MULTIPORT VALVE 101

MULTIPORT VALVE 101

There are three types of pool filters: cartridge, sand, and DE (diatomaceous earth). Sand and DE filters use a multiport valve to help clean or backwash the filter media. Multiport valves are called multiport valves because they have multiple ports inside the valve that allows the water to move in multiple directions.

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POOL BASICS: POOL CIRCULATION

POOL BASICS: POOL CIRCULATION

Your pool needs good circulation to keep the water clean. Good pool circulation helps your pool's sanitation system, your filter, and your added chemicals do their job. 

WHAT MAKES GOOD POOL CIRCULATION?
A good circulation system! A circulation system includes the skimmer, pump, filter, and return jets, and they all work together. If one part of this system breaks down, it affects everything else. 

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PUMP BASKET

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PUMP BASKET

The pump basket is located in the pump housing assembly, and its purpose is to collect large debris that the skimmer missed or debris that was sucked through the main drain. This humble basket prevents debris from entering the pump assembly and clogging the impeller. Cleaning and inspecting your pump basket should be on your weekly pool to-do list because your pump has to work harder to cycle the pools water when the basket is clogged with leaves and debris. When this happens, you are not going to get the proper turnover rate, which will result in your water not being filtered as it should be. 

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PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR POOL PUMP

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR POOL PUMP

The pump is virtually the heart of your swimming pool's circulation system. Its sole purpose is to pull water from the pool through the skimmer and main drain. The water is then pushed through the filter and returned to the pool through the main returns. Just like the equipment for your home needs attention, the equipment for your swimming pool also requires routine maintenance. Let's take a look at some easy steps that will help keep your pool's pump in prime condition.

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NERD ALERT! POOL VOLUME & WHY IT MATTERS

NERD ALERT! POOL VOLUME & WHY IT MATTERS

When it comes to water chemistry, the volume of your pool is an important number that you need to know. Knowing the volume - the number of gallons in your pool - is essential.  The amount of pool chemicals needed to achieve and maintain water balance is dependent on the volume of water in your pool. Underdosing means more work for you, and overdosing means more money, both of which are a nuisance. The nice thing is that you only need to figure this number out once and you're good to go.

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HOW TO DETECT A LEAK IN YOUR VINYL LINER

HOW TO DETECT A LEAK IN YOUR VINYL LINER

It's perfectly normal for your pool to lose water every day to evaporation, but if you notice an excessive loss of water, chances are you have a leak. A leak needs attention right away because the water level needs to be maintained in the middle of the skimmer. When your pool water level is too low, the skimmer takes in too much air, and this will cause problems with your pool system and will eventually cause the motor of your pump to burn out.

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THE RIGHT WAY TO TAKE A WATER SAMPLE

THE RIGHT WAY TO TAKE A WATER SAMPLE

Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to collect your water sample. A water sample is supposed to be a reflection of the water chemistry of your entire pool and staying on top of your readings is the foundation of your swimming pool season success. If a sample is contaminated or otherwise amiss, you can create big headaches and spend a bunch of money needlessly. Nobody wants that. Let's make sure you're collecting your water sample correctly for either your home test or for bringing a sample into our stores for analysis.

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5 STEPS TO POOL PARTY SUCCESS

5 STEPS TO POOL PARTY SUCCESS

Being in the swimming pool business for as long as we have, we have seen a thing or two, or three, or four….especially when it comes to the panic-stricken pool owner preparing for a party and the pool is not party ready. One thing is for sure, there are few things worse than a pool party with green water or everyone walking around with bloodshot eyes and itchy skin. So when it comes to planning a pool party, the number one most important thing you can do is make sure your pool is clean, clear, and chemically balanced.

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HOW TO CONVERT TO A SALTWATER POOL

HOW TO CONVERT TO A SALTWATER POOL

We recently covered SALTWATER BASICS. If you’re educating yourself about saltwater pools, check it out here. The biggest takeaway was dispelling the myth that saltwater pools are not chlorine pools. With a saltwater pool, you are still using chlorine to sanitize your pool; you are just manufacturing your own. The chlorine that is produced by a saltwater pool is higher quality chlorine that does not have the adverse effects of traditional chlorine like, red eyes, itchy skin, and the strong smell of chloramines.

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SALTWATER POOL BASICS

SALTWATER POOL BASICS

When you hear saltwater, most people think of the ocean, not swimming pool water. But now millions of pools worldwide are saltwater pools, so let’s take a look at what having a saltwater pool means. But before we get to that, I mentioned ocean water, and if you have ever gotten a mouthful of ocean water, then you know how salty the water tastes. A saltwater pool is not the same; in fact, just a drop of water from a saltwater chlorinated pool contains less salt than a human tear.

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What are the Different Types of Pool Filters?

What are the Different Types of Pool Filters?

"Filtration, filtration, filtration!" Another critical piece of equipment for maintaining clean, safe pool water is your filter. The filter helps keep the pool clean by removing undissolved debris and dirt particles from your pool water.

There are three types of filters available: sand filters, cartridge filters, and D.E. filters. Each one has its pros and cons, but when used properly, any of the three will do its job of keeping your pool clean and clear.

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What are the Different Types of Pool Pumps?

What are the Different Types of Pool Pumps?

The pool pump is the heart of your swimming pool's circulation system.  It creates the flow of water that allows chemicals to circulate evenly throughout your pool and is instrumental in effectively sanitizing your water, and it moves debris through the circulation system and out of your pool.

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How Does Rain Affect Your Pool Water?

How Does Rain Affect Your Pool Water?

A part of living in Maryland is the spring rain and summer thunderstorms. Have you ever wondered how rain affects your swimming pool water or if there is anything specific that you should do after it rains? As a pool owner, it’s a question worth asking because, after it rains, particularly heavy rain, the water of your pool changes both on a chemical and physical level. The amount of rain is important to consider. Light rainfall and showers will not impact your pool nearly as much as a rainstorm with heavy wind.

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