Terry Arko
Terry Arko has more than 30 years of experience in the swimming pool and spa industry, working in service, repair, retail sales, chemical manufacturing, customer service, sales and product development. He is also a Certified Pool Operator and CPO Instructor through the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Arko is currently the recreational product specialist for NC Brands, the parent company of Natural Chemistry and SeaKlear.
  • Tuesday, September, 19, 2017 Pool Cleanup After a Hurricane

    Massive and highly destructive hurricanes have dominated the news recently, and while our first concern after the storm should always be the safety of our families and neighbors, at some point we will need to deal with our pools. When that time comes, here's what to keep in mind:

    Use caution

    Bombing a flooded pool with chemicals may be a pool pro's first reaction, but proceed with caution — it's important to understand what floodwaters may contain. The recent floodwaters...

  • Tuesday, August, 15, 2017 Cleaning Up a Summer Swamp

    The last thing any pool owner wants is to have an outbreak of algae during the summer. Well-maintained pools should be free from algae, but there are some things that can turn a maintained pool into a green menace right at the height of swim season. Here are just some of the causes of algae outbreaks in summer.

    Summer Storms

    Rainstorms are notorious for bringing nitrogen into pools, where the nitrogen converts into nitrates, a food source for algae. In addition, when...

  • Thursday, July, 07, 2016 Dealing with Pool Stains? Identify Before You Treat

    Pool Water in Perspective: Part 1 (Drought)

    Water is an amazing, mysterious and powerful element. To understand the capabilities of water and its effect on swimming pools it is vital to understand how water travels throughout our world. The Water Cycle is a continuous loop of various methods through which water continuously transforms and renews itself.

    Water can exist in three forms — as a vapor, a solid or a liquid. So, when you see fog while driving you are seeing water in one of its forms traveling into the atmosphere. As...

  • Tuesday, September, 30, 2014 Closing By The Temperature

    For many parts of North America, predictable seasonal weather is a thing of the past. The forecast for today, the last day of September, calls for temperatures up to 10 degrees below normal in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest, while a band from Texas up to New York is 10...

  • Thursday, July, 17, 2014 Drought-Proofing Tips For Pools

    photo of a child jumping in a swimming poolAs the summer of 2014 nears its mid-point, drought-stricken areas of California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas continue to place an ever greater emphasis on water conservation. States, counties and cities in arid regions are implementing drought reduction regulations. Many of these are restrictions on the draining and re-filling of pools as well...

  • Tuesday, July, 01, 2014 July 4th Weekend Forecast: Chance Of Cloudy Water

    Summer’s biggest holiday is upon us — a classic pool party weekend — and pool owners will be looking to their backyards with great expectation. But along with July 4th comes hot sunny weather, poolside...

  • Tuesday, December, 10, 2013 Failing Salt Generators: The Phosphate Connection

    How salt generators work

    It has been said that, "There is nothing new under the sun." While salt generators have surged in popularity in the last decade, the technology goes back to 1800. Scientists back then discovered the technology of splitting molecules in a solution using what is called electrolysis. Salts like sodium chloride or sodium bromide are used in a solution that is subject to low voltage electrical current between a pair of cells with...

  • Tuesday, November, 05, 2013 Water Clarity Saves Lives

    It’s probably one of the most well known “cloudy water” tragedies known to anyone in the recreational water realm. On a hot Sunday in June 2011, Marie Joseph hopped into a Toyota Corolla with a group of friends to go and cool off at the Veterans Vietnam Memorial Pool at Lafayette Park in Fall River, Mass. Two days later, Joseph’s body was found floating in the public pool. 

    During the outing on Sunday, Joseph and a nine year old were playing on the slide....

  • Monday, April, 08, 2013 How to Clean Hurricane-Damaged Pools

    In October 2012, a hurricane of unprecedented scope hit the East Coast. New Jersey was especially hard-hit with a catastrophic storm surge; at one point, 80 percent of Atlantic City was underwater — as were the swimming pools in that area, too. 

    Much of the Gulf Coast from Florida...