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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POOL CARE BASICS: FREE, COMBINED, & TOTAL CHLORINE - WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

POOL CARE BASICS: FREE, COMBINED, & TOTAL CHLORINE - WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

When it comes to maintaining your swimming pool and keeping your water balanced no chemical is more important than chlorine. Chlorine is the chemical compound that works to kill contaminants in your pool water like bacteria, sweat, urine, skin oils, and other microorganisms that could otherwise cause harm.

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POOL CARE BASICS: CALCIUM HARDNESS (CH)

POOL CARE BASICS: CALCIUM HARDNESS (CH)

What is Calcium Hardness in pools?

Calcium hardness is a concentration of calcium ions which appears in the pool water in the form of calcium carbonate. Calcium is naturally present in water, but when it comes to your swimming pool water, it needs to be maintained and prevented from going either too high or too low by keeping it within the target range of 200-300 ppm. If Calcium Hardness is not kept within range, your pool water can become too aggressive or end up scaling the surface of your swimming pool.

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Flocculant vs. Clarifier

Flocculant vs. Clarifier

If you notice that your pool water is cloudy after overcoming an algae bloom, most likely you need a coagulant agent. (make sure to rule out any chemical imbalances first)  Clarifier and Flocculant are types of coagulant agents, and their job is to clump these tiny particles into larger clumps so that your filter can collect them or be flushed to waste.

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Clearing a Green Pool

Clearing a Green Pool

Clearing a green pool is probably one of the most frustrating parts of pool ownership. Even the most caring pool owners can suffer with pool algae. We’ve been clearing green pools and helping pool owners clear green pools for a long time, so we know first hand the gut-wrenching feeling that can overcome you when you lay your eyes upon a green, swampy unsightly mess.

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Preparing For Your Opening

Preparing For Your Opening

Welcome back Browning family, we hope to find everyone rested and ready for fun in the sun! But first, if you have a scheduled pool opening with us, thank-you for choosing Browning Pools & Spas! We are dedicated more than ever to provide you with the best possible customer service, and a big part of that starts with communication so thank-you in advance for taking the time to read this. :)

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