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Swimming Pool Articles

In previous articles, we've talked about the importance of the skimmers for keeping the surfaces of your pools and spas clean, but what about the stuff that sinks to the bottom of the pool? In this article we are going to discuss everything you need to know about cleaning the floor of your pool or spa. 

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When discussing skimmers in regard to your pools and spas, we usually use the term to refer to two different things: A mesh basket attached to a utility pole used for scooping up surface debris, or the devices installed at the surface of the pool to help with circulation and cleaning of the pool and spa.

Though understanding how both work is important, this article will focus on the latter of the two, the devices that aid in surface water removal and debris collection. Across the pool and spa industry there are a few different styles of skimmers you may encounter, but the primary types we use in the commercial industry fall into two different styles. 

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There is a lot of information circulating on the internet surrounding the topic of main drains that are found in most all pools and spas. There is also a lot of information on the internet surrounding the dangers of main drains being used. Finally, there is unending amounts of misinformation on the internet surrounding the dangers and operation of a pool or spa main drain. This article seeks to do address the following information surrounding Main Drains...
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This is a question I’m often asked in my C.P.O. classes. The simple answer is, yes. Saltwater pools have been part of our industry for quite some time and there are some benefits to installing a salt water system on your commercial swimming pool. There are also some drawbacks. In this article we will go over everything you need to know about saltwater conversions.
You may have heard talk around the water cooler, or in our case, the pool heater, that The National Swimming Pool Foundation and The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals has merged and that is correct. As of April 1st, 2019, The two organizations have indeed joined forces. The merging of the two groups has created what is now known as The Pool And Hot Tub Alliance, or PHTA.
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 Knowing how many gallons of water you have in your pool and spa is one of the foundational pieces of the puzzle in running your aquatic facility or backyard pool in a safe and healthy way. Even though knowing your pool and spa volumes crucial, it is truly an often overlooked component of operating your pool. Knowing pool and spa volume is crucial for the following reasons:
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Getting CPO Certified is actually quite easy if you're taking the course from the right teachers! The information can get technical at times, so it's important you select a class that knows how to make the information easy to understand. The Pool Training Academy has one of the highest pass-rates of any of the CPO schools in the USA - and our students emerge with not JUST a certification, but a true understanding of how their pools work, how to keep them running efficiently and safely, and most importantly - an education that can help them for years to come!
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