What's in the Box: Zodiac MX6 & MX6 Elite!

What's in the Box: Zodiac MX6 & MX6 Elite!

Ben Diefenderfer
Welcome to another Fact Friday at ePoolSupply! Each week we like to discuss helpful tips and tricks regarding the pool industry. Today we will be d...
What's in the Box: Zodiac MX6 & MX6 Elite!

What's in the Box: Zodiac MX6 & MX6 Elite!

Ben Diefenderfer
Welcome to another Fact Friday at ePoolSupply! Each week we like to discuss helpful tips and tricks regarding the pool industry. Today we will be d...
Fact Friday: How to Maintain a Chlorine Free Pool

Fact Friday: How to Maintain a Chlorine Free Pool

Ben Diefenderfer
Welcome to another Fact Friday at ePoolSupply! Each week we like to discuss helpful tips and tricks regarding the pool industry. Today we will be t...
How to Rebuild a Caretaker 5-Port Cleaning System using the OEM 5-9-2001

How to Rebuild a Caretaker 5-Port Cleaning System using the OEM 5-9-2001

Ben Diefenderfer
Hello again! Periodically we like to provide our customers with some helpful tips and tricks to assist in the maintenance of their swimming pools. ...
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Fact Friday: Chlorination 101

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General water chemistry relies on concentration and ppm, or parts per million. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends pH 7.2–7.8 (with pH 7.5 being optimal) and a free chlorine concentration of at least 1 ppm in pools and at least 3 ppm in hot tubs/spas. What does that mean for your pool or spa? To start, as the pH levels in water rise, the potency at which chlorine or free chlorine can kill germs and bacteria lowers. In layman's terms, as pH lowers, even more so if the pH is <7.0, the ability of free chlorine to kill germs returns.
What's Up Wednesday: Caretaker Nozzle Overview

What's Up Wednesday: Caretaker Nozzle Overview

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As with any pool, the water is circulated through a system of suction lines, run through a filter, and returned back into the pool through various pool jets and water features. This is where the infloor system comes in. Once the water has been filtered, it is driven through an actuator which disperses the water at high pressure to a designated "zone" of three to five cleaning heads. These heads "pop up" from the pool floor and spray dirt & debris towards the main suction drain. Depending on where the heads are located in your pool in relation to the other cleaning heads, Caretaker offers five different Nozzle Inserts to determine the cleaning radius for each pop up head to ensure proper water circulation and precise cleaning. We'll go over each one in detail to give you the best recommendation!
Maintenance Monday: A&A Style 2 vs. Gamma Series 2

Maintenance Monday: A&A Style 2 vs. Gamma Series 2

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Introduced mid-2012, the Gamma 2 utilizes a bigger locking tab to guarantee a seamless fit into your existing Style 2 Collars. Easily diagnose or install these cleaning heads with the A&A Style 2 Tool. A&A has also made some improvements to the spring which allows the head to pop up fully when the pump is running at lower RPM's; a big plus for anyone who has recently switched over to a Variable Speed pump! Another new feature on the Gamma Series 2 Standard is the four-in-one Adjustable Nozzle which eliminates the need to choose between High Flow and Low Flow. 

Pentair Lil Shark above ground pool cleaner

What's in the Box: Pentair Lil' Shark Above Ground Pool Cleaner

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The Pentair Lil’ Shark features a replaceable shark fin, teeth and everything you’d expect with a little shark swimming around cleaning your pool. This cleaner has an open mouth port with an oscillator and agitator that moves this cleaner around the pool. This same function combined with the multiple brushes present around the bottom rim of the cleaner is what knocks out dirt and debris in the pool itself. The agitation combined with the suction allows for easy, simple removal of debris from the pool once picked up by the cleaner. Less moving parts means less items that wear and need replacing.
Pentair Kreepy Krauly: What's in the Box?

Pentair Kreepy Krauly: What's in the Box?

Ben Diefenderfer
The Pentair Kreepy Krauly cleaner features a flat seal for concrete or plaster pools. As such, it isn’t recommended for use on pebble tech. Included is a thread-in skimmer adapter that connects directly to the pool's skimmer. The Kreepy Krauly Suction Side Pool Cleaner utilizes a dual flap system in order to free the cleaner of any slippage or obstructions in the pool. Should the cleaner become stuck, the flaps help the cleaner with mobility and stability while it moves around the bottom of the pool surface. This cleaning system also comes standard with an eyeball diverter for hard to reach places and water dispersion. For ease of installation, the cleaner comes from the factory with the footpad already installed making it that much more appealing to weekend warriors looking to upgrade or replace cleaners with minimal hands on work.
Tech Tuesday: How to Upgrade A&A Ball Valve to a T-Valve with #540234

Tech Tuesday: How to Upgrade A&A Ball Valve to a T-Valve with #540234

Ben Diefenderfer
Before you start gluing everything in, you're going to want to do a dry run to familiarize yourself with the function and orientation of the cleaning system. Each Glue-In Flap includes a metal swing bar to allow the flap to open and close. They will be loose in each flap so be sure to keep your eye on them so they don't fall out. Install each of the six flaps without glue pressing the flap securely over the output port, while clipping the flap onto the valve base. Now you're ready for the glue phase!
Polaris 380 Pressure Cleaner: What's in the box?

Polaris 380 Pressure Cleaner: What's in the box?

Ben Diefenderfer
Welcome to another Magnificent Monday at ePoolSupply. Each week we like to discuss helpful tips and tricks regarding the pool industry. Today we wi...
How to Rebuild an A&A Top Feed Infloor Cleaning System (DIY #522634)

How to Rebuild an A&A Top Feed Infloor Cleaning System (DIY #522634)

Ben Diefenderfer
Beginning at the bottom pin on either side, add a gear with the teeth face-down and stack the next gear on the next corresponding pin. Be sure to check that the gears make contact with each other and they all spin freely without restriction. Once you've added all ten gears, you can begin to add the locking washers by hand. Keep in mind that the middle gear on each side will not need a washer. When adding each washer, be sure not to push them too far down the pin. Triple-check each gear to make sure they all work together and spin without any difficulty.
Polaris 360 Pressure Cleaner: What's in the Box?

Polaris 360 Pressure Cleaner: What's in the Box?

Ben Diefenderfer
Welcome to another Terrific Tuesday at ePoolSupply. Each week we like to discuss helpful tips and tricks regarding the pool industry. This week we ...
pentair intelliflo pool pump

2021 Department of Energy Variable Speed Pump Law Explained

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In case you haven't heard, the Department of Energy has announced that by July 19, 2021 all Dedicated Purpose Pool Pumps must meet a minimum energy requirement, otherwise you could be subject to certain penalties and fines. What does that mean for your pool? We're here to break everything down for you. 
cleaning pool filter and replacing filter media

How Often Should I Clean My Pool Filter & Replace My Filter Media?

Ben Diefenderfer
The pool filter is one of the most important pieces of equipment. Without the filter, your pool would essentially become a swamp after a few short weeks. As the water circulates, the water passes through the filter media; either Sand, Diatomaceous Earth, or Cartridges. This filtration media is designed to catch small particles and debris to prevent them from being redistributed to the swimming pool.
algae in swimming pool

How to Remove Algae Fast!

Ben Diefenderfer
From Green to Clean Welcome to another Fact Friday from ePoolSupply! Every Friday we like to educate our customers with important information re...
Pool with yellow algae

How to Get Rid of Yellow Algae

Ben Diefenderfer
Yellow algae is more commonly found in southern climates. It clings to pool walls, toys, as well as your bathing suits. Contrary to its close cousin green algae, yellow algae is more resistant to chlorine and usually requires the assistance from a good algaecide like Sodium Bromide in order to clear and eliminate the bloom from your swimming pool. So where do you start?
Fact Friday: The Importance of Pool Circulation

Fact Friday: The Importance of Pool Circulation

Ben Diefenderfer
Welcome back to another edition of Fact Friday here at ePoolSupply! Every Friday we like to educate our customers with important information regard...
Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

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Pool Safety involves quite a few things actually; ranging from special equipment to regulate chemical distribution, signage and warnings to deter misbehavior, or even physical barriers to prevent accidents. 

How can you adopt these preventative measures and practices? Allow us to lay out some precautions to guide you toward a safer swimming experience. 

How to Change a Pool Light Bulb

How to Change a Pool Light Bulb

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*PLEASE READ EACH STEP THOROUGHLY BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO REPLACE THE BULB. ALWAYS HAVE SOMEONE WITH YOU TO HELP IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLACE THE BULB IF YOU ARE NOT EXPERIENCED WITH ELECTRICITY OR A MULTIMETER.*

Fact Friday: Which Pool Vacuum is Right for You?

Fact Friday: Which Pool Vacuum is Right for You?

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Welcome back to another edition of Fact Friday here at ePoolSupply! Every Friday we like to educate our customers with important information regard...
Chlorine vs. Saltwater Swimming Pools

Chlorine vs. Saltwater Swimming Pools

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Saltwater pools use a process called “electrolysis” to produce just enough chlorine to disinfect the water. Commonly referred to as chlorine generators, saltwater pool systems make an electrolysis process with a control box and a salt cell. As pool water passes through the cell its exposed to a low voltage of electric current sent from the control box, which separates the sodium atom from the chloride atom and essentially transforms the salt into sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid is the same sanitizing component produced when any type of chlorine is added to pool water. 
How to Add Chlorine Tabs to your Swimming Pool

How to Add Chlorine Tabs to your Swimming Pool

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What is Chlorine?

Chlorine is one of the MOST EFFECTIVE sanitizing agents for not only swimming pools, but for water in general. Small amounts of chlorine are commonly added to city tap water in order to combat germs and bacteria, so it makes sense for a “puddle” of water the size of a swimming pool to use chlorine more frequently. With routine chemical checks you may find that you go through chlorine slower or faster depending on a few variables not limited to: pool usage, weather related events, and outside temperature.

Tech Thursday: How to Save Time & Money by Switching to a Variable Speed Pool Pump

Tech Thursday: How to Save Time & Money by Switching to a Variable Speed Pool Pump

Ben Diefenderfer
A Variable Speed Pump can help improve your filtration & circulation based on a few key factors. Climate, water chemistry, pump horsepower, and overall pool usage come heavily into play. Chlorine has a tendency to evaporate quicker when exposed to warmer climates. The evaporation is even worse when the water is still. This poses an issue because because most people leave their pool off during the hotter parts of the day. Running the pump at lower speeds during the day as well as when the pool is in use will greatly improve chemical circulation while allowing the filter more time to catch dirt and debris.
Pentair IntelliSync Control & Monitoring System 523404

Tech Thursday: Brand New Pentair IntelliSync Makes Automation Easier!

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Main Features:

Compatible with both the Pentair Intelliflo VS 011028 & Pentair SuperFlo VS 342001, the IntelliSync will allow you to program and run your pump all from the palm of your hand! Through the convenience of the Pentair Home app, this pool pump controller* lets you adjust your pump speed & programming, plus get monitoring alerts on select models!

Tuesday Troubleshooting: How to Prime a Pool Pump?

Tuesday Troubleshooting: How to Prime a Pool Pump?

Ben Diefenderfer

Why prime the pump?

If you're new to the pool game, you must know that you should NEVER run your pool pump dry! The pump is meant to move water and thus should always be full of water. Running the pump dry will cause irreversible damage, and potentially other issues to your equipment. It is important to keep the pump free of debris and well lubricated in order to maintain a consistent prime and avoid any future issues.

Fact Friday: Reading & Understanding Your Filter Pressure

Fact Friday: Reading & Understanding Your Filter Pressure

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The time has come again for another wonderful Fact Friday from ePoolSupply. Today we will be discussing the importance of your filter pressure and ...
Tech Tuesday: Pentair Superflo VS Error Codes

Tech Tuesday: Pentair Superflo VS Error Codes

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Error Codes Key for Pentair Superflo VS Pump Below is a list of all the error codes that Pentair has provided for error codes on a Pentair Superflo...
Tech Tuesday: How to Set the Date/Time on the Pentair Intelliflo 011028

Tech Tuesday: How to Set the Date/Time on the Pentair Intelliflo 011028

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How to Set the Date/Time on the Pentair Intelliflo Welcome to the first official ePoolSchool Tech Tuesday! The purpose of this blog section is to ...
Fact Friday: Pentair Aquatic Systems Purchases A&A Manufacturing

Fact Friday: Pentair Aquatic Systems Purchases A&A Manufacturing

Ben Diefenderfer
A&A Manufacturing is now a Pentair Aquatic Systems Brand! The time has come again for another wonderful Fact Friday from ePoolSupply. Today we ...
Fact Friday: Pool Tips & Tricks to Save You Money!

Fact Friday: Pool Tips & Tricks to Save You Money!

Ben Diefenderfer
MONEY SAVING SWIMMING POOL TIPS & TRICKS The time has come again for another wonderful Fact Friday from Poolinfloor.com. Today we will be discu...
6 Common Pool Maintenance Mistakes That Could Cost You Thousands!

6 Common Pool Maintenance Mistakes That Could Cost You Thousands!

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Common Pool Maintenance Mistakes It’s Maintenance Monday again here at ePoolSupply! Today we are going to discuss pool maintenance and the more com...