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Swimming Pools, Chlorine and Toxins

Pool Chlorine

One of the concerns I had as an above ground pool owner, is what does all that chlorine do to the folks swimming in the pool? Chlorine is great for fighting harmful bacteria and keeping the pool water clear, but what does it do to our bodies? Chlorine and Skin A strong concentration of chlorine […] Read More

Finding the Leak: Part 3

Main Drain

Feeling rather confident that I had found the source of the leak, I sprung out of bed the following morning to check on the pool. Fully expecting to see the area behind the pool dry and the pool water at the same level as when I went to bed, I confidently walked around the pool. […] Read More

Finding Pool Leak – Part 2

Pool

Talk about your cliffhanger.  I can’t believe that my last post occurred so many months ago and I did not finish my saga about the hole in the pool. To pick up where I left off, I was able to narrow the general area of where I believed the hole to be. There were 24 […] Read More

First Step to Finding My Pool Leak

Puddle of Water

My first step in finding the leak was ruling out the obvious. I made sure all of my pool hose connections were tight, and that the filter wasn’t leaking water. I made sure the skimmer was securely affixed to the wall (it was leaking earlier in the year because I had replaced it and hadn’t […] Read More

Is it Absolutely Necessary to Use Algaecide?

Clean Pool

Hmm, I don’t know. If you have read a post or two on this blog you’ll know that my pool had brown, dirty, murky water with a colony of frogs living in it at one time. It’s now crystal clear and swimmable. It took a lot of work, diatomaceous earth, chlorine, shock, leaf scooping, vacuuming […] Read More

Why is My Pool Water pH Rising?

pH and Total Alkalinity

I’ve figured out how to get my chlorine levels to stabilize, more or less, in my pool, but how do I get my pH levels to remain within range. It seems that the numbers rise almost daily. I’ve been adding pH Decrease (which is basically muriatic acid) to bring the pH levels down only to […] Read More

Where Did My Pool’s Chlorine Go?

Chlorine Test

After doing all of the hard work in getting the pool clean, now I seem to have a situation with disappearing chlorine. Back when I used Baquacil, I don’t remember fooling around with the pool’s chemistry so much. I’d regularly added algaecide once a week, a bottle and a half of Baquacil every week or […] Read More

Oooh Baby, I’ve Got Clear Pool Water!

Pool Bottom Drain

After a couple of days of applying a full-court press, I am seeing a big difference in my pool water. Recovering from green cloudy pool water isn’t hard, but it does take diligence and time. When I checked the water this morning I was impressed with its clarity but felt it could still get just […] Read More

Pool Water Progress Has Been Made!

Pool Bottom Drain

It’s around 8:00 PM and I went to do my final filter cleaning for the night and didn’t need to! If you have been following this blog, you know I’ve been cleaning a very dirty neglected pool. I’ve been working on clearing my green cloudy water (now that I’ve removed all of the decaying leaves) […] Read More