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Phosphates In Your Swimming Pool

It’s funny that we never hear customers complain about phosphates being in their pool until their pool is green. Did you know that phosphates are always in your swimming pool, even when there are no algal blooms? That’s because it doesn’t cross your mind when your pool is nice and blue. After reading through various articles and customers’ questions on removing phosphates, I’ve come to one conclusion, there’s a lot of misconstrued and misconceptions regarding phosphates in your swimming pool. What exactly are phosphates? Where do they come from and how do phosphates get into your swimming pool? What is the threshold for phosphates before it becomes harmful to the swimmer?

Let’s explore phosphates a little more.

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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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Should I Close My Pool Or Leave It Open For Winter ?

As fall approaches and the leaves on your trees begin to change colors, there is one question pool owners ask themselves every year, “Should I close my pool for winter or leave it open?” Sure, there are certainly benefits and drawbacks to both. However, closing your pool is a personal decision. What one pool owner decides may not be the best option for your pool.

If you’re unsure and at a loss at what to do with your pool this year, don’t worry. We are breaking down the pros and cons to keeping your pool open during the winter.  (more…)

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Sizing Your Above Ground Pool Pump

Sizing your above ground pool pump is crucial to the overall performance of your swimming pool. An undersized pump lacks the power needed to circulate your water properly to prevent algal blooms. Adversely, a pump that is too large will completely bypass your filter altogether. This, too, creates a dirty pool. In a way, it’s similar to the likes of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. You don’t want a pump that is too big or too small, you want one that is JUST right.

How can you determine which size pump is right? Let’s explore.

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