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How Long Should a Pool Heater Last?

It’s a common question: “How long does a pool heater last?” Or rather, how long should a pool heater last? Unfortunately, it’s not a simple answer. The average lifespan for a natural gas or propane pool heater is about 7–12 … Continue reading → The post How Long Should a Pool Heater Last? appeared first

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Calcium Hypochlorite: Winter Pool Shock

Today we will look at the ways to use calcium hypochlorite pool shock in your pool, and specifically for winter use in colder temperature water. Calcium hypochlorite, also known as cal-hypo, is a granular, powered chlorine product made by joining … Continue reading → The post Calcium Hypochlorite: Winter Pool Shock appeared first on InTheSwim

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Best Salt Water System for Above Ground Pools

Salt water above ground pools are usually easier to maintain and use fewer chemicals than traditional chlorine pools. Whether you want to convert your existing pool or add a salt water system to a new pool, there are a few things to keep in mind: Buy a salt water system that’s 1.5x your pool size.

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Do you actually need a pool closing kit? And are they worth it? Winter pool closing kits usually come with everything you need to keep your pool protected and algae-free in the off-season, including: Algaecide Enzymes Scale and Stain Prevention Non-Chlorine Shock Other Pool Supplies, like Air Pillows and Time-Release Floaters Pool Winterizing and Closing

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Knowing how much salt to add to your pool is crucial to keep your salt water pool chlorinated and your chlorine generator running properly. If your salt levels get too low, your generator won’t produce enough chlorine to keep your pool sanitized — or it’ll stop running all togeter. But if your salinity gets too

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There are a few key differences between salt water pool maintenance and traditional chlorine pool maintenance. While you still need to keep your water balanced and circulating properly like a normal pool, you’ll need to pay extra to things like high pH levels and calcium build-up in your saltwater generator. There are 7 key components

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Backwashing a sand filter is an essential part of pool maintenance. But how often do you need to backwash? And how do you actually do it? Backwashing reverses water flow to remove contaminant buildup in your sand filter. And it’s a simple process of connecting a backwash hose to your filter and using the backwash

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Product Spotlight: AquaPill WinterPill

You’ve spent hours meticulously cleaning, balancing, and winterizing your pool for the cold winter temperatures. You’re absolutely positive that you’ve done the best job you can possibly do, and you’re confident that when you remove the cover next spring, your … Continue reading → The post Product Spotlight: AquaPill WinterPill appeared first on InTheSwim Pool

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Pool Heaters: Heat Pumps vs. Gas Heaters

As the weather turns cooler, a perfect topic to bring up is swimming pool heaters. Specifically, whether to install a pool heater or not. Many pool owners, whether new or veteran, don’t have a pool heater and do fine without … Continue reading → The post Pool Heaters: Heat Pumps vs. Gas Heaters appeared first

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When the long summer days come to a close, it’s time to think about how and when to winterize your inground pool. Some people don’t need to winterize their pool — we’re looking at you, sunbelt region! — but if … Continue reading → The post 10 Steps to Winterize Your Inground Pool appeared first

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How to Buy a Winter Pool Cover

When the air gets cooler and the days get shorter, you know it’s time to close up shop, and winterize your pool — swim season has come to an end. There are many factors that go into properly winterizing your … Continue reading → The post How to Buy a Winter Pool Cover appeared first

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If your free chlorine level is lower than 1 part per million (or ppm), then you need to take action to raise your chlorine levels. Chlorine levels at or below 1 ppm mean your pool water isn’t sanitized, which can lead to algae growth and bacteria build-up. But what if you’ve added chlorine tablets or

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Regular pool water testing is a crucial part of pool maintenance. But there are very different testing methods that provide different and sometimes more accurate results. So what’s the best way to test your water: test strips, liquid test kits, or a digital test reader? Test strips are the most cost-effective and easiest way to

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A salt water system is a great investment if you’re tired of buying and adding chlorine and you’re looking to spend less time managing your pool water chemistry. But before you buy a salt water chlorinator (also known as a salt water generator), there are a few things to keep in mind: Salt water pools

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Testing your pool water regularly is an essential part of pool maintenance. It’s how you know your chemical balance is where it should be. But, unless you know when and how to use pool test strips, you could be misinterpreting your water test results. Watch the video below for how to test your water. Or

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Adding shock to your water is an important part of pool maintenance, but it can be hard to know confidently when it’s okay to swim again. Should you wait an entire day after shocking your water? And how do you know the shock is actually dissolved and it’s truly safe for swimmers? How long to

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Wondering how much shock to add to your pool? The exact amount you need to add depends on the size of your pool, the type of shock your using, and whether you’re shocking as part of regular pool maintenance, or treating an issue like algae. For general pool maintenance, add one pound of shock for

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An abundance of heavy rain can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, if the area you live in is experiencing a drought, a torrential downpour can be a gift from Mother Nature herself. But on the other … Continue reading → The post Flooded Inground Pool: 10-Steps to Recovery appeared first on

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Cloudy Pool after Rain

Rain, rain, go away! Seeing a murky, cloudy pool after a downpour can make anyone want to wish the rain away. But as we know, rain is an important weather element, especially for dry and drought-prone areas. Learning how to … Continue reading → The post Cloudy Pool after Rain appeared first on InTheSwim Pool

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If you’ve noticed that your total alkalinity is higher than it should be, it’s an easy fix. To lower the alkalinity in a pool, use either muriatic acid or sodium bisulfate (pH reducer). Here’s a quick guide explaining how alkalinity levels get too high and what you can do to lower your alkalinity in a

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Is the pH in your pool too high? If the levels stay high for too long, you might notice itchy eyes and skin, cloudy water, algae growth, and even damaged pool parts. So you’ll need to add some pool chemicals ASAP to bring your pH back down to normal levels. There are two ways to

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Which one is best: a salt water pool vs. a chlorine pool? Salt water pools tend to have gentler, smoother water than other pools. And you only need to add salt to your water once or twice a year to keep things sanitized. But you’re still technically swimming in water with chlorine. And salt water

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Cyanuric acid, or CYA, is also known as pool conditioner or pool stabilizer. And it’s crucial for protecting your chlorine from being destroyed by the sun’s UV rays. So if your CYA levels are too low, your chlorine won’t last as long — and that leads to unsanitary pool water. When do you know if

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Pool aerators are a great way to help keep your water cooler and improve your pool’s circulation. And while things like your return jets can also aerate your water, a swimming pool aerator is an easy thing to install and may be a worthwhile investment — especially if you’re in a hotter climate. Here’s everything

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