To Brush or NOT To Brush?

paintbrush2To brush or not to brush, that is the question. If we were discussing your dental hygiene, it wouldn’t even be a question. You’d brush! Gotta take good care of those pearly whites, right? Did you know that your pool needs regular brushing? Gary Thull Pools doesn’t order brushing three times a day in your swim haven, however, breathe a sigh of relief, brushing your pool is recommended once a week and it only takes about ten minutes! That sounds doable, doesn’t it? Ten minutes, at least once a week, spent brushing your pool walls with gentle, but firm pressure could very well be the thing that stands between you and stains in your pool. Regular brushing also plays a big part in inhibiting the growth of algae. And, yes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Remember, algae, once established in your pool, can be a tough character to run out of town! Manual brushing reaches in to the hardest to reach places and breaks up what may be accumulating and growing on your pool walls. Starting above the water line and moving down the walls and side slopes in even strokes will ensure that all surface area is brushed. While skimming the surface of your pool water can help to remove larger debris from your pool, brushing can move and stir up fine dirt and tiny debris in order to aid in better filtration. It also makes the dirt and debris easier to be picked up with your pool vacuum later. That’s why you want to start at the top of the wall and move all the way down, brushing the entire pool floor and deep end. It’s a good idea to do this while your pump is operating. And, don’t forget to brush your pool step and benches! Algae accumulating there can make them slippery and slimy. If, for some reason, your pool is super grubby, go ahead and clean the filter when you’re done. I’ll bet the pool water looks more inviting now than ever. Take a dip! It’s so refreshing knowing you’re taking good care of your investment.

  • Here’s the pool brush we recommend. It’s an 18 inch nylon bristled brush that attaches to your pool pole to reach all the way down into the deep end!
  •  Does your pool pole telescope? It doesn’t? <gasp!> Call or email Gary Thull Pools today to order the most versatile pool tool on the planet!
  •  Did your pool brush get a little sun-baked? (Oops!) Are your bristles looking a little flaky? Have no fear, you can order a new one today and get started on a weekly pool-brushing regiment!

Give us a call if you have any questions!

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Check out some random fun facts about swimming and pools!

Did you know that two men (Mike and Bob) volleyed their Badminton birdie 206 times in their swimming pool? Badminton, anyone?

Watch it here!

Did you know Dimos and Renos volleyed a soccer ball 1,925 times, using their heads, while standing in the ocean? Maybe they took ibuprofen before they started!

Watch it here!

Did you know that the world’s largest swimming pool is in Chile? It covers 20 acres and is 3,300 feet long!

Did you know that the world’s deepest swimming pool is in Italy? It’s 137 feet deep and used for training and research!

Did you know that enough water flows over Niagara Falls to fill all the swimming pools in the United States in only three days!

FallsDid you know that President Gerald Ford had a pool installed at the White House in 1975?  The First Family wanted to swim!

WhiteHousePoolDid you know that elephants use their trunks as a snorkel and swim often?  And, armadillos can walk on the bottom of bodies of water!  Who knew?

ElephantinPoolEverybody needs a dose of useless information now and then.  Share them with your teenage son or daughter tonight over the dinner table.  It just might spark some laughs and good conversation.

Returns: What are they for?

Eyeballs2What Are Returns Really For?

You know that eyeball looking thing on your pool wall? That’s called a return. You might think its sole purpose is to point upwards and make your water look all ripply. It’s soothing, right? It’s pretty, isn’t it? However, you may want to rethink that. A return is a pivotal part of the circulation process in your pool.   Main drains and skimmers pull the water in. The water is filtered and then resent in to the pool through the returns. Every pool has a system like this in order to achieve good circulation. Good circulation is probably more important that you might think. Look at it this way:

Better water circulation leads to better filtration.

arrow downBetter filtration leads to a cleaner pool.

arrow downA cleaner pool leads to a happier family.

arrow downA happier family leads to a better life.

We all want that, don’t we? Seriously, though, circulation can eliminate those spots where no water moves – the dead spots that breed algae and yuck. They are your trouble spots. You know, behind the ladder, in the corners or on the bottom of your pool. It can take several hours to filter all the water in your pool, sometimes cycling it through up to four times before it all has been filtered! The direction of your return can be a real help or a massive hindrance to the circulation and filtration process. By pointing your returns upward, the bottom half of your pool will rarely be filtered. It will lie stagnant while you enjoy the lovely ripples across the water’s surface. All the while, that stagnation is breeding algae, causing you headaches later on.

Let’s pay heed to the direction of our returns. If we direct them toward the bottom of our pool, the circulation can increase and the filtration will be more effective. Heave a sigh of relief, a simple fix of return direction may have just solved some of your algae troubles.

Last but not least

NoAlgaeLastly, BioGuard’s Algaecides really are the way to go when you’re up against stubborn algae. Algae All 60 is a tremendously effective algaecide because it prevents all types of algae – green, yellow, blue-green, black and pink. Algae All 60 won’t alter your pH levels and it doesn’t turn your pool into a foaming mess of a bubble bath. (In case you didn’t know, foaming is a concern with other algaecides.) Algae All 60 doesn’t stain and it hinders algae from making itself at home in YOUR pool. We also love BioGuard’s Backup, a handy (and immensely popular) algae preventative to have in your arsenal. Backup is like a super hero, specially licensed for penetrating nooks and crannies where algae hide out. Though Backup doesn’t show up at your pool with a mask and cape, it’s a first class solution for preventing and killing algae. Being that you love clear water, we know you’ll call on Backup to keep algae out of your neighborhood.

 Gary Thull Pools is proud to offer you the best products for keeping your pool in tip-top shape. From chlorinators to algaecides, you can trust us to provide you with effective tools to make your swim season fantastic. Call us today to order your BioGuard products. Perhaps you didn’t know that we’ll deliver for free with a purchase of $50 or more. Not only do we stock the best products, but we also offer outstanding and convenient service.