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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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White Slimy Film On The Bottom Of Pool

the water was crystal clear but upon skimming the top we noticed a white slimy film completely covering the pool liner.

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High Cynaric Acid

My pool is a 26,000 gallon above ground vinyl liner. around 7/31/2014 the cya raised to 113

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Can Super Floc Remove Pool Algae?

Will raising the pH level and adding Superfloc get rid of algae?

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How Can I Keep My Above Ground Salt Water Pool Cold

Above Ground Salt Water Pool Cold and Keep Pool Cool

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New Construction Gunite Pool Quote

We are looking at new construction and want to install a Gunite pool. We are looking for quotes to see if this is doable.

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Calcium In Salt Pool & Mineral Deposits-Hard Well Water

We are very upset that now we are dealing with a calcium line at the water level. With hard work using a pumice stone and a scouring pad we removed the stuff.

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Heavy Rains Flood & Now My Pool Is Filled With Mud

My inground pool went through a flood. It was covered at the time but now has mud/ muck on the bottom.

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Pool Sanitizing and Testing

Hi Robert, 1.) What salt system to you recommend for a residential pool with 25,000 gallons of water? 2.) What is the most accurate tool for checking swimming

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Salt generator is working

My salt generator is working but the salt reading is 2600 where as when I take l a sample to the pool store there reading is 3500.

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What To Adjust First, Chlorine Or Alkalinity

Do I adjust the alk. or first or do I have a problem with the system producing chlorine.

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Dark Ring On Vinyl Liner Descaling & Sticky Pool Algaecide

We have a black ring around where the water was and evaporated. Have white scaling all over the pool liner (bottom and sides).

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Swimming Pool Chlorine Tabs/Pucks Maintenance

How many 3 inch pucks of trichlor should I put in a floater in a 20,000 gallon concrete pool.

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Cannot Remove My Brown/Mustard Algae

They wanted to give me Yellow Out but it says not to put in pools that have chlorine levels above 1 ppm.

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Extremely Cloudy Water

Love your U tube videos! We have a new 25000 gal in ground pool. At the start of the season, the water was pristene! After a swimming day with the grandkids,

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Brown Stains On Floor And Walls Of Pool/Fluffy Stuff

I have tested stains and they appear to be iron stains; lighter brown with no shape. I have used Abscorbic acid.

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Pool Service Not Helpful

Pool service can't clear my green pool Took 2 1/2 weeks to clear (service said he backwashed every day for 8 days) then within a week it was turning green

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Recent Articles

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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

    Read More