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This Pool Supply Unlimited blog category contains posts dealing with various concerns of pool upkeep, such as cleaners, component replacement and covers.
Looking for the Best Low Maintenance Pool Filter?

by Sarah Meiggs

Looking for the Best Low Maintenance Pool Filter? We all know that no matter what kind of filter you have, cleaning it can really be a pain in the you know what! We’re all searching for ways to enjoy our swimming pools more and maintain them less, that’s why our friends at Waterco have developed a low maintenance pool filtration device that is revolutionizing water filtration and swimming pool maintenance.
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How to Clean Your Pool Filter

by Stan Zielinski

How to Clean Your Pool Filter If your pump is the heart of your pool or spa the filter is its kidneys. Daily, your filter removes dirt, oil, organic and inorganic substances. Having clean, healthy water is dependent on your filter operating at its peak performance and that is with a clean filter.
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How to Open Your Pool in 5 Easy Steps

by Brian Wilson

How to Open Your Pool in 5 Easy Steps It's almost spring, and almost time to spend long days lounging poolside! But this isn’t something you can just dive into. In order to get yourself into a pair of trunks you’re going to have to make sure your pool is set and ready to go. We're here to provide you with a quick 5 step check list to insure your pool is opened properly.
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How Do You Clean A Green Swimming Pool?

by Stan Zielinski

How Do You Clean A Green Swimming Pool? Yesterday your pool was pristine, the kids were swimming all day and this morning you find the pool green and murky. Like any of us would be, you’re confused and wondering, why is my pool green and what should I do?
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How To Inspect Your Diving Board This Pool Season

by S.R.Smith

How To Inspect Your Diving Board This Pool Season Does your pool have a diving board on it that's older than five years? Wondering if it's still safe to jump on? Here's a guide from S.R.Smith with five diving board inspection tips to see if your diving board is ready for pool season!
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How to Clean Pool Tile

by Stan Zielinski

How to Clean Pool Tile A question that arises often is, how to clean and keep tile looking good. The two problems pool owners typically face are oil and grime and calcium deposits along the waterline. In this article we will cover the best process and products to use when tackling either of these issues.
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Is My Salt Cell Making Chlorine?

by PSU Staff

Is My Salt Cell Making Chlorine? "How do I know if my salt cell is making chlorine?". This may seem like a hard question to answer, but there is actually a very easy and effective method for finding out if your salt system is producing chlorine.
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How To Winterize A Swimming Pool

by John Reed

How To Winterize A Swimming Pool Usually, winter is not the time of year that most people want to think about their swimming pools but, in reality it is one of the most important times to pay attention to your investment. Properly winterizing your swimming pool will avoid unnecessary problems and costly repairs come springtime.
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Phosphates & Nitrates: Stopping Algae Growth Before It Starts

by Corey Williams

Phosphates & Nitrates: Stopping Algae Growth Before It Starts Algae is the arch enemy to many pool owners - Algae can wreak havoc and be very hard for a pool owner to get rid of. In this blog post we get to the root of fighting algae growth - stopping it before it starts by warding off phosphates and nitrates.
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Salt Cell Showdown: T-CELL-15 vs. CaliMar

by Scott Brown

Salt Cell Showdown: T-CELL-15 vs. CaliMar Need a replacement salt cell for your Hayward system in time for summer? Before you order another T-CELL-15, see how it stacks up to a brand new option in saltwater chlorination.
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Pentair Kreepy Krauly Warrior vs. Poolvergnuegen 2-Wheel Cleaner

by Scott Brown

Pentair Kreepy Krauly Warrior vs. Poolvergnuegen 2-Wheel Cleaner Looking for a new cleaner to get that messy pool under control? We look at two notable suction-side options: Poolvergnuegen's PoolCleaner and the new Kreepy Krauly Warrior, and let you draw your own conclusions.
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How To Choose The Right Color LED Pool Light

by Brian Wilson

How To Choose The Right Color LED Pool Light There is a wide variety of color LED lights to choose from and you've likely driven yourself mad wondering which one would work best for your application. Luckily the answer is not as difficult as you think. Read more for an easy explanation of the LED colors lights available to you.
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How To Maintain A Swimming Pool

by Scott Brown

How To Maintain A Swimming Pool You've already opened your pool and are just waiting for that last touch of winter to fade away before making use of it most every day. But what about a plan for keeping it in prime condition once those balmy days finally arrive? We offer some pointers for making pool preening a habit you'll never lose.
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How To Add D.E. Powder To Your Pool

by Ricky Wisniewski

How To Add D.E. Powder To Your Pool If you own a D.E. Filter or are planning on investing in one as the water filtration system for your swimming pool you will at some point or another need to add D.E. powder to your pool. This blog post provides a brief overview of what D.E powder is and how it works and a detailed step by step guide for safely adding D.E. powder to your pool.
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Converting to Salt-Based Chlorination

by Scott Brown

Converting to Salt-Based Chlorination Saltwater pools are becoming commonplace everywhere. Feeling behind the times with your regular chlorine pool? We explain the advantages of salt systems, clear up some common misconceptions about them and tell you what it takes to make the switch once and for all.
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Should I Paint or Plaster My Pool?

by Scott Brown

Should I Paint or Plaster My Pool? Preparing for swim season but unsure what to do about your pool surface? Painting it might be the best answer. Read up on pool paint as an alternative to plastering to see if it makes sense for you and your pool.
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What Replacement DE Filter Grids Do I Need?

by Corey Williams

What Replacement DE Filter Grids Do I Need? One of the most common questions customers ask is about replacement grid sizing for their DE Filter. For most pools there are two different styles of grids, each available in five different sizes. This article will explain the two best methods for finding the appropriate set for your filter.
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Does My Salt Cell Need Replacing?

by Scott Brown

Does My Salt Cell Need Replacing? Wondering if there's something to the sudden low salt or chlorine levels in your pool water? Here are some tips to help determine if your salt system is really to blame.
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What Replacement Filter Cartridge Do I Need?

by Scott Brown

What Replacement Filter Cartridge Do I Need? Not sure what model you need to replace that dirty cartridge in your filter? Here are some tips to take away the confusion and get the problem solved.
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A Guide to Proper Pool Water Chemistry

by Scott Brown

A Guide to Proper Pool Water Chemistry Nobody wants a midsummer swim ruined by cloudy, acidic or even dirty water. But what's involved in taking on the job of water maintenance yourself? As we explain here, it's a lot easier than you might think.
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Pump Shopping Guide

by Scott Brown

Pump Shopping Guide With so many options (single-speed, variable-speed, etc.), horsepowers and established brands in the pump market, how can you figure out what's best for you? Here's a good place to start on the way to purchasing your next pool or spa pump.
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A Guide to ADA Pool Lift Compliance

by Scott Brown, Sarah Meiggs

A Guide to ADA Pool Lift Compliance A major element in managing public pools over the last several years has been the challenge of complying with new provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which were added in 2010. Learn more about how ADA compliance applies to you and your pool.
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The Benefits of Swimming Pool Solar Covers

by Scott Brown, Sarah Meiggs

The Benefits of Swimming Pool Solar Covers Looking for a way to reduce your pool heating costs? Not only save money, but also time and become more energy efficient? Sound too good to be true?! It isn’t! A simple solar cover can easily provide all of these benefits. In fact, it may be one of the best values in the industry today. Learn more about how they work and why you need one for your pool.
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Top Picks for Energy Efficient Pool & Spa Pumps

by PSU Staff

Top Picks for Energy Efficient Pool & Spa Pumps As a pool owner, you understand how important it is to keep your pool running well so that it can be enjoyed during those hot summer days. When you are in need of a new pump, we suggest a Pentair pool pump as an energy saving replacement.
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New Plaster Start-Up - Part 2

by PSU Staff

New Plaster Start-Up - Part 2 Often times new pool owners neglect one of the most important procedures in the ownership of a new pool. The process is called a new plaster startup. With the introduction of the Startup-Tec®, many startup issues have been greatly minimized.
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New Plaster Start-Up - Part 1

by PSU Staff

New Plaster Start-Up - Part 1 The main objective in a pool start-up is to clear or get rid of the plaster scale (dust), and to balance and stabilize the water chemistry in the pool as soon as possible. Read more for some of the "do's and don'ts" for starting up a freshly plastered pool.
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Chemicals 101

by PSU Staff

Chemicals 101 There are a lot of factors involved in getting pool water clean, crystal clear and into the natural looking condition that we have become accustomed to. Among the unsung heroes working behind the scenes are pool chemicals.
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The Basics of Chlorine Generators

by PSU Staff

The Basics of Chlorine Generators Silky smooth water and child-safe swimming environment are both assumptions of a “salt water pool”. Learn more about the facts and benefits of chlorine generators for pool water sanitation.
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