How To

Calcium Scaling

It is important to be aware of the calcium hardness (CH) level of your water. The CH level is especially important for pools with surfaces below the water line that contain calcium, such as plaster, pebble, gunite, concrete, quartz, tile, or stone. But all pool owners need to control their CH level to some extent.
How To

Guide for Seasonal/Temporary Pools

This guide covers smaller pools that have the advantage of a simple water change if ever needed. Seasonal pools on TFP are described as following Above ground pool with less than 3000 gallons Pool where the liner can simply be put into place wrinkle free without the weight of the water Pools that are or could be completely drained and stored each winter
How To

Leak Detection

It’s a sad truth that owning a pool sometimes means having a leak either in the pool itself or in the plumbing and filtration system. These leaks can come in three varieties, one that draws air into the plumbing system and two that allow water to leak out of the pool, the first of these being the plumbing and the second being a leak in the pool vessel itself. 
How To

Suction Side Air Leaks

What it is – One of the most common mechanical pool issues, a suction side leak can be difficult to find. The effect is just like using a straw with a hole in it. A suction side air leak shows itself most commonly by bubbles and splashing and frothing in the pump basket This indicates your pump is not getting the water it needs to function smoothly but, instead, air is getting into the system and starving or semi-starving the pump. The pump basket can have absolutely no water whatsoever (that’s when it “loses prime”) or …
How To

Start-up New Plaster

If you have a new plaster pool or just had your pool plaster resurfaced, the water balancing start-up procedure is very important to ensure the plaster cures properly. This is really the responsibility of your builder or plasterer – BUT you might have to carry out some of these maintenance steps yourself, so we will briefly go through them so that you will know what is involved and understand the general process.
How To

Lower Total Alkalinity

There are two reasons to lower your total alkalinity (TA) right away, because you want to slow down the rate that the PH rises, or if high TA is contributing to a high calcium saturation index (CSI) which puts you at risk of calcium scaling. You shouldn’t lower TA just to reach a target number. Make sure you actually have one of the above issues before lowering your TA.