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.


Why Purchasing Local Bulk Chemical Packages Can Save You Time and Money


May has finally arrived and soon it will be time to open your pool. Once the cover is off it’s time to add the perfect cocktail of chemicals to keep your pool balanced and clean. We want you to save this summer, so here are 5 reasons you can benefit from buying local bulk chemical packages for your pool.

1. Reduce Trips to the Store
There are certain chemicals you will rely on to make sure your pool is healthy. Once you know what products those are and how much you will need for your pool’s size, you can purchase a package that will keep you well stocked for the summer. Instead of driving to the store every time you need a refill, you’ll have what you need on hand.

2. No More Waiting in Line
With our new bulk package ordering system you will be able to order online or call your neighborhood store to place your package order. You have the option of paying in advance, or at the closest store. Once the package is ready you will go to a special checkout to finish the transaction or pick up the package and go with no waiting in line!

3. Save Money
Purchasing a bulk chemicals package will save you money and you will spend less on gas because you’ll make fewer trips to the store. We guarantee our packages will beat any national retailers’ price and assure that our packages only contain what your pool needs. We also provide options when it comes to the packages for purchase. We offer a BioGuard brand package or the Tarson brand package. BioGuard is a premium brand for the pool owner who wants the best chemicals to treat their pool. The Tarson brand is a high-quality, yet economical brand for exceptional pool care for any budget.

4. Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need
When national retailers put together bulk packages, they don’t have your unique pool in mind. You could be buying extra chemicals you don’t need while not buying enough of the chemicals you do. Our packages have adequate dosing based on experience in this region, so you get the right type and quantity of necessary chemicals every time.

5. Save On Shipping
All of our packages can be picked up at our 6 locations, so you don’t have to pay high shipping fees. Not to mention you will be able to talk with an expert who knows your pool as opposed to a salesperson out of the area.

This summer spend less time in your car and more time in your pool by stocking up on your chemicals. We also offer 24-hour water testing drop off and same day water analysis at all Tarson Pools locations. Just leave your sample in the water-testing drop off box and we will send you your results the next day. Stop in to your neighborhood Tarson Pools location for expert advice on pool chemicals and visit to browse our bulk chemical packages and other discounted items.

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!