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Practice UV Safety While Swimming

James Ashner | Jul 19, 2018 9:27:12 AM


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Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm


We all love to spend time in and around the pool during the summer and it can be a chore to remember the sunscreen when we’re excited to get in the water.  It can be even easier to get a sunburn and skin damage when swimming as the water keeps you cool and you don’t feel the heat like you would out of the pool.  Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your skin from damage and skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States with increasing numbers in the last thirty years.  There are some very simple steps you can follow to help prevent the development of skin cancer, with the American Cancer Society recommending the Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap technique which entails:

  • Slipping on a shirt
  • Slopping on sunscreen
  • Slapping on a hat
  • Wrapping sunglasses around your eyes

Swimmers should use water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when in the pool, protect your skin with a light shirt, a hat and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when out of the pool.  Maintaining proper pool chemicals is also important for safety and comfort of your skin and eyes.

Maintain Pool Chemical and pH Balance for Eye Comfort

Maintaining the proper balance of all necessary chemicals in the pool is important for swimmer safety, which includes maintaining a comfortable pH balance.  The pH balance in our eyes is typically between 7.2 and 7.4, which makes the ideal pH balance of a swimming pool within that range slightly +/- either way of 7.0 to 7.6.  Keeping the pH of the pool within this range reduces side effects such as red, burning eyes. 


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With the pH in proper balance, chlorine is also working with optimum disinfection characteristics. Borate is a mineral that is increasing in use in both commercial and residential pool maintenance.  Borate provides many benefits which include: 

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The Importance of Swimming Pool Water Balance

James Ashner | May 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The Importance of Chemically Balanced Pool Water

Maintaining swimming pool water balance is very important, for the health of everyone swimming and for maintaining proper equipment in good working order.   It can be confusing knowing exactly what to look for and how to treat swimming pool water, especially water that has become unbalanced.  If you need help getting your water in balance, and maintaining proper levels, you may need a free water test at The Swimming Pool Store.

There are many important reasons why you must keep your pool water chemicals in balance, the most important reason is the safety of all swimmers.   If your pool water is not properly balanced, the sanitizer in the chlorine won’t be working effectively to kill bacteria and germs. 



pH Level

If your pH is out of whack, it will cause swimmers to feel very uncomfortable with eye and skin irritation.   Your pH needs to be in the proper range for swimmers to feel comfortable.

A good range for pH is between 7.4 – 7.6 on a test kit.  If your pH is too high, it will cause the chlorine to dissolve faster, if it is too low it will inactivate the effectiveness of the chlorine. 


Alkalinity goes along with pH in that a highly alkaline pool causes a high pH balance.  Water with low alkalinity leads to a low pH balance.  A good midrange reading for the average swimming pool is an alkalinity close to 100 ppm.

Calcium Hardness

Measuring your calcium hardness is an important chemical reading for pools.  If this number is too high your pool water will become cloudy, forming scale and stains on the liner.  A reading of about 300 ppm is the ideal calcium hardness reading for the average pool.


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Professional Weekly Pool Maintenance

James Ashner | May 18, 2017 10:31:46 AM

 Professional Weekly Pool Maintenance

Now that your pool is open for the summer, performing regular weekly maintenance will keep your water safe and clean for an enjoyable swimming season.  There are a few steps that you should perform on a regular basis to keep your water safe for swimming, and to cut down on any big problems developing.  Maintaining the chemical balance of your water is important for safe swimming water, and keeping the pool clean is important for the proper working of your pump and mechanical equipment.  

Maintain Water Level 

Checking the water level and maintaining the ideal water level is important for the optimum workings of all pool equipment, and for proper water chemical balance.  

Clean Skimmers 

Check and clean the skimmer baskets regularly and remove any debris stuck in the basket.  This clears the way for the water to filter properly and most efficiently.  



Cleaning the Pool 

Skim the surface of your pool water regularly with a long-handled skimmer to clear leaves and debris from the water surface.  Removing leaves and debris before they sink to the bottom will help to keep leaves from creating stains on your liner which can be very stubborn to clean.  

Brush and Vacuum  

You’ll want to brush the sides and the bottom of the pool, pushing any loose sediment towards the main drain for easier vacuuming.  When vacuuming, you need to submerge the vacuum head and prime the hose with water before hooking it up to your filter.  This keeps the air out of the line, and is better for the pump and to maintain a good suction with the hose.   

Backwash and Check Circulation 

Unless you have a cartridge filer, you should always backwash after vacuuming.  This helps to keep the pump in good working order, which allows the chemicals to work effectively.  Circulating the water is important to maintain optimum swimming water health and the smooth-running equipment.   


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Getting to know your pool filter

James Ashner | Aug 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Getting to know your pool filter

Every swimming pool needs a filter. Countless types of debris, grease, organic material, metals, etc. will inevitably enter your pool water, and it’s up to your pools filter to remove much of it, especially the smaller particles that are suspended in the water and can cause cloudiness, staining or algae growth.

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Pool maintenance during a heat wave

James Ashner | Jul 30, 2016 12:49:19 PM

How to Maintain Your Pool in a Heat Wave

Pools and heat waves should go together perfectly, when temperatures soar there is no more inviting sight than the pool you’ve worked hard to maintain all summer. But when heat waves extend past a few days, they can cause a few issues with your pool water which is why pool maintenance is so important.

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How do metals affect my pool water?

James Ashner | Jun 26, 2016 3:03:21 PM

How do metals affect my pool water?

It might be hard to imagine, but your pool or spa is loaded with metals! Microscopic particles of various metals are suspended in the water and it’s important to keep them at proper concentrations.

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Difference between stabilized chlorine and unstabilized chlorine?

James Ashner | Jun 14, 2016 10:06:24 AM

What is the difference between stabilized and unstabilized chlorine?

You may have noticed that the chlorine or chlorine shock is either labeled as stabilized or unstablized. This refers to the levels of cyanuric acid in the chlorine.

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