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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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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