Basic Swimming Pool Care Blog


There are over 1,000 pages on my site. The best way to find what you're looking for is to use the above Search Bar. If you have a question, I've probably already answered it. If you can't find what you're looking for even after your search, feel free to contact me.

The Pool Blog is my knowledge and experience about Basic Pool Care. It...

  1. Lets you know whenever any new Web pages appear on Basic Pool Care, telling you about new products or information including swimming pool repairs
  2. Keeps you up-to-date with other postings or news about pools and pool care and maintenance and up-to-date pool maintenance service
  3. Points out some cool things for your pool and what to look for when hiring pool cleaning services and getting your own pool cleaning business
  4. Lets you know when a question has been answered or a comment left
  5. Lets you know when I send out a Basic Pool Care E-Zine (in case you don't like to give your e-mail address, or if your ISP tends to over-filter causing you to miss an issue).
Please feel free to read all the posts and leave your comments. People want to hear what you have to say.



To subscribe to my Pool Blog (no e-mail necessary), right-click on the orange RSS button (see bottom buttons to the left) and then paste the URL into your RSS reader.

My Saltwater Pool Has No Chlorine

What's the best way to fix the numbers with low chlorine? This is a new system about 5 months old.

Continue reading "My Saltwater Pool Has No Chlorine"

What concentration of liquid bleach (your table doesnt say)

I have a salt water above ground 18X33X4 pool. I want to shock it with bleach (12%), mainly because I want to make sure there are no nasty bugs in my

Continue reading "What concentration of liquid bleach (your table doesnt say)"

Sand Filter or Cartridge

I recently just purchased a home and am a first time pool owner. I have a sand filter that is acting up

Continue reading "Sand Filter or Cartridge"

Muriatic acid + Alkalinity Up

I do not understand why the recommended pool cleaning supply business in our area is having my husband add muriatic acid AND Alkalinity Up to our pool

Continue reading "Muriatic acid + Alkalinity Up"

Air bubbles in pool. Buster Crabb Pool 12 feet x 24

We have a super Hayward pump' The gasket has been replaced and we still have air bubbles when it is running. The sand filter needs bleeding lot. I have

Continue reading "Air bubbles in pool. Buster Crabb Pool 12 feet x 24"

Pentair 3-way Diverter Operation

I had a Pentair 3-way diverter installed on my pool filter set-up while I was away at work today, but the installer failed to leave instructions

Continue reading "Pentair 3-way Diverter Operation"

Lowering Total Alkilinity

My Question Or Comment: I watched your YouTube video on how to add Muriatic Acid to a pool to lower TA. My pool is very high, like 220 ppm. (City water

Continue reading "Lowering Total Alkilinity"

Total Calcium Hardness

What can be done to remove the rough surface on the pool walls. I have a 2 year old gunite pool and I have kept all the chemical readings within the parameters

Continue reading "Total Calcium Hardness"

Soda Ash Overdose

I overdid my 14 foot above-ground pool on soda ash to raise the pH and overall alkalinity, and now I can’t see anything beyond the top. I treated it

Continue reading "Soda Ash Overdose"

Repair Hayward S200 Sand Tank

I have replaced the o'ring in my Hayward S200 sand filter and now it leaks around the middle of the tank where it opens. I have the one that is connected

Continue reading "Repair Hayward S200 Sand Tank"

Correct Level for Calcium Hardness

In your u-tube video from January, 2014, you state that the correct level for calcium hardness should be 150-250 ppm and that 250-500 ppm is too high.

Continue reading "Correct Level for Calcium Hardness"

Pool Closing and Fill In

I have a pool which I am having buried in October. It would appear I have a leak somewhere and it is sometimes impossible to prime. I would really like

Continue reading "Pool Closing and Fill In"

I've got D.E. in my pool and I use cartridge filters

Help me PLEASE! A friend of mine, trying to help me with my girlfriends' demon of a pool, put about 6 to 8 lbs of D.E. into a cartridge filter system about

Continue reading "I've got D.E. in my pool and I use cartridge filters"

How To Clear Up A Green Pool eBook: Clear Pool Water

How To Clear Up A Green Pool eBook. From Swamp Green To Balanced & Clear.

Continue reading "How To Clear Up A Green Pool eBook: Clear Pool Water"

How To Clear Up A Cloudy Pool eBook

How To Clear Up A Cloudy Pool eBook

Continue reading "How To Clear Up A Cloudy Pool eBook"

The calcium hydochlorite will not dissolve in our pool

The calcium hydochlorite will not dissolve in our pool. It is suspended in the water

Continue reading "The calcium hydochlorite will not dissolve in our pool"

Easy Swimming Pool Care and Maintenance | Clean Pool and Spa

Helps With Swimming Pool Care? Clean Pool and Spa Makes Pool Water Chemistry, Green Pools, and Cloudy Pool Water Simple To Understand and Fix.

Continue reading "Easy Swimming Pool Care and Maintenance | Clean Pool and Spa"

The black algae in my pool does not look like the pictures on your website

Hello, I don't know if what I have in my pool is the black algae that you refer to on your website. I'm not even sure it's algae, but I assume that it

Continue reading "The black algae in my pool does not look like the pictures on your website"

Black Algae in my 20,000 gallon fiberglass pool

Over a 2 week period of time, I have emptied two bottles of black algae killer which looks blue when it is poured in with the skimmer working. I have

Continue reading "Black Algae in my 20,000 gallon fiberglass pool"

Indoor Pool Humidity Problem

The windows are steamed over all the time and moisture is dripping from the ceiling and heat ducts. We put a big dehumidifier in.

Continue reading "Indoor Pool Humidity Problem"

Painting A Salt Water / Concrete Pool

I am repainting my salt water pool that is concrete. I am wondering if it matters what color I decide to go with?

Continue reading "Painting A Salt Water / Concrete Pool"

Dead mustard algae

My problem is that I can't get the dead gray looking algae out of the pool.

Continue reading "Dead mustard algae"

Maintaining an indoor swimming pool

I am looking into buying a house with an indoor swimming pool. What would I need to know exactly to know if this indoor building has the proper ventilation,

Continue reading "Maintaining an indoor swimming pool"

Value For Your Money: Why Investing In Fiberglass Pools Is Worth It

Value For Your Money. Planning to install a swimming pool in your home?

Continue reading "Value For Your Money: Why Investing In Fiberglass Pools Is Worth It"

DE Pool Filter High Pressure

DE Pool Filter High Pressure & Reasons Why You Have Them

Continue reading "DE Pool Filter High Pressure"