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Green Water with Copper | Pool Rx System

THere is 0.32 ppm Cu(ii) in pool. Can this level of Cu(ii)turn water to grean?

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Pools With Black Plaster | Turned Black

I have a pool in Las Vegas which of course is very sunny. It may need re-plastering.

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Winterize & Close Down Pool Very Confusing Commercial Swimming Pool

I am planning to close down the pool whole year round for the long term. Can you please help me with winterizing my above ground pool? This is the first year.

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Pebble Tec Pool Start Up

I finally bit the bullet to have my pool refinished. They're going to sandblast, prep coat, and apply charcoal grey pebbletec over the original traditional

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I Have A Pool Leak Question

We have a 23,000 gal pool salt water pool with cartridge filters and in ground cleaning system. Our skimmers do not suck. a large in floor return in the

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White Water Mold In Hot Tub

I have cleaned my hot tube with "Clorox", aqua fresh, brought the bromine/chlorine level to 4-5 and cleaned with ahh-some twice.

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Pool Shock & Floc Not Working

The water was green at start of this year. I brushed walls and floor and added 12 pounds of shock & 1qt. of algaecide

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New Pools In General

Moving back to Cincinnati OH from Bradenton FL . Had a pool in FL , but would like one up north . Thinking above ground but made to look like in ground

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How to Clean a Hot Tub

You’ve enjoyed using that hot tub so much and you’ve even had a few parties with friends. Now you’re wondering how best to give your hot tub a good and

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Chlorine Turned Water Brown & Pool Is Dark Green

I shocked it with 2 gallons of liquid shock. Still very dark yellowish green and can't see bottom in shallow end. The nearly clear pool turned brown immediately.

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What You Need to Know for DIY Pool Maintenance

Having a swimming pool is a luxury. Taking are of one not only requires a little bit of money, but also a fair amount of time. It's no wonder that many

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Low or No Chlorine Production

Chlorine production is total barely 1 and free chlorine .05. Algae is only slightly present.

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Ionizer Put Too Much Copper In My Pool

I set my ionizer to "HI" and put too much copper in my pool.

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How Do You Remove Stains Due To Calcium Hardness Being Too Low

While we were away a Good Samaritan neighbor turned the water on into our pool to replace evaporation loss but forgot to turn it off again.

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Low pressure in Cartridge Filter

My filtering system is about 7 yrs old. It has a Pantera PCF 150 cartridge filter (actually uses 2 stacked PCF 75's ).

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Cloudy Water Salt Pool

We just got our readings. It says that the Free Chlorine and Total Chlorine is below the recommended values but the Combined Chlorine is above the recommended

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Rusty Iron Bolt Stain

I have a dark brown iron stain from a rusty bolt that the kids threw in my cement pool.

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How Long Does Can We Swim After Adding Muriatic Acid To Lower The pH Level?

We added muriatic acid to our pool to lower the swimming pool pH level. I need to know how long after we added it to swim. Thanks for your question James

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Foam In The Water..Swimming Pool..How To Get Rid Of..

We have a 20x40 kidney shaped gunite pool. It was backed washed yesterday and some DE added. Pool water tested o.k. but towards the evening bubbly or

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Why Should Sodium Bicarbonate Be Added Moderately Over Time To Reduce TA & Not All At Once

I read in several places that when adjusting TA, it should be done with some degree of patience (1kg per 50,000 litres of water over 4 days), however,

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Total Alkalinity Too High..pH Too Low..Swimming Pool..

We have not been able to get our vinyl lined, 20,000 gal., in-ground pool water to clear up this Summer. The total alkalinity is too high (around 130ppm).

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Muratic Acid & Salt Water Swimming Pool..Lower pH Level

Can I use muriatic acid to lower the pH pool level in my saltwater pool? Will it harm my saltwater filter/pump? Thanks for the question Teresa Muriatic

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Can't Get Chlorine Levels Down In Pool..High Chlorine

I can not seem to get the chlorine level down in my in ground pool now going on two weeks. It remains at 10.00 when I test it. I took a sample to the

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Our Swimming Pool Water Is Slightly Milky? Problems..

Please can anyone tell us why we have a slightly milky look to our swimming pool water? How can we get that chrystal clear water? When we do a test (we

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Algaecide Overdose

I believe I overdosed my pool with dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride (from Dupont) at the end of the summer season.

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Recent Articles

  1. Green Water with Copper | Pool Rx System

    THere is 0.32 ppm Cu(ii) in pool. Can this level of Cu(ii)turn water to grean?

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  2. Pools With Black Plaster | Turned Black

    I have a pool in Las Vegas which of course is very sunny. It may need re-plastering.

    Read More

  3. Winterize & Close Down Pool Very Confusing Commercial Swimming Pool

    I am planning to close down the pool whole year round for the long term. Can you please help me with winterizing my above ground pool? This is the first year.

    Read More