Keeping Your Backyard Safe this Halloween

by Dion Rodrigues

Keep your pool safe on Halloween

A certain amount of mischief accompanies Halloween. Even with a little good natured rule bending it’s important to take safety into account. For pool owners this means minimizing the risks associated with your pool. Eager trick-or-treaters will sometimes cut through back yards or hop fences in search of short cuts. In the dark, amidst the night’s excitement, not to mention vision obscuring masks, someone could easily fail to notice a dark pool covering.

To keep your backyard absolutely safe, even for intrepid and unexpected trick-or-treaters, we recommend purchasing a safety cover for your pool. Here’s why.

Other Pool Covers Don’t Match Up

A safety cover is the best option for maintaining a clean and safe pool area. Safety covers are designed to support a large amount of weight and do not have any spaces that a person or animal can slip through. Although it’s not recommended you can walk across a safety cover.

How to Choose the Best Pool Heater For You

by Dion Rodrigues

How to Choose the Best Pool Heater For You

If you’re a Canadian and you have a pool you should consider getting a pool heater! With a pool heater you will be able to swim more months of the year and later into the evening. Extending your pool season just makes sense, but with a variety of heaters on the market it is important to first consider which will work best for your pool. Here are some of the factors you should consider before choosing your pool heater.

1. Size Matters

Consider the size of your pool and the size of your heater as well as temperature you’re aiming for. A simple rules of thumb is that a large pool requires a larger heater (but keep in mind that a larger heater will cost more to operate).

The following chart will act as a guideline, but it’s still a good idea to talk to a specialist at Pool Supplies Canada if you’re unsure.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About How Safety Covers Are Made

by Dion Rodrigues

4 interesting things about safety covers

Safety covers are the preferred choice of pool owners who want the safest, most cost effective method of protecting their pool in all seasons. Pool safety covers are highly resilient, and incredibly strong making them a top choice for Canadian pool owners.

Pool safety covers:

  • - Can withstand the harsh Canadian winter including heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures
  • - Support the weight of animals, people, and debris so you don’t have to worry about children or pets falling into your covered pool
  • - Protect your pool lining from damage
  • - Last much longer than regular pool covers
  • - Remove the need to pump stagnant water off your pool cover in the spring when you open your pool (as is the case with standard tarps)
  • - Require minimal upkeep
  • - Are easy and fast to setup

Six Ways an Eliminator Winter Cover Makes Opening your Pool Easier

by Dion Rodrigues

Learn How Eliminator Winter Covers are Better

To most of us pools are symbols of relaxation. Little backyard oases. But you may feel differently if you are maintaining your own pool. Closing your pool for winter and opening it in the spring can be costly, stressful and expensive.

Fortunately, the Eliminator Winter Pool Cover has a simple solution. Down its centre the Eliminator has a mesh line designed to help the ice and snow melt, filtering that water back into your pool. Below are the top six reason why this simple design will save you time, money and energy when it comes to opening your pool in the spring:

1. No Standing Water

By filtering melted snow and ice through its mesh line you won’t need to worry about standing water on your pool cover. Removing standing water from a pool cover is necessary to maintain the cleanliness of your pool, but it can be a long, messy job. With the Eliminator, opening your pool is simple and safe. Unhook a few straps, take out some bolts and enjoy those hours you saved.

The Green Pool in Rio and What It Means for Your Own

by Dion Rodrigues

Avoid Green Pools with this information

Water was a concern heading into the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Visible garbage and sewage raised concerns about athletes competing in waterways surrounding the city. Last week, however, attention shifted to pool water. Overnight the Olympic diving pool transformed from a clear blue to a murky green.

So what happened? After some confusion Rio officials have confirmed exactly what happened. And it’s a lesson that pool owners should take to heart.

The Cause

Savvy pool owners might have assumed that the green and murky water resulted from algae growth. Initially algae was a suspected cause, but officials also suspected “a fall in alkalinity,” which would explain how the water colour could change so quickly, and why the neighbouring pool remained unaffected.

3 Easy Steps for a Cleaner Pool

by Dion Rodrigues

Get a cleaner pool with our simple steps

Cleaning your pool might not be your idea of a perfect weekend, but it is important and is part of the responsibility that comes with owning a pool. A well maintained and clean pool prevents serious issues that could impact the health of swimmers. According to the Government of Canada, some of the more common illnesses that caused by unclean pool water include “ear infections, stomach infections, and skin rashes”.

Unclean swimming pools provide the perfect habitat for bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can be seriously detrimental to your health. Follow these simple steps to ensure your pool stays clean and healthy:

1. Prevent algae before it grows

Algae is usually the culprit when your pool water is cloudy, murky or off colour, and especially when it is green. Aside from being gross and uninviting, cloudy water is also downright dangerous. Algae growth also makes pool equipment and surfaces slippery, increasing the risk of falling – which is especially dangerous for children or seniors.

Dealing with algae is important in its own right, but algae can also lead to other major issues. Algae diminishes the effectiveness of sanitizers (like chlorine or bromine). Sanitizers have to be added in proportion to the amount of organic matter or bacteria that you need to kill. If your pool has algae then adding the usual amount of sanitizers will not kill all the bacteria.

Take it Easy this Summer with an Automatic Pool Cleaner

by Dion Rodrigues

Automatic Cleaners

Owning a pool is much like owning a dog. They’re great to have around, especially when you want to unwind, but sometimes all the extra work that goes into them makes you question if it’s worth it. But of course it’s worth it, you wouldn’t trade your Sunday afternoon drifting in your pool any more than you would your four-legged friend.

Many pool owners are surprised to learn that pool maintenance doesn’t have to be as time consuming as one might think, especially when you use an automated pool cleaner.

There are three different types of automated pool cleaners. Suction pool cleaners use the suction line of your pool to propel themselves through the pool while at the same time scrubbing the dirt that can build along the floor.

Pressure pool cleaners attach to the pressure side of your pool’s circulatory system. The water that is pumped back into your pool propels the unit around. Unlike the suction pool cleaners, pressure side cleaners have their own filters.

Robotic pool cleaners are independent of your pool equipment and draw power from your home. This creates less wear and tear on your pool system and is more energy efficient. For these reasons, robotic cleaners are ideal for almost any pool.

Best Pool Toys for The Big Kid in All Of Us

by Dion Rodrigues
Water WalkWay WOW
Cool Jam Basketball
SunSoft Mattress

Who says pools are for kids? These fun pool toys for adults will satisfy your inner child. Whether your plans include a quiet book while you float around or a boisterous game of pool volleyball, there’s something here for everyone.

Pool Volleyball Net

This pool toy is a classic for a reason, there’s no better way to liven up an afternoon by the pool than with a friendly game of pool volleyball. Not only is it a great work out, but your spikes and dives will look better in the pool than on land.

Sunchaser Molded Float Chair

Now you can set up a floating living room in your pool. This cozy chair has a molded frame and pontoon design and comes with a comfortable woven sling with a pillow. It’s perfect for relaxing or entertaining while you bob around.

Spa Bar

Tired of having to get out of your pool every time you need a new refreshment? Now you don’t have to. This floating inflatable spa bar will follow you around the pool or sit stably on your pool’s deck. It’s got built in cup and snack holders and room for lots of ice.

Quick Tips for Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

by Dion Rodrigues

Get the pool ready for summer

Summer is just around the corner. That means lounging by the pool, kids splashing, swimming under the stars, and cannonballs. But first it means spring cleaning. Get ready for the summer with these quick tips for cleaning your pool!

Clean around your pool

Clean up any leaves, rocks, or other debris near your pool. Anything that might end up in the pool should be removed.

Check your pool supplies

Double check the expiry date on all your pool chemical containers. If anything is past the expiry date you should dispose of it safely and replace it immediately. Any chemicals that weren’t properly sealed over the winter should also be replaced.

Remove the pool cover

You may think it is a no brainer but removing your pool cover correctly is one of the most overlooked tips for cleaning your pool. Over the fall, winter, and early spring, snow and rain will accumulate on top of your pool cover. It is important that you avoid mixing this contaminated water with your pool water because it will contain plant matter, bird and animal excrement and other particles you don’t want to swim in.

Use a pump to remove the water safely. Then sweep, wash, and use pool tarp cleaner to sterilise your tarp before you pack it away.

5 Reasons You Need a Variable Speed Pump for Your Inground Pool

by Dion Rodrigues
Pentair Superflo Variable Speed
Hayward MaxFlo VS Variable Speed
Hayward EcoStar Variable Speed
Super Pump VS Variable Speed

Owning a home is expensive, especially if yours includes amenities such as a pool. But you don’t have to give up your hard earned money at the expense of your summer fun. One of the best ways to save money on your inground pool is to switch from a single speed pump to a variable speed pump.

A single speed pump can use as much as three times the amount of energy your fridge uses. In other words, the energy used for a variable speed pool pump is like running one 60-watt light bulb versus a single speed pool pump’s energy consumption, which is like running thirty 100-watt light bulbs at the same time.

Differences between a single and variable speed pool pump

A pool pump is sort of like the heart of your pool. It sucks water in, pushing it through the filter and re-circulates it again, cleaner than before. Without your pump you would need to manually clean your pool of debris as well as add more chemicals in order to keep it hygienic and safe to swim in.

If you have a single speed pump for your pool then you’ll need to run the pump constantly, which will use a lot of electricity. In comparison, a variable speed pump adjusts the speed of the pump so that it’s not constantly working and therefore not using as much energy.

Variable speed pumps are eco-friendly because they use roughly 83 per cent less energy than a single speed pump. Variable speed pumps are so energy efficient that they save pool owners a lot of money over time.