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10% Off All Stock Safety Covers

Safety Cover

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!

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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.

 

 

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.

Ozonated WaterThere’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. Continue reading

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English: President George H. W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 into law.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you own a business with a pool or work at a facility with a pool it’s most likely you’ve learned about the ADA pool accessibility regulations that need to be complied with By January 31, 2013. If not, well, you better take note, as the penalty for failing to meet these regulations could land you a whopping $55,000 fine. Needless to say, that might be a tough start to 2013 that you don’t want to have to deal with.

Assuming you’ve got plans to buy an ADA compliant pool lift, the other thing you’re going to need to figure out is who’s going to install it.

We’ve fielded thousands of phone calls on this issue, and one thing we keep hearing is that it’s difficult to find an installer for a pool lift. So, being the good Samaritans that we are, we’ve come up with a solution – The Pool Lift Installer Directory.

We’ll be reaching out to companies in the coming weeks to be listed, but in the meantime, if you yourself are an installer or know someone who is, please add them to our directory.

Thanks for your help!

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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

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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