Why is there air in my pool pump? 5 reasons you loose prime

Are you having trouble keeping your swimming pool primed?  If you’re not sure what that means, here are a few symptoms of pump cavitation:


1. Loss of suction-  If you are vacuuming the pool and notice it’s not sucking very well, you might have pump cavitation.

2. Air bubbles- If you continually notice air bubbles coming through the returns in the pool, you might have pump cavitation.

3. ...

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Why is my pool green?

It’s getting hot outside here in the Chicago suburbs, and swimming pool owners all over the area are scrambling to get their pools ready for the season.

Several times a week I get a call about a ‘cloudy pool’….or, something just doesn’t ‘look right’ with the water.  The first question I ask- how do the chemicals look?  There’s usually a long pause and then: “Uh, yeah I guess. I think, um….there were ok last time errr, the kids checked it I ...

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What the pH is GOING ON!?!?

It’s the first test on the strip, people.  And it’s important-very important.

From Wikipedia:

“In chemistry, pH (Potential Hydrogen) is a measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution.[1] Pure water is neutral, with a pH close to 7.0 at 25 °C (77 °F). Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. “

High pH in swimming pool water can cause the following things to happen:

  • calcium buildup on ...
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Baby Ruth in the Pool

I get the call at least once a year- and it always starts out the same way:

Customer: “Hi Jim. Uhhh, I don’t know how to say this but…well, ya see- my kids had a pool party this weekend, and…ummm…

Me: “Say no more. I already know where you’re going with this one! No big deal.

The truth is, accidents happen. Kids get excited, diapers blow up…and adults, well ...

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Hello Everyone!

Hello everyone, I’m Jim… the Pool Guy! And, hopefully YOUR pool guy!


I’m going to be posting all sorts of helpful information and tips to help you get the best experience out of your pool, because you deserve it! Keep checking back to stay updated on seasonal and timely information from me.

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