Monday, May 25, 2015

How Chlorine Generators Work to Keep Your Pool Clean & Safe

Summer is quickly approaching and that means that warmer weather is well on its way. A popular activity on the days where the heat is sweltering is to cool off by taking a refreshing dip in a swimming pool.

Maintaining a safe and sanitary state of your pool can be a difficult and expensive task. With a chlorine water pool, the sun beats down on the water, and the chemicals that keep the water free of bacteria and germs are constantly evaporating. This can lead to you having to purchase and pour in chemicals every other day or so to maintain proper levels. A great investment you can make in your pool is to purchase a chlorine generator.

What does it do?

With a salt water pool system, the pool water passes through a pump that creates chlorine from salt. As it passes through the pump, salt water is turned into hypochlorous acid. The acid is the exact same component that is produced if you were to add chlorine tablets, powder or liquid to your pool. The pump works to produce chlorine constantly. When the water comes out of the generator, the newly produced chlorine will enter the pool and work to prevent algae, bacteria and other micro-organisms. An important thing to note about chlorine generators is that in order to get results you must maintain a proper pH level. As long as you do this, the chlorine pump will work perfectly!

Types of Chlorine Generators

There are two different types of generators that are commonly used in pools. The most popular, and recommended, is a salt chlorine generator. With this generator, it is required that salt be added to the water to get the best results. The other type of chlorine generator is a brine unit. This type does not require that the pool have salt added to it. Instead, the tank or chamber has a predetermined amount of salt in it, which allows the generator to inject chlorine in to the pool circulation system.

What are the benefits?

Besides saving you time and money that you would normal spend on manually adding chlorine to your pool, chlorine generators have many additional benefits. For one, generators precisely maintain chlorine levels that are consistent, eliminating issues due to levels that are either too high or too low. When it comes to pool chemicals, many people experience irritation, dried out skin or burning eyes. Salt water pools reduce or completely eliminate these irritations and will also prevent bleached-out swimsuits and hair. If the smell of traditional chlorine pool water bothers you, with salt chlorine generators, that smell is significantly less noticeable since the water has salt in it. While the cost of purchasing and installing these devices may be high, you will benefit ten times that with all of the work the generator does.

As you start to plan your summer around your pool, consider buying a chlorine generator to keep your pool safe and clean while saving yourself significant money in the long run. Shop through our selection of chlorine generators and other supplies to satisfy all of your pool needs!

If you have any questions or would like an experienced representative to assist you in choosing the best chlorine generator for your pool and needs, please visit us at

Monday, May 18, 2015

Jandy Water Feature Pump- Product Spotlight

Ready to make a splash? With today’s modern water features, you can turn your backyard into a luxurious pool paradise easier than ever. When re-designing your backyard and deciding on what water features you want in your own yard, it’s important to remember you also need quality equipment to keep your water running smoothly. The Jandy Water Feature Pump is the perfect solution for powering all your medium-head water features.

Energy Efficient – The Water Feature Pump is ideal for almost any backyard water feature. As a component of Jandy’s Energy Smart Products, the Water Feature Pump is available in three sizes and was designed to save you energy and minimize your operating cost. The design of this high-flow Jandy pump guarantees optimum performance, so you can run your water features whenever you want while conserving energy and saving money.

Quiet & Easy to Install – Featuring “Quiet Technology,” the Water Feature Pump runs quietly so you can enjoy your waterfalls, jets and other water features without the rumbling of a motor in the background. This Jandy pump is also easy to install. All Jandy pumps allow for “inline” connectivity so you can seamlessly integrate your pump with your choice of Jandy water features. The Water Feature pump also has:

  • An ultra-compact body
  • 2” by 2 ½” quick-connect unions
  • A flared base for easy anchoring
  • An ergonomic cam-lock lid with easy alignment indicators

When you’re searching for the best water pump for waterfalls, search no further than Jandy’s Water Feature Pump. Guaranteed the best pump for water features, with Jandy’s Water Feature Pump you can power your paradise while reducing your energy usage and enabling cost savings. For more information visit us at The Pool Guy Store today, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions! We’re always happy to assist.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Water Tech Blue Diamond In-Ground Robotic Pool Cleaner - Review

When you’re searching for the highest quality automatic pool cleaner on the market, search no further than the Water Tech Blue Diamond In-Ground Robotic Pool Cleaner. The Blue Diamond is able to clean even the largest in-ground pools in less than an hour and comes with the longest parts warranty in the industry – 4 years!

This powerful robotic cleaner works efficiently and effectively by using the best chemical and algae resistant Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) brushes available. The Aqua Smart guidance systems helps the unit target the dirtiest areas of your pool while the obstacle sensor prevents it from getting stuck and the beach entry detector prevents it from leaving the water. These features make the Blue Diamond robotic cleaner up to twenty times faster than other pool cleaners.

The Water Tech Blue Diamond In-Ground Pool Cleaner:

  • Includes a caddy cart for easy transport
  • Includes an internal, reusable microfilter bag
  • Is approved for use by ETL, CSA, TUV, CE & GS
  • Is one of the safest robotic cleaners, running on 24 volts with an oil-free motor
  • Will operate on any type of pool surface
  • Does not require floats

Anyone who owns a pool understands how daunting and time consuming pool maintenance can be. However, when you have the best in-ground pool cleaner helping you out, you can spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning it. This pool cleaner is guaranteed to last for years to come and will keep your pool sparkling, sanitary and free of both small and large debris – from sand, silt and algae to leaves and gravel.

The Blue Diamond is also available in a remote control version, the Blue Diamond RC, offering all the features of the standard model but also allows you to control where the unit cleans from up to 30 feet away. When manually controlled, the Blue Diamond can further reduce cleaning time by seeking out and removing debris quickly and efficiently.

The Blue Diamond and the Blue Diamond RC are in-stock and ship for free from The Pool Guy Store. Visit us today at to place your order or to speak with one of our experienced representatives!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shipping Container Pools to Inspire You

With temperatures already on the rise, it’s hard to picture braving the summer heat without a pool right outside in your backyard. Unfortunately, building an in-ground pool is a costly investment and cheaper above-ground pools are pretty unsightly when you’ve got them sitting in the middle of your yard year round.

But with all of the upcycling and re-purposing trends of recent years, shipping containers have emerged as a completely viable alternative to dumping over $20,000 into building a pool. While they are traditionally used to ship massive amounts of cargo to and from far-away lands, people have been re-purposing shipping containers to build their homes, restaurants, and even schools. And why not – the average shipping life of such a container is 10 to 14 years (even though they last for years beyond that), so there’s literally thousands of shipping containers out there that will never be used for cargo again and are ready to be salvaged into someone’s backyard oasis.


While digging an in-ground pool requires building a pool shell for support, the steel frame of a shipping container already has strong mounting points and is structurally sound enough to act as the pool shell. As long as the shipping container has been water-sealed and painted with anti-corrosion paint, all you really have to worry about is how to make the inside of it have the appeal of a pool instead of a large metal dumpster. Building a pool shell also tends to be costly so purchasing a relatively inexpensive shipping container for about $1,500 is a great way to cut down on expenses. The long rectangular design of shipping containers also makes them an ideal option for backyards that are lengthy, but not very deep.

German experimental architect Stefan Beese is no stranger to working with shipping containers – he has designed several structures out of them for various events and music festivals throughout Los Angeles and New Orleans, including Voodoo Fest. Having had experience with them and knowing their structural advantages, Beese decided to build his very own shipping container pool in the backyard of his family home in New Orleans.

With a little bit of high-density foam insulation for padding and a custom fit flexible pool liner, Beese outfitted the inside of the structure and then, inspired by Japanese bath houses, added wooden planks to create the walls and the deck to make the shipping container virtually unrecognizable. He has stated that the project set him back about $5,000 to $7,000 – a much more affordable price tag for anyone looking to build a pool!

Below you’ll find some more photos of shipping container pools for inspiration and be sure to also check out this video that shows how the structure also conveniently houses all of the pool mechanics.

Stefan Beese’s Japanese inspired backyard oasis.(

A modern lap pool created from a shipping container.(

Filling a shipping container pool already in the ground.(

An industrial looking above-ground shipping container pool.(

Would you ever consider setting up your own shipping container pool? Let us know in the comments below, and if you just got your brand new pool up and running or you need to replace some old parts, be sure to visit The Pool Guy Store for all of your necessary swimming pool supplies!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pentair R151186 All-in-One 4 Way Pool Test Kit - Review

If you’ve moved into a home with a backyard pool or you’ve recently completed a new pool installation, you might find there’s more to keeping up with a pool than you originally thought. Not only do you have to regularly remove debris from your pool and maintain the water level, you also have to maintain a safe amount of chemicals (like chlorine) and a safe pH level.

While the manual labor may not be the most fun part of owning a pool, testing your swimming pool water for pH levels, chlorine, acid demand and total alkalinity is easy with Pentair’s All-in-One 4 Way Test Kit. This pool test kit is simple to use, yet gives you all the information you need to determine your pool’s health.

The All-in-One 4 Way Test Kit comes with:

  • Detailed instructions (including Spanish instructions)
  • Chlorine, pH, acid demand & total alkalinity tests
  • Lucite test cell with wide standards
  • No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, 1/2 oz, No. 4, No. 5, reagents
  • Water test booklet
  • Blue box for organized storage

Because this swimming pool test kit covers 4 areas, you no longer have to worry about purchasing separate chlorine test kits, pH testing kits, etc. This All-in-One pool test kit is easy enough for anyone to use – from teens working summer jobs, to seniors maintaining their home pool.

The 78HR All-in-One 4 Way Test Kit comes with detailed instructions, a measuring cup and liquid formulas to make testing as simple and quick as possible. Unlike most individual chlorine test kits, pH testing kits, and many other bundled pool test kits, this All-in-One swimming pool test kit is refillable, so you save money as well as time.

When you need to test the chemical levels in your pool and don’t want to buy new testing kits regularly, the Pentair 78HR All-in-One 4 Way Test Kit is the only way to go. The Pool Guy Store is proud to offer this efficient and accurate pool test kit at a competitive price. Visit us at today for more information or to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Convert Your Hot Tub to a Saltwater Hot Tub

For thousands of years, humans have used hot tubs for both recreational and restorative purposes. While freshwater hot tubs have been the norm for centuries, today we know hot tubs that use salt water actually provide more impactful benefits than freshwater tubs, such as extended tension relief, reduced swelling and improved skin appearance. Additionally, salt water systems are easier to maintain, and the purification systems produce all the sanitizer you need - all from natural salt!

Interested in converting your traditional hot tub to a saltwater hot tub? You can! Convert your freshwater hot tub to a saltwater hot tub in 6 easy steps!

  1. Ensure Your Hot Tub Can Handle Saltwater – Not all hot tubs are made equally. Before you start the conversion process, you need to ensure you hot tub is salt water compatible. Check your manual or contact your supplier to ensure there are no metal or plastic parts that will corrode or be damaged by saltwater.
  2. Get a Salt Chlorine Generator – The first real step in converting your hot tub to a salt water spa is obtaining a salt chlorine generator that is rated for the size of your hot tub. You should also search for generators that have a salt concentration readout, so you don’t have to test the salt concentration separately.
  3. Drain Your Tub – In order to create a pure hot tub salt water system, you first need to drain all the chemically treated water from your hot tub. Most hot tubs can be drained via a bottom drain spout, however you can also use a simple garden hose as a syphoning hose. If you have trouble draining your hot tub, contact a professional for help before proceeding.
  4. Add New Water & Salt – Once your tub has been drained and cleaned, add fresh new water and run the hot tub for a minute to dilute any remaining chemicals. Finally, you’re ready to add salt. Remember to purchase salt that is suitable for hot tubs (i.e. no table salt)! You should add about 2.5lbs for every 100 gallons of water your hot tub holds. Tip: Pour the salt away from water intakes, so granules don’t enter the circulation system.
  5. Install the Salt Chlorine Generator – In many cases, installing a salt chlorine generator can easily be done. If your generator installation requires piping however, you may want to contact a professional who can install it correctly.
  6. Enjoy Your Salt Water Hot Tub – And you’re done! Now you can run your hot tub as you normally would, while enjoying a more eco and health friendly at-home spa experience.

If you’re interested in a hot tub salt water system, know you don’t have to purchase a completely new hot tub. Most hot tubs can handle salt water, so most hot tubs can be converted. To find salt chlorine generators, high-quality salt cells that are suitable for hot tubs, and even more hot tub accessories, visit us at today.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Aquatic Exercise – Why You Should Be Exercising In a Pool

There are many benefits of swimming including relaxation, pain relief and, of course, exercise. While it’s no secret that hitting the pool is an excellent way to get the heart pumping and burn some calories, there seems to be a misconception that aquatic exercise is primarily for the super-fit triathlete training for his or her next race or use as aquatic therapy for older populations suffering from arthritis.

But what if you fall somewhere in between? Will a water workout still be beneficial and a good use of the little training time you have?

The answer: Yes!

The benefits of exercising in water are numerous and offer something for everyone, no matter what age or level of fitness.

Reduction of Stress Placed on Joints

The natural buoyancy of water reduces the impact, or stress, placed on joints. Exercising in water allows you to get a great workout while reducing the amount of ware-and-tear placed on your body. Even though you may not suffer from sore joints or other degenerative symptoms now, our bodies are machines, and just like all machines, daily use and stresses accumulate over time, eventually tiring the system increasing the chances of future injuries, aches and pains, and loss of range of motion. We only get one body, so it’s important to protect it now!

Safe & Effective Way to Increase Resistance

Thanks to a wide variety of pool exercise equipment, running, cycling and other exercises aimed at increasing overall strength can be performed in water. The water provides an additional source of resistance without placing direct loads on delicate joints and is a safer way to overload muscles (which is how our bodies get stronger) compared to wearing weighted vests, etc. All-in-all, working out in water is a fun and effective way to make your workouts tougher and can make you faster out of the water without the risk of injury.

Stay Cool While Working Out on Hot Days

This is a perk that is especially beneficial for those living in places where summer temps can become unbearably hot. Taking your workout session to the pool will help your body stay cool and help prevent hyperthermia, a condition where the body can no longer regulate its temperature resulting in dangerous overheating. So the next time you want to workout during the hottest hours of the day, take it to pool!

And if you have sore muscles after a tough work out, be sure to hit the hot tub to relieve tired and achy muscles!

Check out some of these water exercises you can do in the pool that don’t require any additional equipment!