Entries by Pool Surgeon

Wildfires and Swimming Pools

Once again, wildfires rage across Southern California with devastating fury. To say they are a disruption would be an understatement. We sincerely hope your homes and communities are safe. But even if you are not in eyesight of the flames or smoke, there are good chance swimming pools will be affected in the region. Debris […]

The CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Update

The CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) has been updated “New: Specifies that numerous pool chemicals (stabilizers, pool-grade salt, clarifiers, flocculants, defoamers, and pH adjustment chemicals) must meet either NSF/ANSI Standard 50 or NSF/ANSI Standard 60, and/or have a U.S. EPA FIFRA registration. (5.7.3)” More from NSF.org: “Specifically, the code states that treatment chemicals must be […]

Does My Pool Guy Need A Contractor’s License?

Guest Author: Originally published August 12, 2016 by Javier Payan In the State of California, a contractor’s license, which is issued by the California State Licensing Board or CSLB, a contractor’s license is not required to clean pools. The reason for this is that, in California, a contractors license is required if a job or project […]

Three Types Of Calcium Dust In Swimming Pools

There are three distinct forms of calcium carbonate that we commonly find in swimming pools. They are carbonate scale, calcium crystals [calcite], and the topic of today’s article, calcium dust. Our topic today ties into our core message at Orenda about the Langelier Saturation Index (LSI). Remember, the LSI is a measurement of the saturation of calcium in water…specifically the saturation of […]

How to Reduce Cyanuric Acid (CYA) in a Swimming Pool

High levels of Cyanuric Acid (CYA) in pool water can cause issues. And yet, we encounter many people that are hesitant to drain—or even dilute—their pool to reduce CYA levels. Perhaps there are valid reasons—costs, structural risks, labor, environmental concerns—for not draining high CYA pool water. That being said, draining and/or diluting water is still […]