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How To Read a Pool Pump Curve

I know this may sound weird but we can’t tell you how many gallons per minute your pump pushes based off of your motor alone. When asked, we reply with, “I’m not sure, but if you provide the make and model of your pump, I can review your pool pump curve.” That answer usually confuses some pool owners.  

Truthfully, the confusion stems from confusing the motor for the pump, or vice versa.  To some, the words are interchangeable, however, they are not. Your motor is just a single component of your pump. Think of it as the engine in your car. The word pump includes your motor but also the pump housing, impeller, diffuser, strainer basket, and lid. For this reason, it impossible for us to know the GPMs of your pump based off of the motor alone. 

Now that you have the make and model of your pump, how do you determine the GPMs? The answer: a pool pump performance curve.

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Replacing Your Above Ground Pool Pump

One of the first things most pool owners learn to do for themselves is replacing their own pool pump. Why pay someone to do something you can learn to do yourself? For above ground pool owners, replacing your above ground pool pump may seem daunting. There are a ton of different pump options and features that affect your overall plumbing schematic. How do you know which pump is right? The mere fact that you’re ordering it online does not help the situation either. If you order the wrong pump, you have to send it back, further delaying getting your pool back. No one wants to order the wrong pump, lose time or spend too much money in the process.

Do you think replacing your above ground pool pump is hard? Well, let’s simplify it together. (more…)

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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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