Archive for April, 2008
Numerous alternative devices, many dating back to the late 1980s exist to reduce or eliminate the use of certain pool chemicals. Many of them completely eliminate the use of chlorine stabilizer, (cyanuric acid) and the obvious human health issues.
The oldest methods involve copper or copper/silver ionization using ionic metals to kill algae, bacteria and virus. [...]
When you think of furniture, you think of living rooms, dining rooms and family rooms. Very rarely do you associate furniture with swimming pools. But pool furniture is not only fashionable it’s practical, too. When you entertain guests, including family and friends, in your backyard and pool area, you want to have places for everyone [...]
Adding a retractable cover to an existing pool is expensive, although energy and water chemistry savings can be achieved. There are two types of covers, each either electric or hydraulic.
Track is mounted in the concrete deck. This is the only retrofit option unless you are prepared to replace your concrete deck.
Track is built [...]
In recent years, many pool owners have been forced to convert to salt water swimming pools. An in-ground pool with a filtration and chlorine generation system can cost well over $5,000. This has turned many people away from the idea of owning a salt water pool. However, converting to salt water systems [...]
In some climates, a backyard pool calls for a pool heater, and with concerns about the environment abound these days, choosing a solar pool heater may be your best bet. They’re both cost-effective and environmentally friendly, offering you a great water temperature without the price of a traditional heat pump.
Understanding the technology
A solar pool heater [...]
Chlorine is the dominant form of pool sanitation but Bromine, Bacquacil, and Sodium Tetraborate sanitation has a statistical presence.
Those pools using an alternative form of chemical sanitation will most likely be required to drain the pool to convert back to chlorine or install an alternative sanitizing device. The number of alternative chemical pools is falling [...]
BACKWASHING YOUR SAND FILTER
Sand filters must plug and have pressure rise on their gauge to remove small particles from the pool. A functional pressure gauge is necessary to successfully operate the pool. Pools with 1970 to 1980 slide valves instead of multiport valves should upgrade the slide valve to a 6 way multiport as their [...]
Three basic types of filters exist for both above ground and in-ground swimming pools:
• Sand Filter
• Diatomaceous Earth
It is important to confirm the size of filter is adequate for your pool and your pool pump is rated for your filter. Generally the filter cannot be oversized, in other words the bigger the better. An undersized filter will [...]
Several years ago many swimming pool dealers began switching exclusively to salt water systems. These salt water systems require that pool owners maintain a chlorine generation system in order to produce the chlorine needed to fight germs and bacteria. Since then many owners have begun switching back to the problems associated with salt [...]
Since 1980, the vinyl liner has made substantantial inroads to the swimming pool and has become the dominant choice. In the northern seasonal markets some have argued vinyl pools are crack resistant during a freeze, their 7 to 15 year window on vinyl replacement is less expensive than a replaster project and the vinyl surface [...]