Why Is The pH Always High In My Pool?

Poolside Chat Episode #33: Why Is The pH Always High In My Pool?

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Why Is The pH Always High In My Pool?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

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How To: Identify & Find Above Ground Pool Parts

How To: Identify & Find Above Ground Pool Parts

Hello, above ground pool owners. It’s Matt and Rob. We hope you’re doing great, but chances are if you’re on this post, your day is not going all that well. And that’s because your pool is broken and you can’t find parts. Well, in this video, Rob and I will review commonly replaced parts for above ground pools, their functions and the best way to find the part you need.

Let’s dig in.

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high head and medium head pool pump

Which is Best: High Head or Medium Head Pumps?

After my last article on how to calculate the total dynamic head (TDH) of your swimming pool, I decided to tackle a subject in a similar realm: high and medium head pumps. In the Total Dynamic Head (TDH) blog post we explained that TDH is essentially the force/resistance working against the pump as it pushes water through your pipes. The higher the feet of head, the harder your pump needs to push to counteract that resistance.

Calculate your feet of head according to the blog post or your choice of online calculator and select the style of pump accordingly:

  • Medium Head Pump < 65 Feet of Head
  • High Head Pump > 65 Feet of Head

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Main Drains in Above Ground Pools

Main Drains in Above Ground Pools

Fortunately for all of us, above ground swimming pools now mostly come with decent equipment at least. What I mean by “equipment” is a pump and filter. Many years back, above grounds only came with really crappy canister sand filters and undersized pumps.  They came with them to keep the cost down and who cared anyway. It was just an above ground pool. What do you expect?

Now, just about all the middle-of-the-road and higher end above grounds will have more than big enough pumps and filters and they are built to last many years. This is great, but there’s something that hasn’t changed with above ground pools and that is the skimmer and return openings in the wall. These openings are where the pump and filter hook up to the pool and they are both located high up and right next to each other. (more…)

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“What kind of sand should I use in my sand filter?”

Poolside Chat Episode #32: Which Filter Sand Should I Use?

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • What kind of sand should I use in my sand filter?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

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