When Green Is Not a Good Thing

If your pool is green you have a green algae problem now. You really need to do something, and now. You have this problem because of a lack of chlorine. Yes, add extra chlorine, but you can’t add enough chlorine to kill all the algae. You will need an algaecide and heavy chlorine boost as.. read more →

The Three Bears of Algae

Who can forget Goldilocks, the original drama queen? She broke into the Bears’ house and complained, “It’s too hot or too cold and it’s too big or too small.” She spoiled or broke everything  looking for “just right.” Yellow or mustard algae–which is technically a spore–is a lot like Goldilocks. It doesn’t like water too.. read more →

The Shocking Truth About Granular Chlorine

I continue to be shocked by those who use granular chlorine instead of tabs to regularly chlorinate their pools. These people think granular is heavy duty chlorine. Well, it is, but there is no reason to use it instead of tabs. Admittedly, the packaging certainly makes it look like an alternative to tabs. But let.. read more →

Tips on Tabs

Chlorine tablets, or tabs, are the most popular method of chlorinating your pool. And for good reason: they are easy to handle, measure, and place in your pool. But there is a “dark side” to these white discs. I’ll tell you two secrets about tabs.   First, look at how they are packaged. The buckets.. read more →

Pool Safety Out of the Pool

It’s important to “watch your kids around water,” as the public safety announcements on TV tell you.It’s also important to watch yourself around the water. In this respect, brushing your pool comes to mind. It’s important to be safe as you brush. The safest way is to brush as you walk forward. I am a.. read more →

Brushing Up On Brushing

Dentists will tell you there are right and wrong techniques when brushing your teeth. You’ll be glad to hear you don’t need to brush your pool after each meal. Pools only need brushing once a week. You’ll get maximum benefit when you brush down your pool if you follow these simple techniques: Before you start–and.. read more →

Two Good Reasons to Brush

Brushing your pool is one of the easiest and most basic ways to care for it, yet many ignore this important maintenance task. Pool professionals know it’s important to brush your pool at least once a week. There are two reasons for brushing once a week. The first is to protect your pool’s plaster. Brush.. read more →