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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robotic pool cleaners tend to be a little more expensive than the pressure or suction cleaners, however, since they don’t use your pool’s filtration system you will save money in the long run by not having to replace your equipment as often.
We recommend these two robotic pool cleaners. Each one is energy-efficient, quick and does a great job of mapping out your pool to ensure that every nook and cranny is cleaned:
One of the main selling features of the TigerShark is that it has two modes, automatic and quick clean. Set on automatic, the unit will scan and map your pool and based on its assessment, clean your pool in the most energy-efficient manner. In quick clean mode, after scanning and mapping your pool, the TigerShark will clean your pool in the shortest amount of time possible.
4-Wheel Drive Polaris P945
Like other robotic pool cleaners, the Polaris Pool Cleaner has a sensor that allows it to detect its environment and determine the most efficient cleaning path, but where it differs is that it has a unique feature which allows it to clean much faster than a lot of other models. It’s called Vortex Vacuum technology, which is similar to other suction methods except for the placement of the debris canister. It allows the Polaris to pick up debris and fill the container without losing any speed or suction power.
If you’re looking to take it easy this summer, then don’t wait. Get an automatic pool cleaner so you can spend more time relaxing and less time on pool maintenance!
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s time to bring your game to the pool with this classic that tests your aim. Stay cool this summer besting your friends with your mad basketball skills.
This versatile float can be used as a lounge or a cannon ball platform. It’s so big and customizable you can fit a whole party on it by snapping a number of rectangular mats together. Perfect for the pool or cottage this summer.
Looking for an excuse to take a relaxing afternoon nap floating around your pool? The Solstice Sunsoft Fabric Floating Mattress is like having a comfortable bed that floats in your pool. No more uncomfortable plastic loungers. This fabric mattress will give you the comfort you need to take a warm snooze. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
Whichever way you plan on enjoying your time by the pool this summer, remember to do it safely!
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.
Inspect and clean your pool
Once the tarp is off you still have some work to do. If your tarp ripped or a particularly harsh winter led to some water or debris seeping into your pool you need to pump it out – or hop in and clean it by hand.
While you are cleaning make sure to check for any nicks or scratches in the pool lining.
Inspect and clean your pool filters and skimmers
Make sure your skimmers are clean. You should have done this in the fall, but while you remove your winter plugs it won’t hurt to double check. Remove your filter cartridge and either hose it down or, ideally, replace it for the new season.
Prepare your equipment
Double check, clean and reattach all your pool equipment. Now is the easiest time to replace or upgrade any old or broken equipment.
Fill your pool
Scrub the exposed sides of your pool and skim off any remaining surface debris. Fill your pool to the usual water level. If you use a garden hose you should take this opportunity to hose down the sides of your pool. Once you have inspected, prepared and reconnected all your equipment switch everything back on.
Once your pool is full and your filter, skimmers, and other equipment are up and running consider using products that remove metals like copper and iron. ‘Shock’ your pool with products that remove any lingering bacteria and consider de-calcification products to protect your pool for the upcoming season and for years to come.
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.
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.