Preparing Your Hot Tub For the Winter

by Dion Rodrigues

Prepping Your Hot Tub For the Coming Winter with Pool Supplies Canada

Many Canadians know the joy of defying winter, heading outside in your swim trunks and slipping into a hot tub. Imagine the water’s heat relaxing your muscles; the air’s bracing cold as it carries snowflakes down to earth. For those who love the cold (or can’t afford another trip to Florida) a hot tub is an invigorating way to enjoy our long Canadian winter months.

We haven’t quite gotten to those frigid temperatures yet, but the cold and snow could come any day now. To really enjoy the snowy days, you’ll want to start prepping your hot tub - sooner rather than later if you haven’t done so already. Here’s why you should change your hot tub’s water before the temperature gets too cold.

5 Pool Products to Pick Up this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

by Dion Rodrigues

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals from Pool Supplies Canada

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, which means for one weekend only you'll be able to find great deals from Pool Supplies and save up to 80%! Here are our top 5 special offers on pool equipment, supplies and accessories you can look forward to this coming Black Friday weekend.

1) Dolphin Premium Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner with BlueTooth Technology

The Dolphin Premium robotic pool cleaner is the latest and greatest automatic cleaner model available from Maytronics' Dolphin brand, bringing Bluetooth mobile phone control and high efficiency cleaning to your inground swimming pool. This Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend only, you'll be able to save over $1000 off the regular price of this amazing pool cleaner - this is one offer you should not miss!

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.

The Worst Things to Find in Your Pool

by Dion Rodrigues

The 2 Worst Things to Find In Your Pool

Anyone whose job involves cleaning a pool knows there are some things that you just don’t want to see. For pool cleaners and pool owners alike, two of the worst (and most common) pool problems are:


Getting glass out of your pool can be a nightmare. Glass can get into the pool in any number of ways. Glass patio tables thrown by the wind (or a rambunctious party guest), broken eyeglasses, even lawn ornaments can all end up in your pool. But by far the most common way that glass gets into the pool, as you might expect, is in the form of broken bottles or drinking glasses - usually after a particularly rowdy house party.

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.