Vacuum /vak-yoo-uh/ noun A device that uses suction to collect the dirt found on the sides or bottom of a swimming pool. One of the most common vacuum types is a device fitted with wheels that is attached to a telescope and connected to the suction line. The debris collected by the vacuum was deposited […]
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Turbidity /tur-bid/ adjective Refers to the cloudy condition of water caused by the presence of fine particles in suspension that have not been caught by filters due to their microscopic size. In order to deal with the issue of turbidity, a clarifier was added to coagulate the particles. The result was a more efficient filter.
Test Kit  A device used to monitor the specific levels of chemical residuals and other items in swimming pool water. Most test kits contain vials, reagents, color comparators, and other materials needed in order to perform tests. He used his test kit to measure the water’s free available chlorine and total alkalinity levels.
Skimmer Basket  A removable strainer placed in the skimmer on the suction side of the pool pump. It is designed to trap debris floating on the surface of the water and prevent flow restriction. Once the skimmer basket was in place, the pool was ready for use.
Sanitizers /san-i-tahy-zer/  These are chemical compounds that are designed to kill algae, bacteria, and other living organisms. They also protect the pool water from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays. The pool owner was careful to add enough sanitizers to the water to ensure his kids were protected from bacteria as they […]
pH noun Potential hydrogen. pH is a measurement of the level of acidity or alkalinity in the water; it uses a scale of 0 to 15. Metal corrosion, eye irritation, and etched plaster all occur with a low pH. Chlorine inefficiency and scale formation are symptoms of a high pH. The pool water’s pH had […]
Pump /puhmp/ noun A mechanical device that is normally motor-powered. It is responsible for causing hydraulic flow and pressure, and the result is the filtration, circulation, and heating of pool water. The pool owner bought a centrifugal pump for his swimming pool.
P.P.M.  Parts per million. It means one part in 1 million parts; for example, one pound of chlorine in 1 million pounds of water. The acceptable ranges of most water tests are measured in ppm. For instance, free available chlorine should always be kept in the 1 to 3 ppm range while total alkalinity […]
Organic Waste  Also known as swimmer waste, this refers to the elements people bring to the water, which include sweat, body oils, make-up, and cologne. The result of organic waste in the water is chloramines, which are nasty-smelling and irritate the body. Large amounts of chlorine and non-chlorine shock is needed to get rid […]
Non-Chlorine Shock  Chemical compounds used to oxidize the water. As this type of shock treatment doesn’t contain chlorine or bromine, you can return to the pool 15 minutes after treatment. The non-chlorine shock was added to give the pool a quick clean.