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Swimming Pool Articles

The swimming pool or spa flow meter is one of the most overlooked but crucial elements inside the commercial pool operator's pump room. This little device will help you understand the overall health of your facility, and in most situations, it is required by your local health department. In this article we are going to explore the following aspects of the swimming pool flow meter:
  • 4 min read
It may seem like a tired mantra used by every inspection organization in the pool and hot tub industry, but documentation is truly one of the most important aspects of operating a pool and hot tub facility. We may be doing a great job at maintaining safe, healthy pools and hot tubs, but that doesn't mean anything if we haven't kept record of what we have been doing to maintain this safety. And oftentimes an operator only knows the crucial nature of paperwork when the health inspector comes asking for it. In this article we are going to explore the most important documents to keep and methods for keeping those documents.
  • 5 min read

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. 
  • 5 min read

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. 

  • 4 min read
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. 
  • 4 min read
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. 
  • 4 min read
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, butnone 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.

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?

  • 4 min read

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.

  • 4 min read
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.
  • 5 min read
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.
  • 4 min read

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.