Creating Magic in Water

– Here’s a great article from the National Swimming Pool Foundation via their public relations firm “BatterUp Productions.” by Laurie Batter     It is rare that our direct actions today can have an impact a century from now.  When we teach a child to swim, we teach their children, and all the future grandchildren to swim, too. Studies show that children of non-swimmers never […]

Creating Magic in Water

Manually Adding Chemicals to the Pool

  Chapter 9 of our Pool & Spa Operator™Handbook is all about adding chemicals to the swimming pool; using automated controllers/feeders or adding them manually. Before you even approach a pool with chemicals, you need to know what each and every one  is going to do to the pool water balance.  And you need to know the potential hazards and what to do when an accident occurs; the […]

Manually Adding Chemicals to the Pool

Available Chlorine Content

On page 50 of our Pool & Spa Operator Handbook in chapter 5, there is an excellent chart that lists all the chlorine compounds and their respective characteristics/properties.  One of the properties listed is “Available Chlorine Content.”  You should remember that all chlorine compounds — namely, liquid chlorine, Trichor, Dichlor and such — are NOT created equal! The term “Available Chlorine Content” (ACC) was established to compare the potential […]

Available Chlorine Content

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?

CPO at the Western Pool & Spa Show

We took our CPO class to the Western Pool & Spa Show (WPSS) in Long Beach, and it was great!  (If you look through the slide show, you’ll see some highlights of our trip.)  The weather in Long Beach was just awesome, too!…..and, as you can see, we even stole away to have dinner (and celebrate Steve’s birthday) on the Queen Mary at our favorite restaurant. […]

CPO at the Western Pool & Spa Show

First Non-Service Week 2011

We will be taking our first non-service week of 2011 the week of March 28 through April 1.  We will be catching up on filter cleans and repairs Monday through Wednesday. Wednesday evening, we are off to Long Beach to the annual Western Pool and Spa Show.  We will be presenting our CPO class on Thursday and Friday.  Then on Saturday we will give a […]

First Non-Service Week 2011