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Horned Nosed Beetles and Above Ground Pools

After building above ground pools for many years, I don’t get many callbacks on my bottoms. Some above grounds are made with bottoms of foam sheeting, happy bottoms (which are thin sheets of hard plastic), vermiculite, pearlite, or concrete. The vast majority of them use only the earth of the yard and maybe some sand for the bottom and that’s usually perfectly OK. An experienced installer can make a nice smooth bottom using just the earth that is there. We usually use only the earth for the pool bottom due to the extra cost of the materials mentioned above. An above ground swimming pool is, after all, a much less expensive alternative to in-grounds. So, for most, keeping the cost down is important.

There are a few drawbacks to having only an earth bottom and one of the drawbacks is horned nosed beetles. I started this blog post saying that I don’t get many callbacks on my bottoms, but I did get three this season because of something sharp poking up from under the liner. Out of the three calls, one was because of a horned nosed beetle. Let me tell you about them. (more…)

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Our Pool Water Turned Green: An Olympic Story

Has your pool water ever turned green? It’s okay, you’re part of an elite club of green pools that includes some well-known pools.

For the last four years, we’ve been waiting for the Rio Summer Olympic Games to arrive. And although there was much controversy leading up to the games, the headlines did not deter us from watching, rooting, and enjoying Team USA all summer. From volleyball to gymnastics to swimming, each sport had its own story of glory. For swimming, though, these stories became headline news for different reasons. And no, we’re not talking about Ryan Lochte.  

If you watched the diving or water polo events then you noticed the pool’s color changed what seemed like overnight. The diving pool and the water polo pool turned from a beautiful, clear blue to a deep, bright green. Although it happened on separate days, speculation and questions mounted about the safety of the athletes.

How could the pools turn green in an international event that provides tons of funding and press? Brazillian officials offered their explanation as to how this happened. However, after consecutive days of the pool’s condition getting worse, their explanations changed… for the worse. 

Let’s go through their list of explanations as to why the pool turned from blue to green and see if  their reasoning is likely.
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How to clean a green pool

How to Clean a Green Pool?

How to Clean a Green Pool?

As you may or may not know, we love taking on challenging swimming pools so that we can create helpful pool videos and blog posts. Recently, we took on a pool in Longwood, Florida, that has been neglected for four years. It literally turned into a swamp. We’re talking about hundreds of tadpoles using this pool as their home.

We will show you how you can turn a green pool into crystal clear water in a matter of days. The pool we worked on was an extreme case, but the process is the same for a mild algae bloom.

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