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Can Pool Water Make You Sick?

by Alex Stewart August 19, 2019

Every year we see it, articles popping up, especially around the beginning of summer warning about all of these sicknesses that can be lurking in your pools and hot tubs. They warn people to use caution when swimming due to the fact that there are illnesses hiding in every dark corner of pools just waiting to make someone sick. The real question is, are these articles, in fact, true? Are there diseases lying dormant in your aquatic facility simply waiting to kill, steal, and destroy? In this week's article, we will:

  • explore the truth behind these articles
  • and discuss what you can do to make sure your pool doesn't end up the subject of the next headline. 

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Treating Foam In The Pool or Hot Tub

by Alex Stewart July 26, 2019

Foaming is very common in hot tubs, but a little more rare in pools. It can be subtle, just a few patches on the surface here and there, or it can be massive, a ton covering the entire surface of the hot tub or pool. Either way, it makes the hot tub or pool look fairly gross. And believe it or not, foam can actually be a health hazard to your swimmers. In this article, we are going to discuss the causes of foaming and ways to get rid of it so your pool or hot tub is clean, clear, and sparkling. 

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My Pool Is Green, What Do I Do?

by Alex Stewart July 17, 2019

Every pool operator experiences it: You show up to your pool one morning and your pool is 50 shades of green. Green water can be an alarming discovery, especially if you have never dealt with it before. In this week's article, we will discuss the causes of green water, how to treat green water, and finally how to prevent it in the future. 

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There's A Dead Animal In My Pool, Help!

by Alex Stewart July 08, 2019

Every operator who has been working in a commercial pool or spa for any length of time has experienced it: They open the lid to the skimmer only to find a dead rodent, snake, or bird inside. Yikes! What do we do in this situation?? This week's article is going to focus on what to do if you find a dead animal inside your pool or spa. 

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Broken Glass In The Swimming Pool: What Should You Do?

by Alex Stewart July 01, 2019

The issue of broken glass in a swimming pool is every commercial pool operator's nightmare. Cuts related to broken glass in the pool or the pool area can spell major hassles for a property. The problem is particularly scary when the glass is broken in the pool itself, as it is nearly impossible to visually see the glass inside the water once the glass has been broken. It is even more impossible to detect glass if the shards have turned into slivers. So, what exactly is the best route to take when cleaning glass out of your pool? There are dozens of chat threads, web pages, and reddit pages devoted to this conversation, but none of them address how a commercial pool operator should react to this situation. In this week's article, we are going to explore what you should do when someone breaks glass in your swimming pool.

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Swimming Pool Spa And Filter Types: Cartridge

by Alex Stewart June 24, 2019

In this series, we have been exploring the various different types of filtration equipment you can use for you pool and spa. We have already covered sand filters here and Diatomaceous Earth here, and this week we will be exploring the world of cartridge filters. We will cover the following information:

  • How Does a Cartridge Pool Filter Work?

  • The Benefits of Cartridge Pool Filters?

  • The Cons of a Cartridge Pool Filter

  • Cartridge Filter "Need To Knows"

  • Should I install a Cartridge Filter For My Pool?

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Swimming Pool And Spa Filter Types: Diatomaceous Earth

by Alex Stewart June 17, 2019

Our last article covered the ins and outs of sand filtration, and in this article we are going to be turning our focus toward another kind of filter media, diatomaceous earth. This article will cover the following information: How Does A DE Filter Work, Pros Of Using A DE Filter, Cons Of Using A DE Filter, and Should I Be Using A D.E. Filter? It is our goal that by the end of this article, you will be able to know if using a D.E. filtration system is the best system for you or if you should be looking elsewhere.

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Swimming Pool and Spa Filter Types: Sand Filters

by Alex Stewart June 10, 2019

Filtration, alongside with disinfection, is key in preventing dirty and cloudy water. We capture this filth and debris inside of our filters through the use of a filtration media. There are numerous media on the market used for the purpose of filtering our pool and hot tub water, and sand media is one of the more popular ones. In this article we will be exploring one of the most common types of filtration media: Sand.

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Brushing Your Pool: Does It Really Make A Difference?

by Alex Stewart June 04, 2019

Your dentist always talks about the value of brushing at least twice a day, but when was the last time your pool professional talked to you about the merits of brushing your pool? Believe it or not, brushing your pool is just important to the health of your pool as brushing your teeth. In this article we will cover the benefits of brushing, the best equipment for the job, good brushing habits, and finally, the consequences of not brushing.

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Cyanuric Acid: Friend Or Foe?

by Alex Stewart May 28, 2019

If you have been working with pools and spas for any length of time, there is a good chance you have heard the word stabilizer, conditioner, or pool sunscreen used before. But what is water stabilizer? Do I really want a conditioner in my pool? And honestly, what is pool sunscreen!? All of these words like stabilizer, conditioner, and sunscreen are all words used to describe something called cyanuric acid. In this article, we will discuss what cyanuric acid is, how it works, its positives and negatives, and dosage recommendations. 

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What Do I Do If Someone Has Pooped In My Pool?

by Alex Stewart May 21, 2019

Believe it or not, feces in the pool is a fairly common occurrence. It is even more common in areas that service a high amount of children at your facility. If not treated properly, this poop can lead to a multitude of Recreational Water Illnesses such as:

These Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI's) can be deadly or can ruin someone's vacation at the very least. Making sure we react properly as pool and spa operators in a fecal incident is crucial in preventing the spread of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI). In this week's article, we are going to be exploring what you need to do to keep your property as safe as possible in the event of an Accidental Fecal Release.

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How Do I Fix Cloudy Water Issues?

by Alex Stewart May 13, 2019

We've all dealt with it before, we show up to our pool on Monday morning only to find the pool looking like someone has replaced our pool water with 2% milk. You panic because you have a busy pool schedule ahead of you this week and need to fix this problem quickly. What do you do!?

Cloudy water plagues all pools and spas at some point in an operator's career and knowing how to effectively solve the problem is key to saving time being closed, and, potentially, a lot of money. Many times a service company will come in a sell you a thousand things that will make your pool clear up for a time, but inevitably, a few days later, the cloudiness comes back. In this article we are going to cover the best ways to attack cloudy water by attacking the cloudiness at the source. 

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