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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

 

Please note our new hours : 

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

 

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 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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Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
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

 

Please note our summer hours : 

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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Should I Use a Gas or Electric Pool Heater?

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

 

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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.

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 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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Off Season Swimming Pool Checklist

James Ashner | Nov 20, 2017 12:13:27 PM

 

With cold weather upon us and snowfall just around the corner, your pool should be cleaned, covered and winterized for the harsh New England weather.  It’s always a good idea to do an off-season swimming pool checklist to ensure a damage free winter and smooth opening next spring.   An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that couldn’t be more true for winterizing your swimming pool.

 Read the following checklist to make sure you have a worry-free Winter and a happy Spring with a clean and damage free swimming pool:   

  • Make sure that your pool cover is properly attached around the perimeter to avoid a sinking cover that will allow leaves and debris to enter and possibly damage your pool. 
  • Check the water bags around your cover if you use them, to make sure they are not leaking or deflated. 
  • Keep your pool cover clean even during the winter, heavy ice can damage and even rip winter pool covers.

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Pool Closing Tips to Prepare for Winter

James Ashner | Oct 19, 2017 2:00:19 PM

 

It is important follow these recommended pool closing tips to avoid damage to your pool and equipment during the winter.  Save time and money in the spring by following a few simple steps in the fall.  You’ll want to close your pool at least a few weeks before you could experience a damaging freeze, which may vary depending on the climate in your area.   

The first thing you’ll want to do is balance the chemistry of your pool, adjusting chlorine, pH, alkalinity and hardness to the proper levels.  Check out this post Why You Must Balance Your Water When Closing Your Pool for more information on the importance of pool chemistry, even when closing for the winter. 

Once your pool water chemistry is balanced you’ll need to shock the water with a strong sanitizing shock, either chlorine or non-chlorine but not the type of shock that allows immediate swimming as this will not be strong enough for a winter closing.  Add your winterizing algaecide next for help in preventing algae growth over the winter. 

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How to Open a Swimming Pool for the Do-it-Yourself Pool Owner!

James Ashner | Mar 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Spring is Here 

 

Spring is right around the corner and if you need to know how to open a swimming pool - now is the time to prepare to open your pool for the summer!  While you can hire a professional pool company to come and open your pool for you, if you choose to do it yourself we have some simple steps to follow to launch a successful swimming season! 

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