The Difference Between Pool Clarifier and Flocculant

The Difference Between Pool Clarifier and Flocculant

Cloudy pool water is usually caused by dead algae or mists of particles suspended in your pool water. The job of a coagulant agent, like clarifier or flocculant, is to clump these tiny particles into larger clumps so that they can be collected by your filter or flushed to waste. 

Now, clarifier and flocculant (floc and vac) are two sides of the same coin. Both are types of coagulant agents that accomplish the same task using different routes. The key differences are the time it takes for the reaction to take place and the extra elbow grease needed from you to finish the job. We will discuss the pros and cons and the best times to apply which chemical.  (more…)

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Dirty Spa?

Why Is My Spa Dirty? Part 3: The Balancing

Hello and welcome to the third installment of my spa refill. In my previous posting, we showed the original decrepit state of my spa after several months of lapsed maintenance. In the first blog, I gave an explanation of what happened, why it happened and what was going to happen to get it back up and running. In the second blog we purged the spa, drained it, re-glossed the shell, and refilled it. Now it is time for the easy part of balancing our spa water. (more…)

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Dirty Spa?

Why Is My Spa Dirty?

I am a pool man that neglects his very own spa at home.  Yes, cast your eyes upon my shame for I deserve your scorn. I could give the normal list of excuses: I was working too much, I forgot, I thought the wife was doing it or, the new take on a classic “The dog ate my spa chemicals.” By the way, I should not have to tell you this but just in case, do not let them do that.

Well it is that time of year when everyone is firing up their hot tubs in preparation for the cool, crisp air. That also means I have been repeatedly asked the same question over the dinner table, “So is the spa ready yet?” I greet that question with the same demeanor a teen treats inquiries of the cleanliness of his room; I offer a vague answer and change the subject. But I refuse to hide anymore. I got my gumption up and I am ready to get my spa affairs in order. No more will I hide the green bubbling beast under my spa cover and you, the reader, will be the beneficiary of my spa’s repair. (more…)

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