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Are these new variable speed pumps and motors REALLY that energy efficient?

Yes, they REALLY are. We were all stunned to learn that, with the exception of your HVAC system, your pool pump is the largest energy consumer in your home. Once we reviewed the actual numbers we were astounded to see how much money somebody could save by upgrading to a new variable speed pump. For […]

When should I close my pool?

Swimming weather usually lasts through September in our area, and often into October. There is usually no real risk of freezing until after Thanksgiving, so there is no reason to hurry up and close your pool. You can wait as long as you like, but many pools are closed immediately after the kids return to […]

Why is it important to have an end-of-season water analysis?

Before you put your pool to bed in the Fall, it is important to have an end-of-season water analysis performed on your pool. Even though you will not be using the pool in the winter, it is still crucial to make sure the pool is in balance while it is dormant. In fact, it is […]

Is It Time To Replace Your Old Safety Cover?

Depending on the manufacturer, you can expect 8-15 years of life from your safety cover. If your cover is older than that or if it is too fargone (like the one above), it likely will need replacing instead of repairing. Fortunately, that process is easy. If you have a Loop-Loc Cover and know your original

Which heater is right for my pool?

At Contemporary Watercrafters, we often ask, “You wouldn’t swim in a dirty pool, why are you swimming in a cold one?”  If you want to do one thing to increase how much time your family spends in the pool, adding a pool heater to your equipment system is probably the answer. In this area, a […]

What should I do once I have opened my pool?

During the first week after you have started your pool system, run your pump and filter continuously (24 hours a day – 7 days a week) in order to filter out the impurities that have accumulated all Winter. If you have a timer, disable it so that it will not interfere with this. After your […]

What is Pool Tonic and why do I want to use it?

Pool Tonic is a proprietary blend of phosphate remover and clarifier. Its active ingredients bind to orthophosphate and other contaminants so that they can be more easily filtered from the pool. It is used as a remedy for a “sick” pool– one that is dull or hazy or seems to have recurring problems. It can be […]

Why should I use Big Green Egg Natural Charcoal?

Why natural charcoal? What’s the difference? Big Green Egg is committed to eco-friendly and natural products — what else would you expect from a company whose middle name is “Green”?! Big Green Egg painstakingly sources natural charcoal to ensure that it contains no fillers, nitrates, chemicals, anthracite coal, limestone, treated wood or petroleum products. Unlike some of […]

Recipe: New York Strip Steaks with Mushroom-Whiskey Sauce

Ingredients 4 NY Strip steaks, seasoned with 4 tbsp Dizzy Gourmet® Cosmic Cow Seasoning™ Instructions Set the EGG for direct cooking (without the convEGGtor) with a Cast Iron Grid at 650°F/343°C. Grill steaks to desired internal temperature. 2 ½ minutes, then flip. 2 ½ minutes, then flip.

I Think My Pool Is Leaking—How Can I Be Sure?

PRE-SEASON: In the spring, Watercrafters gets many calls from homeowners that take off their winter covers only to find that the pool has lost a significant amount of water. The usual cause for this is leak in the cover. Oftentimes, the cover will get a small hole in it. When you pump off the top […]

Why isn’t my Polaris working properly?

Usually, this is due to low flow. Empty your pump and skimmer baskets and then backwash your filter. If the screen on the Polaris wall fitting is clogged, that will also cause of low flow to the cleaner. Disconnect the cleaner from the wall. Inside the wall fitting, there is a small mesh screen that […]

How do I backwash my DE filter?

Backwash your filter when the pressure reaches 10psi over the “clean reading” to obtain the best filtering capabilities. If your pool is dirty, green or cloudy, backwashing may be a frequent task. This is because the filter is doing its job of pulling out the problem causing contaminants. Remember, every pool is different. Your pressure […]

What is Optimizer Plus and why do I want to use it?

Optimizer Plus is a new and unique product that “optimizes” the performance of the chemicals in your pool water, suppresses algae growth, and makes swimming more comfortable for your skin and eyes, all at the same time. Few products can offer so many benefits all at once. Optimizer Plus increases sanitizer efficiency in all types of […]

My pool is cloudy – what should I do?

First, you should find out why your pool went cloudy. It is important to remember that water clarity is 50% chemistry and 50% filtration. (See below for possible causes and ways to improve filter efficiency.) A mid-season water analysis and chemical cleaning of your filter would be the first steps to treating cloudy water. You […]