Simple Pool and Spa Repair from Harvey at All Parts Pool and Spa

Tech Tips and Repair how-to for pool and spa owners

The Easy Universal Replacement Swimming Pool Pump

The EasyFit pump is a versatile high performance pool pump. The EasyFit saves time and money and is a direct replacement for commonly used pumps such as Hayward® Super Pump®, Pentair® SuperFlo®, WhisperFlo®, and IntelliFlo® as well as the Sta-Rite®, Dura-Glas, Dyna-Glas™ and Max-E-Glas™.


•This high performance pump comes complete with a unique mechanical shaft seal that allows the pump, if mistreated, to run dry for up to one hour.
•The pump can be used for pool water with a salt concentration up to 5000 ppm (For a higher concentration please contact your Horizon Sales Representative).
•Pump parts are made of 100% recyclable plastic. Non-corrosive, chemical/UV resistant, and can withstand temperatures up to 175ºF
•The EasyFit is available with the following motors: ◦Single or Two-Speed (0.75 to 3.5 HP)
◦Variable Speed (1.65, 2.4, & 3.45 THP)

•Fittings and Risers are available to replace the following models: ◦Pentair® Ultra-Flow®
◦Pentair® WhisperFlo® and IntelliFlo®
◦Hayward® Super Pump®
◦Pentair® SuperFlo®
◦Sta-Rite® Dura-Glas and Max-E-Glas™
◦Sta-Rite® Dyna-Glas™ and Dyna-Pro

•The EasyFit comes equipped with quick disconnect unions for easy installation and maintenance.
•Lock ring that incorporates handles. These handles provide the user a convenient way to easily remove the lid.
•For pool users’ safety, the impeller has a dielectric shaft sleeve that provides absolute separation between the pool water and electric parts.
•Two year warranty on ALL parts including normal wear of the mechanical seal.
•Every pump is performance tested before leaving the Speck factory.


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August 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm Comments (0)

Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer

One of the ways to insure that your pool or spa is crystal clear is to use a clarifier to clump very small contaminating particles, including bacteria. By clumping them together you make it easier to remove them through normal filtration. Traditionally crystalline powders have been used that are difficult to distribute evenly throughout the water and to mix completely. Safe-N-Clean Pool Clarifier is a concentrated gel tablet that will effectively assist all filters to remove harmful bacteria, viral species, microscopic particles and odor causing oils that accumulate in your pool during general use. It is nontoxic, biodegradable and eco-friendly. One treatment will work for 30 days.

Stains and mineral build ups make your pool unsightly and unpleasant to enjoy fully. Safe-N-Clean Metal Sequester is designed to work synergistically with Safe-N-Clean Pool Clarifier to protect your pool from stain-causing metal (iron) ions and other minerals. It acts to prevent the build-up of calcium and magnesium inherent in many water sources either municipal or well. It works best when you start with a clean pool. It is nontoxic, biodegradable and eco-friendly. It is completely safe with all pool chemicals. One treatment will work for 30 days.

Oils from lotions and creams, ammonia and chloramines from the break-down products of the chemicals and body fluids from normal usage cause unpleasant smells and feel to the water in your pool. This is not pleasant to use or to even enjoy sitting around. Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer works in conjunction with Safe-N-Clear Pool Clarifier to counter nature’s elements. When used on a regular schedule, it will oxidize the organic material and eliminate the smell from chlorine off-gassing. It will decrease the burning effects of chlorine break-down products on eyes and skin. It works as a booster to your weekly sanitizer. One package will last for 30 days. It is eco-friendly, bio-degradable and non-toxic.


HOW IT WORKS: Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ begins its fast-acting process immediately after being placed in the strainer basket of your pump. It is a highly soluble, fast-acting gel that helps maintain pools, designed to act synergistically with Safe-N-Clean Pool Clarifier™ to counter nature’s elements. Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ protects pools from lotions, ammonia and chloramines. Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ is designed to give pools and spas a time-release oxidative gel distribution that acts as a bi-weekly complement or booster to the weekly application of chlorine sanitizer common to the industry.

It is important to start with a clean pool then use Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ to maintain your pool for you. Results after 1 package can be seen for up to 30 days. Pools larger than 30,000 gallons and/or extremely dirty pools may need a weekly application. If Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ is used continuously on a regular schedule, it will oxidize organic metabolites and eliminate chlorine off-gassing, as well as diminish burning effects of chlorine to the eyes and skin.

Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ is nontoxic, environmentally safe, biodegradable and completely safe for use with swimming spa chemical systems.


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August 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm Comments (0)

Spa and Pool Cartridge Filters

As you are opening your pool and spa for the coming season, it is time to check that your cartridge filters are in good shape. In most cases to give you the best performance they probably should be replaced. If they are a year old they should be replaced. Over time the pores in the filter become clogged by material that is not removed when the filter is cleaned and the filtering capacity is reduced, often to the point that they are no longer doing their job at helping sanitize your pool and keep your family healthy.

On a spa you should always have 2 filters that you rotate in and out. You can put a clean filter in quickly when you need one and then clean the one that you removed and allow it to sit cleaned until you need to change the filter again. Allowing it to dry in between helps kill any pathogens that maybe on the filter since most can not survive long when dry. You also can clean it more thoroughly without rushing to get it back into the spa.

August 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm Comments (0)

The most common way to sanitize or disinfect a pool and spa

The most common way to sanitize or disinfect a pool and spa is through the use of chlorine compounds. Chlorine is a member of the halogen family of elements and the other members, bromine and iodine, can also be used in disinfection. Bromine is commonly used in hot tubs.

The chemistry of bromine is similar to but less reactive than that of chlorine. It can not be used as shock. Bromine as an element is a brown volatile liquid that has irritating toxic fumes. For use in pools and spas it is used in solid form as a salt with an accompanied oxidizer or as a tablet or stick that contains both the bromine and the oxidizer.

Bromine, like chlorine combines with organic material. These combined forms are still effective sanitizers. The combined bromamines unlike chloramines do not smell. For this reason some people prefer bromine compounds for spas.

Iodine is also a sanitizer but it is usually not used for pools and spas because it only gives bacteria free water and it is necessary to use an additional oxidizing agent for algae and organic matter. Its good points are that it is non-irritating and does not bleach hair and bathing suits.

Ozone has been used for over 100 years to sanitize water. In Europe it is the most popular method of treating water. Ozone is one of the strongest oxidizers but it constantly has to be continually generated because it only has a residual of about 20 minutes. It is a good choice because it kills bacteria and oxidizes organics including chloramines, bather wastes and oils without changing the pH. Also it breaks down to oxygen which enhances the water by improving the taste and smell.

Because ozone has such a short residual time and limitations in how much can be introduced into the water other things need to be added to control algae. Ozone is therefore often used in conjunction with one of the halides such as chlorine or bromine.

Ozone can be made for pools and spas by 2 primary methods. In Europe the most common method is by Corona Discharge. Ozone is generated by using high-voltage electricity on pressurized and dried air. The ozone gas is then introduced into the bottom of the pool either directly or through the use of a separate chamber.

The second method of ozone generation is by using ultraviolet (UV) exposure of pressurized and dried air. The oxygen in the air is bombarded by the UV and produces ozone. UV does not have as great an output as can been generated by the Corona Discharge method but it is cheaper. I single UV light will generate about enough ozone to treat 10,000 gallons of water. This is why it is usually only found in spas and small home pools.

Ozone residuals are measured in parts per billion (ppb) using DPD as a reagent or by oxidation reduction potential (ORP) meters. If it is being used with chlorine or bromine any amount is effective. If you want numbers to go by then DPD readings should be between 0 and 100 ppb or a minimum 650 millivolts on the ORP meter.

Silver has been used to remove bacteria from pool or spa water by introducing silver through electrolysis or passing an electrical current through a silver electrode. It is not commonly used because of the expense of silver. There is also a danger of a black deposit forming on the walls if the water being treated is exposed to sunlight.

The final alternative sanitation is really still using chlorine, but it is not using “chemicals.”. Clorine generators are electrical devices that generate chlorine from salt dissolved directly in the pool water or by using a separate salt-solution (brine) chamber.

The brine type of generation is a similar method to how chlorine gas is produced commercially when it uses caustic soda to neutralize the pH. It can be designed for any size pool. A positive electrode in the brine tank generates chlorine gas which is directed into the pool or spa water for sanitation.

The other means of chlorine generation is through a generator placed in-line of the circulation system of the pool or spa. It uses an electrolytic cell that passes a current through electrodes in the flow of the low salt water of the pool and generates chlorine, caustic soda and hydrogen gas directly into the pool or spa water. By reversing the charge on the electrodes, scale build up is kept to a minimum. The caustic soda helps balance the pH. Because the products of the generation revert back to salt over time the process can continue all over again.

The generating system can be set to do a superchlorination so that chloramines are kept at a minimum. This method is very effective for spas and small pools and can save money because salt is much lower in price than chlorine chemicals.

No matter how you treat your pool and spa water to keep it safe test the water regularly to make sure that the sanitizer levels are sufficient to keep the “nasties” out.

August 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm Comments (0)

Does your pool have a pool heater?

Does your pool have a pool heater? Do you fill your pool with public water piped through old pipes? Do you fill your pool from a well with a high mineral content? Have your had to use a large amount of algaecide to treat your pool? Are your pool surfaces turning colors other than what your intended? All of these are reasons why you may want to test your pool water for the presence of copper

Copper in the water can not only turn your pool surfaces colors it is the leading cause of green hair in swimmers. Most people do not like green hair and nails, so it is best to prevent it. Test your water regularly for copper if you have any of the above factors to be safe.

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August 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm Comments (0)

Hot tubs use two different types of filters

Hot tubs use two different types of filters to help keep the water clean. A skimmer filter works by suction. The pump draws water and debris off of the top of the spa usually through a weir and basket to catch big debris before the filter. The water than travels through a filter to small impurities and into the pump to continue on in the circulation.

Like everything else skim filters sometimes break and need to be replaced. If you are replacing a skimmer filter it is important to match the new filter to the size of the hole in the tub.


August 23, 2017 at 8:05 pm Comments (0)

Parts to make your blower better

Brushes: Instead of buying a new air blower for your pool and/or spa sometimes all you need to do is to take the blower apart and simply replace the brushes on the motor to make the blower work again. It will save you from buying a new blower.

Adapter Cords: These cords come in different lengths and different sizes. They are made to help you plug in your new blower without doing a lot of wiring. There are cords made to plug your blower directly into your pool or spa pack or controller.

Check Valves: Air check valves are very highly recommended for all pool and/or spa blowers. If the air blower is below the water level of the pool or spa, they help the water to stay out of the blower so you do not burn it out. There are different kinds of air check valves for different air blower plumbing, 1 ½ in. PVC, 2 in PVC, 2 ½ in PVC. There are slip to slip and some take male threads and have to be glued.

Cords: There are different cords for 110v or 220v. This gives the common power cords for installing a blower. There are cords for going directly into outlets (male) and cords (usually female) for going into a pack or controller to get power. These cords can also be used to power other pool and spa equipment, such as pumps, ozonators, etc.

Fittings: These fittings are not normally available in local hardware stores. They are specially made for the pool and spa industry. The sweep 90’s in particular are used to minimize the space that the blower is installed in such as under a spa. The U bends are usually used to act as traps. These fittings are also used to comply with local code requirements.

Motors: Instead of replacing your complete blower you can buy a motor combined with a new fan. Replacement is easy and requires no gluing. There are different styles and voltages (115v and 220v) and different horse power ranging from 1 ½ hp to 2 hp.


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July 23, 2017 at 11:21 am Comments (0)

Ways to keep your cartridges clean

One of the most important things you can do to keep your pool or spa clean and safe for your use is to maintain a clean filter. If you are using a cartridge filter, I would recommend two items to make your job quicker and easier.

One is Pure and Clean Cartridge and Grid Cleaner. This amazing multipurpose cleaner is fast acting. It removes calcium, minerals, dirt, oils and scale. It is deep penetrating so that it renews and improves the efficiency of your filter. Pure and Clean will work on DE filter grids also. It is so multipurpose that after cleaning your filters you can use it to clean your pool equipment, your spa shell, your boat (Yacht or Dingy!) and your patio furniture. From personal observations, white patio furniture will look like brand new!

The second item is the filter Flosser, a cartridge cleaning tool made specifically for cleaning pleated cartridge filters. It’s unique design fits on a regular garden hose. A powerful spray pattern of water and air is generated Gris the curved nozzle design and small outlets. This allows the water to penetrate deep down between the pleats of the filter, giving the interior surfaces a thorough cleaning. Mikise Filter Tools believes in their product so much that it comes with a limited LIFETIME warranty.

Remember the first step to a clean pool or spa is a clean filter. Do your maintenance and keep your work simple with so great products.


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July 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm Comments (0)

Gecko alliance spa packs

Gecko Alliance makes spa packs for many spa manufacturers. We carry a large inventory of Gecko Alliance spa packs that can be used to replace yours when you need it. Gecko is a very reliable pack and is always a good choice for your new pack.

If you do not find the spa pack you need in stock on our website, please, give us a call or email. Gecko Alliance stock arrives regularly and what you may need may have just arrived and not be checked in yet or on its way and scheduled in within a day or two.


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July 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm Comments (0)

Why should you changes your cartridges for pool and spa

Filters are used to remove insoluble matter from your pool or spa. Cartridge filters are one of the types of filters used. Over time the accumulation of dirt on the filter cartridge results in the slow-down of the turnover rate making it unacceptable for keeping the pool water safe. The cartridge can be removed and cleaned to remove most of the dirt. Over a period of time the little bit of dirt not removed with each cleaning clogs the pores of the filter and the cartridge needs to be replaced.
If you have not replaced your cartridges in your pool in the past year or in your spa in the past 3-6 months, you should get yourself some new cartridges. Use the numbers from the old cartridge or measure the size of the old cartridge to find the one you need.


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July 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm Comments (0)

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