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WARRANTY ALERT!   wARRANTY aLERT!!   Warranty Alert!!!

WARRANTY ALERT! wARRANTY aLERT!! Warranty Alert!!!

Do you feel lucky, punk?   - Dirty Harry (circa 1971) It remains your prerogative to have even Larry the Cable Guy install your new pool equipment but because of recent warranty policy changes from the "Big 3" of swimming pool equipment manufacturers, Pentair - Zodiac...

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Best Poolside Plants for the Horticulturally Challenged

Best Poolside Plants for the Horticulturally Challenged

In a matter of a few short weeks, it will start to get nice outside and you should make serious plans to spruce up the backyard with some plantings by the swimming pool.  Follow the example of one Julie W. who asked her friendly pool guy for a suggestion or two on...

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The Unknown Enemy revealed:  Phosphates in Pool Water

The Unknown Enemy revealed: Phosphates in Pool Water

There are three rules when it comes to phosphates in pool water: 1.  Phosphates are bad; 2.  Phosphates are bad; and I bet you can guess #3. Algae being a plant, just needs a few things in order to live and thrive.  Put simply, there are only five essential...

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Pool Maintenance 102:  Cleaning filter cartridges

Pool Maintenance 102: Cleaning filter cartridges

Less prevalent than D.E. filters are the use of cartridges filters.  They, nonethless, make up a significant market  in the Southern California area and because they do, they will require periodic cleaning in the right way. Island Waters Pool Service provides this...

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Mapping for Swimming Pool Success

Mapping for Swimming Pool Success

Imagine you are driving in a unfamiliar part of town.  You find yourself in a unsavory neighborhood and have no idea how you got yourself into this predicament.  The ol' trusty GPS took you down this road and suddenly, without any provocation, it takes a dump and  no...

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Pearls of Wisdom:  Answers for Pool Questions

Pearls of Wisdom: Answers for Pool Questions

Here is a typical scene played out in many backyards in Orange County.  The homeowner goes into their backyard to look at their pool and there it is:  the first sign of algae.  So the typical reaction is to do what any logical person would do. Google search the term...

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Automatic Pool Cleaners:  Robotic pool cleaners

Automatic Pool Cleaners: Robotic pool cleaners

What fan of 2001: Space Odyssey or The Matrix or even Back to the Future didn't have a emotional, visceral moment when provided glimpses into what the future may hold for man and mankind?  Did you find yourself saying, "Yeah,  this could happen." Pause.  Take a long,...

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Automatic Pool Cleaners:  Pressure-side cleaners

Automatic Pool Cleaners: Pressure-side cleaners

This type of automatic pool cleaner is popular in regions that have larger debris and bigger pools.  The way that pressure-side cleaners work is that the hose connects to the return in the pool as well as the cleaner head. Most pressure-side cleaners work off of a...

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Pool Maintenance 101:  D.E. filters

Pool Maintenance 101: D.E. filters

There are three extremely important legs to proper pool maintenance:  circulation, sanitation and filtration. Circulation is moving the water in the system, which the pool pump drives.  Sanitation is the chemical cleaning of the water, which is typically handled with...

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