Entries by Rick Burns

Water Testing Basics

You don’t have to be a chemist to keep your pool sparkling clean. Following are some guidelines for using test strips to obtain accurate water analysis results. Follow the directions that came with the kit. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? However, there have been many cases where a user inadvertently used the directions that came with […]

How to vacuum a swimming pool on waste?

There comes a time when a pool owner needs to vacuum a pool that has large amounts of debris such as heavy algae or leaves (Usually this is the case when you first open the pool). If the homeowner vacuums like normal, they have a good chance of contaminating their filter, plugging up the circulation […]

How do I backwash my Hayward Sand filter?

When the filter pressure rise 8-10 PSI over the clean starting pressure it is time to backwash. Turn the pump off and rotate the multiport valve to backwash. Turn on the pump and the dirty water will flow out the waste line. Once the water runs clear in the valve’s sight glass, turn off the […]

How long does an In-ground Vinyl Liner last?

A lot of factors are in play when we talk about the longevity of In-ground Vinyl Liners. That being said, most people change liners every 8 to 12 years. Have we seen liners last longer? Yes we have. We’ve seen liners last as long as 20 years. To get your liner to last longer keep […]

Is there a good robotic cleaner for an In-ground Pool that vacuums the floor, walls, and tile line?

Yes. It’s the Dolphin Supreme M4 Cleans pool floor, cove, walls and waterline Recommended for in-ground residential pools up to 50 ft. in length The Dolphin Supreme M4 raises the bar for robotic pool cleaners, representing the latest generation of dolphin technology. Dolphin Exclusive Features: Weekly timer — preset cleaning cycles throughout the week! Full […]

What’s the first step I should take before I begin digging my pool?

When considering what you’ll need to make your project a success, don’t forget the most important first step for any outdoor home improvement project: calling 811 before you dig. As any professional will tell you, smart digging always means calling 811 before every job. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should […]