How To Quickly Raise The pH Level In Your Pool

A swimming pool

If the pH level in your swimming pool is too low, how do you raise it? And why would you even want to? Heck, for that matter, what is pH anyway? Let’s answer all those questions and more as we look at raising the pH level in your swimming pool. What is pH? First of […]

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pH vs Total Alkalinity – What’s the Difference?

man testing the water for ph

There are some major differences between pH and total alkalinity, but what are they and what do they mean? Let’s take them one at a time. pH Levels Technically, pH is one half of an equation as seen below: pH = -log10(aH+) or alternately pH = log10(1/(aH+)) Doesn’t really help does it? Let’s try it […]

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In-Ground vs Above-Ground Pools: Which One To Choose?

in ground vs above ground pools

Swimming pools are fun. They’re practically the epitome of grace, style, and leisure. What show about the lifestyles of the rich and famous hasn’t included at least one scene with a swimming pool in it? But . . . those shows always picture an in-ground pool. Is that really what you want? Or maybe you’re […]

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Gas vs Electric Pool Heater: What’s the Difference?

Swimming pool

When the weather starts getting cold and you’d like to extend the usable life of your swimming pool, it’s only natural to start wondering about heaters for your pool. Which is the best? What will it cost me? What kinds are there? These are just some of the more obvious questions pool owners will be […]

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Pool Clarifiers vs Flocculants: What’s the Difference?

A swimming pool

When your pool has cloudy or dull water in it, there are several possible explanations such as pH or alkalinity too low or too high, algae growth, etc. Those things can be addressed by adding the correct chemicals to the water to fix the condition. But sometimes the cloudiness is caused by fine debris, known […]

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Bromine vs Chlorine Tablets For Your Pool: What’s the Difference?

bromine vs chlorine pool

Bromine and chlorine are both used as sanitizers for swimming pool water.   Both of them are in the Halogen family of elements on the periodic table (remember the halogen lights on your car? ) in between Fluorine and Iodine.  Both of them are very effective at cleaning and sanitizing the water, by killing the algae in […]

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Fiberglass vs Gunite Pool: Which One’s Better?

fiberglass vs gunite pool 

At first glance, you might be excused for wondering what a “gunite” pool is, let alone why there should be any contest between it and fiberglass. Well fine.  We understand that.  So before we delve into the differences between fiberglass vs gunite pools, let’s discuss what gunite is. What is Gunite? Gunite was developed in […]

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Bleach vs Chlorine For Your Pool: What’s the Difference?

bleach vs chlorine for your pool

The not-so-big secret about swimming pool chemicals is that bleach is chlorine. There are two main differences between pool chlorine and the chlorine found in bleach. Pool Chlorine Pool chlorine contains about 65% chlorine in a solid form known as calcium hypochlorite. Calcium and other inert ingredients are added to the chlorine to hold it […]

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Best Robotic Pool Cleaners 2020 – Reviews & Buying Guide

a robotic model

If you have a dirty pool and limited time to deal with it, you probably need a robotic pool cleaner. These great machines take the hassle out of keeping your water crystal-clear and help make your pool like those you see on TV. Shopping online is supposed to be equally easy, but the truth is […]

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Best Cheap Above Ground Pools 2020 – Top Picks & Reviews

a cheap above ground pool

Ah, the above ground pool. An affordable, low maintenance (as far pools go anyway) way to turn your backyard into a true oasis. If you are like most families you have, at one point or another, dreamed of turning your backyard into the most popular spot in the neighborhood by investing in a nice pool. […]

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