How to Keep Your Pool Water Looking Great

stock-footage-crystal-clear-blue-water-in-swimming-poolHaving a pool is a wonderful amenity and a great way to have fun all summer long. This summer spend less time worrying about water quality and clarity and more time splashing in the sun.

Here are 8 ways to take care of your pool water this summer:

  1. Take advantage of our FREE water testing. It doesn’t matter where you purchased your pool, Tarson will test your water free. It’s important to maintain a proper chemical balance.
  2. If you own a Salt Water Pool, keep a supply of BioGuard SaltScapes on hand. There are 6 different products that help to keep your salt water ready for summer time fun:
    1. SunShield Stabilizer helps to shield against the sun which in turn minimizes cell run time.
    2. pH Reducer which corrects high pH levels.
    3. Scale Defender and Cell cleaner keep the cell generator free of scale.
    4. Chlorine –Free Shock Oxidizer eliminates contaminants.
    5. Balance Test Strips will help to ensure that you have proper water balance for swimmer comfort, equipment protection and sanitizer efficiency.
    6. Salt Level Test Strips help to ensure correct salt levels in your pool.
  3. BioGuard Freshen Up is a water purifier that will destroy unwanted contaminants that cause your water to be dull, lifeless and sometimes stinky. After 15 minutes you will be swimming again!
  4. BioGuard Goodbye DRY! Can be used in both salt water and chlorine pools. This product helps to soften the feel of your water, so you can enjoy silky feeling water as well as making your hair tangle-free and your skin softer and itch free.
  5. BioGuard Tonic will remove phosphates and at least 10 other unwanted contaminants including skin oils, rain pollution, dirt, pet dander, pollen, grease, dust, lotions and hair care products.
  6. BioGuard Silk Tabs and Silk Sticks contain a revolutionary technology called SilkGuard that helps to protect against corrosion and staining while making your pool water soft and smooth.
  7. Use the Angry Egg Pool Treatment after a water changing event such as a severe rainstorm or big pool party. It works in both above ground and in ground pools and with all pool sanitization programs including chlorine and salt.
  8. Dolphin M3 Automatic Cleaner is a light weight and easy to use cleaner with a timer so you can set it to clean when you need it too. It scrubs and vacuums and filters all pool surfaces in just 3 hours.

Stop in to your neighborhood Tarson Pools location for expert advice on pool clarity and quality and to find out which product is right for you and your pool. Call us today if we can help with any questions in regards to your pool or spa or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800.


Choosing Your Pool: Fiberglass Pool Edition

CPC-Pool-Pictures-172Spring is in the air and if you are thinking about adding a pool to your backyard this year, read on. In our third entry in our “Choosing Your Pool” blog series we will be giving you information about fiberglass pools to help you decide if this is the right option for you.

Fiberglass pools have been a choice for in ground pools for many years and have been gaining popularity over the past decade due to their durability. Vinyl esther resins, the same resins used by boat builders, are used to coat the fiberglass shell on the inside and out so that the one piece shell will remain impervious to water. This resin also helps to strengthen the fiberglass shell, making for a very sturdy waterproof pool shell.



A fiberglass pool is perfect for Central NY because it holds up well in the hot summer months and the cold winter months. It has no potential for corrosion, so if you wanted a salt water pool (see Choosing Your Pool: Salt Water Edition), fiberglass would be your best choice.


Fiberglass pools come in many different sizes, shapes and styles to choose from. Steps, seating, spas and vanishing edges are also options to choose from to make your pool your own. And if you love to lay by the pool in the sun, you can install a tanning ledge.

3.Therapeutic Option

You have the option with a Fiberglass pool to have jets installed that will give you a therapeutic massage built right into the pool wall. This option is great to help with sore and aching muscles.

4. Easy to clean

Fiberglass pools are the easiest pools to maintain. Their smooth surfaces and rounded corners don’t chip tear or harbor bacteria or algae. They also have a durable satin smooth, stain resistant finish, which makes them easier to maintain which means you will use less chemicals.

5. Environmentally Friendly

Fiberglass pools are a greener choice. There is no vinyl liner to replace, creating less waste, lower operating costs because they are easier to clean and maintain and they have a longer life span than other pools.

Because of the high cost of quality resins and fiberglass reinforcement materials, the cost to construct a fiberglass swimming pool is higher than a vinyl liner structure. But you will recoup this initial investment due to the lower cost of maintaining a fiberglass pool, using less electricity and chemicals.

If you’re looking for a highly customizable pool that can withstand the winter in Central NY, then a Fiberglass pool may be the right fit for you. Call us today for more information or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800.







Choosing Your Pool: Radiant Pool Edition

YellowHouseBlueLagoonPool season is just around the corner, so for the second entry in our “Choosing Your Pool” blog series we are sharing about Radiant Pools. When you start your pool shopping, be sure to include this one in your research. Learn how Radiant Pools are great for CNY residents and what you should consider to determine if one is right for you.

1. Built to last
What sets this pool apart from the rest is in its design. Radiant Pools use the same technology used in the construction of aircrafts, which makes the pool walls stronger than steel, polymer and even concrete. You never have to worry about the sustainability of your Radiant Pool because the walls will never rust, warp or crack.

2. Customizable
Radiant Pools come in 9 shape options with numerous sizes to choose from. This makes it easier to fit into every shape and size backyard. There are also 20 choices for liner styles, so you can personalize your pool with the look and feel of the liner.

3. Swim longer
The built-to-last insulated wall panels help your pool water heat up faster and keep it warmer longer. This means you can start your swimming season earlier and swim later. The average Radiant Pool extends your swim season by 2 months!

4. Environmentally friendly
A Radiant Pool is an investment that you can feel good about because it helps to lessen your footprint. The materials used to construct Radiant Pools are ozone friendly and 100% recyclable. They are the only energy efficient and environmentally smart pools on the market.

5. Warranty
Radiant Pools are 100% made in the USA and come with a 100% lifetime warranty that can be transferred to new owners if you should ever sell your home. Also, if your purchase is financed through a home equity loan, your interest is considered tax deductible.

1. A Radiant Pool will cost on average $3,000 more than an ordinary steel pool up front, but because of the energy-efficient insulated wall panels you will see a $3,275 energy savings return in just 5 years!

Purchasing a Radiant Pool is a smart choice because of their dependability, so this summer experience the numerous benefits in one of your very own! Call us today for more information or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800. Check back for our next post in this series to learn why Fiberglass Pools are the most personalized pool yet!

Choosing Your Pool: Saltwater Edition

tarsons-073If you’re considering purchasing a pool this season, we want you to know all of the options available. In this blog series, we will share industry insights to help you find the perfect pool for you. Saltwater pools have become very popular over the last ten years as an alternative to chlorine pools, so we’re sharing the pros and cons to help you decide.

1. Fewer chemicals
Saltwater pools require fewer chemicals to maintain healthy water. This is both a money saver and more environmentally safe. You don’t have to store chemicals in your home and your water testing will be a lot simpler.

2. Reduced maintenance
Wouldn’t it be perfect to have a pool that cleans itself? Saltwater pools essentially do just that. The pool’s generator converts the salt into pure chlorine, which maintains water sanitation and prevents the growth of algae. This allows a constant, balanced supply of chlorine instead of having to manually add it.

3. Overall cost
Although saltwater pools are more money upfront, they pay for themselves after a few years. Maintaining a saltwater pool can be up to half the cost of maintaining a chlorine pool. These savings come from a reduction in chemical cost, testing or hiring help.

4. Unique experience
A saltwater pool owner will tell you they have never thought twice about their purchase. The water experience is undeniably different because it feels softer. No worries about chemical odors, allergic reactions, dried out skin or irritated eyes.

1. Salt corrosion
Salt is highly corrosive, so avoid placing metal furniture or handrails directly in the water. Also be aware of the chlorine generator. If too much salt is converted into chlorine it can cause damage to your heater. Speak to your sales rep about safe practices to prevent this from happening.

2. Pump cost
Since most saltwater pools have a self-maintaining system, the pool pump must operate at all times. This is to ensure enough chlorine is being produced to disinfect the water. Having the pump contstantly running can increase your utility bill, so speak with your sales rep about the estimated price increase.

3. Expensive parts
Saltwater pools are different in how they are built. For instance, a salt cell, or salt generator, is unique to this pool and can be costly to replace. Ask your sales rep about warranties and how to maintain water chemistry to prevent any damage.

If you’re looking for a fresh water experience, then a saltwater pool may be the right fit for you. Call us today for more information or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800. Check back for our next post in the series to learn how you can extend your swimming season by two months in a Radiant Pool.

Using Your Pool: Aqua Aerobics more than Jogging in Place

While swimming and splashing in your pool this summer you will be burning calories. Water is one of the best fitness tools: It provides resistance, which strengthens muscles and boosts cardio intensity. It also supports some of your weight, making workouts easier on joints and reducing injury.  Aquatic exercises can also burn fat faster than traditional cardio workouts.

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Using your pool on a hot summer day is a great way to get your heart rate up and enjoy a low-impact workout. The best part about working out in your pool is it often doesn’t feel like traditional cardio! It’s  a great way to begin an exercise routine or shake things up.

Ensure you have a great pool workout by following a few easy steps:

  1. Drink plenty of water before and after your workout. You may not feel it but you will be working up a sweat! Plus staying hydrated when outside is an important tip regardless of what your activity level is. Water is your friend.
  2. Wear water shoes during your workout it helps maintain traction with the pool floor and is also another form of resistance.
  3. Try aqua aerobic workout equipment. A formal aqua aerobic kit should include a belt, webbed gloves and foam dumbbells. You can also use Noodles, rubber balls and kick boards. These tools can improve your pool workout by increasing the intensity of water resistance.

There are the obvious pool workouts that include laps, jogging in place, kicking and wall push ups. But there are many other options for getting in a challenging pool workout out.

Here are some workout ideas (source):

First, you will need a noodle, webbed gloves, water shoes and a ball.

1. Spiderman


Climb the pool wall like Spiderman climbs buildings! This exercise helps you defy gravity in a way that just isn’t possible on land. It also provides a unique challenge to your core and back muscles.

How to do it: While standing in water at the side of the pool, stabilize your upper body by sweeping your hands back and forth as you run your legs up the side of the pool and then back down to the floor. Do four Spiderman exercises, alternating the leading leg each time you reach the end of one jogging circuit.

2. Pool Plank


Planks are a proven core strengthener on land. But if you don’t have a strong upper body, it’s hard to hold it long enough to give abdominal muscles a good workout. All of that changes in a pool. In addition, planks boost your endurance and “the water pushing and pulling on you increases the challenge to your core,” Sanders explains.

How to do it: Stand on the pool floor. Hold a noodle (it’s also called a “water log,” a long cylindrical piece of foam that floats) vertically in both hands. Press it straight down into the water and lean forward until your body is on an even incline. (Your head stays out of the water.) Try to keep yourself stable for 1-2 minutes.

3. Fly Backs


On land and in water, fly backs work the muscles in the upper chest, back and arms. They also improve posture.

How to do it: Start in a lunge position with your right knee bent and your left leg extended straight behind you. Reach your arms straight out in front of you at chest height — palms touching, fingers extended and thumbs up. Open your arms straight out to the sides, then return them to the starting position to complete one rep.

Do four sets of 8-15 reps, switching the forward leg each time you lunge. To boost your cardio workout and the number of calories you burn, do your reps while walking or jogging across the pool.

4. Core Ball Static Challenge:


This deceptively simple-looking exercise strengthens your core as you work to keep yourself upright. By changing the position of your arms and legs, it becomes four exercises in one.

How to do it:

Version A: Stand in a lunge with your right leg bent and your left extended behind you. Hold an inflated ball about 6 inches in diameter (like those found in a drugstore or toy store) with both hands directly in front of your navel. Keep your shoulders down and back. Hold this position for 30 seconds, engaging your core to keep you upright. Switch legs and hold for another 30 seconds.

Version B: Do the entire exercise one more time, this time holding the ball with your arms outstretched — so the ball is just under the surface of the water — for added challenge to your core.

Version C: Move your legs out of the lunge and balance on your right leg with your left knee lifted. Hold the ball in front of your navel as in version A and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat while standing on the left leg with the right knee lifted.

Version D: Balance again on your right foot, left knee lifted. Hold the ball with arms outstretched as in version B and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat while standing on the left leg with the right knee lifted.

**Please Note we are not doctors, registered dietitians, or fitness experts. The purpose of this  blog post is to share fitness ideas—not to dole out advice. When it comes to your health and fitness, do your research. Always consult with a physician before beginning a new workout routine. This information is sourced from for additional workout ideas please visit their website.**

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Stop into any of our six locations to learn more about what aqua aerobics tools we are currently carrying or give us a call at 315-458-8800.  It’s a been a very hot summer, remember we offer free water testing at all our locations to keep your pool healthy too!

Planning a Summer Pool Party

Tarson Pools and Spas Guide to Pool Party Planning!

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Throwing a great pool party is on most pool owners summer to-do lists. This year we’ve decided to give you some of our own great tips for making your summer pool party a must attend event!

Safety first!  Make sure all your pool deck and areas are clean and in good repair.  Chemicals should be put away and you and your family should be current on on all water safety rules. You can read our blog post on those here.

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What is the theme of your event? A simple backyard BBQ, an evening dinner by the pool, or a more casual family event?  Is this a fun kid friendly event or an intimate gathering of adults?

For a children friendly event be sure to provide your guests with little swimmers, towels, sunscreen and pool game options like diving sticks. Some guests will bring their own but it never hurts to have extra on hand.

For an adult theme pool party consider the ambiance of the event. Maybe something simple and airy like this would work. If the party is more of an evening affair consider floating candles or pool lights.

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Get creative with the invitations to your pool party. Don’t just call people to invite them,  give them something special to look forward to.

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Now the party is planned and the guests are invited! Making sure your guests are comfortable is the next order of business. Plan that not all guests will be swimming, some may want to sit and chat. Be sure you have provided plenty of seating and space to relax near the pool for those who won’t be getting in the water.

Shade will be important as well!  An umbrella or seating in parts of your backyard that are naturally shaded will make your guests more comfortable. We offer a full line of retractable awnings, if your backyard offers no natural shade.  You don’t want sunburned guests leaving your party.
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What will all your party goers be eating and drinking?  Plan your snacks and meals accordingly. Since it’s summer be sure to provide plenty of water and hydrating beverages. If you are having a kid friendly party make the finger foods really pop by adding a cute theme throughout. Some Ideas:

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For an adult pool party consider adding in theme ideas where they make sense. Adults might not like a shark filled with fruit but maybe a signature cocktail or mocktail is more fitting. You can also add other elements that will make the day special and memorable like these napkin rings. It’s the small details that will have your guests raving!

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Not all pool parties need to be structured events either. Sometimes unplanned guests make the best memories. How ever you choose to throw your pool parties this summer know that we are always happy to help  keep your pool sparkling clean and safe for all your guests. Stop into any of our six locations or give us a call at 315-458-8800. Remember we offer free water testing at all our locations.

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Know Your Chemicals:

We’ve already helped you understand the basics of proper water balance for your pool (You can read more about that here.) Now we want you to know your chemicals!

Pool chemicals are a very important part of pool/ spa ownership and maintenance. But how much do you really know about the chemicals you keep in your home?

This post is designed to help you have a better understanding of the chemicals you will need to use to care for your pool and spas!

Chlorine: The most common of all pool chemicals. It comes in liquid, tablet and powder forms. Did you know that this is similar to the very chlorine you clean your homes with? The concentration level in chlorine for pools can be up to 95% the strength of home cleaners. Keep this in mind as bleach should not be used as a substitute to the pool grade chemical chlorine. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria in your pool and help prevent algae from growing and keep your pool safe foe swimming. Store chlorine in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. When adding chlorine to your pool or spa be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.  Keep away from eyes as well as avoid direct contact with skin and clothing.

Bromine: Is a  disinfectants that can be used as an alternative for chlorine. In swimming pools, bromine is used against the formation and growth of algae, bacteria and odors in swimming water. Did you know in the United States, bromine has been used since 1936 to treat swimming water. Bromine comes as a powder of tablet form. Bromine is more stable than chlorine at higher temperatures and is more commonly used in Spas because of that. For spas it is used for sterilizing and disinfecting the water. Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. When adding Bromine to your pool or spa be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.  Keep away from eyes as well as avoid direct contact with skin and clothing.

SoftSwim: Softswim is similar to chlorine but different in that it kills bacteria differently. Softswim acts as microscopic fly paper. The bacteria (and algae) are attracted and stick to it where they die. Millions of other microscopic particles also accumulate on the it  and the chemical  is ultimately trapped in the filter. These “sticky” particles accumulating in the filter make chemical cleaning of the filter  essential. When adding Softswim to your pool or spa be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.

Algeacides: Is a pesticide used to kill algae. Algeacides come in liquid for and are a very high concentration pesticide that is designed to be diluted in your swimming pool.  It is normally used in addition to other pool chemicals for maintaining the balance of the water. Store in a cool dry place. Be sure to follow the manufactures instructions for application.  Safety is key for proper use keep away from eyes as well as avoid direct contact with skin and clothing.

Pool Shock: There are several different types of Shock treatments.  Before using any of these treatments  you should always check with your pool professionals to know which type is best for your pool and spa. Be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.  Keep away from eyes as well as avoid direct contact with skin and clothing.

CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE: Calcium Hypochlorite is a popular and effective chlorine-based type of shock.

LITHIUM HYPOCHLORITE: Although not as widely used as Calcium Hypochlorite, Lithium Hypochlorite is also an effective chlorine-based type of shock, particularly for those regions with typically high amounts of calcium in the water.

DICHLOR (GRANULAR CHLORINE): A powder form of chlorine, which is sometimes used a chlorine-based shock. Granular chlorine is a popular chlorine-based shock to help kill algae and for winterizing a pool.

POTASSIUM PEROXYMONOSULFATE: Potassium Peroxymonosulfate, which is almost universally packaged and sold as “non-chlorine shock,” is typically used with bromine. Once added, non-chlorine shock will oxidize the ammonia, killing Bromamines, while at the same time, reactivating the existing bromine, allowing it to continue to sanitize and disinfect the pool water.

It is always best to consult with your own pool professional before using any chemicals in your pool.  Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific products you are using and handle with care. If you have any questions our experts would be more than happy to help you lean more at any of our 6 locations.
If you are interested we are holding a Pool School this week on  Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm at our North Syracuse Location, 6071 E. Taft Road. We do ask you RSVP for the event by contacting Joanne at 458-8800 X326.  There is no charge for this class. Learn from the professionals how to properly open and treat your pool. If you’re THINKING about buying a pool, come learn how easy it will be to maintain.  Refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us to learn more!

Early Season Savings from Tarson!

 Happy Early Pool Season Readers!

We are currently having a photo caption contest on our facebook page the winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. Hurry become our friend and get your captions and “likes” in to win,  contest ends April 27th.

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Come on in and enjoy some shade

The season is officially upon us! After all it was a record breaking 90 degrees out yesterday,  it’s only April!  All our locations are now open and ready to help you with your pool and spa needs!


Our hours are currently:  Monday-Friday 9-530 Saturdays 9-3 AND beginning April 22nd we will be open on Sundays 10-4. Visit one of our six locations.

North Syracuse
6071 E. Taft Road
N. Syracuse, NY 13212
(315) 458-8800

East Syracuse
6802 Manlius Center Road
E. Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 463-7727

4310 W. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13219
(315) 487-0330

432 Genesee Street (Rte 5)
Oneida, NY 13421
(315) 363-1004

203 N. Homer Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 758-3550

0325 Waterloo-Geneva Road
Waterloo, NY 13165
(315) 781-6323

This season we are featuring Solair Shade Solutions.  If you are looking to add some shade to your home and backyard consider a Solair Shade. Contact a store location for more details!

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