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How to Lower Calcium Hardness in Your Pool

Hard water (especially for those of us who live in the south east of England) is a well known problem for kettles, boilers, and washing machines. It is also a problem for your pool water. Maintaining your proper calcium hardness in your pool is critical to the quality of your overall pool health. A high calcium hardness in you water can cause corrosion of the pool plumbing and can even cause scale to build up on the surfaces of the pool making them rough. What is Calcium Hardness Calcium hardness is the measure of how hard or soft your pool water is and how much calcium is dissolved in your

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What is The Difference Between Stabilised and Unstabilised Chlorine?

The world of pool chemicals and the different choices you can make are seemingly countless. One thing many pool owners, especially new pool owners, are faced with is sanitation. To clean your pool you need chlorine, then you find there are two types: stabilised and unstabilised. Making the wrong decision on these two types of chlorine won’t be the end of the world however it is very beneficial to know the difference and understand that both types are often used interchangeably however knowing when to use either is key. Unstabilised Chlorine The word unstabilised may get you a bit scared, by it’s very nature of being unstable! Don’t worry, it

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How Often Should You Shock Your Swimming Pool?

Many pool owners new and old wonder how often their pool needs shocking. To shock your pool is by far the best way to remove algae from you pool as well as any other organic matter keeping your pool clean all season long. The downside to shocking is that you restrict the time allowed in the pool as the chlorine levels will be too high to swim in and you need to wait until the chlorine levels reduce to a safe level (3-4 ppm) before it is safe to swim. So, how often should you shock your pool? The simple answer is as often as it needs it. We will

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What to do if Your Pool Has a Nitrate Problem?

Nitrates are not an uncommon problem to have especially if you are in the UK. It is important to be mindful of the nitrate levels in your pool as a high nitrate reading could become into an algae nightmare. The secret to controlling nitrate levels is to test regularly and then you can respond quickly to rising levels before it becomes a problem. Before you start testing for nitrates, it’s good to know exactly what they are and what you need to do to remove nitrates from your pool water. What Are Nitrates? Nitrates are a naturally occurring contaminant to swimming pools. Nitrates are a plant nutrient typically found in

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How to Fix Cloudy Pool Water

How to Fix Cloudy Pool Water

Waking up one morning and finding your pool has turned a white milky mess can be a daunting thing even for a seasoned pool owner. A cloudy pool can be a challenge to recover from so in this article we will explain why a pool becomes cloudy and offer you some tips how to get your pool crystal clear as quickly and easily as possible. What Causes Cloudy Water in a Swimming Pool? There are three main causes of cloudy water in a pool: The chemicals in your pool: Believe it or not, too much chlorine in a pool can cause a cloudy pool! Other levels could be too high

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What is the Difference Between Clarifier and Flocculent?

Flocculent Clarifier

Flocculent is a very ­handy chemical to have at your disposal in your swimming pool arsenal when you want to clear a pool fast. However, flocculent isn’t going to always be the number one choice for clearing your pool. In this article, we will explain what the difference is between flocculent and clarifier, along with the directions to use both. What is Clarifier? Although the sand filter in your pool filtration does much of the heavy lifting when it comes to clearing a cloudy pool, sometimes your sand filter needs a little help to do the job. The sand in your sand filter will catch 95% of particle in your

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Swimming Pool Chemistry 101

Swimming Pool Chemistry 101

The water in a swimming pool has to be kept well maintained to maintain perfect clarity, sanitation and wellbeing of the equipment as well as the pool finish. Maintaining your pool water means keeping a range of variables within tolerance and can become confusing to a new comer to the pool ownership club. Today we explore the main variables you need to be checking on your pool and what to do if the readings are over or above the desired range. 1.    Water balance One of the first things you need to check regularly on your pool water is pH. Swimming pool water should typically be between 7.4 and 7.6

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How to Clean a Green Pool When You Have a Saltwater System

How to Clean a Green Pool When You Have a Saltwater System

Having a saltwater generator on your pool has many benefits however the effect of sanitation will not be much different from a traditional swimming pool. The salt in the water of a saltwater pool passes a electrolysis plate which charges the chlorine particle in salt (salt is made of Sodium and chlorine) and creates a chlorine ion. In short, whether you have a traditional sanitation system or a saltwater system, you have chlorine in your pool. Many people believe that having a saltwater pool, you should not dose chemical chlorine. This is NOT true! A “boost” or “100%” button can commonly be found on saltwater systems which will boost the

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How to Prime a Pool Pump

How to Prime a Pool Pump

A common question our service department get asked is how do you prime a pump? A pump will need priming for many reasons. The pump may have been accidentally run dry or shut off for a long period of time. It may be that the pump is higher than the pool and needs a bit of help to get going. Priming involves adding water to the pump before it is switched on to give it a bit of help to pull the water from through your pipework. Imagine it like an old plane, having to spin the propeller to get it started. Priming a pump is a simple task that

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Protecting Your Pool Cover in the Winter

Protecting Your Pool Cover in the Winter

When the colder months draw in and your pool is closed, there are some things you can do to protect your cover and extend its life. If you have a solar cover, you need to remove this over the winter as if left on the pool, it will become brittle and become useless for next season. A winter cover should be installed in place of a solar cover for the colder months. Store Your Solar Cover When you close your pool for the winter, wind your solar cover back on the reel, hosing off any debris as you reel. Then you should use some tarpaulin or a specialist cover for

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