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How to clean ORP and pH probes

Let’s face it: eventually the probes in a chemical controller will get dirty. Maybe it’s some calcification, or the usual oily organics that stick to the bulb. Whatever has dirtied the probe, you can bet your water chemistry readings will be distorted. In this article, we cover an easy way to clean ORP and pH […]

How to manage Iron in Swimming Pools

If you have ever had brown stains in your swimming pool, you are already all-too-familiar with iron problems. In this article, we discuss how iron gets into our water and why it creates stains. Then we will discuss options for managing iron to prevent problems like stains and excessive chlorine demand. Metal Oxidation creates higher […]

Starting a Commercial Pool Enzyme Program

Busy, heavily-loaded pools tend to have a lot of bather waste. Swimmers shed sweat, body oils, and yes, urine; and those are only the natural forms of body waste. Let’s not forget lotions, cosmetics, sunscreen, deodorants and the like. All of these non-living contaminants are forms of organic waste that chlorine must oxidize to remove […]

How to Avoid Plaster Dust on a Commercial Pool Startup

Let’s talk about a commercial pool startup. Not sure about you, but brushing plaster dust in the middle of a big pool is not enjoyable to us. Maybe that’s just us, and we are not pool builders. Plaster dust is not just an annoyance, it’s actually a symptom of a more significant problem. Consider this: […]

ORP vs. Free Chlorine: Which is more important?

Pool sanitization is essential Swimming pools (especially heavily used public pools) can have serious demands put on them. Keeping water sanitized is paramount to people’s health and safety, but it is not always easy to do. Disease outbreaks like cryptosporidium can happen, and people sometimes get sick. Thankfully, chlorine is an excellent sanitizer. And chlorine […]

The Undeniable Importance of Calcium

Last week we got a phone call from a long-time customer of ours. They had just renovated a commercial swimming pool for a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) community.  The plaster was scheduled to be done the next day, and they called to ask us for help with their startup. Their primary goal was to protect the […]

Organic vs. Inorganic Phosphates | re-post

Inorganic phosphates and organic phosphates can get confusing. This is a re-post from an article on Orenda’s website. It pertains to our audience too, so we thought we would share it, and give credit where credit is due. The original article can be found here. Different types of phosphates Did you know there are many […]

Six Factors that weaken chlorine in swimming pools

Slow Chlorine = Weak Chlorine Sanitization and disinfection are the two primary responsibilities of chlorine. Chlorine’s secondary responsibility–or, more accurately, it’s secondary obligation–is oxidation. In terms of residual sanitizer out in the pool water, chlorine is the first line of defense against common recreational water diseases like pseudomonas aeruginosa; bacteria like e. coli; other germs like staphylococcus […]

Phosphates: The invisible problem in swimming pools

Phosphates are an invisible problem in swimming pools. Phosphorus, the naturally occurring element, comes in many forms…but as it pertains to pools, we care about orthophosphates. Phosphates in swimming pools have become a prevalent problem, as evidenced by the growing amount of phosphate removers sold in the U.S. pool market. But why are phosphates a […]

Introducing Natural Pool Products

Our line of natural pool products simply perform Have you ever bought a pool chemical that worked (at least to some degree), but maybe wasn’t quite strong enough to get the job done? Or maybe last year it worked, and this year it seems weaker? Perhaps you have a pool that needs a deep clean, […]