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How to Shock a Pool

how to shock a pool

Shocking a pool is the process of adding chemicals to your pool to remove chloramines and make the pool safe for swimming. The following instructions give you a few options for shock treatments and calculators for your individual pool. Note that there are chlorinated and non-chlorinated options for shocking your pool and that some protective gear may not be needed for non-toxic shock treatment options. Instructions for shocking a pool: 1. Buy a shock treatment. For this step, I recommend

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Formula “O” vs. Regular Chlorine Shock

Formula "O"

Formula “O” is a non-toxic non-chlorine shock treatment that is used weekly. This formula is a much safer and more complete system for water treatment than regular chlorine shock treatment. Formula “O” is non-toxic Regular chlorine shock is toxic and corrosive. Exactly what it sounds like, chlorine works by poisoning and corroding living organisms. The stronger the concentration of chlorine in the solution or granules, the more toxic and corrosive it is, not only to microorganisms but to human tissue.

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Non Chlorine Pool

Looking for pool chlorine alternatives? A non chlorine pool is achievable in a number of ways and offers many health benefits. But is it affordable? In this article, I outline the alternatives to the traditional chlorine pool. Saltwater pools Alternative to traditional swimming pools, many swear by saltwater pool systems, as the pool owner does not have to add chlorine and regularly maintain the pool. However, saltwater systems use sodium chloride which produces chlorine in the water. So while this

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Hayward Salt Cell or Switch to a Non-Chlorine Oxygen Pool?

cat hayward salt pool

Looking for a Hayward salt cell replacement for a saltwater pool system? Maybe you’re interested in switching from a chlorine pool system to a saltwater pool system. Let’s look at some of the maintenance costs, conversion costs, and replacement costs for chlorine and saltwater pool systems and the alternatives. The cost of maintaining a chlorine or saltwater pool system An average salt system replacement cell is around $400 A little shopping around, and you’ll see that the national average cost of

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How much chlorine should you add to your pool

Pool season is here, and you’re ready to get your pool in swimming order. Before you jump into your beautiful sparkling blue oasis, you need to make sure it is safe, clean, and free of disease-causing pathogens. But there is one problem; how much chlorine to add to pool? Why does it have to be exact? There are so many ways you could get this wrong. If you don’t use enough, you are allowing the possibility for harmful microorganisms to

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Green Pool Water?

green pool water

Green pool water? Let’s identify the causes and the solutions. Pool water turning green can be caused by a number of things, a few of which have simple solutions. Algae: First, pool water can be green because of algae buildup. In a chlorine pool, this algae buildup can be due to a lack of appropriate amounts of chlorine in the water. You can identify algae as slimy and dark green, and it sticks to the walls and bottom of the

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Opening an Above Ground Pool

opening above ground pool

So winter isn’t quite over, but it is not too soon to start thinking about the warmer weather and the pool opening.  You are already planning the outdoor BBQ’s, the family and friends gathered around, splashing and enjoying the refreshing water. Maybe you are daydreaming about lounging, basking in the warm sun, getting your tan perfected, and just enjoying sunbathing with an ice-cold beverage in a koozie.  If you have kids, they are probably already asking when they can swim

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The Switch To Oxygen Pools Review

After a season with the Oxygen Pools system, I couldn’t be more satisfied. I started looking for a chlorine-free alternative for my pool last season that led me to the Oxygen Pool system. My water has never looked and felt better. The system uses Ozone that is gets injected into the water creating hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radicals that keep the water looking great. Unlike the long list of negative by-products chlorine and salt water pools have, the only by-product

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When to open the pool

When to open the pool

  When to open the pool? As temperatures rise and the winter chill goes away, many pool owners wonder when to begin the pool opening process. Opening your pool earlier rather than waiting will help you save money and time. Holding off on opening your pool could cause you a major headache. When is it considered too early or too late to open a pool? Water temperature is a major factor in opening a pool. As the water begins to

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Is There a Pool Stabilizer Alternative?

Pool Stabilizer Alternative

Active free chlorine in your swimming pool is one of the most crucial elements to making sure your water is safe from dangerous viruses, bacteria, and microorganisms. Pool stabilizer also known as cyanuric acid is used in swimming pool water to bond with the free chlorine. Once it has bonded with the free chlorine, it protects the chlorine from being destroyed by the sun’s UV rays. The question is though can you use a pool stabilizer alternative instead of using

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