A swimming pool liner is an important investment that is meant to last you several seasons. However, vinyl liners are far from impervious. Improper treatment can drastically shorten the lifespan of your liner, meaning more replacements and higher costs to you over time. 

Don’t put all the blame on chlorine when your eyes turn red and get irritated from swimming in a pool. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its annual swimming report and it includes that the combination of the pool’s chemicals along with swimmers’ urine, sweat and excrement as well as dirt are the leading cause of your eyes turning red in the pool or burning.

Solar covers make for a very cost-efficient source of heat in your swimming pool, but the application and removal of solar covers can be cumbersome. Solar cover reels were designed to make this burden far easier to bear. 

It happens to the best of us. Despite our best efforts to maintain a clean swimming pool, every now and then the crystal clear water gets sullied with shades of green. What turns such a pristine pool into a swamp? 

Learning how to shock your pool is a small rite of passage for pool owners. Shocking your pool is an important part of keeping your pool water clean. Otherwise known as superchlorinating, shocking is the act of adding chlorine to your pool to quickly and dramatically raise your pool’s chlorine level. 

Knowing the volume of your swimming pool is tremendously important. By knowing how much water is needed to fill or refill your pool each season, you are able to anticipate your water bill costs more accurately. 

While most solar covers are available in standard round, oval and rectangular shapes, not all swimming pools match these basic structures. Thankfully, it does not require any fancy equipment to get the perfectly-shaped solar cover for your pool. In fact, a simple pair of scissors is all one needs to...

Pool filters are your primary line of defense when it comes to keeping your swimming pool water clean. Water temporarily leaves your swimming pool through the pool’s skimmer, being moved by the pool pump into your filter. Dirt, hair, grass, body oils, and other impurities are all removed by this process, leaving you with clear, inviting water that is pumped back into your pool for when you’re ready to swim.

There are three major types of pool filters: sand, cartridge and DE. While the basic principle behind each is quite similar, each filter type offers its own unique pros and cons.


Sand Filters

Sand Filters

Pool water is pumped into the filter tank and through a bed of filter sand. Impurities in the water get caught up in the sand as the water passes through to tubes at the bottom of the filter and returned to the pool.

In order to clean the debris out of the filter sand, the filter must be backwashed, a manual process which removes the particles and debris. Backwashing is necessary to maintain the filter’s effectiveness, as well as prevent the pressure in the tank from building up to unsafe levels.

There are also options for filter media besides sand that work with sand filters. Alternative media include recycled glass and Zeo-Clear, which can improve filter efficiency. Just make sure to use an alternative media that is designed to be used with a sand filter.


  • Lowest maintenance compared to cartridge & DE filters
  • Filter sand is inexpensive and easy to replace
  • Effectively traps particles between 20-100 microns
  • Alternative filter media can inexpensively improve filter efficiency


  • Manual backwashing required every few weeks
  • Can allow for smaller particles to pass back into the pool


Cartridge Filters

Cartridge Filters

Cartridge filters work similarly to an automobile’s air filter, in which your pool water passes through a filter element. Pool filter cartridges are plastic-framed cylinders of pleated fabric. The sizes of these cartridges vary from model to model, so it’s important to get the right size cartridge for your filter.

As the water runs through the filter, particles are caught by the fabric while the water passes through and back to the pool. In lieu of backwashing, the filter cartridge can be removed from the filter and hosed down to remove the collected debris.


  • No backwashing required
  • Less water is used cleaning the filter
  • Filter cartridges typically last 2-3 years


  • Hosing off filter cartridge can be time consuming
  • Filtering is not as efficient against smallest particles, compared to DE filters
  • Replacement cartridges must match size & specs of filter


DE (Diatomaceous Earth) Filters

DE Filters

Fossilized algae known as diatoms are ground up into a powder, forming what we call Diatomaceous Earth (or DE for short). The DE powder is mixed into the filter and coats a filter “grid”, which then collects particles when your pool water is run through the filter. This powder is finer than sand, meaning that a DE filter can filter out smaller particles than a sand filter is able to collect.

A DE filter is cleaned out by backwashing, just like a sand filter. Small amounts of DE powder can remain in the filter after backwashing, so an annual cleaning of your filter is recommended


  • Filters the smallest particles—as small as 5 microns
  • Cleanest looking, “polished” water


  • Generally most expensive filter systems on the market
  • Backwashing is labor intensive
  • Used DE powder can be difficult to dispose of in some regions