Category: Pool Chemistry

Pool Chlorine
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Swimming Pools, Chlorine and Toxins

One of the concerns I had as an above ground pool owner, is what does all that chlorine do to the folks swimming in the pool? Chlorine is great for fighting harmful bacteria and keeping the pool water clear, but what does it do to our bodies? Chlorine and Skin A strong concentration of chlorine […]

clean pool
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Is it Absolutely Necessary to Use Algaecide?

Hmm, I don’t know. If you have read a post or two on this blog you’ll know that my pool had brown, dirty, murky water with a colony of frogs living in it at one time. It’s now crystal clear and swimmable. It took a lot of work, diatomaceous earth, chlorine, shock, leaf scooping, vacuuming […]

AquaChek Test Strips
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Be Careful with Pool Chemical Test Strips (Especially AquaChek)

Because of my anal nature, I use both the AquaChek test strips and my chemical kit. The test strips are good for a quick down and dirty indication of my pool water chemical balance, but I usually follow it up with my Swimline Pool Test Kit.  The drops in the Swimline kit are usually more […]

pH and TA
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Why is My Pool Water pH Rising?

I’ve figured out how to get my chlorine levels to stabilize, more or less, in my pool, but how do I get my pH levels to remain within range. It seems that the numbers rise almost daily. I’ve been adding pH Decrease (which is basically muriatic acid) to bring the pH levels down only to […]

Where Did My Pool’s Chlorine Go?
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Where Did My Pool’s Chlorine Go?

After doing all of the hard work in getting the pool clean, now I seem to have a situation with disappearing chlorine. Back when I used Baquacil, I don’t remember fooling around with the pools chemistry so much. I’d regularly added algaecide once a week, a bottle and a half of Baquacil every week or […]

Pool with Algae
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Progress Has Been Made!

It’s around 8:00 PM and I went to do my final filter cleaning for the night and didn’t need to! If you have been following this blog, you know I’ve been cleaning a very dirty neglected pool. I’ve been working on clearing my green cloudy water (now that I’ve removed all of the decaying leaves).

The Importance of Proper Pool Water pH
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The Importance of Proper Pool Water pH

Having your pool at the proper pH helps prolong the chemical’s cleaning ability (among other things). A pH that’s too low allows your chemicals to quickly dissipate, and a pH too high prevents optimal sanitizing action. Since I’m currently struggling with high pH, I’ll share my tale of high pH woe.

Recovering from Green Cloudy Pool Water
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Recovering from Green Cloudy Pool Water

I’m so close to having a pool in swimable condition. Well, it would be if it weren’t for the annoying algae. I’ve got to say, it’s a nice looking green, but who wants to swim in green cloudy water?

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