Tracy’s Tips: Checking Pool Floats and Toys for Leaks

Are your pool floats and toys ready for a pool party?!

Make sure your inflatables do not have any holes and are ready for use with this quick trick. Use an electric air pump to inflate your float or toy. Once inflated, hold it under water and if you see any bubbles, you’ve got a leak! Patch the leak with a repair kit or come into our retail store to find the perfect replacement for your favorite pool activities!

Visit our Retail Store during the month of June for $5 off a Vinyl Liner Patch Kit!

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Tracy Dieselman – Owner

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is around the corner (Sunday, May 13th) and no one deserves a pampered day at the pool more than Mom. Show her that you’re always thinking about her with a thoughtful gift for fun, relaxation or entertainment.

Our knowledgeable and friendly retail store manager Dennis, has combed through his favorite gifts and has come up with this helpful gift giving guide.

1. Give Mom’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.

2. Treat her to a day of relaxation in the sun with the Ultimate Floating Lounger or Ultimate Mattress by Swimline. These durable inflatable cushions offer comfortable nylon covers. The mattress comes equipped with a full-size pillow, while the lounger offers onboard drink storage.

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

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

5. If there is a little one in the house, Mom may enjoy the Me and You Baby Seat float for two. This float comes in assorted turtle or goldfish styles.

6. If you are thinking about getting Mom some of our new premium cleaning equipment for Mother’s Day, be sure to include a note in her card that this gift comes with a few cleaning sessions from YOU!

7. 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.

8. Share a float with your mom with Swimline’s Lotus Blossom for two. This float is fun, spacious and perfect for hanging poolside.


Stop by our retail store today to pick the perfect gift for the mothers on your list. Receive 10% off toys and floats and premium cleaning equipment May 11th – May 14th in our store. We look forward to helping you put a smile on Mom’s face!

Tracy’s Tips: Bubble Solar Cover Installation

Solar Pool Covers: Bubble Side Up or Down?  

Are you using a bubble solar cover to keep your pool water warm? If so, you may be wondering which side of your bubble cover should face up. We recommend covering your pool with the bubble side facing down for the best results in warming your pool in the summer sun. The sun’s UV rays will heat the bubbles and in turn, transfer heat to your pool water. With the bubbles facing down directly into the water, the heating process works more quickly and the bubbles help the cover float on the water’s surface.

Applying your bubble solar cover with the bubbles facing up can eventually damage the bubbles on the cover, due to direct exposure to the sun. The sun’s rays need to be able to flow through the cover before it can reach the water. Think of your solar cover as a thermal blanket or magnifying glass for your pool, intensifying the warming effect. Putting the cover on with the bubbles upward will take longer to heat your pool water and shorten the useful life of the cover.

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Tracy Dieselman – Owner

Plank & Hide Co. Outdoor Furniture

Your backyard and pool patio has never looked so good with Plank & Hide Company’s outdoor furniture! Shop your favorite look today from their catalog and contact us to place your order.

 

The Outdoor Greatroom Company Fire Pit Tables

We are very excited to now be carrying The Outdoor Greatroom Fire Pit Tables! Stop by our Retail Store to check out the Kenwood Fire Table and Intrigue Table Top Lantern on display!

Pool Party Prep Checklist

Photo credits: marthastewart.com

Thinking about hosting a pool party? Make your party memorable with these helpful tips to get your pool and patio ready. Have something to add? Leave your suggestion in the comments!

1. Budget Accordingly

Planning your budget in advance will keep you on track with your party planning and avoid stress as your party date approaches. If you know your budget, you can decide how many guests you can reasonably accommodate. Don’t forget to factor in food, drinks, decorations, and other party items to go with your theme.

2. Prepare Your Pool

Clean Your Pool

A few days before the party, thoroughly vacuum your pool. It may seem obvious, but you will need to skim the pool to remove floating debris. Keep up with it as best you can prior to your event. Your guests will appreciate a clean, sparkling pool to swim, play and relax in. It is a pool party after all, so be sure your pool is the focal point.

Test Your Water Quality

Knowing how many people are attending is not only important for food planning purposes, it also plays a role in your water quality. Increasing the number of swimmers means making adjustments to keep your water balanced, clean, and ready to host more people than usual. We recommend adding shock to your pool 2-3 days before your party to get your water as clear and clean as possible. After shocking, make sure to re-balance your pool water with the proper chemicals and clean your pool filter. Repeat these steps after the party to again re-balance and clean your pool water.

Make Sure the Pool Area is Safe

Clean up around the pool if you have a lot of toys, floats and other pool accessories everywhere. You do not want your guests to even have the potential to get hurt on your watch. If your party goes into the night or you’re throwing an evening event, make sure the pool is lit and easy to see. No one wants to fall into the pool unexpectedly and this can be extremely dangerous if there are children or non-swimmers in attendance. Pool lighting can be fun and add to the ambiance and theme of your party. Turn on your pool light or add floating pool lights and/or outdoor lighting around the perimeter of your pool for safety.

Don’t Forget to Add the Fun!

Now that we have safety covered, you can focus on the best part of party planning, the FUN! Will you need some floats for a relaxing vibe? Would your guests enjoy playing some competitive pool games? Do you need some kid friendly pool toys and floats? The options are endless!

Stop by our Retail Store for everything you need to add some fun to your party! While you are there, get a complimentary water test and all of the chemicals and products you need to keep your pool safe.

3. Prepare Your Patio

Clean Your Patio

Again, this may seem obvious, but cleaning your patio is a very important first step. Even though the centerpiece of the party is the pool, your guests will spend a lot of time out of the pool as well. Eating, drinking, playing games, dancing and mingling with other guests will take place on or around your patio. Sweep or blow leaves, dirt and debris away from your patio area to tidy up. You will also want to clean any patio furniture you will have out for your guests. Bring out additional furniture and chairs to accommodate the number of guests you’re expecting.

If you have landscaping around your patio, take some time to trim back bushes, pull weeds, and remove debris around your flower beds.

Prepare Entertainment, Food & Drink

What’s a party without some music?! Whether you have built in outdoor speakers or you are using a portable bluetooth player, find a way to bring music outdoors to set the mood and theme of your pool party. Pool and yard games offer a fun way to encourage your guests to loosen up and enjoy each other’s company. Pool basketball, volleyball, and bag toss are all crowd-pleasers that your guests will love playing.

If you’re serving food and drinks, make sure you have enough to feed all of your guests. Make your menu even more fun by keeping it on-theme. Make sure you have the proper utensils and paper goods you will need. Think about where you are going to set up a food table and how you are going to keep the food fresh and drinks cold on a hot summer day.

Set the Scene

Sticking with your theme, pick out some fun decorations to liven up your entertainment space. Be creative and set the scene, but you don’t need to go overboard. Display your decorations around the patio and pool area to bring everything together. Lighting is important around your patio, just as it is around your pool. Lighting is not only practical so your guests can see where they are going at night,  it also can create ambiance and double as decorations. Insect repelling candles are also helpful on a summer’s night.

Go the Extra Step

While most of your guests will come prepared for a pool party, be sure to have some extra pool towels around for someone who may have forgotten to bring one. It is thoughtful and wise to have sunscreen, bug spray and shady places for guests to sit readily available.

Now that you are prepared for your party, all that’s left for you to do is be a good host and spend time with your guests. Maybe you’ll even find some time to relax and enjoy your poolside retreat!

Meet our Retail Store Manager

We are very excited to introduce our new Retail Store Manager, Dennis Le-Rynne! Dennis joined the South Shore Pool Supply team in December, 2017. He is truly an exceptional find in the pool and spa industry and we are thrilled to welcome him to the SSPS team. We sat down with Dennis to ask him a few questions to get to know him better.

South Shore Pool Supply: “How and when did you get started in the pool industry? Tell us a little about yourself.”

Dennis: “I got my start in the pool business at age 20, after I came home from college. I was printing my resume at Staples and saw a help wanted sign in the window of the pool store next door. I went in to inquire about the position and the manager at that time happened to be an old childhood friend. I was offered an Assistant Manager position, which I accepted. I became Store Manager in 3 months and have been in the pool business since that day.”

South Shore Pool Supply: What do you enjoy most about working in the industry? What is your favorite part of the job?”

Dennis: I am a people person and enjoy working with customers, helping them fix issues with their pools and spas. I love that the job is never the same day to day. I enjoy guiding people towards a successful pool season and addressing the challenges that come with that.”

South Shore Pool Supply: “What are you looking forward to most about joining the South Shore Pool Supply team?”

Dennis: “I am very much looking forward to being part of the SSPS team. My team members are friendly, professional and very knowledgeable in the industry. I am looking forward to working with everyone and becoming part of an already stellar team.”

Be sure to join us in welcoming Dennis personally the next time you stop by our Retail Store!

Swimming & Pool Fun Facts

Being a pool owner can be a lot of work. While we love to help you make light of that work, we also want to be part of the fun! Test your pool pro knowledge with these fun facts and figures.

Did you know…?

1. The largest backyard swimming pool is located in El Campo, Texas and has a 500 foot lazy river. It holds 600,000 gallons of water and used to be a pond. It’s true what they say, everything really is bigger in Texas!

Photo credits: http://homesoftherich.net/

2.There are over 10.6 million swimming pools in the United States.

3. California is the state with the most swimming pools in the United States with over 3 million pools!

4. In 1907 the RMS Adriatic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool on board. The Titanic, which was built around the same time, had a heated swimming pool on board.

5. An hour of strenuous swimming will burn about 650 calories, more than walking or riding a bike for the same amount of time.

6. Swimming became an Olympic event in 1896. Women were allowed to compete starting in 1912. Today there are 16 swimming events but a men’s 800-meter freestyle, women’s 1,500-meter freestyle and a 4×100-meter medley mixed-gender relay are being added for the 2020 Olympic Games.

7. An Olympic size swimming pool can hold 700,000-850,000 gallons of water.

8. The world’s largest pool, according to the Guinness World Records, was built in Algarrobo, Chile in 2006. The Alfonso del Mar Seawater Pool is 3,324 feet long and covers 19.7 acres!

Photo credits: Urban Peek

9. The cannonball is the most popular way to jump into the pool.

10. President Gerald Ford had an outdoor pool built at the White House in 1975.

11. 65% of Americans don’t know how to swim.

12. Benjamin Franklin invented swim fins. Unlike today’s foot flippers, the first fins were worn on your hands.

13. Australia builds more personal swimming pools per capita than any other country in the world. Since most of Australia is considered a desert or semi-arid, it’s no surprise!

14. The world record for breath holding underwater is 24 minutes achieved in 2016 by Aleix Segura Vendrell (Spain), in Barcelona, Spain! Vendrell is a avid free diver.

15. The breaststroke is thought to be the oldest of all swimming strokes. “Drawings in an Egyptian cave, appropriately called the Cave of Swimmers, depict swimmers in various poses, with the leg whipping motion believed to having been inspired by frogs.” – Your Swim Log

16. Swimming dates back to 2500 BCE as seen in ancient Egyptian cave paintings.

17. Elephants can swim an average of 20 miles a day using their trunks as snorkels.

Photo credits: Bosham Gallery

18. 38% of pools having a diving board.

19. A resort in Port Dickson, Malaysia has 643 swimming pools, not including the private swimming pools at each villa!

Photo credits: Lexis-Hibiscus Port Dickson Hotel

20. A filtration system for swimming pools was invented in 1910 at Brown University, using chlorine. Public drinking water was being sanitized with chlorination and sand filtration, so they applied the same concept to swimming pools.

Have a fun fact to add? Drop us a line in the comments!

20 Inspirational Poolscapes

December in New England may seem like a strange time to be thinking about a backyard makeover, but winter is the perfect time to day dream about warmer months ahead. Need some inspiration for your own pool paradise? Check out 20 beautiful poolscapes from across the globe!

Which poolscape is your favorite? Leave us your vote in the comments!

1. Jungle Getaway

2. Life of Luxury

3. Waterfall Wonderland

4. Spa Scene Oasis

5. Indoor/Outdoor Living

6. Feels like a Fairytale

7. Moroccan Marvel

8. Chalet Chic

9. Living Lakefront

10. Desert Delight

11. Romantic Retreat

12. Backyard in Bloom

13. Classic English Countryside

14. Inspired by Nature

15.  Homey Hideaway

16. In the Tree Tops

17. Panoramic Views

18. Marvel in the Mountains

19. Secret by the Sea

20. Modern Masterpiece

Tracy’s Tips: Washing Your Polaris Bag for Winter Storage

Photo Credits: Polaris Pool

Machine Wash for Winter Storage

When it is time to put away your Polaris cleaner for the winter, you will want to make sure the filter bag is thoroughly cleaned to prevent rodent damage during the cold months. Hang the full bag on a fence to dry as it’s much easier to empty and clean once it has dried out.

Once your Polaris bag has been emptied, the easiest way to clean it is to throw it right in your washing machine! Wash the filter bag in your washing machine on gentle cycle, with cold water, WITHOUT detergent.

If you prefer not to wash your filter bag in your washing machine, hand-wash the filter bags in a bucket of water to remove all the dust particles from the filter bag. Hang to dry completely before storing it away.

Note: We recommend having an extra filter bag on hand for pool season, giving you the option to take off the full bag and immediately put a clean one on.

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Tracy Dieselman – Owner

Hassle Free Pool Care

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