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Pool pump struggling to prime? It might be Air Lock…

Pool pump struggling to prime? It might be Air Lock…

September 21, 2013

Is your swimming pool pump struggling to prime? It might be “Air Lock”. Air lock exists when the pool and […]

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

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

August 26, 2013

  I have been seeing more and more swimming pool & spa rebound cracking in (gunite) pools and have been […]

Is your pool water TOO hot? Here are a couple tricks to cool it off…

Is your pool water TOO hot? Here are a couple tricks to cool it off…

June 30, 2013

Here’s a common email I receive during heat waves: “Mike, my pool is too hot. How do I cool it […]

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

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

June 17, 2013

On this beautiful California Monday I was asked to examine a swimming pool filter with a leak. Typically I find […]

Swimming pool cartridge filter cleaning

Swimming pool cartridge filter cleaning

April 12, 2013

I run across this one all the time: “Mike, I’m having issues with water clarity. My filters get really clean […]

News Flash- March 29, 2013: SMUD to offer $100 rebates for variable speed pump installations (while funds last)

News Flash- March 29, 2013: SMUD to offer $100 rebates for variable speed pump installations (while funds last)

March 29, 2013

March 27, 2013 SMUD is pleased to announce the return of Residential Variable-Speed Pool Pump rebates!  The rebates will be […]

Epoxy Pool Painting and Repair as alternative to replaster

Epoxy Pool Painting and Repair as alternative to replaster

March 5, 2013

Guest blog by Glacier Industrial Painting Your pool is most likely a beloved addition to your home. It is a […]

The Zero Alkalinity Acid Treatment

The Zero Alkalinity Acid Treatment

January 31, 2013

Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of On Balance: The concept of the “Zero Alkalinity” process is to make pool […]

The gas cost (per hour) to run a pool / spa heater

The gas cost (per hour) to run a pool / spa heater

November 5, 2012

The tricky part of the equation is knowing how much you pay your local utility company per therm. I live in Folsom and our natural gas is provided by PG&E. I checked my bill and found that we pay 92 cents to $1.40 per therm

Free expert swimming pool advice… read on…

Free expert swimming pool advice… read on…

September 15, 2012

My goal when I started my business in 1995 it was to make money to eat and pay the rent. […]

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