Pool Articles

 


  • DelZone Ozonators

    The Ozone layer in the atmosphere protects the earth from deadly radiation from the sun.  Ozone destroys bacteria, viruses, mold, and mildew.  Ozone eliminates spores, cysts, yeast, and fungus.  Ozone oxidizes iron, sulfur, manganese and hydrogen sulfate.  It eliminates odors in air, such as smoke.  Ozone Is Healthy and leaves no chemical by-products in water.   Ozone leaves no chemical taste or smell.  Ozone will not burn eyes or make them red or irritated.  Ozone will not irritate or dry out skin, nose, or ears.  Ozone will not leave a chemical film on material or skin.  Ozone will not discolor or damage hair or clothing.  Ozone adds no contaminants or by-products to water.  Ozone rids water and air of unhealthy microorganisms.  Ozone is NOT a carcinogen 
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 4:59 PM

  • Enzyme Water Treatment

    The use of enzymes in pool and spa water treatment has come into its own in recent years. Having been around for ages, enzymes exist in every living (and dead) organism on the planet. They are used to break down organic matter, in fact, they actually consume organic matter in the pool or spa.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:07 PM

  • Equipment Wiring

    Most modern pools will have a "sub-panel" at the equipment pad that houses the breakers for the electrical equipment; i.e., the filter pump, air blower, underwater light/ electrical outlet (GFCI), timer clocks, landscape lighting, electronic heater, automatic cover, control systems, etc.. This sub-panel is tied into the main panel inside the house, which provides its power.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:09 PM

  • Expansion Joint Caulking
    It used to be that all pools built had the expansion joint between the perimeter coping and the pool deck caulked or filled with elastomeric sealant 30 days after the concrete was poured. This was holding up the checks to the builders, I was told, so they sort of stopped mentioning it.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:10 PM
  • Fall Pool Closings

    If you have an inground pool, you should blow out the lines using a Mighty Vac to blow air from the skimmer, through the equipment, and back to the pool. Then plug the lines at the pool using expansion plugs. If you don't blow the lines, add Swimming Pool Antifreeze into the line (follow package directions). Above ground pools usually just need to disconnect the hoses to and from the pump and filter, and plug the wall outlets.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:11 PM

  • Fiberglass Pool Repairs
    You can repair small cracks in your fiberglass pool without too much trouble. Follow the step by step guide below for simple crack repair. You will need a fiberglass repair kit from your local paint supply, or marine supply store. Blisters and bubbles can be repaired the same way. Please remember, you will never get a perfect color and you will always see the repair. The only way to avoid this would be to resurface the entire swimming pool.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:13 PM
  • Fiberglass Pools - Part I

    Fiberglass pools are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes with various tile patterns, fiber optic lighting, and in-floor cleaning systems, possible. Some forms of maintenance like acid washing, resurfacing, and liner replacements don't exist with with fiberglass pools, but proper weekly chemical and cleaning maintenance are still needed to protect the gelcoat finish.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:14 PM

  • Fiberglass Pools - Part II

    It is very important to consult the owners manual and manufacturer of the fiberglass pool.  Installation of a fiberglass pool normally should be done by professional installers, but many people have done the installation them selves.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:15 PM

  • Filters - Part I

    There are three main types of swimming pool filters, D.E. (which stands for Diatomaceous Earth) {first filter}, Sand {middle filter} and Cartridge {last filter}. Different regions of the country seem to have different preferences; personally my order would have D.E. first, then Sand, then cartridge filters. However, the suitability of a filter to a pool can have more to do with size, than with type. Always go at least one size larger than you think you need. Buy the largest filter you can afford, it's money well spent.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:20 PM

  • Filters - Part II

    To replace filter sand, you'll first need to empty out the existing sand. One method is to spread a tarp out beneath the filter drain assembly. Then remove the entire assembly, turn on the pump, and step back! The water pumping through the filter will remove most of the sand out the drain hole. Another method is to remove the drain plug only and allow the filter to drain for several hours or days. Then, remove the top dome or multiport valve.
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:21 PM