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4 Easy Ways to Prevent Rodents from Damaging Your Pool Heater

One of the most common problems pool owners experience in the winter is rodent damage to their pool heaters. When the temperatures get colder, mice and other rodents look for warm places to take shelter from the elements. Unfortunately, your pool heater may look like a good home to them.

Whether the rodents are building nests, chewing wires, or using your pool heater as a bathroom, it is imperative that you keep them out to avoid damage.

Protect your pool heater with these easy steps

  1. Remove leaves and debris from the pump and pool heater to prevent moisture. Moisture leads to corrosion and can seize your pump motor come spring. The debris also makes a good hiding place for rodents so this step is essential.
  2. Plant mint around your pool heater. Mint deters rodents and will act as a natural barrier. Placing plastic snakes around your heater may also serve as a natural deterrent because mice don’t want to build their homes near predators.
  3. Pick up some Mouse Busters, an all natural anti-rodent
    inhibitor, at our retail store.
  4. Contact us about a one-time installation of a Pentair or
    Sta-Rite Heater Anti-Rodent Kit.

For more tips and tricks to prevent rodent damage, check out this helpful article from Swim University or call us anytime at (781) 383-3300.

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!

Light the Night!

Join us and RSVP Here!

 

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

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!

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!

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

Tracy Dieselman – Owner

What you need to know about variable-speed pool pumps

Pool pumps are a vital part of your pool water circulation system, keeping the water flowing through filters, skimmers, heaters, and other accessories. When it comes to pumps, the variable-speed option is a smart investment for any pool owner. Not only will you save on energy costs, you may actually be required by your town to use one because it is an energy efficient, environmentally friendly option.

How do they work?

Variable-speed pumps allow you to choose your own pump speed depending on the task at hand. They are powered by a permanent magnet motor, the same efficient motor used in electric cars and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

For comparison, single-speed motors are loud and inefficient, running on only one constant speed when they are turned on. Dual-speed motors are considered an induction style motor. These pumps can run at low or high speeds and are certainly a step up from the single-speed motors, but do not offer all of the benefits of a variable-speed option.

Why are variable-speed pumps a better option?

While purchasing a variable-speed pump does require a larger initial investment, pool owners see significant savings in energy costs when upgrading from a single-speed or dual-speed pump. It will pay for itself in 2-3 years and consume about 75% less energy.

Cost savings are an obvious perk to making the switch, but saving energy is a wonderful by-product and the environment will thank you. You may even be entitled to a utility rebate for upgrading your pool pump. Check with the U.S. Department of Energy and your local power company for potential tax credits and rebates.

Variable-speed pumps can be run at lower speeds and will filter more effectively than single or dual-speed pumps. They are much quieter and have programmable timers so your pump is running when it makes the most sense for you. Run your pump on a low setting at night for even less noise pollution and a better night’s sleep. The flexibility of the variable-speed pump allows you to run just the right amount of power to accomplish a particular task like running spa jets or a water feature, maximizing your energy savings. The best part is that the automated pump takes the guesswork out of the process.

Choose the right pump.

Stop by our retail store to talk to our team about the right Pentair variable-speed pump for your pool or spa.

Check out the impressive IntelliFlo VSF and all it has to offer!