Category: Pool Tips


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).

Gorila PadA 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.

 

 

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:

  • Use absorbent mats between the pool and your entryway
  • Put a sign outside the door reminding guests they need to be dry before they enter
  • In the summer have powerful fans by the door and towels to make it impossible not to use them

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/

Saltwater or Chlorine Pros and Cons of EachThe 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/

 

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 – wedding cake pool stepshttp://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 chlorinator

Saltron Retrohttp://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 Poolsnot intex, this is a pro series poolhttp://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 coverhttp://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)shark vac
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.

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!

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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:

  • Literally anything related to pools and spas will be considered – just make it worth reading!
  • 400+ words
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If you haven’t had a chance to head over to the main Swimtown Pools website lately, you may have missed our recent addition of Heatwave Infrared Saunas (available at http://www.swimtownpools.com/heatwave-saunas-s/1557.htm) to our product listings. Many people enjoy a quick trip to the sauna while at the gym or spa, but have never thought about adding one in the comfort of their own home. These affordable saunas start at under $1,000 and offer a myriad of health benefits. Let’s run them down:

  • Short term weight loss. While it’s not real weight loss, if you have a hot date and want to fit into an outfit a little easier, the sauna can help you shed a bit of water weight in the short term.
  • Long term weight loss. No, a sauna isn’t necessarily a direct hit for weight loss, but it can ratchet up your metabolism, which always helps. Additionally, all that sweating will help reduce toxins in your system and help your body run more efficiently and aid in your weight loss efforts.
  • Stress relief. The world continues to get louder, more crowded and move faster. This is the number one health benefit cited in most studies of sauna users. Between the warmth and the quiet, few things relieve stress like a sauna.
  • Disease reduction. Sound crazy? Well, consider the fact that the majority of diseases are stress related.
  • Pain reduction. Sauna heat will increase the dilation of your blood vessels and increase circulation which in turn aids the healing process.
  • Improved sleep. Jacking up your body temperature in the evening will typically lead to a drop later at night and allow you to get a deep sleep. Studies back up the restful sleep gained by regular sauna use.

Sound intriguing? Take a look, one person models start as low as $837.95 at www.swimtownpools.com.

English: Automatic Pool Cover.

Cover the pool! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve owned your pool for a few years, you may have just gotten through the winter using an inexpensive winter pool cover (view our selection here) to keep debris out of the pool through the offseason. While we certainly appreciate a good winter cover (we sell them after all), there are some very good reasons to make the jump to a full blown pool safety cover (our selection can be found at  http://www.swimtownpools.com/pool-safety-covers-s/293.htm). So if you’ve considered getting one, let’s run down a short list of some of the better reasons to get yourself a safety cover. Continue reading

aquabot t2 turbo

Your next pool cleaner?

The Aquabot T2 Turbo is an incredibly popular product these days, and for those of you who have decided to take the plunge into the world of automatic pool cleaners (or for those of you who are just looking for something new), we figured we’d assemble a bunch of information for you (unbiased…seriously) so you can get a better feel for the product without having to go to 4,000 different sites to separate fact from fiction. So our crack research team has pulled together the following just for you!

From the Amazon (the website, not the rainforested area of South America)

For fear of infuriating the folks at Amazon, we’ll just throw down some general observations from the reviews there:
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (after 28 reviews)
  • Most often cited pros:
    • Does a very good job cleaning. Probably a good thing since it is, y’know, a pool cleaner.
    • Quiet.
    • Light.
    • Solid construction.
  • Most often cited cons:
    • Maintenance. Changing and cleaning the filter seemed to be problematic for some users.
    • Confusing manual.
Additional Reviews
  • This review goes in depth about the functionality of the Aquabot Turbo T2. In particular the need to alternate the cleaning pattern from clockwise to counter clockwise (something that didn’t sit well with some Amazon reviewers either). But also says the cleaner does a great job climbing the walls and again, that it does an excellent job of cleaning the pool since it filters items down to 2 microns. Once again, though, some mild complaints about cleaning the filter, though the review is for the most part very positive.
  • The reviews at In The Swim tell an even more divided love/hate story with multiple one star and five star reviews. There people complain about poor construction, parts wearing out and outdated support manuals and materials. At the same time the five star reviews trumpet the incredible cleaning power and say it’s substantially better than the very popular Kreepy Krauly.
 Video of T2 In Action

Summer is right around the corner and that means lots of people may be thinking about doing some swimming pool renovations. With the rising prices of gas, food, and other necessities, the energy costs of running a swimming pool may seem steeper than usual.

backyard swimming pool

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When looking for potential pool upgrades that are cost-efficient, it is important to note the item that consumes the most energy is the pump. In fact, standard pool pumps can use as much energy as the combination of all other household appliances. This is because they use the same amount of energy to run a waterfall or clean the pool as they do to filter the water, which should take a lot less power.

Believe it or not, purchasing a variable speed pool pump (for sale at http://www.swimtownpools.com/variable-speed-pool-pumps-s/1390.htm) can slash energy costs by up to 90 percent, and savings can total up to $1,500 annually. This is because they are equipped to adjust their speeds based on specific programmed tasks. In addition to saving energy, variable speed pool pumps are quieter when operating at lower speeds and they cause less wear to other parts of the pool.

At first glance, the price of a variable speed pool pump can be overwhelming. Although the money spent on the pump can even out after a couple years of savings, it still is a big purchase.

Fortunately, a number of energy companies are committed to encouraging their customers to use more energy efficient products, including pool pumps. For example, as part of their Home Energy Efficiency Rebate Program, Southern California Edison offers $200 rebates for customers who purchase a qualified variable speed pool pump this year and install it by February 28, 2013. Pentair has another list of companies that offer utility rebates for their variable speed pumps. However, that list is not exhaustive – the best way to know about rebate eligibility for a variable speed pool pump is by calling your energy company and asking.

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