pool care

Get to Know Baquacil CDX

The BAQUACIL® CDX® System is a chlorine-free system specially formulated to maintain a consistent oxidizer residual in pool water. The oxidizer residual in pool water plays a significant role in removing contaminants that put a strain on the pool and keeping the pool clear all season long. Better still, this system is ideal for all pools.

Stop by any of the three Clearwater Pools locations to learn more! Pick up some CDX and start your pool on a path towards healthier water!

As always, save 10% when purchasing any of our products by the case. Pick up a case of Baquacil CDX right now for $86.22

'Lil Shark, Big Bite

Looking for a way to keep your above ground pool clean?

Consider a 'Lil Shark Above Ground Pool Cleaner!

Set the Kreepy Krauly 'Lil Shark loose in your pool, and watch it go on the prowl for dirt and debris. The cleaner deploys powerful cleaning action against even the toughest grime; with a dual band of sturdy nylon bristles that actively scrubs away stubborn debris that other cleaners leave behind. 'Lil Shark is built to last, with a rugged housing and only one moving part. It installs in minutes - no special tools or fittings are required. Just attach the hose, place it in the water, and watch it do the work for you automatically.

Features:

  • Dual band of bristles scrubs debris loose, while the powerful vacuum action whisks it away.
  • Programmed cleaning provides more complete coverage without the missed spots other cleaners often leave behind.
  • Cuts a wide 10" path for quick and thorough cleaning.
  • Simple design features one moving part for long, dependable life.
  • Engineered for high performance cleaning with low cost of ownership – no debris bag, wheels, diaphragms or assortment of parts to continuously repair or replace.
  • No assembly required, just hook ‘Lil Shark cleaner to the hose and go.

We have these cleaners at all three Clearwater locations! Stop in and get your 'Lil Shark before summer swim season begins!

Call the Clearwater store nearest you to get your 'Lil Shark:

Centre Hall (814) 364-1686

Selinsgrove (570) 743-7755

Shamokin (570) 648-4860

Getting to Know Chlorine

Just when you think you know all about chlorine, we’re here to let you know there is more to the story than you think...

It was in a small lab in Sweden in 1774 that Carl Scheele, a chemist, discovered chlorine when he mixed manganese dioxide (MnO 2 ) with a solution of hydrochloric acid (HCl). Then, in 1810, another chemist--Sir Humphrey Davy--established Chlorine as an element and named it from the Greek word "Khloros", which means "green". 

Chlorine is the most common method of keeping swimming pool and hot tub water free of bacteria and germs, as well as keeping algae under control. It is a disinfection agent that just about all of us can identify at any given sniff. But unlike the jug in your laundry room, the type of chlorine we're talking about is the chlorine for your pool.

Do not put bleach in your pool. 

Chlorine is either free or combined. Free chlorine is the one that goes to work, eliminating all the bacteria and oxidizing contaminants in your pool or hot tub. So, while it says “Free,” this is actually the type of chlorine you purchase and add to your pool. 

Combined chlorine is what happens when free chlorine meets chloramines. Yeah, we’re talking chemistry now…

Chloramines are a combination of ammonia with chlorine. Unlike regular chlorine, chloramines dissipate fairly quickly when exposed to air and remain in the water. But like chlorine, chloramine is a toxic substance and should be treated as such. 

       Chlorine was used during World War I (1914–1918) as a chemical warfare agent.

   Chlorine was used during World War I (1914–1918) as a chemical warfare agent.

Obviously things have come a long way since these days and gas masks are no longer a necessity when adding chlorine to your pool.

Unlike treated water coming from your faucet, swimming pools are open to contamination from the air and all the people swimming in it. That is why the chlorine levels are much higher in a swimming pool than in the water that you drink from the tap. MUCH HIGHER.

You know the expression, "Don't drink the pool water?" Well, that's one good reason--it has a lot of chlorine in it! 

Exercise caution and follow these simple safety steps when adding chlorine to your pool or hot tub:

  1. Have your water tested regularly throughout the swimming season. Clearwater suggests monthly water tests at any of our three stores using the ClearCare system.
  2. Keep all pool chemicals away from pets and children.
  3. Keep all pool chemicals away from your fire pit or other source of heat or flame. Best place to store your chlorine and other pool chemicals is in a cool, dry place.
  4. Since chlorine is highly corrosive, practice safe handling and use caution. 

As always, if you're going to use chlorine Clearwater strongly encourages you to use the best chlorination system on the market--Poolife:

If you really want to learn more about how chlorine works in your pool, here is a great resource you and your kids will enjoy:

http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/science-questions/question652.htm


Water Wednesday

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On Wednesdays the Clearwater Blog will focus on tips and ideas for learning about your pool and hot tub water. From keeping it clear to getting to know your chemicals, check in every Wednesday and get to know your water! 

Today we're going to kick things off with a look at a great video about keeping your pool "happy" with proper chemistry. Clearwater carries the complete line of Poolife products and our staff is ready to help you get happy with your pool...

To have your water chemistry analyized, bring a sample into the store and let Clearwater do the rest with our ClearCare analysis system.