Frequently Asked Pool Care Questions

Test the Waters: Take this Quiz On Swimming Pool Chemicals

FALSE-Clear water does not necessarily mean clean water. Clear pool water has been oxidized (organic contaminants have been broken down and destroyed). However, to ensure healthy swimming conditions, pool water must also be sanitized so it is free of bacteria and algae. The only way to determine if water is properly sanitized is to test it using a reliable test kit. Acidity in the pool for those only using chlorine can be corrosive to your pool equipment but also irritate a swimmers skin especially young swimmers.

How to Protect Your Pool During Hurricane

Well the Northeast is preparing for Hurricane Irene. As I write this traffic and grocery stores are busy, filled with people stocking up on food, water and batteries; but what about your swimming pool? How do you prepare your pool for such an event as a hurricane in the Northeast? Depending upon your available time you may wish to close down the pool before the storm arrives, for some as school is beginning next week this may be appealing. By closing the pool and covering it you will avoid the windblown debris such as leaves, sticks etc. from going into the pool.

Fall is Perfect Time to Begin a Backyard Swimming Pool Project

Many times we are contacted toward the end of the swimming season as to when the best time is to change a swimming pool liner or begin a new in the ground pool project. The fall is an excellent time to take a look and plan for what you want to have in place for the next summer season. Other advantages to fall pool construction is the temperature has cooled and you are not dealing with the rainy spring season which can not only delay construction because of the rain but also delay your project because of higher water tables leaving your yard inaccessible for days to weeks

Messy Pool Openings

Many have called asking what can be done when your pool cover has fallen in the pool and unfortunately the answer is not much but to dump the water and start cleaning.

Swimming Pool Weather is Near. Time to Begin Pool Safety Checklist

As we approach the beginning of the swimming pool season I have been contemplating on what I should wright about this year in the blog that was not already covered. Dare I repeat myself? Well, safety from injury or worse is always worth more than one mention in my mind so I will give a few pointers as May is National Water Safety Month.

Perhaps you have not even begun to think about the swimming pool yet as the Northeast weather has been rather cold and rainy in April but as a Yankee surely you know weather in New England and the east in general can turn on a dime and we could have a heat wave upon us before we know it. Rather than waiting till the last minute to check your swimming pool for what preparations you may need to complete before the opening let’s go over a few items that can increase your safety and reduce cost and aggravation in the long run.

Severe Winter May Have Caused Swimming Pool Damage

You may have coverage for certain damages so be sure to document and take pictures of the damages and receive an estimate to replace or repair from a reputable, licensed Pool Professional.

Why are Phosphates In My Pool

Phosphates and nitrates in pool water has become a more common issue than in the past and can wreak havoc with your pool water chemistry if not addressed.

Can't Get Your Chlorine to Register?

A myth is that you have plenty of chlorine or high chlorine levels if you smell the odor or have irritated eyes but these are actually signs of chloramines not too much chlorine. In order to neutralize chloramines super chlorination is suggested and there are various methods used with some suggesting up to 8 gallons of liquid chlorine for 20K gallons of pool water circulating the water until the levels read normal. I would suggest no swimming at this treatment time till levels come down


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Swimming Pool Winter Blues

...customer whose above ground pool cover has started to fall into her pool. This can be a common occurrence for both the Above and In the ground pools when 1. Water on the winter pool cover was not pumped off the entire season and now has frozen and the weight of the ice is forcing the cover into the pool 2. Equipment failure such as the cord or winch has broken or the water tubes have failed to hold the weight of the cover and the cover is sagging into the pool.