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Swim Chem President and California Pool & Spa Association (CPSA) President  Jerry Wallace joined CPSA Executive Director John Norwood on a tour of the Zodiac Pool Systems facilities and for meetings with Zodiac executives on Tuesday July 19th. The meetings centered around the good work CPSA does on behalf of its membership, and in fact the entire industry. CPSA successes in dealing with the drought and other legislative and regulatory […]

        Swim Chem’s Comprehensive Conservation Awareness   At Swim Chem we are committed to helping our customers conserve as much water and energy as possible.   In today’s world everyone is more aware that resources are limited.   It is important to be more water and energy efficient in operating our homes and businesses.   Our president, Jerry Wallace, also serves as the chairman of the board for the California Pool […]

Ask Our Pool Expert, Jerry Wallace If you own a pool or spa, or would like to, you may have some questions about water chemistry, the best pool equipment, and much more. When you have been in the pool and spa industry as long as we have, you understand pool care, water chemistry, and all things pool and spa, almost second nature. Our own Jerry Wallace was recently asked to […]

We are obviously all concerned with the electricity crisis that we are facing here in California. Conservation should be in all of our minds. However, as a pool owner you must make decisions that will conserve when possible, yet still provide you with the crystal clear water that we all enjoy and protect the investment that you have made in your backyard! Remember inadequate filtration can lead to cloudy water […]

Extreme rainfall can sometimes cause problems with swimming pools. They may get hazy or even slightly green afterwards! This is caused by all of the impurities washing into the pool with the rain! In extreme cases, yards with poor drainage or design can even get excess runoff of rainwater into the pool. Sometimes planter areas overflow into the pool and take dirt with it! Some pools may even turn a […]

Extremely cold freezing temperatures are forecast for later this week. When we encounter temperatures approaching 32 degrees and below, action must be taken to protect your swimming pool equipment and piping. We all know that standing water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When water freezes, it expands, or grows in space. This expansion can cause damage by breaking plastic pipe or plastic pumps and filters. It can even crack bronze […]

Dear Customer: Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs bring years of enjoyment. They give you an opportunity to spend time with friends and family, while providing many health and fitness benefits. Swim Chem and the California Spa and Pool Industry Education Council (SPEC) reminds you to make sure your pool is ready for summer. Following a few guidelines can help assure that you’ll have a positive, safe, enjoyable experience.   […]

Iron Stains One of the most common stains found in swimming pools and spas is from iron. Iron staining is a result of ferrous oxide (rust) coming out of solution (precipitating) and depositing on the interior surfaces and components of the pool. The color of iron stains ranges from light yellow to dark brown. The resultant color will vary depending on the amount of iron present, the length of time […]

Definition: Plaster that has been altered in color by the addition of a dye. The most common color variations are blacks, grays and browns, although other shades may be created by the plasterer. Colored plaster has the same characteristics as white plaster, although staining, etching, crazing and scaling phenomena are frequently more noticeable on colored plaster. Performance Standard: It is the nature of colored plaster that it will accentuate all […]

The rules are simple; follow them The rules seem simple enough for anyone to grasp: Wear your life vest while you’re boating. Learn to swim. Swim near a lifeguard; don’t go swimming alone. Don’t go swimming after you’ve been drinking. Remember, the river is stronger than you are; check water conditions and swim with the current. No matter how simple these common-sense rules are, though, they are not enough. The […]