11
May
2018
Pool Maintenance

Why is My Pool Water Cloudy?


20
Oct
2017
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

After the Hurricane: How to Handle a Flooded Swimming Pool or Spa

  The 2017 hurricane season is one for the record books. Among the issues residents in affected areas are contending with is flooded backyard swimming pools and spas. A new Fact Sheet from The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals provides expert and detailed guidance on safely returning your flooded pool or spa to working condition. This article lists... Read More »

07
Jul
2017
Pool Maintenance
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Pool Chemical Safety: There’s No Substitute for Vigilance

We could not safely enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool this summer without someone shouldering the responsibility of using and storing pool chemicals correctly. Someone has to apply and store the chemicals that keep pool water sanitized and so clear that a swimmer floundering in deep water is visible to life guards. Pool chemical... Read More »

28
Apr
2017
Pool Maintenance
by Terry Arko

Color-coded Tips for Treating Algae in the Swimming Pool

Algae in the swimming pool is an unwelcome sight, but one that usually can be dealt with effectively. The following “color-coded” tips can help you or your pool service professional identify and eliminate, or at least control, the most common types of algae. It is important to follow manufacturers’ directions for using and storing all... Read More »

20
Jan
2017
Pool Maintenance
by Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Smells like Chlorine?

They say “the nose knows,” but I say the nose can be confused. Chlorine odors are a good example. Several different chlorine odors can arise from various chlorine-based substances and in different circumstances. They are not all simply due to “chlorine.” A prime example is the irritating smell commonly attributed to chlorine around some poorly... Read More »

12
Aug
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Your Guide to Removing Swimming Pool Stains

The swimmers at the summer games inspired awe in all who viewed those exciting events, including the littlest backyard pool athlete who has dreams of winning gold.  Recently, the sparkling blue of the dive pool in Rio was transformed into a deep green, sparking fears of algae.  In fact, the color change was blamed on... Read More »

24
Jun
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Linda Golodner

How to Interpret Pool Chlorine Readings

Pool chlorine levels are easily measured by dipping a test strip in the pool for a few seconds and then matching the resulting color of the strip to a chart linked to “parts per million” chlorine levels. Here’s the rub: Some pool test kits measure “free chlorine,” whereas others measure both “free chlorine” and “total... Read More »

03
Jun
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Swimming Pool Water: When Clarity Counts

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report states that one in eight swimming pool inspections in five states in 2013 resulted in immediate closure due to serious health and safety violations. Is it any wonder that officials with CDC are asking swimmers to be their own pool inspectors this summer?  The agency... Read More »

27
May
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

The Truth about Chlorine in Swimming Pools

This summer when you don your bathing suit and walk out onto the pool deck, you may be in for a sensory experience that conjures up happy memories of summers past—warm sunshine, sparkling pool water and the smell of chlorine.  If the chlorine smell is very strong, however, you may soon spot “red-eyed” swimmers emerging... Read More »

23
May
2016
Pool Maintenance
by Water Quality & Health Council

That “Chemical Smell” at the Pool Isn’t What You Think It Is

For America’s Most Fun Form of Summer Exercise, Experts Urge Swimmers to Use Senses to Stay Healthy at the Pool As Americans jump into another fun-filled summer of swimming, a new survey finds that most don’t know the real reason why some pools have a strong chemical smell. A survey conducted on behalf of the... Read More »