Enhancing Your Pool Purchase

vanquishWhen buying a pool there are many questions that you must answer before making your final decision. One question that you should answer is what type of circulation and cleaning system will you install in your backyard oasis. In our first entry in our “Enhancing Your Pool Purchase” blog series we will give you information on the Vanquish in-floor circulation and cleaning system to see if this might be the right fit for you and your pool.

How the Vanquish in-floor circulation and cleaning system works:

  1. Warm, clean water is pumped through the six port water valve and is distributed to all areas of the pool
  2. Your pool is divided into separate cleaning zones, which are turned on and off by the six port water valve
  3. Each zone has a system of rotating cleaning pop-up jets placed in the floors and down jets placed in the walls. One by one the six port water valve delivers filtered water to each zone of the pool
  4. They work together to clean your pool by sweeping debris to the pool’s main drain and skimmer area.

While the Vanquish in floor circulation and cleaning system is cleaning your pool it is also circulating water. This system is better than a traditional pool system because it circulates the water evenly throughout every square inch of your pool instead of just circulating the water on top.

Circulation benefits:

  1. Because the Vanquish system circulates water through every square inch of your pool, there are no dead zones where algae can grow
  2. Less chemicals are needed
  3. Eliminates cold spots for a more comfortable swimming experience
  4. Saves on energy costs for the life of the pool
  5. Better for the environment: the chemicals are better circulated, thus less are lost into the atmosphere

Cleaning benefits:

  1. Non-contact cleaning, extends the life of a vinyl liner
  2. Cleans while you relax and have fun
  3. Once done cleaning, it disappears back into the pool floor, no clean up or storage of equipment
  4. The system leaves your pool swim ready

The Vanquish system is built to last and comes with a lifetime limited warranty on all cleaning jets within the system.

If you would like to enjoy your pool instead of taking time to clean it, then the Vanquish in-floor circulation and cleaning system 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: 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.

Pros:

1.Durability

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.

2.Customizable

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.

Pros
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.

Con/Pro
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.

Pros
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.

Cons
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.

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

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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 tarsonpools.com/pages/bulkchemicals.htm to browse our bulk chemical packages and other discounted items.

Pool Shopping: What Comes With This Pool Price and What Does That Mean For My Pool

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May is the perfect month to purchase a pool; you get to take advantage of preseason discounts, receive a better spot on the install list and your pool will be ready the first day of summer. There are a lot of questions to ask before purchasing your pool. When it comes to comparison-shopping, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples. We here at Tarson Pools are proud to offer long-lasting, well-made pools at competitive prices. Here are some questions you want to ask about “building” your pool and how it will affect the cost.

1. How will my pool be supported?
Each pool is built with structural supports to help sustain its shape and function. The more structural supports there are, the better the pool will be able to uphold against aging and wear. Some pool companies place these structural supports every 6-8 feet. We place them every 4 feet to ensure your pool lasts as long as possible.

2. How is the frame of my pool constructed?
Behind your pool’s liner is the frame of the pool. This frame determines shape and strength. Depending on the type of pool you choose, the frame may be molded as it is built. On all of the pools we build, the frame is created as one steel piece. Not only does this create a more sustainable structure, but it also makes it easier to install or replace your liner. Molded frames are difficult to cover with a liner since they are uneven. That can increase the service time on your pool and end up costing you more money.

3. Is the type of edging used on a pool important?
Notice the white edging of the pool pictured above. All the pools we install are made with an aluminum edging due to its stability and resistance to damage. Plastic edges can crack or wear with the elements, so you can save yourself future repairs by choosing the more sustainable metal option.

4. Are there differences in stairs?
Covering pool stairs with the liner saves the builder time and cuts costs. This is an unwise practice due to the constant use of the stairs. All of that up and down motion can tear your liner and lead to you having to replace it. This is especially true if your dogs like to swim in your pool. Also, on warmer days the growth of algae in your pool increases. Stairs covered with pool liners will become more slippery. This can result in someone slipping and hurting themselves. We take the time to place in a separate staircase that has a slip guard to avoid both of these problems.

5. When will the concrete go in once my pool is installed?
If you choose an inground pool, it will need to be surrounded with concrete upon completion. For the sake of time, the installer may place the concrete as they finish up the install. It is strongly recommended you wait up to two weeks before adding the concrete to allow the ground to settle. Although it requires the installer to come back after the pool is installed, we make it a priority to be certain everything is done to create the highest form of sustainability for our customers.

There are many details involved when purchasing a pool, but it’s not just about look and price. You need to know what your pool price includes and that it is built with the best materials to help you avoid unnecessary repairs. We have been installing pools for over 50 years and make it our mission to build your pool with the best materials possible so you can swim happy longer. Spring install is still going on, so check us out online at tarsonpools.com or call your neighborhood store today for more details!
 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Pool in Central New York

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It may still seem like the dead of winter, but before you know it it’ll be time to open up the pool again, or begin considering what kind of pool you might like to install. Don’t believe the myth that you can only swim 3 months out of the year in Central New York.  Consider a Radiant Pool, available in above ground and in-ground models. It will not only extend your swimming season, but also save you a lot of money on your pool bill.

1. Radiant Pools are the only swimming pools made of an R-10 structural insulated panel. This creates a pool wall that will not rust or crack, is resistant to corrosion and oxidation, and forms a safe structure that will last forever. These pools are guaranteed to handle the harsh elements of CNY weather.

2. Radiant Pools are also the only pools on the market that are considered environmentally friendly as well as energy efficient. All Radiant Pools are constructed with Expanded Polystyrene and aluminum, which contain no damaging chemicals and are 100% recyclable. Radiant Pools is the only pool manufacturer recognized as an Energy Star Buildings Partner. The company is dedicated to environmentally friendly innovation.

3. Energy efficiency is important because of its effect on the environment, AND the effect on your wallet.  The insulated walls of Radiant Pools are resistant to heat loss, even after the sun goes down . The wall structure also helps the pool heat up faster, allowing your pool to remain 8-10 °F warmer. On average, you can save up to 25% on pool heating costs. Plus, you’ll enjoy your pool for up to two months longer every year.

4. Once you decide to purchase a Radiant Pool it will only be a short time before you can begin planning your first pool party! Due to its lightweight structure, the installation process is much faster than other style pools. Also, Radiant Pools has a 100% lifetime warranty. We have all the details.

Purchase a pool that fits your climate. Enjoy almost 6 months of swimming in your Radiant Pool! For more information visit http://www.tarsonpools.com or give us a call at (315) 458-8800.

The Best Time to Buy a Swimming Pool and the Steps to Take Before You Purchase

Summer may seem far away, but buying a pool requires time and thought. Researchers agree that the best time to purchase a pool is in the winter. Why? There are off-season discounts, you can receive a top spot on the spring install list and it gives you time to research the right pool before the spring rush. (Not to mention it makes a great Christmas gift!) Here are some things you should consider before buying your pool.

1. Visualize your dream pool
You may already know what kind of pool you are interested in. If not, look at photographs of pools and highlight what you like or dislike about each. You can bring the photographs to your consultation and receive feedback on the possibilities. This way we can customize it exactly to your liking.

2. Know your needs
Do you require a pool that has enough room for your exercise routine or is shallow enough for your young children? Your pool can provide much more than recreation, so make sure it fits your personal lifestyle.

3. Research building permits and local building codes
Before selecting your pool, find out what your yard can accommodate and what local regulations your community has on pool installations. This is important to know because many codes require fences, which will need to be factored into the layout.

4. Decide on the type of pool
Now that you know your needs and all of the regulations you can choose the type that works best for you. Steel pools are long lasting and affordable. Fiberglass pools have a strong defense against contaminants and have the fastest construction time. Polymer pools have fantastic warranties and are one of the newer innovations in pools. Lastly, Radiant Pools are perfect for Syracuse since they are energy efficient and, on average, 8°F warmer.

5. Create a budget
We will help you get what you want at a price you can afford. Things to factor into this budget are initial pool installation and long-term costs. This way you know exactly what you are getting and for how much. It is always easier to commit to what you really want than change things along the way, so be careful of settling based on price.

6. Safety is a priority
You know your environment better than anyone. Install safety features where  necessary or when required such as child locks, alarms, or a secure fence.

7. Create the look
Once you know how your pool will look, how will you complement it? Will you need patio furniture, new tile surrounding the pool or pool toys? With a trained eye we can assist you in creating the perfect pool landscape.

8. Ask questions
If you are unsure about what pool is right for you, what maintenance a pool requires, or any of the other responsibilities that come with being a pool owner, ask us! We will help you every step of the way.

If you would like to meet with us for more information, or take advantage of our $900 off an above ground, 24ft Radiant Pool* give us a call at (315) 458-8800.

 

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Closing Your Inground Pool in 7 Easy Steps

Sadly, it’s that time again. The temperature is beginning to drop and it’s time to close your pool for the season. If you couldn’t make it to our pool school, we’ve got you covered. Here are some quick and easy steps to getting your inground pool ready for winter.

1) Vacuum and Test
The cleaner your pool is when it’s closed, the cleaner it will be when it reopens. Leaving debris and leaves in your pool increases the risk of staining and results in a higher demand for chemicals, so be thorough. Check your water chemistry to ensure it is balanced. We can do it for free here at Tarson in 5 minutes. Doing this will optimize your water balance and make sure you are getting the full potential out of your chemicals.

*If your water is green or discolored, address this before closing your pool.

2) Add Winter Chemicals
Once the water is tested and balanced, add your winter chemicals as directed. In most cases, the pump should be on. DO NOT add  the chemicals into the skimmer. Allow the chemicals to circulate for 2-4 hours before continuing the process.

3) Remove Hardware
Remove all ladders, toys, diving boards, etc. Reduce wear by placing them in a dry, safe environment so you can enjoy them next season.

4) Drop the Water Level
Change the valve in front of your pump to select the Port 2 setting (the main suction line) and then set your filter to the drain (waste) position. Drain the pool water level 2-4 inches below the bottom of the skimmer.

* If you choose not to drain the pool water level, use a Blowout Extension. It allows you to reduce the force taken by the skimmer when the water freezes.

5) Filtration and Circulation Removal
Disconnect the filter, pump and heater from their lines and pull the plugs so they can drain. Store the pump indoors and use a Pump Protector to prevent seals from going bad. DO NOT place the sand filter indoors. The sand filter often weight hundreds of pounds. If the sand in the filter shifts  it could result in the internals of the filter breaking. DE filters should be cleaned and acid washed before being stored indoors.

6) Blow Out Lines
Select the Port 1 section on the valve to blow out the skimmer line. Using a blower or shop-vac, blow into the valve to push all of the water out of the skimmer lines and return lines. The air will come out of the closest return line first, so plug the line with a 1.5” winter plug then move on to the next. Now that all of the lines are blown out, add nontoxic antifreeze. Use a minimum of 1/2 gallon for every line. For the main drain, which cannot be blown out, use a full gallon of antifreeze.

7) Cover Pool
Place the cover over your pool so that it comfortably fits flat on the water. You don’t want your cover to be tight or strained because this may lead to tearing. Place the water bags inside of the designated straps (on inground pools)  to weigh down the cover. Fill the water bags half way to leave room for expansion. Place them end to end to avoid wind moving the cover. For extra weight, spray an inch or two of water on the cover.

For more details or specific information, contact us at (315) 458-2831.

The Best Time to Sign Your Child Up for Swimming Lessons and Six Other Tips on Teaching Your Little One to Swim

Teaching your child to swim can be very exciting and rewarding. Do you have doubts about whether your child is ready? Every child is different, but take a peek at what the experts are recommending.

1. Begin water activities between the ages of 6 months – 3 years in order to get your child  comfortable with the water. This can include playing games and skill building to help children familiarize themselves with their surroundings.

2. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends beginning formal swimming lessons at age 4. Kourtney Eidam from Parents magazine says at this age children are “developmentally able to learn skills needed to stay afloat.” If you are unsure if your child is ready, observe their behavior in the pool and ask how they feel about learning to swim. Rest assured, swimming instructors are trained to help children at all stages of learning.

3. Find a local swimming program that matches your child’s water skills. If he or she is very comfortable and has a lot of swimming experience, you might want to consider a level above the first-timers.

4. The best time of year to sign your child up for swimming lessons is in the winter. Tina Ramser, a swimming instructor with 15 years of experience, suggests that your child will receive more individual attention, better instruction, more consistent lesson times and an overall better experience.

5. The worst time of year, believe it or not, is August! Ramser explains that swimming instructors are worn out, less available, and that August is an overall busy month, which might lead to cancelled appointments.

6. The learning should not just take place at lessons. If you have a pool at home, encourage your child to practice what was learned in class. If you don’t have a pool, utilize other options such as local beaches, lakes, community pools, etc.

7. No matter the age, always keep an eye on your child. Accidents happen even to the best swimmers, so execute every safety precaution possible.

Hopefully, now you feel more at ease about this upcoming adventure. For more information about swimming lessons check out Tina Ramser’s blog: http://squidkid.org/author/tina-ramser/

Or for more information on what you read here visit: http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/teach-your-child-to-swim/    or   http://squidkid.org/the-best-and-worst-time-to-teach-your-kids-to-swim/