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How to Keep Rodents Out of Pool Equipment During the Winter

James Ashner | Oct 19, 2018 9:24:30 AM

 

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One common problem that pool owners have over the winter months is keeping mice and rodents away from their pool equipment.  When the weather turns cold and we close our pools, mice and other rodents like squirrels, rats and chipmunks love to nest in a warm place like the inside of your pool heater, equipment and pool covers.  They can quickly chew holes right through thick pool covers and chew up wiring inside of expensive equipment causing irreparable damage and costly repairs.

Here are a few tips to help keep your equipment safe from rodent damage:

  • Use moth balls. Mice and rodents hate the smell of moth balls. These come in handy little packets which make it easy to drop a few inside packed away covers and around your expensive equipment. 
  • Use hardwire cloth to cover any openings on your equipment and do not cover with a winter cover as this provides a nice warm safe haven for rodents.
  • Stuff steel wool inside open cracks and holes of equipment. This is one thing rodents cannot chew through and if they try it will hurt them.  Be thorough as tiny rodents can squeeze through some incredibly tiny spaces.

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  • Use mouse deterrents such as Mouse Busters® sold at The Swimming Pool Store around all your pool equipment and entrances.
  • Throw some rubber snakes around near your equipment as rodents hate snakes for obvious reasons. This may not be quite as effective as some of the steps above but it couldn’t hurt and just might deter them from coming any further towards your equipment.
  • Store any equipment and items that pose a risk to rodent damage indoors if possible.

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Tips to Protect Your Swimming Pool During Harsh Winters

James Ashner | Oct 19, 2018 9:21:01 AM

 

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Now that fall is officially here to stay and harsh winters are just around the corner, it’s important to make sure your swimming pool is properly winterized.  Following a few simple tips will ensure that your pool is not damaged from the freezing cold weather providing a worry free opening in the spring.  Follow these tips to make sure that your swimming pool is properly winterized and avoid costly repairs:              

  • Properly attach your winter pool cover around the perimeter of your pool to prevent the cover from sinking in the middle, which allows leaves, dirt and debris to accumulate and cause damage to your pool.
  • If you use water bags, make sure that they are not deflated or leaking.
  • Keep your winter pool cover clean as heavy snow and ice can rip or damage winter pool covers.
  • Make sure that you added winter algaecide to prevent algae growth while closed
  • Don’t forget the antifreeze in your plumbing after blowing out the lines. Cracked pipes underground are costly and challenging to repair.
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Winter Algaecide is a Must for Clear Pool Water in the Spring

James Ashner | Sep 21, 2018 11:09:09 AM

 

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Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  Closed Starting October

 

When closing and winterizing your pool, it is important to remember to balance your pool water’s chemistry prior to closing and don’t forget the algaecide.  Algaecide is simple and effective with one quart of winter algaecide typically enough to treat 20,000 gallons of water all winter long.  By simply adding algaecide to your water prior to closing, you can prevent algae growth from occurring during the cold, winter months which makes for an easier opening in the spring. 

You can apply algaecide directly to the pool water and allow the pump to continue to circulate for approximately two to four hours.  Adding winter algaecide to your pool water when closing for the winter provides many benefits to pool owners which include: 

  • Prevention of algae growth including black, green or mustard algae
  • Prevents algae growth all winter long
  • Copper pool algaecide lasts longer to work throughout the entire winter
  • Winter algaecide is designed specifically for cold weather algae prevention
  • Adding algaecide to your water does not interfere with other chemicals

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Winter algaecide can prevent algae from taking hold in your pool water during the winter months for up to 5 months.  Pools with mesh covers or no covers may require a second application prior to opening in the spring to be sure algae remains completely under control.  

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Don’t Forget to Balance Your Water Before Closing Your Pool

James Ashner | Sep 21, 2018 11:04:22 AM

 

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Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm

 

If you haven’t yet closed your pool you are probably making plans to get the closing process underway.  While you are thinking about cleaning out the debris, putting away your summer pool toys and accessories and getting the cover out, don’t forget to balance your water chemistry before closing your pool.  Preparing your water for the harsh winter weather is important to prevent your pool liner or surface from staining, protect pool equipment and makes for an easier spring opening.

There are some considerations beyond adding chlorine and algaecide that help to prepare your water properly and provide many benefits for a long, cold winter. The following chemicals should be considered when closing your pool:

  •  Chlorine shock – add shock in either liquid or granules at a rate of 1 gallon or 1 pound respectively per every 5,000 gallons of water. 
  • Algaecide – a poly or copper based algaecide will prevent algae growth with long lasting effectiveness and should prevent algae growth until you open your pool next spring. 
  • Stain prevention – If you experience any problems with staining or metal in your water, stain and scale control products help to keep metals such as iron and copper in controllable limits to prevent water discoloration and staining.

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How Do Phosphates Affect Your Swimming Pool?

James Ashner | Aug 17, 2018 10:56:38 AM

 

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Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm

 

How Do Phosphates Affect Your Swimming Pool?

Phosphates cause algae growth in pools and spas, which can be a pain to clean up once it’s taken hold in your swimming pool.  Pool owners typically experience an algae bloom once or twice per year and fight those pesky phosphates off with a good vacuuming, lots of chlorine and algaecide.  Learning how phosphates get into your pool water and how to prevent an increase in phosphates to begin with can save time, money and provide no lapse in enjoying sparkling pool water.  

What are Phosphates?

Phosphates are biological building blocks for algae. Along with sun, water, air and nitrates, add phosphates to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for an algae infestation.  Phosphates are the primary food source for all types of algae and aquatic plants.  When left in pool water, spas or ponds, phosphates break down into their simplest form, orthophosphates, which is the only form digestible by algae. 

How do Phosphates Get into My Pool?

Controlling phosphates in swimming pools can be challenging at times, especially if you are unaware as to where they are coming from.  Phosphates are found in fertilizers, vegetation, rain water, oils and lotions on swimmers, lake water and even some chemicals used to treat pools. This means that phosphates can get into your pool in a number of ways which include:

  • Wind blowing dirt, twigs or leaves into the pool
  • Water from sprinklers running off into the pool
  • Fresh water from heavy rains entering the pool
  • People getting into the pool coming from lake water
  • People entering the pool wearing oils and lotions
  • Using chemicals containing any amount of phosphoric, phosphonic or other phosphorous based ingredients to clean your pool

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When this happens, phosphates can cause algae growth and will affect how well your chlorine and other pool chemicals work. 

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Simple Pool Closing Checklist

James Ashner | Aug 17, 2018 10:55:00 AM

 

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Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm

  

Simple Pool Closing Checklist

It’ll be September before we know it and as much as we hate to admit it, it’s time to start thinking about closing our pools. There are a few things that you can do to make the annual winter pool closing event go a little smoother. The Swimming Pool Store offers experienced pool closing services that ensure equipment safety during the winter and contribute to a smooth opening in the spring.

Even when a professional pool company closes your pool, you’ll need to prepare for your pool closing with a few simple steps.  You can save this year when you balance your water within two weeks of scheduling your closing.  Read more to learn how to have a successful pool closing.

 

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  • Clean your pool by vacuuming and skimming out any leaves or debris
  • Balance your pool water by making sure your chlorine is at a normal level of 1.5 - 3.5ppm, alkalinity is in the range of 80-100, pH is 7.6-7.8 and calcium hardness is between 150-250. The Swimming Pool Store will add shock and algaecide as part of the closing process.
  • Inspect your winter cover and make sure it wasn’t damaged over the winter. Some rodents like to make homes in pool covers stored for the winter, always use some mice deterrents when storing pool covers to deter pesky invaders.
  • Make sure you know where you’ll store your pool equipment. If your storage space filled up with other things over the summer, you’ll need to make room to store your pool equipment. Taking proper care of pool equipment is necessary to avoid costly repairs.
  • Check all equipment, your liner and winter covers for damage, wear and tear. Make sure that your winter pool cover is in good shape or ask The Swimming Pool Store about winter safety covers.
  • Call The Swimming Pool Store to close your pool within two weeks of balancing your chemicals.

 

 

 

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Learn the Many Benefits of Swimming for Exercise

James Ashner | Jul 19, 2018 9:34:22 AM

 

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Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm

  

Swimming is a great form of exercise for people of all ages, providing many benefits with a low-impact, total body workout. Whether swimming for recreation or as prescribed therapy, exercising in the water offers many benefits to improve and maintain a healthy body.  Swimming provides a total body workout with aerobic and cardio activity while also improving flexibility and strength.  

Low-Impact Workout

Unlike exercising on land, exercising in the water offers many benefits with a low-impact workout.  The buoyancy of the water helps to offset gravity to support your body during exercise which relieves pressure on joints, muscles and ligaments.  The water cushions weight bearing joints, reducing sore muscles, stress fractures and potential injury that can occur when exercising on the ground.

Swimming Helps Arthritis and Chronic Conditions

Swimming as a form of low-impact exercise is often prescribed for people suffering from joint or back pain and chronic conditions such as arthritis.  Water therapy helps to alleviate symptoms of arthritis and is even shown to slow down the progression of the disease.  Hydrotherapy is recommended for people suffering from rheumatoid and juvenile arthritis, offering low-impact physical activity which contributes to less pain and possible remission in some patients.

Swimming also provides benefits to diabetes patients, helping to control high blood sugar and cholesterol with a safe, low-impact workout.  Swimming provides valuable aerobic activity to people who suffer from diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

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Swimming Improves Mental Health

Swimming has been shown to improve the mental health of both women and men to improve mood, lessen anxiety and decrease depression.  Pregnant women benefit from warm water therapy, which is also beneficial for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and disorders.  Swimming just makes us feel good, no matter your gender or age.

 

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Practice UV Safety While Swimming

James Ashner | Jul 19, 2018 9:27:12 AM

 

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Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm

  

We all love to spend time in and around the pool during the summer and it can be a chore to remember the sunscreen when we’re excited to get in the water.  It can be even easier to get a sunburn and skin damage when swimming as the water keeps you cool and you don’t feel the heat like you would out of the pool.  Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your skin from damage and skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States with increasing numbers in the last thirty years.  There are some very simple steps you can follow to help prevent the development of skin cancer, with the American Cancer Society recommending the Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap technique which entails:

  • Slipping on a shirt
  • Slopping on sunscreen
  • Slapping on a hat
  • Wrapping sunglasses around your eyes

Swimmers should use water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when in the pool, protect your skin with a light shirt, a hat and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when out of the pool.  Maintaining proper pool chemicals is also important for safety and comfort of your skin and eyes.

Maintain Pool Chemical and pH Balance for Eye Comfort

Maintaining the proper balance of all necessary chemicals in the pool is important for swimmer safety, which includes maintaining a comfortable pH balance.  The pH balance in our eyes is typically between 7.2 and 7.4, which makes the ideal pH balance of a swimming pool within that range slightly +/- either way of 7.0 to 7.6.  Keeping the pH of the pool within this range reduces side effects such as red, burning eyes. 

 

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With the pH in proper balance, chlorine is also working with optimum disinfection characteristics. Borate is a mineral that is increasing in use in both commercial and residential pool maintenance.  Borate provides many benefits which include: 

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Kick Off Summer with New Pool Floats

James Ashner | Jun 13, 2018 12:06:33 PM

 

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Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm
 

 

If you’ve got pool floats from last year that just don’t hold air like they used to or maybe the foam floats are missing some pieces and dinged up, it’s time to swap them out for new ones.  Replace your old floats with new pool floats from The Swimming Pool Store to kick off summer the right way.  There’s nothing worse than having a pool party or just a few friends over and someone is left without a pool float. 

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Get the most out of your pool this year with comfortable, premier pool floats to provide the relaxation your pool was meant for. 

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Prevent Dry Drowning with Pool Safety Tips

James Ashner | Jun 13, 2018 12:00:20 PM

 

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Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm
 

Dry drowning is a real danger and threat to young children that parents must be made aware of. Dry drowning and secondary drowning occurs in about one to two percent of all drowning accidents.  Although dry drownings are rare, they can tragically be fatal.  A child can accidentally breathe in water from playing too hard in the water, being dunked under water, being thrown in unprepared, or struggling in the water. The child may come up or out of the water and appear to be fine, even hours after you leave the pool, ocean or lake.

 

 Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning

Dry drowning occurs when the child breathes in water, but the water does not actually reach their lungs.  In dry drowning, the vocal cords spasm after leaving the water, which closes the airway.  Symptoms include difficulty breathing and will occur shortly after the incident. 

When secondary drowning occurs, water actually gets into the lungs through the airway which causes pulmonary edema.  This is a condition that occurs when fluid gets into the lungs preventing oxygen from reaching the lungs and bloodstream.  Secondary drowning may occur anytime from one hour up to 24 hours after the incident.

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