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Glossary of Pool Terms

If you would like to be updated about the pool industry terms, here is a glossary with the main terms used.

Chemical compound which releases hydrogen ions in water solution. When added to pool water, it lowers the pH.

Plant life of many colors which grows in water in the presence of sunlight and carbon dioxide. In swimming pools, it produces slippery spots and cloudy, uninviting water.

A chemical which kills algae.

A special switching valve with a separate position for various filter operations, which combines in one unit the function of several single direct- flow valves.

A dilute solution of hydrochloric acid.
Orthotolidine – An organic test reagent that turns yellow-green in the presences of chlorine, bromine, or iodine.

Trough around the top perimeter of a pool. Used to skim the surface of the water to waste to waste or to filters and is also called a scum gutter.

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