Our Hearts Beat Red, White and Blue

For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a day off work, a time to celebrate with family and friends, and an opportunity to cook up some classic American dishes. Sadly this year, the Fourth of July looks different for many.  Because of the Covid 19 virus, Americans throughout the United States are encouraged to practice social distancing.

Fun Facts

Although celebrating is still part of the fun, we thought it might be fun to share a few July 4th facts you might not have been taught in school.  

  • Some think that Independence Day should technically be celebrated on July 2.  According to the National Archives, the Continental Congress actually voted for independence on July 2, 1776. And even though the written Declaration of Independence was dated July 4, it wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776.
  • George Washington supposedly celebrated America’s independence by giving double rations of rum to his solders in 1778.
  • Three US presidents and Founding Fathers died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.  In fact, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, within just five hours of each other. Five years later, James Monroe passed away on the same date in 1831.
  • The nation’s oldest Fourth of July parade takes place in Bristol, Rhode Island. The town’s Independence Day festivities date back to 1785.
  • Wearing American flag apparel actually violates a set of guidelines called the US Flag Code.  Here’s why … 

In 1942, the US Flag Code was established to set guidelines about how the US flag should be displayed and used. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the US Flag Code originated from a fear of addressing the national flag in a way that was reminiscent of the Nazis. One of the guidelines is: “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.

  • Finally, on the Fourth of July each year, Americans eat an estimated 150 million hot dogs, which, if laid out horizontally, would stretch from Washington, DC, to LA more than five times. WOW!

Favorite Dessert Recipe

All American Cake

Pretty interesting facts right?  With the hope that you are able to take time from work to celebrate Independence Day, we thought we’d share one of our all-time favorite dessert recipes.  You can find this recipe right here: https://food52.com/recipes/28811-american-flag-cake   This is a simple white cake with a patriotic surprise inside. 

First thing’s first, you need five 9-inch cakes: two white, two red, and one blue. You can use the recipe here, or any favorite white cake recipe that you have. After making a large amount of cake, the rest is pie (or at least easy as pie). 


**Please note that the recipe makes one single cake, so to make the flag cake you’ll need to make it 5 times. A standard KitchenAid mixer comfortably handles 1 batch of batter.** 

This recipe will have some cake and buttercream left over. With those extras you could make: cake pops/cake truffles, a trifle with freshly whipped cream and sliced berries, or toasted cake croutons to go on top of pudding or to serve alongside coffee. 

For the cake:

  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cups sugar
  • eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature

For the frosting:

  • sticks softened unsalted butter
  • 8 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and flour a 9 inch cake pan.  With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

In a large bowl, whisk the sifted flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt to combine. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix just until incorporated. Follow with 1/3 of the buttermilk and mix to combine. Repeat until all of the wet and dry ingredients are added, scrape well to ensure the batter is smooth.

For the white cakes: do nothing! The batter can be baked as is. For the red cakes: add about 25 drops of liquid food coloring (or more if it looks too pale). For the blue cake: add about 20 drops of liquid food coloring (or more if it looks too pale).

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack and cool completely. If you don’t have 5 separate cake pans, you can continue to use the cake pans you have over and over again until you have 5 cakes.

To assemble the cake, you’ll need the frosting (recipe below). Cut the white and red cakes into even layers, between 3/4- to 1-inch thick. Now you should have 6 layers. Use a 5-inch circle cookie cutter (or trace around a 5-inch plate) to cut one of the white layers and one of the red layers into a smaller circle. 

Use the 5-inch cutter to remove the center of the thicker blue cake. This cake will remain in one thick layer.

To build the cake, start with a large red layer and spread a thin coating of buttercream on top. Top with a white layer, and spread buttercream thinly on top. (The recipe is below.) Repeat with another red and another white layer—you should have four layers total.

Top this white layer with the thick blue layer (center removed). Spread a thin amount of frosting on the 5-inch red layer, and top it with the 5-inch white layer. Now push and pat the 5-inch layers inside the hole of the blue layer. Now the cake has been assembled!

Frost the cake with the remaining frosting, using a small offset spatula to make it swirly. All that’s left to do is eat it!

For the frosting:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5 to 6 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Add the cream gradually, mixing until a smooth, creamy texture.

Waters Choice

At Waters Choice, we hope you can take some time to relax and enjoy some family fun.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email with any questions regarding our products.  

We also hope you’ll visit us on our website and our social media platforms.  In addition to that, sign up for our informative newsletter and join our loyal customer base.  We’ll see you online … 

Fast Shipping with a Flat Rate

Fast Shipping

At Waters Choice, we are pretty proud of the turnaround time from when you place your order to when you receive it.  Once an order is placed on our website, you can expect to receive it in 2-3 business days.  Moreover, you can track your order by using the tracking umber provided in an email that is sent to you when your order ships.  Just go to USPS.com and input your tracking number.  In addition to speedy deliveries, all domestic orders have a flat shipping rate of $6.95 no matter how many items are purchased.

Inventory

We pride ourselves in keeping inventory IN STOCK so you aren’t left without the products you need.  If for some reason, we don’t have a particular item, we’ll ship the available items in your order right away.  We’ll  send the back ordered item immediately upon re-stocking, FREE of charge.

As a matter of fact, if you don’t like to order over the internet, give us a call!  We’d be happy to take your order over the phone.  Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm MST.  In the event that it’s not a convenient time for you, leave us a message with a better time to call you and we’ll do our best to do so.

Damaged Shipments

Report damaged shipping within 3 days and send photos including items, packaging and sales receipt.

Equally important, inspect your items upon receiving them.  If any items have been damaged in shipping, please report it to us within 3 days of receiving your order.  Also, please send a photo that includes the items, packaging, and a sales receipt. 

Payment Methods

We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Apple Pay, Amazon Pay and PayPal.

Another key point, if you’re not happy, we’re not happy.  When you purchase from Waters Choice, you become like family.  Please call or email us with questions, concerns, suggestions and yes, even complaints.  We appreciate hearing from our customers!

Notes

Waters Choice has 2 day Domestic Priority Shipping

As a side note, Waters Choice will ship 2 day priority mail to destinations within the United States, US Territories, or to Military APO/FPO addresses for the flat rate of $6.95.  All other destinations will cost more and will take longer to ship.

Business days are Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. national holidays.  Additionally, Priority Mail is shipped by the United States Post Office which includes Saturday delivery as well.  All prices are in U.S. funds.

In the meantime, find more information about our products HERE on our Waters Choice website.  Check out our other informative blog posts while you’re there.  

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When Should Spa Filters be Replaced?

This is a pretty common question from our customers. So, we thought today’s blog post would be a good time to address the issue. Read on …

How to know if your spa filter needs replaced

Six signs your spa filter needs to be replaced

1. Frayed, fuzzy or torn filter fabric.

2. Broken or loose bands.

3. Staining, discoloration, or odors that persist after cleaning.  Staining doesn’t always indicate a filter needs replacing.  It often indicates mineral build-up that can clog the filter.

4. Brittle or cracked end caps.

5. Collapsed or stuck together pleats, even after cleaning.

6. Pleats are separating from end caps.

Each time you clean a spa filter, the fibers separate a little more and the filter loses a bit more effectiveness.  Manufacturers recommend filter replacement after 12 to 15 cleanings.  With that said, filters that have heavy hot tub use or poor water conditions will also have a shorter lifespan.

How Long Should the Spa Filter Run Each Day?

Lots of variables affect the number of hours a spa filter should operate each day.  When using Waters Choice Enzymes, we recommend running the filtration a minimum of 8 hours a day for the first six weeks during the initial enzyme startup phase.  After the first month, back the filtration down a little at a time as long as the water remains clear.  Never run filtration less than 4 hours per day.

Can I Run the Spa Pump Without a Spa Filter?

Can I run my spa without a filter?

This is a very common question and the answer is, yes you can run the pump without the filter for a short time.  The water will not be filtered and will only circulate the water. 

Contact Waters Choice

We have a great customer service team that are ready and waiting to help you.  So don’t hesitate to callus with questions or to place an order.

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Filtration – The 2nd Most Important Element

Spa Filter – What is it?

Waters Choice Spa Filters
Waters Choice Spa Filters

A spa filter is a pleated polyester cartridge that removes fine particles from spa water.  Furthermore, the design of a spa filter forces the water to pass through the woven micro-fiber fabric which traps dirt, debris, oils and other water clouding particulates.  Hot tub filters look and function similarly to an air filter in an automobile.  Eventually, the cartridge becomes clogged, fibers separate and it needs to be replaced.

When Do Spa Filters Need Cleaning?

When do spa filters need cleaned?

As a spa filter cartridge loads with dirt and grime, the circulation water flow rate is reduced.  Soon after, the water quality begins to suffer.  Depending on your spa use and water quality, cleaning the spa filter cartridge weekly is most common.  However, some may need to be cleaned 2 to 3 times per week, depending on use.

When using Waters Choice enzymes, you can clean filters every 2 weeks after the 4-6 weeks.  Don’t go too long between cleanings.  The cartridge could become damaged and your water quality will suffer and may even become unsanitary.  Keep in mind that each time a cartridge is cleaned, the woven fibers separate a little bit and eventually open up to allow small particles to pass through unfiltered.  You may notice that the water flow rate is reduced in the spa either by less ripples on the water surface or lower jet volume, or you may notice the water begin to look a little dull and gray.

How To Clean Cartridge Spa Filters

We have found using a handheld garden hose with a nozzle attached is the best method to clean filter.  It can be a wet and not particularly comfortable experience, but cleaning pleat by pleat in an up and down motion does the best job.  Following these steps:

1) Shut off the spa, open the filter canister and remove the cartridge.

2) Carefully spray each pleat of the filter with a high-pressure hose nozzle to remove debris.

3. Soak the filter cartridge for 1 hour in the following solution – 1 cup chlorine or vinegar and enough water to cover the filter.  Then rinse clean.  No special filter cleaner is needed.

4. Allow the filter to dry completely before reinstalling.  Never let a dirty filter dry or it may always look dirty.

When using Waters Choice enzymes, you will not need to use a special filter cleaner.  The enzymes break down the oils.  If you are using our Clean & Drain Spa Purge, let this product do the work for you!  Remove the filter cartridge and let it sit in the footwell of the spa as Clean & Drain is cleaning your spa and purging your plumbing.

Can I Run the Spa Pump Without a Spa Filter?

This is a very common question and the answer is, yes you can run the pump without the filter for a short time.  The water will not be filtered and will only circulate the water. 

Don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions or send an email.  We have a superb customer service team that are ready and waiting to help you.  Also, visit and follow us on all of our social media platforms:  Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube!  See you there!

Cloudy Pool Water? Let’s Fix It Now!

Few things are as frustrating to pool owners as cloudy pool water.  Unfortunately, your pool’s water may become cloudy for a variety of reasons.  Before you can fix the problem, you’ll need to understand WHY your pool water became cloudy in the first place.  It’s the only way to know which cloudy pool water remedy to use.

Here are a few problems that may lead to cloudy water.  **As a reminder, in some instances you may have more than one problem.

pH Problems?

Make sure to watch the pH of your water

In the first place, most pool water contains tiny solids that dissolve into and bond with the water.  However, if the pH of your water climbs too high, the solids will begin precipitating out of the solution.  This means that solids will begin to accumulate in the pool.  

The best way to change this is by adding pool acid to lower the pH of your pool water.  This, combined with proper circulation, will often alleviate the problem.  Using your test strips regularly and always try to maintain your pool’s pH between 7.4 and 7.8.  

Believe it or not, test strips can expire. So don’t forget to replace your test strips REGULARLY to make sure you’re getting accurate results.  

Poor Water Filtration

Keep pool filters clean

Secondly, things like wind, rain, tree leaves/limbs, and swimmers continually add debris to your swimming pool.  Your filter tries to remove most of this material, but problems with any part of the filtration system can prevent this from happening properly.  As a result, pool water is cloudy and you have debris-filled water. 

Unfortunately, back-washing your filter or replacing the filter cartridge, as appropriate for your system, are the only ways you can address these problems on your own.  If poor filtration becomes a chronic problem, your only option is to replace or upgrade the filtration system.

Poor Water Circulation

Additionally, no matter how well your filter operates, it cannot keep the water clean without proper circulation.  Circulation is what brings the impurities to the filter for removal.  

In fact, proper circulation also ensures that your pool doesn’t become stagnant and the chemistry of the pool water remains uniform.  Make sure to inspect all parts of your water circulation system to ensure adequate water movement.  Equally important, be sure that your filter is clean and nothing is blocking any of the pool’s intakes or outflows.  

Make sure that the jets and intakes are aimed so they’ll create a circular water pattern.  Not to mention being sure that all depths of pool are circulating, not just the surface layers.

Excess Sediment

By the same token, the filtration system cannot handle all the debris that fall into the water.  Some of it falls to the bottom and becomes sediment.  Of course, sediment will sit at the bottom of your pool forever unless you remove it by vacuuming the pool.

Thorough, regular cleanings are the only way to remove the bulk of sediment.  Automatic pool cleaners can help keep the overall sediment level relatively low, but you should still vacuum your pool manually once per week to avoid problems.

Enzymes Do The HEAVY WORK

A huge benefit to using Waters Choice ENZYMES is that YOU NO LONGER NEED TO SHOCK YOUR POOL!  

Uniquely, Waters Choice Enzymes will also keep your tile lines scum free, allow you to backwash without worrying about killing your landscaping, and enjoy your pool without the chemical odor.  Furthermore, we don’t recommend that you use clarifier if your pool is cloudy.  You must figure our what is causing the water to become cloudy FIRST.

**As a reminder, always keep in mind that cloudy water may expose swimmers to a variety of pathogens so you must prohibit swimming and wading in the pool until you have corrected the problem.

Make sure to visit our frequently asked questions on our website at www.waterschoice.com.   Moreover, check out our social media platforms and follow us there as well as our YouTube channel.  

Contact Waters Choice
Never hesitate to give us a call or send an e-mail

If you have additional questions don’t hesitate to give us a call at 208-949-2800 or email us at info@waterschoice.com

Gunk!! – Your Hot Tub’s Dirty Little Secret

A Healthy Hot Tub Starts With Clean & Drain Purge

Much like your body’s overall state of physical health, your hot tub’s cleanliness has much to do with things you can’t see.  Uniquely, your hot tub water’s appearance and the visible surfaces of your tub are only part of the equation. 

Clear spa water is the goal

In fact, you may see clear water and clean surfaces in your tub, which are good things!  However, the state of your spa’s PLUMBING could be another story.  Over time, even the most well-maintained tubs will end up with a buildup of organic debris.  Notably, this debris is known in the spa industry as biofilm.  

Gunk!

Definition of the “gunk” in your spa plumbing lines –  a thin, slimy film of bacteria that adheres to a surface. Sounds pretty GROSS huh?!

To be exact, it’s a gradual buildup of organic and inorganic material.  These include bodily oils, lotions, bacteria, water mold, minerals and even dirt.  These contaminants accumulate on the inner surfaces of the plumbing lines and multiply over time.  Furthermore, this “gunk” can eventually lead to the necessity to use a greater amount of sanitizer.  

You’ll also struggle with cloudy water, waterline scum lines/deposits, and foul smells that linger no matter how much or how often you shock the tub.  The good news is that Waters Choice enzymes help immensely in avoiding the issues and you don’t have to shock your hot tub.

4 Stages of “GUNK”

This “gunk” begins and progresses over four stages:  attachment, colonization, growth and distribution.  In the first stage of “attachment”, this debris simply begins to adhere to surfaces.  Attaching happens beyond the reach of your normal leaning routine, such as the inner wall of your hot tub’s plumbing.

In the next stage, “colonization”, it accumulates in the same spot(s) where there is already some attachment.  As a colony accumulates it begins to grow thicker and starts protecting itself from the effect of sanitizers.  Correspondingly, it’s at this stage we see growth in their little colonies.

During the 3rd stage of “growth”, this “gunk” begins to be shielded as it becomes thicker and more resistant to oxidizing chemicals.  Then once the colony has reached a large enough size, the bacteria and debris present move to the “distribution” stage.  At this point, the “gunk” is multiplied and spread to other area/surfaces.  

Additionally, once these 4 stages have happened, you’ve reached “critical mass” in the fight to keep your tub clean.  **As mentioned previously you may begin to have unpleasant symptoms that aren’t easily or quickly cured.


Here’s a quick video of what it looks like immediately after using Waters Choice Clean & Drain purge. We think it’s pretty neat to see the actual process and how it works.  Thank you to our customer who sent this to us.

What to Do

Here’s a suggestion about what you can do and more importantly what you can do to PREVENT “gunk” from progressing through its stages and causing problems.  Perform a regular flush of your spa with a high quality purge product such as Waters Choice Clean & Drain.

For typical residential hot tubs, one, 1 oz tube of Waters Choice Clean & Drain should be added to the water to dislodge “gunk” from the hot tub.  Another key point is to be sure to remove your tub’s filter cartridges (filters) before adding the Clean & Drain product.  

Make sure the jets are running as the whole point is to get the gunk loose and free-floating in the water.  

Then, after the tub has run for at least one hour, you’ll want to pump all of the water out.  Don’t forget that while the tub is emptying, wipe down the inside shell with a soft cloth.  **Please note: Don’t let it dry on the shell or it’ll require some elbow grease (hard work) to get the gunk off.  To clarify, Clean & Drain is a very powerful and effective purge product.

Flush Your Spa Lines 

If using Waters Choice Spa Enzymes you’ll only need to flush spa plumbing one time per year!

Unless you’re using a completely enzyme-based sanitizing system like Waters Choice, you’ll want to repeat this flush every 3-4 months when changing water. 

It’s also important to realize that if you’re using Waters Choice Enzymes, you’ll only need to perform this flush of your spa plumbing lines approximately one time per year. 

Rest assured, you won’t be sharing your relaxing soak in the hot tub with anything else hiding in your spa’s plumbing.

New Label – Same GREAT ENZYME Product

Waters Choice Monthly Pool Enzymes has a NEW LOOK and WE ARE EXCITED! Sometimes product labels can become stagnant or out dated.  In light of that, we wanted to change it up just a little to more clearly reflect what our swimming pool enzymes are all about.

Rest assured though, our ENZYMES have not changed!  You’ll find the same GREAT product, just with a new label.

Equally important is that Waters Choice Pure Enzymes for Pools is the easiest way to take care of your swimming pool water. After your pool is open for the season (check out our blog post about that here) simply pour in one – 12 oz. bottle every month and keep your water balanced. One bottle will treat up to 25,000 gallons of water. Honestly, it’s great for any pool, but ideal for above ground pools.

How Many Gallons Does My Pool Hold?

Don’t know how many gallons of water your pool holds? Don’t hesitate to refer to our website HERE for a CHART. By the same token, click HERE to purchase TEST STRIPS that will help you determine the best course to balance your water. (We recommend keeping pH at 7.2 -7.6 and alkalinity at 80-120)


“We love the Insta Test water testing strips!  They are more reliable than the other brands we’ve used in the past.  We also love Waters Choice’s two day shipping, it’s convenient and really nice to have because I don’t seem to be very good at thinking ahead.”     -Robyn Z.


Organics?! What Are Those?

Organics are everywhere in your pool water

Pool water is filled with ORGANICS; from sunscreen, sweat, urine, body oils, detergents from swim clothing and even debris from plants and trees. 

It’s important to realize that this puts a high demand on chlorine; which means you must use more, putting additional strain on your budget.

ENZYMES Break Down Organics

Waters Choice Pool Enzymes will BREAK DOWN THE ORGANICS in your water, freeing up the chlorine to do what it does best. This allows you to use LESS chlorine, which is so much better for you and your pool. (and your pocketbook)

Scientifically Formulated

Waters Choice enzymes are scientifically formulated for your pool water

In addition to this, our swimming pool enzymes are SCIENTIFICALLY FORMULATED to combat organics (lotion, urine, dirt, body oils …) in your pool water.Furthermore, they can withstand large bather loads and recover quickly. 

It’s safe to say that Waters Choice ENZYMES are an ALL NATURAL product and SAFE for your eyes, hair, skin and clothing.

Save time and money and cut out time-consuming maintenance when it comes to your swimming pool water. Don’t abandon your pool maintenance use Waters Choice enzymes. 

Contact Us!

Equally important … we have an EXCELLENT customer service team! Don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions. While it’s easy to order our products online, you can also give us a call and we’ll take your order over the phone; our number is 208-949-2800. 

E-mail us at info@waterschoice.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Green Water and Phosphates

Seeing green in your swimming pool water?! Unfortunately, pool water turning green is a common issue. Furthermore, do you feel like you’re spending countless dollars and numerous hours at the pool store trying to figure out the solution?

Sometimes it doesn’t seem like having a pool is worth all that hassle. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Likewise, keeping yourself educated on how to solve common issues makes for a much less frustrating maintenance experience. In addition to that, one of the answers to the common problem of green water is your phosphate level. 

What exactly are phosphates?

They are essentially a food source for algae, which is why water with a high level of phosphates becomes tinted green.

To explain, phosphates are like a buffet for algae; the greater the size of the buffet, the more algae come to feed. With more algae coming to feed in the water, it takes more chemicals to keep the production under control.Therefore, we recommend that you test your pool for phosphates three times a year. 

A great time to do this is at the beginning of the season when you open your pool or turn your heater on, the beginning of July, and in the middle of August.

In the event that your phosphate level goes above 200 parts per billion, you’ll need to lower the level with a phosphate remover. While initially that may seem like an added cost, it will end up saving you time, money, and aggravation.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send an e-mail to info@waterschoice.com We have a fantastic customer service team ready to help you. 

Equally important, visit our website and check out our frequently asked questions for pools. We’ve been in business for many years and share our extensive experience with you there as well.

Visit our social media platforms

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My Swimming Pool Water is GREEN – Help!

At Waters Choice, we find that one of the most frustrating things for swimming pool owners is when pool water is green. It can be difficult to determine what the problem is and how to tackle it the quickest way possible. Most likely the culprit is algae or phosphates.

Test Your Pool Water

First, always test your swimming pool water using a test strip. We personally use a brand called Insta-Test and find them very reliable. Knowing and UNDERSTANDING the levels of certain things in your pool water will help you determine which direction to go first.

Cyanuric Acid

After dipping your test strip in the water, what does it tell you? Check the back of the test strip container and compare your strip with it. Where is your level of Cyanuric Acid or CA? CA is a STABILIZER for chlorine when it’s exposed to sunlight. It reduces the effect that sunlight has on chlorine levels and when used correctly, it can dramatically increase the effectiveness of chlorine. If levels of CA are too high, it’ll bind to chlorine and make it work less effectively. If it’s too low, chlorine levels are very difficult to maintain.

Pool Water pH

How does your test strip look?

Your water’s pH levels are important for a number of reasons. Most pool water contains tiny solids that dissolve into the bond with the water.  However, if pH climbs too high, the solids begin precipitating out of the solution. This means that solids begin to accumulate in your pool. 

The best way to change this is by adding pool acid to lower the pH of your pool water. This combined with proper circulation will often alleviate the problem. It’s a good idea to maintain your pool’s pH between 7.4 and 7.8. Make sure to replace your test strips regularly to make sure you receive accurate and reliable results.

Pool Water Alkalinity

Next, look at the Alkalinity or alk on your test strip. Is it high or low? Total alk is the measure of pool water’s capacity to neutralize acid. Many people confuse total alk with pH. Alkalinity is the buffer that controls how pH moves. It goes hand in hand with the pH levels in your swimming pool water.

Phosphates

Finally, if your water is balanced and it’s STILL green, it’s time to give some thought to the possibility that you have phosphates. These are a natural component of most swimmer wastes such as hair and self care products. Its also present in rain water.

Consequently, phosphates are very persistent and won’t break down easily. Other sources include landscape fertilizers that blow into pool water, mulch, soil and/or leaves. Phosphates are an essential food source for algae. Testing for this in your pool water is very easy by purchasing a test kit. You can find these at your local pool supply store.

Common Problem

Green swimming pool water is fairly common and many struggle to successfully keep their water looking fresh. Educating yourselves on effective practices and products that are proven to work is a great first step. At Waters Choice we recommend checking for phosphates three times a year; pool opening, mid season, and when closing your swimming pool. Managing pool water’s phosphate levels greatly increase its water quality, purity, and your overall experience.

Let Waters Choice Enzymes Increase Your Family Fun!

The Best Water Care Treatment System Out There

We cannot think of a better way to celebrate family than having a hot tub, swim spa or swimming pool! As a matter of fact, these investments at home are the perfect way to enjoy some of the many perks of water therapy. Unfortunately, many shy away from these investments because the upkeep has been too extensive.

Keeping your pool, spa or swim spa water clean, balanced and safe for everyone to enjoy is what we at Waters Choice do. The good news is that today, spa and pool water care has never been easier or less time consuming given that you subscribe to a treatment program that meets your needs and those of your family.

In our opinion, Waters Choice ENZYMES are the answer! They are the closest thing to a stand-alone product that will do the heavy work in your water so you don’t have too.

Here’s What You’ve Been Looking For

Two different enzyme formulations

Our ENZYME program is easy to follow. In addition to this, by using enzymes in your water you’ll use FEWER CHEMICALS. Uniquely, these are simple to use and the upkeep of your spa, hot tub or swimming pool become EASIER. Coupled with that, using our ENZYMES minimizes eye and skin irritation as well.

Indeed, this is the perfect water treatment system for you. Enzymes will do the work of a host of additional chemicals by utilizing a variety of ENZYMES into one single product. Therefore, using basically only one main product, you’ll cut costs and save money.

Natural and Non-Toxic

Did we mention that Waters Choice ENZYMES are NATURAL and NONTOXIC. In fact, ENZYMES make water silky and pleasant. 

With this in mind, they are formulated in 3 different concentrations. One concentration is for a once a month application and one concentration for a bi-weekly application.  We also have another special blend just for swim spas.

So remember, our ENZYMES are the perfect solution for avid hot tub, spa and swimming pool users. Don’t let arduous upkeep and skin irritation prevent you and your family from having fun all year long.