Dads Love pHin! Hear Why From 4 Users

Summer is in full swing and many pool and hot tub owners have gotten their water care routine started, with the help of pHin. Dads who handle pool water care want to make sure it’s safe, and pHin is a great helper. With Father’s Day around the corner, we asked a few dads why they trust pHin to keep their water in safe swimming condition for their family:

“The pHin Smart Monitor was a breeze to install and instantly gives me all the feedback on the overall health of my pool right on my phone. I especially like that it can send notifications via the app so any chemical imbalances can be addressed immediately by me or sent to my pool maintenance company.” – — Joe Hageman, Narragansett, Rhode Island

“The pHin smart monitoring system is extremely accurate and reliable. The size is non-intrusive, not annoying like a large pool float. The product is sleek like a fin and floats 24/7 in the pool. It is pretty darn accurate when it comes to diagnostic readings of pH levels within the app. When used properly and following the recommended chemicals it automatically evaluates the water and let’s you know right away if the pH is balanced, the smart technology app capability really takes the guesswork out making this a good investment. I love this product I talk about it to all my coworkers and neighbors.  Living in sunny southern California all my neighbors have pools and have asked how they can get one.”

— Kevin Oswald, Murrieta, California

“Owning a pool should be fun, but it is frequently more a guessing game and source of irritation. Is there enough chlorine? Is there too much chlorine? Is algae going to start blooming? Is the pH level correct? Is the water healthy to swim in? How much of what chemical do I need to add and when? With pHin I can take a quick look at the app and know everything is the way it is supposed to be, and if something is off, see exactly how much of which chemical to add. Plus, I can check on the water temp and have visible proof for my girls that the water is definitely still too cold for dad to go swimming!” — John Sciacca, Myrtle Beach, North Carolina –

“Anyone tasked with taking care of a pool or spa will love having a pHin. It allows you to keep a regular eye on your pool, tells you which chemicals need to be added and when, and if your treatments are having the desired effect. So far, this pool season has been great thanks to pHin!”

— Kevin St. Lawrence, Richmond, Rhode Island 

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5 Tips for A Safe Pool Season

All pool owners need to have a safety plan, whether for monitoring the pool or ensuring proper water balance. In recognition of National Water Safety Month, the pHin team put together tips to brush up on pool safety for a safe season this year:

1.            Practice Swimming Skills

Basic swimming skills are needed before jumping into any body of water including pools, oceans, and lakes. The American Red Cross recommends mastering a few basic skills before swimming: before taking a swim, you should be able to enter water that is over your head and return to the surface, tread water for at least one minute, swim 25 yards, and exit the water.

2.             Establish A Protection Plan

When children are in the water, parents should be vigilant with no distractions, and stay no more than an arm’s length away from the child while they swim. If an emergency occurs, be prepared to help by knowing the signs of drowning, enrolling in CPR training, and always paying close attention to all swimmers in the pool.

3.             Know Your Limits

Take extra precautions, even if you don’t plan on going for a swim. Swimmers should know their physical limitations; don’t overexert yourself or get stuck in a situation that your body can’t handle. It’s also a good idea to save the cocktails for after the swim, to make sure you are alert aware and smart around water.

4.            Use Protection in and Around Water

Set up a game plan with your family for pool time. All pools should have a fence or some type of barrier surrounding them to prevent anybody from getting in the area without adult or pool owner supervision, and it’s a good idea to teach young children to ask permission before they jump in. Children and other inexperienced swimmers should also use life jackets or flotation devices when entering the water. Keep a first aid kit and phone in your pool area for quick access if an emergency occurs.

5.            Invest in Proper Pool Equipment

If your pool equipment isn’t functioning properly, you might run into some safety issues. Check if your pool cover is in good working order and ensure that your pool has proper drain covers. Check your water balance regularly to make sure it’s safe for swimming. While chemicals can be confusing, technology like pHin helps eliminate the guesswork. pHin floats in your pool water and constantly measures the water’s balance while providing real-time alerts if the pool is not safe for swimming.

During National Water Safety Month, the pHin team wishes all a safe and fun swim!

Kill Power: A Smarter Way to Measure Pool & Hot Tub Water Chemistry

Most pool and hot tub owners set a weekly schedule to measure and balance their water, requiring test strips, tables, interpretation, and calculation before chemical dosage. But the pHin team developed a smarter way to measure, they call it “Kill Power.”

Rather than measuring the specific levels or parts per million (PPM) of the sanitizer that is in the water, a Kill Power rating is an analysis that focuses on ORP (oxidation-reduction potential) that shows how effectively the sanitizer is doing its job, for chlorine, bromine and saltwater sanitizers.

Proper ORP levels are important for understanding the effectiveness of your chemicals. OPR sensors within the pool and hot tub water will have a voltage created between them from the electrons in the water, measuring the ORP reading. If the chemicals aren’t bonding properly, sanitizers become less effective. When ORP is low, the chlorine has a hard time keeping up with the bather load and additional adjustments are needed to get the pool balanced.

When ORP is high, the water’s cyanuric acid levels are also high which is the number one factor that can prevent sanitizer from working effectively. Factoring ORP levels in overall pool and hot tub water readings allows for a detailed analysis of the cleanliness of the water and its ability to break down contaminants.

How pHin measures “Kill Power”

pHin constantly measures the pH, sanitizer, and temperature of pool, hot tub, and swim spa water. Kill Power is measured electronically through the pHin monitor’s sensors, and is used as a factor when calculating chemical dosage recommendations that users see in the app.

When taking measurements, pHin analyzes the ORP level of the water to make sure the sanitizer is doing its job to keep your pool safe. pHin has built-in algorithms that analyze the water samples over time. With this data, pHin simplifies the chemical dosing process for pool and hot tub owners by providing easy to understand chemical instructions for balancing the water.

pHin factors your pool or hot tub’s Kill Power/ORP level into all measurements and makes it easy to read with a color-coded system, so you can always know whether your pool or hot tub is safe. 

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Does Your Family Have Pool Rules? 7 Tips for Pool Safety

Does Your Family Have Pool Rules? 7 Tips for Pool Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 3,500 people drown every year in non-boating related incidents. Around 20 percent of those deaths are children under the age of 14. What’s more, for every child who drowns, another five receive emergency treatment for nonfatal water injuries, many of which result on brain damage and long-term disabilities.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Keep swim time fun time and help protect your family and other swimmers with consistently enforced pool rules and simple safety measures.

1. Keep the Pool Secure

No matter how close an eye you keep on little ones, the reality is that nobody can monitor a child 24/7. To protect children and others, erect barriers around your pool and hot tub.

Your best bet is a minimum 4-foot high fence or similar barrier (or whatever the local Health & Safety codes are in your area) that completely surrounds your pool, preferably one with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Also consider a pool alarm that alerts you whenever someone enters the pool, and a safety cover for when not in use.

You should also use a safety cover on your hot tub. Removing steps or ladders also enhances hot tub safety.

Finally, make it more difficult for kids to get into the backyard unattended in the first place by installing childproof locks on the backdoor.

2. Never Leave Children Unsupervised around Water

Never let children swim or even play in the backyard unsupervised. With younger children, there should always be an adult within arm’s reach. You can also designate an adult to supervise swimmers, taking turns as Water Watcher. This person needs to pay complete attention to kids swimming; that means no playing games on a phone or reading a book.

3. Stay Away from Drains

Children swimming or playing near drains and suction outlets are susceptible to injury, so teach them to maintain a safe distance from drains. If the drain cover is loose, broken, or missing, do not enter the water. Finally, before entering a hot tub, become familiar with its equipment, especially the emergency vacuum shutoff.

4. Teach Everyone How to Swim

If your home has a pool, everyone needs to know how to swim. Luckily, there are loads of low-cost and even free programs available from the YMCA, Red Cross, and local Parks & Recreation Departments.

5. Learn CPR and Basic First Aid

Learning CPR saves lives around the pool and even away from it. If an accident happens, speed is key; having someone poolside who has CPR training significantly increases the odds of survival. Check with local hospitals, the Red Cross, or your community center for CPR classes. If you already have CPR certification, keep it current.

6. Establish and Enforce Pool Rules

Come up with pool safety rules, make sure everyone knows what they are, and then enforce them. Take your cue from a public pool and create a sign to hang near the pool to remind swimmers what the rules are.

Some rules to include:

  • No swimming alone
  • No diving in the shallow end (or no diving period if the entire pool is shallow, such as a game pool)
  • No running
  • Stay away from drain covers
  • Stay hydrated

7. Keep the Water Clean and Clear

Proper chemical levels in the pool and hot tub keep swimmers safe from a variety of health issues, including rashes and earaches. Balanced chemicals, along with proper circulation and filtration, ensure the water stays safe all summer long.

pHin smart monitor makes maintaining safe pool and hot tub water a breeze. This little device constantly monitors your water and automatically sends you exactly what you need to keep the water in your pool and hot tub healthy. If you’re looking for someone to service your equipment, Pool Service on Demand instantly connects you to local, qualified pool techs.


Do you have some important swimming pool rules that weren’t mentioned above? We would love to hear them! Please share your rules in the comment section below.