Pool Water Balance

What is balanced pool water? Balanced water is when calcium carbonate does not precipitate out of the water and stick to the plaster, plumbing, heater and everything else in its path; which is called, “scaling.”  And at the same time, balanced pool water does not corrode and dissolve the plaster, mortar, or metal with which it comes in contact – this is called, “corrosive.”  Balanced pool […]

Pool Water Balance

Salt Water Chlorine Generators

We need chlorine in our swimming pools to disinfect the water and to oxidize the contaminants.  Various chlorine compounds are available to the Pool Operator/Owner: liquid chlorine, quick dissolve granular (Dichlor),  slow dissolving tablets (Trichlor),  just to name a few.  We can also generate the chlorine by installing a Salt Water Chlorine Generator (SWG) system. For these to work, salt (NaCl) must be added to the […]

Salt Water Chlorine Generators

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?

Know Your Test Kit (AND It’s Limitations)!

The main “tool of the trade” that we use as pool operators is our test kit and testing instruments. In our CPO certification class, we talk about and thoroughly explain, the four different methods of chemical testing that we perform in the field:  colorimetric, titrimetric, turbidimetric, and electronic.   There are many different brands, models, and combinations of test kits and instruments available to us.  And every […]

Know Your Test Kit (AND It's Limitations)!

Incompatible Pool Chemicals

We had a full house in our CPO Certification class at SCP/PoolCorp in Riverside this past Thursday and Friday, June 23-24.  We purchased more tables to accommodate everyone and are now better prepared to include more students at this location.  We appreciate SCP allowing us to store the tables there between classes, too. When we talk about pool water problems in our classes, the topic […]

Incompatible Pool Chemicals

Water Safety Month

Did you know that May is Water Safety Month?   One full chapter in our CPO Handbook (Chapter 14) is dedicated to Water Safety.   As an introduction to the class, I cite the statistics of drownings in Orange County: “Between the years of 2005-2007, on average, over 8 children each year drown in Orange County, California, alone.  Folks–that’s a pre-school class!” (OC Report) A pre-school class […]

Water Safety Month