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    • How in the world does a salt water pool work?

      As you will remember, salt is composed of sodium and chloride, NaCl.  There are metal plates across which we put a voltage, and this creates a current which separates the sodium from the chlorine, thus freeing the chlorine to kill bacteria.

    • How often should I change the swimming pool water?

      Generally, you need to change your pool water about every two years.  If the pool water is not changed Told Dissolved Solids build up to the point where the chlorine no longer works.  Even if you don't swim in the pool, you need to have chlorine in the pool otherwise green algae and parasites that can grow in water making it unsafe to be around.

    • What is that floating thing in the pool?

      If you are asking that question, and it is Winter, your pool man does not know what in the world he is doing!  Why is that?  that is because inside that floaty thing, which s probably blue-and-white, are chlorine tablets.  These contain chlorine and also contain a chemical called conditioner.  This chemical does not dissipate in the pool and too much of it will block the chlorine from working.  The pool will test with high chlorine as your doofus pool man will show you try to fool you, and now you will not be fooled.  Now you know not to use tablets in the pool. And you also know that it is time to get a new pool man.

    • Should I let my six month old grandson in the pool?

      No.  Have you ever heard of Giardia?  Have you ever heard of Crypto Sproidium?  Have you ever heard of the anal worm?  Probably not.  I will bet your pool man hasn't heard of these things either because he hasn't gone through the efforts of learning about it.  These new "germs" are over 10,000 times stronger than the regular E. Coli (poop), so I wouldn't put my child anywhere near the pool water until they're older. Why take the chance?

    • Is it better to use liquid chlorine or granular chlorine?

      First thing, we do not recommend using calcium hypochlorite.  Too much of it will make the pool cloudy, and it is too unstable to store.  Liquid chlorine, typically poured from a white plastic 1 gallon jug, is only 12% chlorine.  And it is of a type that will degrade quickly.  When it degrades it turns into salt water.  Adding salt to the pool increases the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of the pool (bad).  We use granular chlorine which is up to 93% pure chlorine.  This means that it is stronger and that we can use less of it, so it is gentler and safer for the pool and swimmers (good).