Pool Service Techs: Don’t Get Conned (about bad plaster)

Written and Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of OnBalance: Imagine, service techs: from day one, you maintain the pool water in perfect balance, yet get blamed for causing various plaster discolorations or defects. That is not a pleasant thing to deal with, especially if you are being told to pay thousands of dollars to […]

SMUD pool pump rebate increases to $150 for remainder of 2015

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has raised the bar – again. Effective August 10, 2015 and for the remainder of 2015, SMUD will rebate its customers/homeowners $150 towards the cost of upgrading their pool’s filter pump to an energy efficient variable speed pump (VSP) when the VSP is installed by a CAEI (Certified Aquatic Equipment […]

Colored Pool Plaster Defects

Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of OnBalance: If NPC (National Plasters Council) leaders would just acknowledge what improper plastering practices do to swimming pool plaster, there would not be a controversy within the industry – and there would be fewer pool plaster defects and discolorations occurring. Case in point: Adding calcium chloride (hardening accelerator) […]

What pool owners can do about the drought

May 2015 The drought is obviously of huge concern for us Californian’s. Most people are unaware that pools use half as much water as the lawn and even less if evaporation measures are taken: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-pool-haters-20140913-story.html How you can help: – Turn off water features like waterfalls and spillways. The more water exposed to the atmosphere, […]

Swimming Pool Water Balance. No, its not as easy as you think

Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of OnBalance: Decades ago, people in the pool industry started becoming aware that there was more to pool maintenance than just adding sanitizers to the water (to kill algae and bacteria) and filtering it (to help keep it crystal clear). Gradually, we learned that even properly sanitized and filtered […]

Homemade pool solar rings/ squares for to slow water evaporation

Solar rings, solar blankets and solar squares are in great demand to save pool water evaporation as the drought pushes us Californians into uncharted territory. A few years ago I happened upon a wise and resourceful elderly woman who used very simple and common materials to make her own solar rings out of hula hoops. […]

Swimming pool salt generator cell- Pentair IC40 with calcium buildup

Have you ever wondered what calcium build up looks like in a swimming pool salt generator cell? Most of you have read the manual about cleaning the cell regularly but if you’re like me (and live in an area with low calcium content in the fill water) then you don’t see calcium buildup often. I […]

The Sta-Rite Modular DE Filter is awesome!

My favorite filter in the world is the Sta-Rite Modular Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) Filter. This thing is awesome. Here’s another story of how well it cleans up: I installed the following 60SF filter in April 2013 and the homeowner never cleaned it ( I DO NOT advise the same!!!!) until I  showed up in February […]