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  • ABSOLUTE FILTER RATING
    Filter rating meaning that 99.9 percent of essentially all of the particles larger than a specified micron rating will be trapped on or within the filter.
    Saturday, December 06, 2008 7:34 PM
  • ACID

    Liquid (muriatic acid) or dry granular (sodium bisulfate) substance used to lower the pool's pH (toward a more acidic condition) or to lower total alkalinity levels.
    Saturday, December 06, 2008 7:33 PM

  • ACID DEMAND
    A titration test used to determine proper amounts of acid (or pH decreaser) to reach correct levels.  For example, to lower pH from 8.0 to 7.6, your pool may "demand" 2qts. of acid.
    Saturday, December 06, 2008 7:34 PM
  • Acid Washing
    Also called a drain & clean, an acid wash becomes necessary if the pool has turned into the "black lagoon". This may occur if the winterizing process is not done properly, or if the pool has been stagnant for a period of time so that algae has taken over. If you notice scaly, man-phibian creatures splashing around out back, it's probably time to drain & clean.
    Monday, December 22, 2008 5:53 PM
  • AIR BLEEDER ASSEMBLY
    Located on the top of the filter and sometimes accompanied by a pressure gauge, the bleeder is opened to release air trapped in the filter.
    Saturday, December 06, 2008 7:35 PM
  • ALGAE

    Over 20,000 species known to exist.  Algae may form on your pool surfaces or it may bloom in suspension.  We typically know algae to be green but it may also be yellow (mustard algae), black, blue-green, or any shade in between. It may form separate spots or seem to grow in sheets.  Pink algae is not algae at all but a form of bacteria.  Algae are living breathing organisms that need warmth, sunlight, and CO² to thrive.  Click here to learn more about algae and how it affects your pool.
    Monday, December 15, 2008 2:46 PM

  • Algae - Part I

    Every pool owner has, at one time or another, done battle with the occasional algae bloom. Algae spores constantly enter the pool, brought in by wind, rain or even contaminated swimsuits or equipment. When conditions are right, an algae bloom can occur seemingly overnight. These conditions include out of balance water, warm temperatures, sunlight and presence of nitrates and/or carbon dioxide. Of course, a lack of proper circulation, filtration and sanitation may be the primary cause of the algae. The best process is one of elimination.
    Saturday, December 06, 2008 7:32 PM

  • Algae - Part II
    Proper chemical balance and sanitizer residuals will prevent many opportunities for algae to bloom. high pH and low chlorine (or other sanitizer) can give algae a great start to genesis. General cleanliness of the pool is also important. Organic material and bacteria can contribute to algae growth. Regular brushing of seemingly clean pools is not only good exercise for you, but prevents dirt from harboring in the pores of the plaster, which is a good start for an algae colony.
    Saturday, December 06, 2008 7:48 PM
  • Algae - Part III

    First off, balance your water, paying particular attention to pH. Secondly, check your filter system and clean if necessary. Adjust valving for optimum circulation and allow it to run 24 hours a day until the pool clears. Turn on automatic cleaners to help stir things up. Backwash as necessary.
    Friday, May 27, 2016 9:49 AM

  • ALGAECIDE

    Meaning, to kill algae. Algaecides perform best as a backup to a routine sanitation program. They also help to kill airborne spores as they blow into the pool. A variety of algae treatment products are available including copper and silver compounds, poly-quat compounds, chlorine enhancers , and herbicides.
    Saturday, December 06, 2008 7:51 PM