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Swimming Pool AlarmsSummer is almost here, and swim season is about to start. One of the most important things pool owners must do is protect children from accidental drowning. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths for kids 14 and younger. It’s important to make sure that unsupervised children do not have access to your swimming pool. In many local jurisdictions, newly constructed in ground pools are required to have a locked gate and fence to keep unsupervised children from entering the pool area. In many instances, a gate alarm and swimming pool alarm are also required.

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Swimming Pool Maintenance Check-up

Apr 4, 2014 11:15:50 AM

Swimming Pool Winter Maintenance Check-UpThe winter of 2014 has been brutal and we are looking forward to the beginning of summer.  Pool owners are counting the days to opening their pool and enjoying the summer.  Spring is here, but for some of us, we’re still some time away from opening our pools.  Even though your pool may still be closed, there is maintenance that is required to prevent costly problems.  Here is a quick check list to help you avoid costly repairs and clean ups:

1. Make sure your pool cover is secure.  With the brutal winter we’ve had, your cover may need some attention.  For a above ground pool, make sure that the...

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Troubleshooting the Polaris 380 Pool CleanerFirst, determine you have a Polaris 380. The Polaris 380 is a pressure side pool cleaner that operates off a separate pump called the booster pump. This pool cleaner has two wheels on one side and one wheel on the opposite side.

Here are common issues that occur with the Polaris 380 Pool Cleaner:

1. Pool cleaner tips over - float head on back of cleaner is waterlogged.
Diagnosis - remove the float head and shake it. If waterlogged, you will need to replace the float head, manufacturer part # A-20.

2. Pool cleaner does not move, but is getting pressure.
Diagnosis - Belts need to be replaced. On the ...

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Baquacil Sanitizer and AlgistatWhen Baquacil first came out, it was a great alternative to chlorine.  Pool owners loved it.  Our customers raved about how Baquacil was so simple to use and how soft it made the water feel.  There was no more eye irritation and no more harsh chemical odors.  It also didn’t bleach bathing suits and pool liners.  Baquacil quickly became the popular pool sanitizer amongst our customers.  A couple of years go by without any dissatisfaction from our Baquacil customers and the popularity of the system grew.  Just when we thought nothing could go wrong with Baquacil, some of our customers started ge...

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Swimming Pool Winter Check-up Tips

Dec 18, 2012 2:56:00 PM

Winter is right around the corner and for those of you who that need to winterize your pools, you’ve probably already completed the task. To insure that your pool stays in the best condition possible for next summer, there are a few winter maintenance tips that I would like to share with you.

For Above-ground pool owners:

1. Check your pool cover cable to make sure it is still tight. If not, tighten the cable so the cover does not slip or get blown off on a windy day.

2. Check the air pillow to make sure that it is still inflated. Make sure the pillow is positioned in the middle of the pool. The ...

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Swimming Pool Opening Checklist

May 1, 2012 3:20:00 PM

Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about getting your pool ready for another fun filled season. Hopefully, you’ve maintained your pool during the winter months so you don’t have as much work to do. If you’re new to swimming pools and never have opened a swimming pool before then you should definitely call a local pool professional to open the pool for you, at least for the first time. For those of you who have opened your own pool before, here is a checklist for getting your pool opened.

 * For all covers, remove all debris on the cover. If you have a solid cover,...

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Polaris 280 Automatic Pool CleanerThe Polaris 280 automatic pool cleaner is a pressure side pool cleaner that runs off a separate pump known as the booster pump or automatic pool cleaner pump. Unlike the Polaris 360 that installs to your pool return line, the Polaris 280 installs into a dedicated pool cleaner line.

Reasons to purchase the Polaris 280 cleaner.

 - You have an in-ground swimming pool that has a pool cleaner line installed.
 - You previously owned a Polaris 180.
 - You are willing to spend a little more to get a dedicated pool cleaning system (pool cleaner line and booster pump).
 - You have large leaves, acorns and ot...

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If you are looking to purchase an above ground pool ladder or step, chances are you are having a hard time deciding which one is right for you. The first thing to do is understand what you and your family’s needs are. A few questions to consider:

1. Do you have local codes that require your pool to have a ladder enclosure?

2. Do you need a ladder that meets local codes for entrapment? Almost all ladders and steps made today meet entrapment codes. If you have an older ladder or step that does not meet entrapment regulations, please look into getting one that does. Especially if you have children ...

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Polaris 360 Swimming Pool CleanerTwo question customers frequently ask are, explain the differences between the Polaris Pool Cleaners, and which one should I purchase? Specifically in regards to the Polaris 360, Polaris 280 and Polaris 380 pool cleaners.

To keep this post relatively short, I will discuss the differences between these Polaris Automatic Pool Cleaners separately, starting with the Polaris 360.


The Polaris 360 pool cleaner is different from the Polaris 280 and Polaris 380 cleaners, because the Polaris 360 is a pressure side cleaner that does not run off a separate pump known as the booster pump or automatic pool cl...

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What is a Gorilla Pad and why should you use it?

If you are installing a new above-ground swimming pool or replacing your above-ground pool liner, you should really consider laying down a Gorilla Pad first. The Gorilla Pad is a super strong floor padding that will help protect pool liners from rocks, roots, and glass. It is an 1/8 inch thick non-woven polyester geotextile that has been used for decades. It looks and feels like felt, but don’t be fooled, it is extremely durable.

Gorilla Pad Above Ground Pool Liner Pad     Gorilla Pad Above Ground Pool Liner Pad

Unlike ordinary floor padding made from foam, the geotextile material is almost puncture proof! It is designed to ...

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