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Learn the Many Benefits of Swimming for Exercise

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


Please note our summer hours : 

Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
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


Please note our summer hours : 

Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
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


Please note our summer hours : 

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. 

Maximize Relaxation with Premiere Pool Floats

There’s nothing more relaxing than floating around your pool on a hot summer day in a comfortable, premier pool float.  Pool floats today are like a floating lounger with soft, cushioned material, a headrest and drink holders.  You’ll not have a care in the world when relaxing on a floating lounger, other than remembering to wear sunscreen just in case you fall asleep. 

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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 Throw the best summer pool party and make sure everyone has a chance to relax in the pool with the best deals of the season on relaxing pool floats and loungers.   

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Prevent Dry Drowning with Pool Safety Tips

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


Please note our summer hours : 

Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
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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Initial Pool Water Testing for a Healthy Swimming Season

James Ashner | May 16, 2018 3:51:19 PM


Please note our new hours : 

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



If you haven’t yet opened your pool, you are probably thinking about it and planning for the long-awaited day.  Taking the time to open your pool properly contributes to healthy pool water that will last the entire season.  Begin with your initial cleaning and use of your pool opening kit which includes some form of shock and something to remove the winter buildup of elements. 

It is then important for your initial pool water testing to check all critical elements, and at the right time.  You should run the circulation system on your pool for 72 hours prior to conducting your initial pool water test. 

Start Your Swimming Season with a Well-Balanced Pool

Starting the season off with a well-balanced pool goes a long way towards minimizing frustrations with fluctuating pool chemistry during the initial start-up phase.  Testing and balancing your water now allows for peace of mind and early swimming without worry, along with providing an easier pool to maintain throughout the season.         

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Your initial pool water test should include checking the following elements: 

  • Standard chlorine levels
  • pH
  • Total alkalinity
  • Calcium and hardness levels
  • Stabilizer levels
  • Phosphates
  • All forms of metals and total dissolved solids

Careful testing from a pool chemistry lab is required to monitor your pool water and maintain it within safe swimming limits. 

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Should I Use a Gas or Electric Pool Heater?

James Ashner | May 16, 2018 3:46:45 PM


Please note our new hours : 

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



Should I Use a Gas or Electric Pool Heater?

 If you are considering purchasing a heater for your swimming pool you are probably trying to decide which is the best type of heater for your pool.  With many styles and options available, deciding which type of pool heater is best for you is a tough decision for most people.  The best option for you depends upon many factors such as your climate and location, the size of your pool, how much sun and wind exposure exist and whether or not a solar cover will also be used.  We’ll help you go through the advantages of both gas and electric pool heaters so that you make the best purchase decision. 

You’ll first want to think about how you wish to use your heater.  Do you want heating at a steady temperature all year long, or do you want your pool to heat quickly during the weeks of the year you really want it warmed up?  If you want a steady temperature all year long, electric may be the best option for you.  If you have two to three months throughout the season where you don't need to heat the pool, or if a solar blanket provides enough heat, then a gas heater may be best. 

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Electric Pool Heaters

Electric heat pump pool heaters extend the use of a pool on average by 2 to 3 months depending on the climate and location.    

Some advantages of heat pumps can be that they are relatively inexpensive to operate with monthly costs ranging between $50 to $150.  They are designed to be energy efficient, with a lifespan of up to 20 years, and are environmentally friendly emitting no air pollution by using renewable energy.

Some disadvantages of electric heat pumps are that they are typically expensive to purchase, are dependent upon the air temperature and heat the pool water slowly.  

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Start Your Summer Early with a Swimming Pool Heater

James Ashner | Apr 12, 2018 7:37:57 PM


Please note our new hours starting April 16, 2018: 

Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:   Closed  (will open from 10 am to 2 pm starting May 1)



Start Your Summer Early with a Swimming Pool Heater

There’s nothing worse than staring at your beautifully clean, sparkling swimming pool and not being able to swim because it’s too cold.  You can start your summer a little early with a swimming pool heater, and not let chilly evenings dictate whether you enjoy your pool on a nice sunny day.  With a Sta-Rite Max E-Therm pool heater, you can be in charge of your pool time.

Don’t waste the first few weeks after opening your pool due to cold water as is often the case without a pool heater. Even the best solar covers cannot keep water warm during some early summer seasons.   

The Sta-Rite Max E-Therm pool heater provides many benefits including:

  • High energy efficiency rating providing economical operation, certified for low emissions
  • Fast warming of pool water with the perfect blend of fuel and air ignited for fast heating to your optimal temperature
  • Smart electronics with an easy to program user-friendly control panel
  • Dura-Glas™ housing for durability in harsh weather conditions with a corrosion resistant rust-proof exterior

Sta-Rite’s Max E-Therm swimming pool heater is identified as best in class with the Eco Select™ Choice brand for high energy efficiency with low emissions.

$50 Off Pool Heater install when  purchased in April or May 2018

 The Swimming Pool Store Offers Installation of Your Pool Heater

The Swimming Pool Store is a full-service pool store and supply company, offering many pool services including opening your pool, water analysis with the needed chemicals for crystal clear water, and installation of auxiliary equipment such as swimming pool heaters.  We also offer a wide range of high performing solar covers, which will help to hold your water temperature during the chilly nights.   

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Opening Your Pool for a Successful Swimming Season

James Ashner | Apr 12, 2018 7:36:42 PM


Please note our new hours starting April 16, 2018: 

Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:   Closed  (open from 10 am to 2 pm starting May 1)


Spring is finally here, and it’s time to start thinking about opening your pool.  There are some steps you can take to make this a smooth process, to start off a successful swimming season.  With the warmer weather coming, it will be important to open your pool before the temperature heats up too much as there is a greater chance of algae growth in warmer water.  Algae begins to grow around 40°F (5° C), so it is important to open the pool and treat with chlorine as soon as possible.

You’ll have to shock your pool when opening for the first time of the season by following the directions relative to the size of your pool and how many gallons of water it holds. You will need to shock your pool, add chlorine and test the pH and alkalinity before you had any other chemicals.  There are three different types of chlorine forms to use; granules, tablets and liquid. 

Chlorine granules are added to the pool like shock by sprinkling around the pool.  Granules are safe to use with the vinyl liners, dissolve quickly and usually have a pH level near seven which is in between liquid and tablets.  Chlorine tablets are ideal to use in chlorinators which should not be placed in a skimmer basket as that may contribute to equipment erosion. Tablets come with a lower pH of around three, so you may have to use pH increaser when you use chlorine tablets.  Liquid chlorine is similar to bleach although it is 4 to 6 times more potent and has a higher level of pH than tablets or granules, closer to 13.   You can pour liquid chlorine directly into the deep end of your pool wearing eye protection and close you wouldn’t mind getting a bleach stain on. 

While some home test kits will give you very accurate readings on these levels, a professional water analysis will provide so much more, and could reveal a water condition that may be unhealthy. 

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The Swimming Pool Store offers sophisticated water analysis with our LaMotte WaterLink® Spin Lab, providing fast and accurate results.  It is very important to get your water balanced quickly after opening as improperly balanced pool water can lead to cloudiness in the water or may cause damage to your equipment.  Pool water that is not properly balanced and maintained could also create a situation where the chlorine is less effective and may lead to a greenish color of your pool water.

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Spring Has Finally Arrived – or Has it?

James Ashner | Mar 22, 2018 11:37:34 AM


Well the first day of spring has finally arrived although with the slew of Nor’easters slamming the East Coast it sure doesn’t feel like it in Connecticut. While it seems like warm weather is a distant thought, with April right around the corner it has to warm up soon in spite of the winter we are experiencing in late March. In like a lion for certain, it can head out like a lamb any time. 

While we are waiting for Mother Nature to get the memo, we should begin thinking about opening our pools for the summer and any necessary repairs that we are aware of, supplies we’ll need to purchase and any required pool renovations to make sure that our swimming pool is ready when we are.



The Swimming Pool Store is Ready to Help Plan Your Staycation

 The Swimming Pool Store is eager to get back into the swing of things and help you transform your backyard swimming pool into your own unique “Staycation”.  Until the weather cooperates we are always available by appointment, do not hesitate to leave a message or send an email to discuss your pool opening this spring. We will help to answer any questions that you have about equipment or renovations, and our store is fully stocked and ready to go with all necessary supplies.

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Six More Weeks of Winter?

James Ashner | Feb 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM


It seems that the most famous groundhog in the world saw his shadow on February 2nd, also known as Groundhog Day.  According to legend, when Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow upon emerging from his burrow, we should brace for another six weeks of cold weather.    If he does not see his shadow, then we can assume that we will be lucky enough to see an early spring (lucky if we are not a snow skier).  For those of us that love the summer and swimming pools, we were hoping for an early spring.

I guess we have to wait to see how accurate Phil the groundhog was this year.  In the meantime, we could still be planning our late spring pool opening and thinking about any necessary pool repairs or renovations that need to take place this spring or summer. 


The Swimming Pool Store Provides Pool Construction and Renovations

If you are considering adding a swimming pool this year, or renovating the one you have, contact The Swimming Pool Store for assistance with your pool project.  We have been constructing and renovating pools for over 40 years.  When it comes to experience, no other pool store comes close to the expertise we provide with any type of pool construction or renovation project. 

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