Dedicated cleaner line pipe on swimming pool in-floor system is a must !

I’ve never met an in-floor system I liked. Homeowners preparing to build a pool call me regularly to ask for advice on the plans they’ve received from the salesman representing XYZ Pool Builders. I share my input on pumps, filters, controls, etc. When it comes to the pool cleaner I always hold my breath and […]

What happens in the California legislature when the association is absent

In our efforts to broaden and expand the membership of The California Pool and Spa Association, formerly SPEC, we regularly stress that it is critical for the industry to have a professional and well-funded trade association with a strong presence in the State Capitol to fight against unwarranted  new laws and regulations. Just recently we […]

High Cyanuric Acid (CYA) issues with plaster

Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of On Balance: Contrary to some misinformation that has lately been floating around, high cyanuric acid (stabilizer) levels do not cause gray discoloration, or white spotting (“spot etching” as some incorrectly call it) in plaster swimming pools, no matter what.  And there are several studies that have documented that. […]

Pool pump not priming? It might be Air Lock…

Is your swimming pool pump struggling to prime at start up? It might be “Air Lock”. Air lock exists when the pool and spa plumbing rises above the horizontal inlet of the pool (or spa) pump. In almost every air lock situations there is a three-way valve involved (yes I know, the illustration above doesn’t […]

Horizontal cracks on gunite pool & spa steps- aka Rebound Cracks (with photos & video)

I have been seeing more and more swimming pool & spa rebound cracking in gunite pools and have been asked to post photos of what the cracks look like. This will article will be updated occasionally so check back for new information and photos. Rebound is excess gunite that bounces off the wall upon application […]

Cracked Sta-Rite System 3 Pool Filter (w video)

On this beautiful California Monday I was asked to examine a swimming pool filter with a leak. Typically I find the large tank o-ring needs to be replaced and is dripping out of the band or sometimes the air relief assembly will be cracked (on top of the tank attached to the PSI gauge). Expecting […]

Swimming pool cartridge filter cleaning

I run across this one all the time: “Mike, I’m having issues with water clarity. My filters get really clean when I wash them with my gas/electric pressure washer but I struggle with water flow and my filter pressure increases within one week of cleaning. What’s up?” Using a pressure washer to clean filters is […]