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Glossary

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Safety Pool Cover: A pool cover that is anchored to the deck that surrounds the pool. Safety pool covers stretch across the pool and are "tied-down" to deck-mounted anchors via springs and adjustable straps. Generally made of solid vinyl or mesh fabric with sewn on nylon straps utilized to anchor the cover in place and form a taut barrier over the pool. Even though they are traditionally used for winterizing inground pools, newer lightweight mesh fabrics can make them more practical for everyday use.

Sanitizer: A chemical agent used to remove unwanted contaminants from pool water.

Scale: The precipitate that forms on surfaces in contact with pool water when calcium hardness, pH or total alkalinity is too high. Be sure to use (NY180) Super Rust & Scale Remover if you encounter this problem.

Septum: The part of a pool filter consisting of cloth, wire screen, or other porous material on which the filter medium or aid is deposited.

Sequestering Agent: A chemical or compound that combines with dissolved metals or minerals in the pool water to prevent them from coloring the water or causing stains.

Shock Treatment: Adding high amounts of oxidizing chemicals to pool water in order to free up chlorine or bromine for sanitizing. Product suggestions: Blast Out, Blitz, Burst.

Skimmer: Any device, such as a surface skimmer, that collects surface pool water for filtration.

Skimmer Basket: A device that sits beneath the pool's lid where it strains debris as the first line of defense in filtering the water. Usually filters large debris like leaves and twigs.

Skimmer Net: A device constructed of netting attached to a telescopic pole that is used to manually clean a pool. Varieties include leaf rakes and the flat, "dip and flip" nets. Product suggestions: Leaf Skimmer, Premium Aluminum Leaf Rake.

Soar Blanket: See Solar Pool Cover.

Soda Ash (pH increaser): A white powder (Sodium Carbonate) used to raise the pH level in your pool or spa's water.

Sodium Bicarbonate (Alkalinity Increaser): A white powder (baking soda) used to raise total alkalinity of pool water.