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Shop Local & Support Small Business on Saturday!

This Saturday, November 24th, support your community and local businesses by shopping at your favorite small businesses. To show our appreciation for your business, we are offering 40% off all pool floats and 10% off all Outdoor Greatroom Company products in our Retail Store on Small Business
Saturday! We hope you’ll stop by to visit and let us help you find the perfect gift for the pool or spa enthusiasts on your list!

Automatic Chlorinators: A Must Have for Pool Owners

Chlorine is a vital tool used by most pool owners to sanitize pool water. There are a few ways to dispense the chlorine into your pool, but an automatic chlorinator takes the hassle and headache out of handling chlorine.

An automatic chlorinator (also called a chemical feeder) is your best bet when it comes to dispensers because it offers consistent chlorine feed. The chlorine is fed into your pool plumbing after all the equipment, protecting the pump, filter and heater from corrosion.

Putting chlorine tabs directly into your skimmer basket can damage your liner as seen here.

Simply add chlorine tablets, adjust the valve and let your chlorinator do the work. Use test strips to get your chlorine levels just right.

If you have a pool heater, be sure to check your warranty’s requirements. An automatic chlorinator or salt water chlorine generator is mandatory and use of other chlorination methods may void your warranty.

Tracy’s Tip: When operating your automatic chlorinator, turn your pool pump on and turn the valve so it is fully open. Run the pump for a minute or so to remove the highly concentrated chlorine from the vessel. Then you can open the top of your chlorinator to add tablets without getting a blast of chlorine gas in your face. If you are exposed to chlorine gas, Poison Control recommends standing in a steamy shower for at least 20 minutes to get rid of the chlorine intake.

Schedule your automatic chlorinator installation today – we are currently scheduling fall and spring installations!  >> Contact us

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Pool Cleaners: Suction Side, Pressure Side or Robotic?

If you’re short on time, or just prefer to spend your time on more traditionally enjoyable activities, consider investing in a pool cleaner to handle some of your pool maintenance. When considering pool cleaners, you will want to investigate which type of cleaner is right for your situation. Let’s discuss the options.

1. Suction Side Pool Cleaners

Suction side cleaners attach to the main filtration pump in your pool and use the suction to move the cleaner around. These cleaners scrub the pool surface and remove unwanted dirt and debris. The debris is then returned to your pump basket through your pool’s filtration system. The cleaner’s hose is connected to either a dedicated suction line or directly to your skimmer. Suction cleaners utilize an internal turbine which is spun by the force of pump’s suction.

Pros: This kind of cleaner is great for pool owners on a budget as they generally cost less than the pressure side and robotic cleaners. Maintaining a suction side cleaner is relatively easy because it has fewer moving parts that have the potential to break. It will pick up medium debris but some will remove small debris as well.

Cons: You will find that this type of cleaner puts more stress on your pool filter. Debris goes directly into the pump strainer, reducing circulation. The pump basket needs to be emptied to keep the cleaner working. Fine dirt and debris go into the filter, leading to more frequent back washing/cleaning of the filter.

2. Pressure Side Pool Cleaners

Pressure side cleaners are very popular among pool owners. They use an existing pressure side line to move the cleaner around. The water returned back into your pool fuels the cleaner, but often requires an additional booster pump to push water through the cleaner to create a jet stream. Not all pools are built with the plumbing to accommodate this type of cleaner. Pressure side cleaners don’t use your pool’s filtration system to filter out debris like the side suction cleaners. Instead, they use a filtration bag to catch the debris, so you don’t have to empty the pump basket or backwash/clean the filter to maintain circulation. Your pool pump will push water through a hose to jets that move the cleaner around your pool, loosening dirt and guiding it into the filter bag.

Pros: This type of cleaner is also less expensive than robotic cleaners and does not stress your pool filtration system as much. They are also generally easy to maintain. They’re great at picking up medium and heavy debris. Fine particles will flow through the filter bag and get cleaned out in the pool filtration system.

Cons: You will need a booster pump to run these cleaners and many pools are not plumbed for that. There are also additional electricity costs to run the second pump.

3. Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners are in a category all by themselves. They run off of power from your home and do not use your pool equipment to operate. These cleaners are top of the line and improving every day with new technology. They are excellent cleaners and have a built-in filtration system with a filter bag or built-in cartridge to collect debris. Robotic cleaners are able to remove both large and small debris (and everything in between) from your pool floor, walls, steps and water line. Simply plug your pool robot in and let it do all the work!

Pros: Robotic cleaners do not cause wear and tear on your pool equipment and are energy efficient, reducing overall power usage and costs. They virtually eliminate the need to clean your pool walls with a brush, saving you the hassle and time. The maintenance-free design make robotic pool cleaners very popular.

Cons: These cleaners are the most expensive of the three options and have a higher up-front cost. Robotic cleaners also are a bit heavier and it is slightly more difficult to empty the filter.

Which pool cleaner is best suited for your pool? Stop by our Retail Store for assistance in choosing and purchasing your new pool cleaner.

Tracy’s Tips: Why is My Pool Green?

Photo Credits: Simple Pool Tips

Why is My Pool Green?
Algae vs. Metals

When your pool turns green, your first assumption may be that algae is the offender. While this is often true, you could actually be dealing with increased heavy metals. Try these simple tests to determine the real cause of your green pool.

Test your chlorine levels. If there is free chlorine in the pool and it is green, copper is the likely culprit.  If there is no free chlorine, suspect algae.

If your pool turns green after adding shock, copper is the likely cause. Other minerals, such as iron and manganese can turn the water brown, pink or purple. A metal remover will bind with the minerals in your pool water, allowing your pool filter to remove them.

If you add chlorine and your pool clears up? Hooray! Algae was the offender. Mystery solved!

Metal vs. Algae Tip:  Metal stains won’t brush off the pool.  Most algae will, with black algae as the exception.

Need a product recommendation? Stop by our Retail Store and talk to our team and get your free water test.

Check back often for more of Tracy’s Tips on our blog!

Tracy Dieselman – Owner

Tracy’s Tips: The Tennis Ball Trick

Did you know that tennis balls aren’t just for tennis and playing fetch with the dog? Tennis balls are actually rather absorbent and can assist you in keeping your pool water free of hair product, sun screen, make up and other oils left behind by your human and animal swimmers. Most tennis balls are made out of nylon and/or wool and the material attracts foreign substances in the water. Drop a few tennis balls in your pool or skimmer basket and let them float around to do their job removing these products from your water’s surface.

Check back often for more of Tracy’s Tips on our blog!

Tracy Dieselman – Owner

10 Pool Chemical Storage Safety Tips

Proper pool chemical storage is imperative to avoid harmful
reactions, mixing and spills. While fireworks may be part of our summer fun, properly storing your pool chemicals will help you avoid a dangerous 4th of July-like explosion due to improper chemical storage.

Don’t let this happen to you…

How to Properly Store Pool Chemicals

    1. Read Labels Carefully: If you do one thing to ensure pool chemical safety, this is it. All of the important hazards,
      storage instructions and safety information will be on each container of chemicals. Avoid scary chemical reactions by reading the fine print thoroughly on all of your pool
      chemicals.
    2. Storage Temperature:  Pool chemicals should never be stored in a location that exceeds 95° F. Find a cool and dry location to store your chemicals. If possible, avoid areas with high humidity and direct sunlight.
    3. Ventilation: Store your pool chemicals in a well-ventilated area. Many people choose to store their pool chemicals in the pump room, but if that is where you will be keeping your supplies, you will need an HVAC shutoff in case of an emergency situation.
    4. Fire Safety: Be smart about what you store with your pool chemicals. Do not store other flammable items such as gasoline or propane near your pool chemicals or machines like lawn mowers that may contain these flammables. Also, keep your storage area clear of flammable trash or debris.
    5. Keep Chemicals Dry: Store your pool chemicals on a raised, flat surface to guarantee they do not get wet. If your chemicals do get wet, they can leach noxious gases and cause corrosion. Keep your chemicals away from doors and windows in waterproof containers and be sure the lids are always tightly secured.
    6. Keep Like with Like: Some chemicals need to be stored apart from one another to avoid reactions. Avoid storing chemicals on top of each other and make sure chlorine and acids are not stored near each other. When in doubt, store all chemicals individually for optimal safety.
    7. Cleaning Your Storage Area: Be smart when using household chemicals and cleaners to tidy up your chemical storage area. The last thing you want is an unexpected chemical reaction caused by accidental mixing. Use cleaning products that are safe to use around pool chemicals.
    8. Lock Them Up: Make sure all your pool chemicals are stored in a locked location that cannot be accessed by children or pets.
    9. Protect Yourself: Wear gloves and protective eye-wear when working with pool chemicals and make sure they don’t come into contact with your hands, mouth or eyes. Wear long sleeves and shoes when working with pool chemicals to avoid any chance of skin irritation or burns. Add the pool chemicals to your water instead of adding water to your chemicals, which could splash onto your skin.
    10. Be Mindful of the Environment: Avoid chemical spills at all costs to prevent chemical burns and inhaling dangerous fumes and dust. Spilling chemicals on the pool deck or ground can contaminate groundwater and soil causing a host of other problems.

Follow the steps above to significantly reduce your risk of chemical illness or injury.

If you prefer to leave the pool chemicals to the professionals, learn more about our Hassle Free Pool Care program and let our trained and experienced technicians handle it. That’ll leave you free to spend your time enjoying all that your swimming pool has to offer in fun and relaxation.

5-Days of Savings for the 4th of July

 
Don’t miss our 5-Day 4th of July festivities!

When: Friday, June 29, 2018 – Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Where: Our Retail Store

What: 20% Off Red, White & Blue Floats, 10% off All Other Floats

Whether you are spending your holiday weekend at the pool, beach or in the backyard, we have everything you need and more to celebrate Independence Day in red, white and blue!

Humaflock is July 3rd! If you are participating in this awesome annual event and need a float, stop by our store before July 3rd and mention “Humaflock” to receive 20% off your favorite float!

Our Pool Float Favorites

What is more fun than finding the perfect pool float for every member of the family? Here are a few of our favorite Swimline pool floats, currently available in our retail store. We hope you will drop by to check out the whole collection and find your favorite!


1. Giant Elephant Ride-On Float


2. Cool Cash Float


3. Beer Mug Pool Float


4. Inflatable Fruit Slice Island Lounger


5. Inflatable Pizza Slice


6. Sea Dragon Ride-On Float


7. Tropical Pineapple Float


8. Sun Chaser Lounger Float


9. Green Appletini Float


10. Tropical Tiki Bar


11. Giant Hippo Ride-On Float


12. Sports Floats


13. Lotus Blossom Float


14. Assorted Bird Floats

Which float is your favorite? Post your vote in the comments!

Father’s Day Gift Giving Guide

 

Don’t forget Dad! Father’s Day is around the corner (Sunday, June 17th) and we want to help you find the perfect gift for the dads on your list.

Our knowledgeable and friendly retail store manager, Dennis, has combed through his favorite gifts and has come up with this helpful gift giving guide. Here are 10 gifts for your individually awesome father, including something for everyone at every budget.


1. “Ice chest full of beer on one side, beer in the holder on the other, and Dad in the middle of this Swimline Beer Mug Pool Float. This beer-themed inflatable pool float is made of heavy-duty and designed for one adult lounger. Collect five more to have a full six pack!” – Swimline


2. Order Dad’s favorite pie and deliver it to him on his new pizza float! Each Pizza Slice comes with two ball and bungee connectors on each side so that you can piece 8 slices together and form a whole pizza. Bring a smile to Dad’s face with the gift of a pizza crust headrest and dual drink holders.


3. The Intrigue Spinning Table Top Fire from The Outdoor Greatroom Company is the perfect addition to Dad’s outdoor entertainment area. Light up the patio with this beautiful gift he can enjoy with family and friends. Stop by our retail store to check it out  in person!


4. Is your dad a sports fanatic? Bring his love of sports to the pool with Swimline’s Pool Jam Combo, the perfect gift for the athletic dad to enjoy with his kids!


5. If you are thinking about getting Dad some of our new premium cleaning equipment for Father’s Day, be sure this gift comes with a few cleaning sessions from YOU!


6. Who doesn’t love music poolside to set the mood for your pool day? PoolTunes would make the perfect gift. Waterproof up to 3 feet under, this wireless speaker will broadcast up to 35 feet and has an LED light for night swimming fun.


7. Keep the party going with Dad as the bartender in his very own Tiki Bar from Swimline! This gift comes complete with 2 ice storage bins to keep his refreshments cold and accessible from the pool.


8. Give the gift that keeps on giving with the Polaris 9650iQ Sport. “The 9650iQ Sport is a 4WD robotic cleaner that provides premium cleaning performance with the convenience of iAquaLink Control. By connecting to your home’s Wi-Fi network, the 9650iQ allows anytime, anywhere access to real-time scheduling programming, and troubleshooting from any smart device using the iAquaLink app.” – Polaris

Features
  • iAquaLink Control – Connect to home Wi-Fi for access anytime, anywhere
  • Intuitive Convenience at Your Fingertips – remote control, recurring cleaning schedules, Easy Lift System and more
  • Easy to Monitor Cleaner Status – with dirty canister indicator, countdown timer, and troubleshooting tips
  • Tangle-Reducing Swivel – low-torque watertight swivel keeps cable from tangling during operation, and is now available on all Polaris 4WD robotic cleaners
  • 4-Wheel Drive – climbs over obstacles and won’t get stuck

Don’t miss Polaris Days to save an extra 10% off during the pool cleaner sales event of the year! Make sure to stop by for the lowest prices anywhere on Polaris cleaners.


9. Whatever Dad’s favorite ballgame, we have the perfect float for him! Combine his love for the pool with his love for the game with any of these sports themed pool toys.


10. Give Dad’s pool patio a makeover with Plank & Hide Company’s gorgeous outdoor furniture! Shop your favorite look from their 2018 Collection Handbook and contact us to place your order.


Stop by our Retail Store today to pick the perfect gift for the
fathers on your list. Receive 10% off fun pool accessories
including toys and floats through Father’s Day in our Retail Store! We look forward to helping you put a smile on Dad’s face!