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Why Buy from Your Local Pool Store vs Big Box

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I know we’re biased but here are 3 reasons to buy your pool chemicals at a professional pool store rather than a big box store:

  1. High Quality – You may save some $ up front on the chemicals but they are lower quality and full of fillers. Customers who have used these chemicals tell us again and again how they ended spending more in the long run and left them frustrated. The quality of your chemicals is also critical in maintaining your pool equipment. Poorly balanced water and cheap chemicals can create costly issues with your pump, filter and heater (all costing big money to fix or replace).
  2. Experienced Customer Service – A pool professional can offer you advice and help you save time and money by directing you to the most effective way to keep your pool safe and balanced. In our case we have almost 50 years of experience in the pool and hot tub business so we have seen most everything. We also offer FREE professional water testing that will tell you exactly what chemicals to put in your water. We know when to put in algaecide and filter cleaner and can advise you on the best and most effective products.
  3. You Support Local – Your local pool store is part of your community and as a small business it relies on the support of its customers. We are in business because of every customer who chooses the small guy as opposed to the big box. Your local pool store can provide you with personal service. We have customers that been friends for decades!

What You Need to Know About Your Hot Tub & COVID-19

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In light of COVID-19, many might be wondering whether our pools and hot tubs are safe to enter. The key practice at all times is to regularly monitor and maintain your pool and hot tub at specified levels. It’s even more critical during times like this when there is a heightened awareness of viruses such as COVID-19.

According to the CDC, “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Your hot tub can be a great way for you to disconnect from the 24-hour news cycle, relieve stress, reduce your anxiety, and connect with the people you love most.

To be safe, we are offering FREE pickup of your water samples to test and delivery of the chemicals you need. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Swim Blue Pools & Hot Tubs. Call us at 604-952-7227 or email at info@swimblue.com

Pool Care for a West Coast Winter

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Caring for your pool in the winter in the lower mainland is unique from other parts of Canada.

Due to our milder winters, we don’t have to take the extreme measures that pool owners in colder climates need to in order to avoid issues related to freezing temperatures. However, there are a few things we encourage you to do to ensure that your pool equipment is protected and to prepare an easy opening in the spring!

1. Keep the pool balanced

This will ensure the your pool equipment is protected. Bring a water test in to our store so that we can provide you with instructions to properly balance the pool (pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium, etc.). If the chlorine level is too high over the winter, you can bleach the liner and unbalanced water can ruin your filter and pump.

2. Pay attention to the weather

With the prolonged rain we get on the West Coast your pool may become diluted and the acid can cause your pool to become unbalanced. You may also need to regulate your water level if it becomes too high due to the rain. Watch for algae and add Algaecide when appropriate

3. Regularly scoop any surface debris, brush, and vacuum

Make sure all debris is cleaned out of the skimmer baskets and pump trap.

4. If you have a winter cover, cover the pool

Don’t leave a summer cover on your pool over the winter as the weather will ruin it.

5. Circulate the pool through the entire winter

If you have a variable speed pump, you can keep it circulating a very low rate. This will also protect the pool in the event of a rare freeze.

6. Bring a water sample into our store for a Free Analysis through the winter (at least once a month)

You can also have us pick up your sample for free and we’ll email your test results and deliver your chemicals to you.

7. Consider professional winter pool and spa maintenance service

We will perform all of the regular maintenance that is necessary to prevent damage to your pool and make sure everything is working properly. We will regularly clean your pool, examine the filters and mechanical equipment, and double check the chemical levels.

With our weekly pool & spa service, you can lay back and relax, knowing that your pool is taken care of.