Pool Supplies That Shouldn't Be Overlooked

by Pool Builders on 05-09-2012 in Articles

There are so many pool supplies available to pool owners that sometimes it can get overwhelming figuring out what you really need. Here are a few typically overlooked pool supplies that pool owners should give a chance.

Covers and Solar Blankets

Many people don't want to cover their pool because they want to be able to look at their pool water. However, pool covers should be given a chance, even if you use them intermittently-if you know ahead of time that your schedule is so hectic that you won't even have time to look at your pool water, let alone swim, pool covers can save you a great deal of time. They can keep leaves and other debris from falling into your pool. Safety covers can keep kids or animals from falling into the pool or getting in unsupervised. Solar blankets can raise your pool water's temperature by fifteen degrees! These are all things to consider over aesthetics, but pool covers aren't necessarily terrible to look at, either. Covers are simplistic and much prettier to look at than an uncovered pool that is filled with leaves!

Specialty chemicals

Specialty chemicals don't get enough love because many pool owners think of them as "bonus" chemicals. In a way, they are, but they also can serve very important functions, especially preventative functions. Using a rust & scale remover not only treats build up but prevents it. By not wanting to use these "extra" chemicals, some pool owners find themselves doing extra work later on, like treating an algae bloom or cloudy pool water. There are other plus sides, too, like increases in appliance efficiency. For example, using a cartridge rinse can help your filter run better and can extend the life of your cartridge.

"Smart" pool cleaners

Many owners put off replacing their outdated or worn pool cleaner, but now is a better time than ever to update! The new models of automatic pool cleaners promise to increase water circulation and even have some "smart" functions that can sense where they need to clean. And if you want to spot clean, many models come with a remote control function. There are even some hybrid models available now that can save you around $2000 annually on power costs, which is easy on your wallet and the environment. Plus, it pays for itself! When you buy your robotic pool cleaner, look to see if the pool and spa supplies store has a service center that specializes in your model so that you can get the most out of your product and know that if you're having trouble figuring things out, you won't get left in the dark.

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