Converting a Salt Pool back to Traditional Chlorine

Converting a Salt Pool back to Traditional Chlorine

This may come as a surprise to some, but not everyone loves salt chlorine generators. Each pool owner has their reasons for not liking salt pools. Some people experience rusting, others have softstone decks, or just don’t like plunking down a few hundred dollars for a replacement cell. No matter what the reason is, these pool owners want the easiest way of converting their pool from saltwater to traditional chlorine, a.k.a. freshwater. (more…)

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Why Is My Pool Cloudy?

[social_warfare buttons=”Facebook, Twitter”] Whether it is cloudy judgments, cloudy weather, or cloudy pools, ‘cloudy’ isn’t a word that is typically used in a positive manner. So when it comes to a cloudy pool, you want to address the issue ASAP. Failure to address your cloudy water in a timely manner can hurt your pockets and your patience.

When we come across pool owners with cloudy pools, they always want to know three things: Why is my pool cloudy? How do I get rid of my cloudy pool? How can I prevent this from happening again? These three questions present the perfect thought process for clearing up a cloudy pool. Before you can fix the cloudiness, you need to determine what caused your water to become cloudy in the first place. Once you figure out the root to the issue, then you can take action to remedy it. Finally, you have to educate yourself in preventative measures to ensure your pool remains healthy.

Depending on the severity of the cloudiness, returning your pool back to its healthy state can take a couple of days to a few weeks. Let’s figure out the root to your cloudiness. (more…)

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Pool Shocks

What is the Difference Between Pool Shocks?

Well first, what is pool shock?  Shock is a concentrated chemical formula used to increase available or free chlorine when your standard sanitizer (regular chlorine tabs, a salt chlorinator, Nature2, etc) gets behind in its duties.  Sanitizers work to oxidize or break down organics and destroy bacteria.  But they can become overwhelmed by higher levels of these compounds which rise after an increased bather load (pool party!) or heavy debris from inclement weather.

Organics come from many sources – dead skin cells, sweat, sunscreen, dirt, and leaves, to name a few.  These not only muck up your pool but also provide a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet for bacteria and can set the stage for an algae bloom.  This is when pool shock comes in to save the day by giving a boost to your sanitizer.  Here are the three main types of pool shock, which vary by their chemical composition. (more…)

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