Pool Articles


  • Filters - Part III

    The D.E. filter is the most efficient type of pool filter on the market. It can trap particles down to 3 - 5 microns; well below what the naked eye can see. As with sand filters, the pressure gauge indicates a need for backwashing when it reads 8 - 10 lbs. higher than its clean reading. After backwashing a D.E. filter, a new application of D.E. filter powder is added to the filter by pouring into the skimmer. An annual breakdown of the filter is necessary to thoroughly clean D.E. filter grids.
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:01 PM

  • Filters - Part IV

    It could be a problem with your multiport or push-pull valve. The valve could be allowing water to bypass the filter and return to the pool unfiltered. Perhaps you are not running the filter long enough. Perhaps there is not enough D.E. powder in the filter, or too much. You may also need to backwash the filter or remove the grids and clean them manually. Poor sanitation, poor water balance, and pool circulation could be another cause, and it could have nothing to do with the filtering at all. Remember: filtration + sanitation + circulation.
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:04 PM

  • Foaming Water

    Chitin products like Sea-Klear can prevent or eliminate foaming from occurring. The Natural Chemistry line of enzyme products are also very effective anti-foam agents. Sometimes balancing the water and "shocking" the pool can remove the foaming.
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 8:15 AM

  • Gate Valves

    These valves are commonly found to be leaking air and or water. You can repack the valve using plumber's tape, if the valve is leaking air or water from under the nut. These valves may be easier to replace with something of a plastic variety if they leak or if the handle just spins and spins...
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:06 PM

  • GROUT:

    A construction material used to embed rebars in masonry walls, connect sections of pre-cast concrete, fill voids, and seal joints (like those between tiles). Grout is generally composed of a mixture of water, cement, sand and sometimes color tint which is applied as a thick liquid and hardens over time, much like mortar.
    Thursday, November 08, 2018 4:43 PM

  • Heaters - Part I

    Swimming pool heaters can be the more complicated of pool equipment on you pool equipment pad. Making repairs to pool heaters should be performed by qualified personnel. Gas pool heaters using natural gas or LP (Propane) gas can be hazardous with combustion or exhaust of the pool heater. Hayward pool equipment has created the Pool heater FAQ below to help the pool owner with pool heater repairs and pool heater troubleshooting. Poolcenter.com has all of your swimming pool heater parts for your Anthony, Purex, Coates, Hayward, Comfortzone, Jandy, Pentair, Raypak, Teledyne Laars/ Jandy, or Sta-Rite heater.
    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 8:17 AM

  • Heaters - Part II
    All heaters should be installed on a non-combustible material, such as concrete or block. It must not have any structures above it, if installed outdoors, including tree branches within 4 feet. Consult owner's manuals for clearances around all four sides of your pool heater.  

    Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:11 PM
  • How Is Ozone Made?

    Ozone will not explode.  Ozone is not a fire hazard.  In the dose required for excellent purification, ozone does not produce harmful fumes.  Ozone will not damage plumbing fittings, pipes, or equipment.
    Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:55 PM

  • Hurricane Precautions

    People may ask, "Won't the pool overflow if we don't, at least, lower the water?" Yes it may, but no more so than if a patio or a plot of grass were there instead. Adequate drainage has most always been provided for in the design of the pool. Keeping the water in the pool provides the important weight to hold the pool in the ground. An empty pool is subject to "floating" or "popping" out of the ground due to "lift" pressure from excessive ground water caused by the heavy rains that may accompany the storm.
    Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:13 PM

  • Ionic Water Treatment

    Ionization is not a stand alone sanitizer. It cannot oxidize organic matter effectively, so additional chlorine or non-chlorine shock treatment is necessary. There also is the potential for staining of interior surfaces. Copper can deposit itself on these surfaces, giving a blue-green color, {which isn't too bad to look at, some pool people like the color}. Silver can react with sunlight, similar to the way photographs are produced, and create black stains on the plaster.  Ionizers can reduce reliance on traditional chemicals, or provide additional power to your sanitation program.

    Friday, May 10, 2019 9:23 AM