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Providing Commercial Swimming Pool Accessibility

February 15, 2019

Access to swimming pools and aquatic facilities is important for both individuals with low mobility and seniors. Swimming pools provide an optimal environment for low impact exercise and therapy—which is often necessary to the medical health of these individuals. Congress passed the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 to mandate non-discriminatory policies for disabled individuals in America. ADA swimming pool accessibility requirements were added to the law in 2010 (and revised in 2012) requiring commercial swimming pools to provide a means of safe access to their pools such as ramps and lifts. For more information on the ADA visit Continue Reading about Pool Accessibility...

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Chemtrol Chemical Controllers – The Universal Remote for Your Pool Equipment Room

January 8, 2019

Water treatment for commercial swimming pools and spas requires a complex combination of physical and chemical processes, such as chemical treatment, filtration, pumping, heating and water replacement. To properly manage these processes and chemistry and water level of a pool, engineering and pool equipment rooms are often filled with specialized meters, pumps, filters, and units—each doing specialized, individual work. Often, many of these machines will come from different manufacturers and are controlled independently of each other. Taking readings and ensuring all equipment works in-tandem and efficiently can take hours. With Chemtrol PC Programmable and Digital Controllers from Santa Barbara Control Systems, this process can become so much easier. Chemtrol controllers will work with any chemical feeders, filters, pumps, and units on the market work.

Think of the controller as the thermostat in the wall: everything is tied together with the controller acting as the “brain.”

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Save Energy with ThermGard Pool Covers

November 5, 2018

The natural loss of heat accounts for more than 70% of all heat lost from both indoor and outdoor pools. When the air temperature drops below your pools temperature, water evaporates from the surface of the pool theoretically until the water is the same temperature as the air. For heated swimming pools this means that your swimming pool heater will have to be engaged more frequently in order to maintain the desired temperature of the pool. This results in higher consumption of energy as well as higher costs for the aquatic facility.

It only takes 1 BTU to raise 1 pound of water 1 degree, but each pound of 80° water that evaporates from a pool causes a loss of 1048 BTUs of heat energy.

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What’s in Your Swimming Pool Water? – Find Out With Palintest Technologies

September 27, 2018

Anyone who has worked with commercial swimming pools will know the importance of having clean and chemically balanced water. Regular and accurate testing of your pool's water is crucial to maintaining your facility and preventing scale and stain formation, cloudy water, algae growth, and the corrosion of pool surfaces and equipment. But with so many chemicals and tests to be aware of - free and total chlorine, calcium hardness, alkalinity, pH, cyanuric acid to name a few - it can be difficult to know what kind of tool you need. Palintest offers some of the most accurate pool water testing devises thanks to years of engineering and refinement. Palintest calibrates their photometers using certified color standards set by National Physical Laboratory (NPL) standards and Palintest's quality control team prepares certified standards for their products in their own lab.

In the 1950's, Dr. Thomas Palin approached chemist and pharmaceutical wholesaler William & Simpson Ltd. in Newcastle, UK, to manufacture reagent tablets for his new method of testing water. Dr. Palin had developed breakpoint chlorination for water and the DPD colorimetric method for the determination of chlorine. DPD reagent tablets react with chlorine in the water to create that recognizable magenta color, the saturation of which reveals the chlorine levels in the water. This method was so effective that it became the standard determination method throughout the world and is still used today. Continue Reading about Palintest Technologies...

Maxi-Sweep Pool-Fountain Portable Vacuum – A Proven Cleaning Solution

August 22, 2018

The manually operated, self-sufficient Maxi-Sweep pool and fountain portable vacuum system is an excellent cleaning solution for indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as large fountains. The system does not require use of in-pool cleaning or filtration systems, eliminating approximately two-thirds of an aquatic facility's backwashing requirements through vacuuming. When the in-pool cleaning and filtration system is used to vacuum and clean the pool, thousands of gallons of chemically treated water are wasted, and sent down the drain with hundreds of dollars in utility bills. With Maxi-Sweep portable vacuums, all filtered and cleaned water is returned back into the pool so nothing is wasted. A Maxi-Sweep system is great to have on standby in case of mechanical failures in the pool's in-pool filtration systems. It can also be used to expedite fast pool draining for repairs or acid washing.

The wide path and powerful suction of the Maxi-Sweep allows for easy and efficient pool cleaning. A uniquely designed vacuum cleaning head comes in widths of 30", 36" and 42", complete with wheels for easy gliding across the pool bottom. Maxi-Sweep filters at a rate of 8,000 gallons per hour through a 225 square foot cartridge filter. The Maxi-Sweep comes complete with a hair and lint pot in addition to the filter to catch the debris that collects at the bottom of the pool, and it's all mounted on a light-weight corrosion resistant aluminum cart. Continue Reading about Maxi-Sweep Pool-Fountain Portable Vacuum Systems...

PEM “Spaghetti Noodle” Aquatic Matting

July 26, 2018

Reduce injury-related risks and enhance your aquatic facility's appearance with PEM aquatic matting. This durable poly-extruded matting features a looping design of soft and durable PVC for maximum comfort and sure footing. The porosity of the material allows moisture to flow through, eliminating standing water, and it cleans easily with simple sweeping or wash down with a hose. PEM aquatic matting also includes MICRO-CHECK® anti-microbial guard, which is a non-leachable biocide that prevents the growth of mildew, fungi, bacteria, and other hazardous microbes. Continue Reading about PEM “Spaghetti Noodle” Aquatic Matting...

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