How to Remove Foam from your Swimming Pool Water

Most pool owners are frustrated when their swimming pool isn’t looking its best – and sometimes, the problem with your pool can be very confusing when it first emerges. If your water is crystal clear but you have a layer of foam on top, it can be baffling.

While it is natural for your return jets to form some bubbles as they return water to your pool, these air bubbles should dissipate quickly. A layer of foam that sticks around in your swimming pool water means there is an issue with your water. Continue reading How to Remove Foam from your Swimming Pool Water

How to Cut your Solar Cover to Perfectly fit your Swimming Pool

The right solar cover can add up to 17 degrees to your average swimming pool temperature over the summer. But, a solar cover needs to be the right size and shape for your swimming pool for it to work correctly. Solar covers come in a variety of sizes, but most of them are rectangular or oval in shape. If you have an oddly-sized pool or an irregular pool shape, you may need to cut your solar cover to fit your swimming pool correctly.

Luckily, it is very easy to cut a solar cover to fit any swimming pool.

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How to Remove Pollen from your Swimming Pool

Each summer, the “pollen count” or “pollen load” in each neighbourhood is different. If you have a lot of trees near your pool and an active spring, pollen can be produced so intensely that it can create a huge mess in your swimming pool. It is easy to identify and resolve a problem with pollen in your swimming pool, once you know what to look for. With a little research and work, you can make your swimming pool crystal clear again. Continue reading How to Remove Pollen from your Swimming Pool

Making sure your swimming pool is safe and legally compliant

Swimming pools are incredibly fun and encourage quality outdoor time every day of the summer.  Unfortunately for homeowners, a swimming pool (and any body of water) can also be incredibly dangerous. As every responsible homeowner knows, every time swimmers are in your pool, it is essential that they are supervised, and that the pool area is free of hazards. But, what about those times when no one is around the pool?  Continue reading Making sure your swimming pool is safe and legally compliant

Weather impacts on your swimming pool water

One of the major factors that impact your swimming pool is the weather outside. From week to week and even day to day, changing temperatures, rainfall, and sun exposure can all impact the way your swimming pool functions and what it needs. By understanding a bit more about how weather impacts your swimming pool water, you’ll be able to adjust your maintenance approach to ensure the weather doesn’t negatively impact your pool.  Continue reading Weather impacts on your swimming pool water

Water Testing 101

In Canada, most of us have the luxury of having access to clean, clear and reliable drinking water. Because of this, it can be surprising to some pool owners when they find out that they need to conduct regular water testing on their pool. Even if water comes from the tap safe and clean, water that is left to sit stagnant outdoors can quickly become dangerous.

Exposure to outdoor pollutants, animals and insects can cause problems with the sanitation in your swimming pool water. But, the chemicals you use to treat your pool for these issues can cause balance issues of their own. Water that is left untreated is unsafe in the short-term, and can cause damage to your pool in the long-term. Water testing allows you to make sure that your swimming pool water is safe during every point of the summer season, and needs to be conducted regularly.

Why is water testing important?

Many pool owners skip out on water testing, or perform their tests less often than they should. But, water testing is essential for the safety of your swimming pool, and the function of all of your equipment.

When you test your swimming pool water, you’re usually measuring the pH level, the alkalinity level, and the chlorine levels in the water. All of these readings will provide you with the information you need to keep your water safe.

The measurements in your pool water also impact the structure and equipment in your pool. If your pH, alkalinity or chlorine levels are consistently too high or two low, it can lead to scaling, damage, and corrosion in the many parts of your swimming pool. Regular testing and balancing helps you to avoid this long-term damage.

Testing your swimming pool water at home

It can seem intimidating to need to test and balance your swimming pool water yourself. Most people don’t even truly understand the concept of balancing their water. Luckily, there are testing kits that make it easy for you to keep your pool and equipment in excellent condition. Home testing kits have been designed to provide you with a fast and easy way of testing your water. These specific readings will tell you exactly how your water is out of balance, and help you discover what needs to be done to correct the problem.

Pool owners and operators can choose between testing strips and water drop tests. Both are effective in telling you how your pool is out of balance, and what you should do to correct it. Balancing your water is as simple as taking a reading, and following the steps recommended to bring your pool back into good shape.

Professional water testing services

A swimming pool professional can keep your water safe, tested and balanced. Many pool companies will provide you with free or paid water testing for your swimming pool. But, the test kits you can buy for your home should give you all the information you need to successful test and balance your swimming pool.

What are you checking for when you test your water?

The tests done on swimming pool water will give you a great indication of the quality of your water. But, these tests are not actually as detailed and scientific as many people might imagine. Your swimming pool test kit will not be able to test for specific germs, compounds or substances in the water. But, the testing will reveal any balance issues that might result from additional chemicals.

Factors that impact water testing

When you’re testing your water, you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting a good reading of the levels in the water. There are many things that can impact your water testing, and having a good understanding can help you to avoid false test readings.

A few things that can impact the results of your water test are:

  • A contaminated container: If there are trace amounts of chlorine or other chemicals in the container you use to take a sample of pool water, it can skew your results
  • Temperature: Temperature can impact the reading of your pH. Be sure to test your pool water when it is at a similar temperature to your pool for best results
  • Circulation: It can take time for your pump to circulate water throughout your pool. Be sure to let any newly added chemicals circulate before you take a water sample for best results
  • Retesting: To be sure you have accurate results, be sure to test twice (especially if you’re having trouble balancing your water)
  • Testing kit issues: Avoid using a testing kit that is damaged or expired. Be sure to get a new testing kit if yours is a few years old, or if it has been exposed to damp conditions.

Acting on water test results

Once you have mastered the art of testing your swimming pool water accurately, the real work can begin. A water test is only helpful to you if you act on the results, and get your swimming pool back in balance. Depending on the results of your water testing, you’ll need to take action to get your water back in balance. Some of the things you may need to do will include:

Steps to take after completing a water test

  • Adjusting chlorine levels: If you find that your chlorine levels are too high or too low, you’ll need to make an adjustment. For levels that are too high, you’ll need to reduce the amount of chlorine you add until the levels stabilized. For levels that are too low, you may need to raise the levels temporarily, or over the course of the summer. Regular water testing will let you know if your weekly routine or chlorinator is getting the right amount of chlorine into your water. If you find that your chlorine levels often rise and fall dramatically, you may want to try a stabilizer.
  • Raising pH levels: Ideally, your swimming pool pH balance will sit between 7.2 and 7.6. If your pH reading is too low, you can raise it by using a product like pH Plus. Using your test results as a guide, you’ll be able to raise your pH to the right levels.
  • Lowering pH levels: pH that is too low is also a problem for the pool. If your pH reading is above 7.6, you’ll need to use a product like pH Minus to get it into the correct range.
  • Adjusting alkalinity levels: Alkalinity has a major impact on your swimming pool’s pH balance. After you complete your water test, you may need to add an alkalinity stabilizer like Pure ALKA to get your levels back to normal.

Balanced water keeps your pool in great shape

It is always more fun to swim in your pool than to maintain it. But, swimming pool maintenance always pays off in the long run. Keeping water in balance is the key to comfortable water, and to keeping your swimming pool in great shape.

Understanding what you’re testing for and how balance impacts your pool will make it easier for you to test and adjust your water as needed. Over time, you’ll have less frustration, fewer problems with your pool, and equipment that lasts years longer.

The Frugal Pool Owner: Cost Saving Dos and Dont’s for your Pool

Operating a swimming pool each summer can be very expensive. Maintenance, chemicals, repairs, and energy costs all add up quickly. But, the cost of running a swimming pool is not fixed, and there are many ways that you can save money while enjoying the pool each summer.

It is never a good idea to compromise on what you need to keep your pool safe and clean. But, we’ve put together a list of practical tips you can use to save some money next summer (and, over the life of operating your pool).

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Is an automatic pool cleaner worth the investment?

If you’re a pool owner, you’ve probably fantasized about a time when the pool would just take care of itself. Keeping a pool clean and sparkling every day of the summer takes a lot of work, and can cut into the time that you actually get to spend enjoying the water.

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Close Your Pool for Winter

In harsh winter climates, such as Canada, it’s quite difficult to close your pool and ensure that you are doing it correctly. Closing your pool for the season has to be done the correct way and at the correct time to ensure the sanctity of your pool’s structure and parts. An improperly closed pool can cost you much in repairs the next year, and can damage the functioning of your equipment. For this reason, we always recommend hiring a professional unless you have plenty of experience in closing your pool on your own, to save yourself the trouble of later damages. Continue reading Close Your Pool for Winter

Different Types of Pool Cleaners

If you’re looking to invest in a pool cleaner, you may also be wondering what kind of pool cleaner is worth your money. Purchasing a pool cleaner is a hefty investment, and you want to ensure that you get the most out of your money by purchasing a cleaner that will save you time on maintenance and let you get the most out of your pool. This article will hopefully make the selection process a little bit less daunting by providing the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of pool cleaners, so that you can figure out which purchase is best for your pool. Continue reading Different Types of Pool Cleaners