Caldwell Pools
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6515 Mahoning Ave NW, Warren, OH 44481
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Retail Pools & Equipment
Swimming Pools
Pool Heaters
Filters & Filter Systems
Pool Pumps
Solar & Winter Covers
Vacuum Equipment

Swimming Pool Chemicals
Balancers (Alkalinity & pH)
Chlorine & Bromine
Cleaners & Remedies
Oxydizers (Pool Shock)
Soft Swim (Biguanide)
Water Enhancers

the Tanning Salon
Indoor Tanning
Tanning Lotions
After-Tan Moisturizers, Mists
Different Tanning Bed Levels
Sunless Tanning With DHA
Tanning Tips

Proper Water Balance

Anyone who's had a liner wrinkle has met with the down side of deceptively clear, acidic water. And, on the other end of the test strip, constantly cloudy water can be frustrating, and could be a sign of pH that is too high. There is an easy solution to both of these problems: have your water tested regularly, and be sure to keep your swimming pool water balanced!

Every pool owner should have a test kit, and should also bring their water in for professional testing about every two weeks, once the pool has been balanced.

Total Alkalinity

Total alkalinity is a measure of the water to resist change in pH. The greatest contributor to total alkalinity in the pH range of swimming pools is bicarbonates. The higher the total alkalinity reading, the more difficult it is to change the pH level in swimming pool water. Everything added that could change pH is neutralized or buffered, and pH does not change.

Conversely, lower total alkalinity makes it more likely for pH reading to change, often being greatly affected by chemicals, swimmers, and weather. Low total alkalinity makes it difficult to maintain an ideal pH level. The pH reading will "bounce" or change rapidly in response to outside influences.


pH, an important parameter of water balance, is a measurement that indicates whether the pool is acidic or basic, and is expressed as a number on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. The ideal pH for a swimming pool is 7.4 to 7.6. This is the ideal for swimmer comfort and protection of equipment and surfaces.

Everything introduced to the water has an impact on pH, including swimmers, chemicals, and rain.

Acidic Water = Low pH
Acidic water is clean and clear but corrosive, causing damage to equipment and pool surfaces and causing swimmer discomfort such as burning eyes and skin.

Acidic water can corrode metal surfaces such as pumps, filters, pipes, heaters, and valves, as well as etching plaster pool surfaces. Corrosion, which dissolves metal into pool water, can also lead to stains on walls and the pool floor. Low pH (acidic water) also causes the pool liner to lose elasticity, which in turn causes wrinkles.

Basic Water = High pH
Basic water (high pH) is often cloudy and can cause eye irritation and itchy skin. Chlorine activity is also slowed and becomes inefficient. Keep in mind chlorine is what sanitizes your water.

Basic water is also scale forming, and can cause scale build up on pool surfaces and equipment, making them less effective and efficient.

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Store Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm
Sunday Closed

Tanning & Water Testing
Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am - 2:30pm
Sunday Closed

Caldwell Pools now has two forms of financing available:

1) In-House financing, with no service charge or interest. When your pool is paid off we will install it. Perfect for laying a pool away for the next season!

2) 3, 6, & 12 Months Same as Cash

We now have 3, 6, & 12 months same as cash financing on above ground swimming pools and heaters.

Swimming Pool Safety
Swimming Pool Safety: Right From The Start
Pool Chemical Safety Tips

Maintaining Your Pool
Why Pool Water Turns Blonde Hair Green
Proper Water Balance: pH and Total Alkalinity
Sand Filter Basics
The Low-Down on Phosphates
Intex Pools: From Chemicals to Better Filtration
Solar Cover Care & Maintenance

Seasonal Maintenance
How To Open Your Own Swimming Pool
How To Close Your Own Swimming Pool
How To Maintain Your Sand Filter

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2017 Prom Tanning Specials

Caldwell Pools now has indoor tanning!

No matter the temperature outside, it's always good weather to tan at Caldwell Pools!

We have 4 different tanning bed models: Basic Level 2 beds with bronzing bulbs, Hot Level 2 beds with face tanners, two 10 minute Stand-Up beds, and for the more experienced tanner - one with a good base tan - we have the Level 3 Solarwind 5000 - aka the "Monster Bed".

Whether you're a beginner or experienced year-round tanner, we have a bed suited to your needs... Come in and tan with us today!

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