You Need to Know How Much Water is in the Pool !

When you maintain a swimming pool – residential or commercial – you MUST know how much water is in it.   If you know how much water is the the pool, you will understand if your pool equipment is performing correctly AND you will know the correct amount of chemicals to add to the pool water. The local health department requires that all the pool water  must […]

You Need to Know How Much Water is in the Pool !

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) vs. Circuit Breaker

When we are in Chapter 14 (Facility Safety) of the  Pool & Spa Operator Handbook, discussing  electrical safety during our  CPO® class, we talk about the difference between a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) and a Circuit Breaker.  We also define the difference between grounding and bonding, which you can read about here. The Circuit Breaker will interrupt (turn the circuit off) when there is a current overload.  This […]

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) vs. Circuit Breaker

Grounding and Bonding – What’s the difference?

Halloween will soon be here, and Betty Davis, the Accounts Receivable Manager at PoolCorp’s SCP store in Riverside, is always ready.  She has a tradition of decorating her office to the max before Halloween! Tombstones, mummies, rats, vultures, ghosts, skeletons and all kinds of spooky stuff can be found in there. You might even find a few body parts — could it be some of Betty’s […]

Grounding and Bonding - What's the difference?

TriChlor and DiChlor — What do they have in common?

Chlorine is an element of nature – it is number 17 in group 17 (Halogens) on the Periodic Chart of the Elements.   It is a gas in its elemental form.  Using various processes,  different chlorine compounds are manufactured which we use in the swimming pool industry: Sodium Hypochlorite (Liquid Chlorine) Calcium Hypochlorite (Cal Hypo) Lithium Hypochlorite TriChlor (trichloro-s-triazinetrione) DiChlor (sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione) To protect chlorine […]

TriChlor and DiChlor -- What do they have in common?

Lights Out In San Diego

We had a little surprise occur during our CPO class this past Thursday and Friday, September 8-9, at PoolCorp’s SCP store! At 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, the lights went out — literally.  The whole power grid went down in all of San Diego County and parts of Mexico and southern Orange County.   When the power went down in our classroom, there was no more projector, […]

Lights Out In San Diego

Total Alkalinity – What is it exactly?

There are several phrases and terms used to describe Total Alkalinity (TA): The buffering capacity of water Water’s ability to neutralize acid The pH stabilizer The ability of water to resist a change in pH A measure of the total of hydroxide ions (OH–), carbonate ions (CO3–) and bicarbonate ions (HCO3–) in water The pH anchor These are all correct.  As you know, TA is […]

Total Alkalinity - What is it exactly?