something partied there all winter.


For many of us the economy has made us look twice at our spending habits and a new buzz word “StaCation” has become the summer vacation plan. Many have decided to defer selling their homes and invest albeit a smaller budget into home renovations and improvements including upgrading existing pools or making your backyard a place where you and your children can enjoy the summer months in a safe environment.

There are many upgrades to an existing pool that can be accomplished such as changing over from a chlorine pool to a salt pool, and adding a heater to make your swimming more comfortable or just upgrading your filter and vacuum systems to make your pool experience more hands free allowing you more time get things done. For this article, I am going to concentrate on SAFETY around the swimming pool.

Keeping Swimming Pool Chemistry Simple

Water balance is an important part of your pool maintenance to prevent damage to equipment and allow the chemical products to work efficiently. Your water should be tested regularly and adjusted to meet the proper required levels. Your water’s balance is constantly changing and everything from weather to oils, to dirt and cosmetics affect it. No matter which form of sanitization you use, you need to test your water 2-3 times a week,

Trouble Shooting at Pool Openings

Ok folks, lets get right into some issues which you may find once you get your pool cover off the pool and go through some trouble shooting steps.

1. Water level is low to non existent: 1st make sure your pool cover didn't have holes in it and you didn't pump your water out of the pool when you were pumping water off the cover. If this isn't the case and you lost a large amount of water you most likely have a hole in your liner or split seam. Liners without water is not a good thing as they tend to shrink and once you refill the pool the liner can break free from the coping or bead lending itself unfixable so if you have an older liner I would suggest calling in a pro to give you suggestions even on a newer liner I would call and ask depending on your given situation and water level.


Well hello, we finally will be getting some warm weather here in the northeast this coming weekend. You know what that means don't you? Time to get out in the yard and tackle some long awaited chores, one being your pool opening. As I mentioned in previous posts you may not be swimming this early but you don't want to be caught in a mad dash trying to get parts for your filter or heater when you have a party planned either, so now's the time to take a look see and lets get the summer started.
I am going to say this just once, the earlier the pool opening the cleaner the pool, if you closed clean that is. If you wait until the water warms up for several weeks under that cover things tend to grow fast and it can bloom very fast and become a mess. In general you want to have the cover off and filter going with chemicals before your water reaches 65-68 degrees F. Procrastinators be warned. :) Many will say, with the recession that they do not want to run the filter so early and spend money on chemicals but if the days and evenings remain cooler you can cut down on filtration as compared to the hours you run during full summer heat. Same goes for Chlorine usage you will use less during this period of time versus full summertime sun and you don't have to look at that cover anymore! Here are the steps for opening your pool

How To Choose A Swimming Pool Contractor

You have thought long and hard about adding a pool to create a backyard oasis so once you have reached the decision to proceed, where you start can put you on smooth track to getting the project completed in a professional, timely manner and most importantly within your budget with a professional swimming pool contractor.

Steps To Take Before Opening Your Pool

Even though ironically I am sitting here at my vacation home looking at about seventeen inches of snow on the ground I know further south the grass is peeping up and you are now looking out into your yards yearning for further signs of Spring and looking at your pool covers wishing it was warm enough to open up the pool and instead of that cover, looking at sparkling blue water. First things first, it's still a little early to open but there are still some things you can do now to make your pool opening day a lot smoother and less stressful.

Spring is Near and Pool Season is Upon Us

I thought it would be a good idea to offer cost effective tips on pool care and most important where not to cut corners specifically in the area of pool safety.
As we near Spring time we are thinking of opening our pools and readying ourselves for a full season of summer fun so the posts to follow will hopefully be enlightening, educational and helpful.