Why It Does Matter Where You Buy Your Chemicals For Your Pool

It seems to me that people are always drawn to the big name brand stores that call themselves “cheaper”. Throughout the years we have all become smarter consumers (with the help of the internet!), and we have so many choices on where to purchase just about anything. But does cheaper mean better? Exactly how educated and informed are you when it comes to buying pool chemicals? Some shoppers seem to be steering away from any store that claims it is a “specialty” store. The word specialty denotes more expensive, right? Wrong! Specialty might mean that what you buy in that particular store is a little more expensive and it might not. Take chemicals for your pool or spa for example. You might think, well, I have to stop by Walmart to pick up some things, I’ll just grab a couple of bags of shock while I am there. So you go into the store, get your items and then go to select your shock, and oh no! There are several types of shock to choose from! Which one do you choose? You look around to see if there is a person in a red vest anywhere around to help you, and there isn’t. So you go and look for him/her, and lead them back to where the pool supplies are and ask them which type of shock you should use for your pool. He stares at you blankly, and asks you, ” Well, what do you usually use”? Ha Ha. Funny. If you had known that, you would have just picked it up and gone! “Let me go and get my manager” he says. The manager finally makes his way over to you and again you propose the question. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know the answer either so he bumbles out some sort of response, hands you what he thinks you should use, and off you go, wondering if it is the right thing or not. What does it matter you ask yourself, it’s “cheap”. And there you have the story of “cheaper”.
Now, if you had gone into a specialty store, let’a say like Admiral Pools, that ONLY deals in pools and spas and asked the same question, you would have heard this: “What type of pool do you have? Is it a vinyl lined pool? Is it a concrete pool? Is it a painted pool? Do you need this shock just for your weekly oxidation of the pool water, or are you experiencing cloudiness or some sort of algae, or do you need it to boost the chlorine level in the water? Did you bring a water sample in from your pool today? “Water Sample”? you ask. “Yes, here at Admiral Pools we offer FREE water testing from state of the art equipment. After testing your water, we give you a “cook book” print out that tells you exactly step by step how to regulate your pool water. You go home, follow the instructions, and you’re done! The test results tell you exactly how much of each chemical you need to add to your pool water, so there’s no guessing as to what you need. You would then be offered and sold the exact correct chemical that would offer you the benefit you are desiring. You would leave the store feeling confident because the person that just helped you has been trained in the art of pool water chemistry, and you would love the results! You go home, follow the instructions, and you’re done! Now that’s a specialty store my friend. Cheaper? I think that if you really compare, you would agree that the pricing is not that much more, and in some cases, it’s the same.

What about the ingredients in the package you are buying? There are differences. Cheaper chemicals mean more ingredients in the mix that don’t really do anything for your pool water, but fill up the bag and allow the big store to sell it for less. At Admiral Pools you get the purest form of chemicals, with less inert ingredients , so that you will get more benefit in the results. This is just a very small example of what you can expect from a “specialty” store like Admiral Pools. Now that you are more educated and informed, what was this information “worth” to you, and…. would you consider going BACK to the big cheap store to ask what type of chlorine to use!?

Two Sides to Every Story

When a customer comes to me with a brand new pool and asks me how to take care of it,  I have always said to them “well, there are two sides to every story”.  This helps my customer to separate the two different sides to caring for their pool water, sanitize and water balance, and helps them to remember.

Side 1: Three Simple Steps. Sanitize, Oxidize, and Algaecide.

Sanitize: The method in which you are killing germs and bacteria “all the time”. Chlorine Tabs, Sticks, Salt Water Generation, Biguanide, etc.

Oxidize:  The weekly adding of a strong boosting agent to come to the aid of your sanitizer.   This is where the word “shock” comes from.

Algaecide: The addition of a chemical that helps the water fight off plant life in the  pool.

Side 2:  Balancing: Adjusting the water’s Alkaline & pH Levels. Adjusting the Calcium Hardness level, (keeping hard water and other things from creating etching  on your pool walls, ladders, etc.), and the addition of Stabilizer (which helps by holding your chlorine in the water longer.)

And there you have it. Both sides of the story. Simple, isn’t it? How much of these items do you add? Bring in a sample of your pool water to Admiral Pools LLC and let us test it in our computerized water testing station. The test takes about 3 minutes and it’s FREE!

See you soon!


Hot? Shock!

In times of extreme heat, like this week, you want to pay more than usual attention to your chlorine levels. The higher the temperature, the faster your chlorine levels evaporate. Run the pool pump during the day, if not twenty four hours a day, so there is constant circulation of your water , thus constant circulation of chlorine in the water. Have some bags of shock on hand, and test the pool each night when all swimmers are out, and shock the water if the chlorine level is low. This will ensure that as the next hot day breaks, your pool water will have enough sanitizer in it to ward off plant life(algae) and will help it keep up with the more than average amount of swimmers. Happy Swimming!