October 4, 2013 Leave a comment
Still a hot topic in the hospitality and pool industry as much of the country is still not in compliance with the ADA pool accessibility law. We’re interested in finding out what you know.
The first word in pools
September 26, 2013 Leave a comment
Fall is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about closing the pool down for many of us. If you’ve considered adding the safety and protective qualities of a safety cover for your pool (above ground or in ground) we’ve got great news for you. Right now Swimtown Pool Supplies is happy to let the world know we’re offering 10% off all of our stock safety covers. No need for coupon codes or any of that funny business, just add it to your cart and the discount will be added as you go through checkout.
Year in and year out these are some of our top sellers, so if you’ve been using a cheap winter cover the past few years to help keep debris out of your pool and have been considering an upgrade to a sturdier safety cover, the time has never been better.
If you’re wondering whether or not you should purchase a safety cover, check out our handy guide. That should push you over the top if you’ve been sitting on the fence.
Just head over to our site and find the safety cover that best fits your pool!
May 9, 2013 Leave a comment
Any outdoor element faces challenges throughout the fall, winter, and spring. During the fall season, some states have the opportunity to engage in outdoor activity while others are forced to execute indoor operations. During the summer, those who own a swimming pool have the opportunity to engage in some outdoor fun. Although having a swimming pool can be fun, maintenance should also be taken into consideration.
Nearly all above ground pools (view our selection here) are designed with lightweight materials that can be broken or ripped. It is imperative for an individual to make smart purchases to ensure the longevity of their pool, particularly buying the right liners (ours available here) and/or Gorilla Padding (here).
A Gorilla Pad is a material that is placed at the bottom of the pool for your protection. The material is made from a thick fabric that would make it difficult for anything to slide through it. Also, it can’t be easily ripped; hence, it will prevent water from seeping. Moreover, the material is very soft and feels like a cushion underneath your feet. Purchasing a Gorilla Pad will save you money due to the fact that you wouldn’t have to purchase another pool or pony up for costly repairs. Many pool owners purchase several pools or new liners per year due to holes and accompanying leakage. With the use of a Gorilla Pad, you would be able to have fun in the sun without the burden of making extra purchases.
Not only are you protecting the surface of your pool with liners but you can also protect the bottom of your pool by purchasing Gorilla Padding. The Gorilla Pad material is made of high quality geotextile and is extra thick to ensure the safety of the pool. Gorilla Pad can be purchased at any local store that sells pool supplies. The best part of all? Gorilla Padding is easy to install, which takes only a few minutes.
March 29, 2013 Leave a comment
Some people might be horrified by the thought of owning a pool and having hardwood floors. But just because you want a luxurious floor in your home it doesn’t mean you have to forego a pool completely. Sure, the chemicals from pools can be harmful to your finish, and you sure don’t want them to get repeatedly wet throughout the pool season, but there are some steps you can take to make things work. Here are some suggestions from pool owners who’ve been able to make both luxury items work.
Some things you can do to minimize the potential damage:
These can help, but you’re still living in dangerous territory with this combination. It makes the most sense to wait until kids have grown up and you’ll definitely want to make sure you don’t have a pet that will use the pool and go between the outdoors and the house. That combination simply won’t work.
Have any further suggestions for making your hardwood floor work with your pool? We’re all ears. Please share your tips in the comments section below!
Special thanks to the specialists at Carolina Flooring. Check out their hardwoods at http://carolinaflooringservices.com/hardwood-flooring-charleston-sc/
February 22, 2013 Leave a comment
The assumption that maintaining a healthy pool requires that you buy and handle chlorine on a regular basis is not quite accurate. Many pool owners are discovering the possibility of utilizing saltwater as a means for having a pool that is safe and clean. Saltwater pools do not completely eliminate the element of chlorine from the water. However, they do allow the owner to eliminate the need to handle and store chlorine near their home. Saltwater pools utilize a generator which uses the saltwater itself to produce chlorine independently. This alternative system presents many advantages in terms of pool maintenance. Alternatively, there are also some aspects of this system that will present noticeable differences from the more traditional chlorine system.
A saltwater pool, aside from eliminating the need to handle chlorine directly, reduces the accumulation of fungi and algae in the water. The result is less time spent cleaning the water and the pool surfaces. The frequency with which the water must be changed is dramatically reduced. Typically, pool owners over-saturate their pools with chlorine, causing irritation to the skin and eyes. Saltwater pools produce a steady and consistent flow of
chlorine, eliminating this concern. From the perspective of price, it does cost more money to make the initial conversion to the saltwater system. However, pool owners will save more money over time by stabilizing the chlorine levels.
Considering the long-term effects of chlorine on the body can give one pause in this decision. A saltwater system puts less chlorine in the water over time when compared with pools utilizing traditional chlorine additives. In addition, the generators breakdown chloramines more quickly over time, resulting in less damage to a swimmer’s skin, hair, and eyes. Individuals with allergies typically find that swimming in saltwater pools causes them much less irritation than normal. As the skin experiences less irritation, it will also be softened and soothed by the trace amounts of salt which remain in the water after filtration.
Despite the many
advantages, pool owners must consider the fact that pool components and equipment will become damaged slightly faster with regular exposure
to saltwater. This degradation can effect pool linings, submerged lighting, and other exterior components. The generator needed to maintain a saltwater pool system also requires electricity. The increased cost based on electricity should play a part when considering conversion. On average, a 20,000 gallon pool would require close to 500 watts of power. Consulting the professionals at NYC pool management specialists can assist you in fully exploring the total potential of your pool.
Written By: Kristene Blackham
For pool safty tips visit http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-spa-safety/staying-safe-pools-spas/residential-swimming-pools/
February 21, 2013 1 Comment
We have them. We know this because we sold a ton of them last year back when Google Shopping allowed us to list them for free. Ever click on Google Shopping results to view them? If you did, I bet you like to sort by “Prices Low to High”. That’s what I do, and that’s what most people do. Those people ended up ordering from us because WE HAVE THE CHEAPEST PRICES ON POOL LINERS.
If you have a pool we have a liner to fit it, and our customer service people will help you find the right one. Here’s a short list of sizes we have available.
In ground liners
Round expandable liners (20 gauge) http://www.swimtownpools.com/round-expandable-liners-s/1486.htm
Of course we have round expandable liners as well. These range in size from 18 feet to 33 feet and can handle a maximum center depth of five to six feet.
Overlap liners - http://www.swimtownpools.com/overlap-pool-liners-s/154.htm
We cover a variety of shapes and sizes from 12 to 33 foot pools in round or oval and can be trimmed to fit 48″, 52″ and 54″ pools.
Unibead liners – http://www.swimtownpools.com/unibead-pool-liners-s/156.htm
Round or oval, we’ve got you covered with unibead liners. From 12 to 30 feet and finished depths of 46:, 48″ and 50″.
Call our customer service at 1.866.752.7665 and they can help answer your questions.
February 14, 2013 1 Comment
While it’s safe to say that many manufacturers in the industry have stuck to their guns the past few years with many of their product lines, there are some great new things on the market for 2013 as well as some tried and true classics here at Swimtown Pool Supplies that you’re going to want to take a close look at.
Grand Entry Wedding Cake Pool Steps – http://www.swimtownpools.com/Grand-Entrance-Pool-Step-For-In-Ground-Pool-p/ne1085.htm Easy to make a level install with these fabulous steps. Resin handrails are sturdy and water flow through stops ugly algae growth.
Saltron Retro – http://www.swimtownpools.com/Saltron-Retro-Saltwater-Chlorinator-p/nc3063.htm There are a lot of advantages to moving to a saltwater pool but many people we talk to are scared off thinking it will be difficult to make the switch. Whether you have an above ground or an in ground pool, though, the Saltron Retro Chlorinator makes it a relative snap to enjoy the benefits of a saltwater pool.
Stabilized chloring tablets – http://www.swimtownpools.com/Protech-3-Stabilized-Chlorine-Tabs-Wrapped-50Lb-p/668101397.htm – Want to know what we sell the most of? This stuff. These things have 90% active chlorine and dissolve slowly. A slow dissolve can be helpful when you get blistering hot temperatures like we have last summer. Our site was flooded with people trying to figure out why their pool water was so cloudy and the biggest cause was the heat evaporating all the chlorine. If the summer starts out hot, you’ll want to stock up.
Pro Series Pools – http://www.swimtownpools.com/proseries-metal-frame-pools-s/1468.htm The launch of Intex and other metal frame pools have lowered the entry level of cost for people looking to beat the heat this pool season. With several options and upgrades available, the Pro Series offers a sturdy entry level pool for some good ol’ fashioned family fun.
A new solar cover – http://www.swimtownpools.com/solar-pool-covers-s/292.htm Especially if you have an above ground pool, it’s worth avoiding the hassle and eyesore of throwing your old beaten, torn up solar cover back on the pool. Trust us, your neighbors are judging you.
Hayward Shark Vac (w/caddy)
http://www.swimtownpools.com/Hayward-Shark-Vac-Pool-Cleaner-W-Caddy-p/rc9742.htm – “Robotic pool cleaners are SOOOOOO expensive.” Not all of them. The Shark Vac gets the job done at an entery level price point. You’ll be impressed with what you get for the cost.
February 13, 2013 Leave a comment
There’s been a lot of talk in the past about ozone and how it can help improve your health and quality of life. Consequently, many companies offer products called ozone generators that are designed to produce ozone and inject it into your air or water to help clean it. In this article, we’ll explore the the ins and outs of this topic and hear what some experts have to say on the subject. Read more of this post
January 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Swimtown is growing at a record pace, and we need your help to make sure we continue to provide our customers with great products and service. In fact your feedback is so important, we’ll give you a chance to win something for your feedback. How do you get rewarded? It’s easy. Just head to www.swimtownpools.com, log in (that part is critical so we know who you are), navigate to the product(s) you purchased and write a review of the product. Good or bad, every legitimate* product review you write will count as an entry. So please tell us what you thought of the product you ordered and we’ll enter you for a chance to win!
The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on Friday, February 1st and notified by email. So make sure you add your review by then!
Thank you for your help, and good luck!
January 11, 2013 Leave a comment
Know something about pools or spas? Interested in sharing your knowledge with the world? Well here’s your chance!
We’re looking for writers who want to guest blog or become a regular contributor to the Swimtown Pools blog. Do you have what it takes? Here is what we’re looking for:
If you’re interested send your submission as a Microsoft Word attachment to mandy (at) poolsuppliesblog.com and we’ll review it. If you have images, please send them as attachments in your email as well.
Some other things to consider:
Thanks very much for your interest, and we look forward to reading your submissions!