Water Wednesday

Time to Swim Bucks!

Clearwater's Summer Sale this year is bigger and better...

Stock up on your poolife or Baquacil chemicals for the rest of the summer and save big with our "Time to Swim Bucks" card! 

Here's how it works:

Spend $300 on any product we sell except pools or hot tubs and receive a coupon to come before 12/31/15 and spend $100 on us.

You can also spend it the day you earn it! 

We've got some NEW stylish, high-quality rafts and floatable chairs in stock that would be perfect to pick up with this promotion:

Soft, cool and comfortable, with a SunSoft™ fabric top, these ultra comfortable pool chairs and rafts have a “bean bag” like feel. Great for use in the pool, or simply relaxing poolside. Adjustable, multi-chamber air pockets allow you to customize your comfort level. Complete with handle and drain. Use all summer, deflate and easily store away in the winter.

                                      

These colorful, comfortable floats are high quality and even better? They are machine washable! Use the gentle cycle with mild soap.

Not ready to float away your Time to Swim Bucks? How about an automated cleaner? We've got these two fantastic cleaners from Dolphin that will save you time and effort cleaning your pool:

The Dolphin S50 is what you need if you have an above ground pool. 

Watch this video to see why you need one...

The Dolphin M400 is the inground pool robotic cleaner that our customers rave about:

So stop in and grab your "Time to Swim Bucks!" 

"If It's Time to Swim, It's Time for Clearwater!"

 

 

One Fish? Two Fish?

Ecosavr™ is a patented fish shaped application method for Heatsavr™, the original liquid solar pool cover. Basically, it is a transparent liquid that spreads across the surface water of your pool to reduce heat loss by lowering the rate of evaporation. Since pools lose up to 70% of their heat through evaporation, using Ecosavr™ can help you keep that heat in your pool - instead of evaporating into thin air!

1 Ecosavr™ will cover a 400 square foot pool (a pool with approximately 15,000 gallons of water) for about a month. If your pool is larger than that, you can use two Ecosavr™ Solar Fish. 

One of the greatest things about liquid pool covers is that they can form themselves to any size or shape of swimming pool. Because of this unique quality, Ecosavr™ will be just as effective on an above-ground pool as it will be on an in-ground pool. 

Just make sure you are using the right amount of product to cover the size of your pool, and you can't go wrong!

Here's a video that will explain how to use the Ecosavr™ fish:


Stop in any of the Clearwater Pools locations and ask about the little fish that will help heat your pool!


Swim Safe

As summer gets underway and your kids and your kid's friends are gathered at your home to partake in a refreshing afternoon of swimming, make sure all the kids that swim in your pool understand basic water safety.

A pool in your backyard is only fun if everyone is safe!

While Pintrest is overflowing with tips for teaching your child (even infants) to swim in your pool on your own, Clearwater Pools highly encourages you to seek a professional swim instructor and enroll your children in swim lessons. 

The Link to Learn section of the Clearwater Pools website has information about swimming lessons and programs held near all three of our stores. With so many local resources, there is bound to be a program near you that you can utilize to ensure your children are swimming and swimming safely.

Here are some links to articles and even some free apps and even a downloadable ebook that can help you educate your children about swimming safely this summer.

Click on the images to get to the resource...

Why is it Important to Know How to Swim?

This is a free eBook you can download and read on your iPad, Kindle or smart phone:

A great article about helping your child learn to swim:

Empowering your kids through water safety:

Water Safety: What Every Parent Should Know

Teaching Kids Not to Fear the Water

How to Get Your Kids to Love Swimming Lessons

Prepare Your Child for Their First Swim Lesson

Raising a Little Fish: Making Swim Lessons Fun

Swimming Lessons: When to Start & Pool Safety

As the summer progresses, check back for more tips about water safety! Water Wednesday isn't all about chemicals---it's about water safety, too!

Swim Safe Everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Shocked

If you have a pool you are no doubt familiar with shock. Not the finger in a socket shock, but the “blast all the gross stuff out of the pool” shock!

Adding chlorine to your pool when you open it is just one step towards getting your pool "swim ready." By adding just chlorine, chloramine is created when chlorine molecules hang on to bacteria and other nasty things in your water. Remember our lesson on Chlorine last month? Chloramines are an indicator that you have too much of the “bad” chlorine or the “dead” chlorine in your water.

Do you SMELL chlorine when you are in or around your pool? Well, you are actually NOT smelling the chlorine you buy and add to the pool. You are smelling the oxidized chlorine or the chloramines. Which means there is some bad bacteria building in your pool water and it is time to shock all of it out of the water!

Clearwater's poolife® TurboShock® shock treatment is a powerful treatment with more of the benefits pool owners look for. With 75% minimum available chlorine, poolife® TurboShock® shock treatment works fast to combat algae and bacteria. It dissolves more quickly and completely and keeps pool water sparkling clean and clear with less work. There is no need to predissolve!

Useful Tips for Shocking Your Pool

For best results always ensure pH is correct before shock treating your pool. Or bring in a water sample and let us ClearCare test your water!

Always shock at dusk or night time. The chlorine works better when it’s not being burned off by the sun.

Don’t shock and add alkalinity on the same day or you will have a “green” pool! It will be clear, but it will be green!

Shock should also be added every week to ensure a clean and algae-free pool.

As with all pool chemicals, keep them stored in a cool, dry place away from the sun and heat.

Here's a video for you to watch and learn more about shocking your pool with poolife® TurboShock®





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

Pool School!

 

The Summer School You Want to Attend...

Learn about all of our products, including Poolife & Baquacil... 

Considering a custom pool or ready to make your backyard into something spectacular? Come meet Tim and learn more about the Clearwater design build process. Come with an idea, leave with a vision!

Refreshments including craft beer, wine and delicious food!

Manufacturer Representatives will be present to answer any questions and help you learn more about the products used and sold by Clearwater!

It will be a fun night!

Hope you can make it!

'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