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Broken Pool Plaster, Calcium Nodules, Plaster Delamination, Pop-Offs

Broken Pool Plaster, Calcium Nodules, Plaster Delamination, Pop-Offs

July 4, 2022

Plaster delamination is also known as a “Pop-Off”. A Pop-off is a section of plaster that has delaminated from its […]

The best swimming pool Saturation Index calculator

The best swimming pool Saturation Index calculator

June 17, 2022

There are many pool saturation index calculators available online. Some are good, some are not so good but this one […]

Phosphates in Folsom pool water

Phosphates in Folsom pool water

June 14, 2022

Why are there phosphates in Folsom water? In 2020, many Folsom residents experienced pin-hole leaks in their copper plumbing pipes. […]

Why Are Wintertime Crystals Forming in Pools?

Why Are Wintertime Crystals Forming in Pools?

January 14, 2022

(Reprinted w permission from OnBalance) In recent years, calcium crystals have been forming during the winter at a higher rate […]

Does High CYA Cause Pool Discolorations?

Does High CYA Cause Pool Discolorations?

October 6, 2021

Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of OnBalance: Several studies have shown that high cyanuric acid (stabilizer/conditioner) levels in pool water […]

Why Colored Pool Plaster Turns White

Why Colored Pool Plaster Turns White

August 12, 2020

This is an EXCELLENT article on why colored pool plaster turns white, reprinted with permission from onBalance August 2020. Having a […]

Why colored pool plaster fades

Why colored pool plaster fades

July 29, 2020

Why colored pool plaster fades By OnBalance (Reprinted with permission from onBalance July 2020) Having a beautiful pool with a […]

Is pH 8.0 to 8.5 Okay for Swimming Pools?

Is pH 8.0 to 8.5 Okay for Swimming Pools?

January 23, 2020

Reprinted with permission from onBalance January 2020 There should NOT be a mandate to close down swimming pools when the […]

When is it time to turn on/ open pool solar?

When is it time to turn on/ open pool solar?

April 9, 2019

When is it time to open the swimming pool solar system for the swim season? I’m asked this question every […]

The Art of Good Swimming Pool Plaster Color

The Art of Good Swimming Pool Plaster Color

November 27, 2018

(reprinted with permission from onBalance Nov 2018) The Art of Good Swimming Pool Plaster Color An attractive plaster color (other than white) […]

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