Entries by Pool Surgeon

What Causes a High pH in a Swimming Pool?

It happens all the time. Swimming pool pH climbs, or sometimes spikes, and all sorts of problems like calcium dust and carbonate scale can occur. But what causes high pH in pools? Why does the pH sometimes climb, and other times stay relatively steady? In this article, we will discuss pH and how it shifts, […]

The Orenda Purge Dose

When first using Orenda products like SC-1000 and CV-600/700, the initial dose is what we call the purge dose.  So what is a purge? And why is it necessary? This article will explain. What is a purge dose? A purge dose of Orenda chemicals is the initial dose to overpower the targeted contaminant and also leave […]

Pillar 4: Minimal CYA

Our Fourth and final Pillar is to minimize cyanuric acid (CYA). Maintaining CYA at a manageable level can be a struggle, and we realize that. But CYA has a major impact on chlorine efficiency. It can be summarized in two words: avoid overstabilization. The action step: keep your CYA to a minimum, meaning 30 ppm or less. For commercial pools, […]

Pillar 2: Organic Waste and Carbon Management

Bather waste. Non-Living Organics. Body Butter. Grease and oils. Whatever you want to call the organic waste products that contaminate swimming pools, managing them is the second of Orenda’s Four Pillars. So what do we know about non-living organics? We know that swimmers and animals that use the pool leave behind oils and other carbon-based waste, and chlorine […]

The Four Pillars of Proactive Pool Care

Are you proactive in your approach to pool management and water chemistry, or are you reactive? Based on the types (and amounts) of products sold in the pool business, it is clear that plenty of pool people are reactive. According to Dr. Charles Bens, less than 10% of healthcare costs go toward proactive measures…which means […]

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 […]