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Upgrade Your Pool Pump, Receive a $400 Rebate

Variable speed pump

The local hydro utility companies implemented a new program, and you can get a $400 rebate from it!

If you upgrade your existing single speed pool pump to an approved variable speed pump, the utility will issue a $400 instant rebate at the time of purchase.

Wow!

And on top of that, by upgrading to a variable speed pump, you save on your hydro bill because the new pump uses less energy.

Out with the old, in with the new

Back Yard Pool

Most pools use single speed pumps. ½ hp pumps were standard at one point, until pool companies started installing 1 hp and 1.5 hp pumps on pools.

The only problem is these single-speed pumps run at the maximum for 24/7.

A lot of families put their single-speed pumps on a timer, but it still has to run for at least 16 hours a day to turn that water over a couple of times.

That’s important to ensure your water is clean and safe.

Then two-speed pumps were introduced, more efficient than the single speed but not as good as a modern variable speed pump.

How much can you save with a variable speed pool pump?

Using a variable speed pump, you could save 1762kWh annually – or about $296 in energy costs every year.

$400 rebate

Over ten years that’s $2960*.

Toronto Hydro, Oakville Hydro, Milton Hydro, Burlington Hydro, and Halton Hills Hydro implemented a program called POOLSAVER in 2017.

If you purchase a new variable speed pump you are eligible for a $400 instant rebate, issued to you by the pool dealer at time of purchase.

The program was so successful, it was extended into 2018.

The only requirements are:

  • You replace a single-speed inground pool pump.
  • You are a customer of one of the participating hydro companies.
  • The pump must be installed by a pool professional.

If you are interested, drop by Leisure Industries to discuss how we can help you save money this year and for many years to come.

*Figures provided by PoolSaver

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The Difference Between a Steel/Vinyl Liner Pool and a Fiberglass Pool

Although either type of construction will bring many years of enjoyment to your family, there are some significant differences that you, as a potential buyer, should be aware of.

STEEL/VINYL POOL

FIBERGLASS POOL

1. STRUCTURE

14 GAUGE STEEL USUALLY COATED WITH VARIOUS RUST PROTECTION PRODUCTS SUCH AS ZINC GALVANIZATION AND/OR ZAM COATING. NORMALLY MADE OF 3-6 LAYERS OF RESIN AND FIBERGLASS MATTING (DEPENDING ON MANUFACTURER).
VINYL LINER – NORMALLY 20 -30 MIL THICK WITH CERTAIN AMOUNTS OF ULTRA- VIOLET INHIBITOR (DEPENDING ON THE MANUFACTURER). USUALLY UP TO 30 PATTERNS AVAILABLE. AVAILABLE COLOURS TOTAL ABOUT 2 – 6 (DEPENDING ON MANUFACTURER).

2. EXPECTED LIFESPAN

STEEL LIFESPAN IS UP TO 50 PLUS YEARS (DEPENDING ON QUALITY CHOSEN).

FIBERGLASS LIFESPAN IS UP TO 50 PLUS YEARS (DEPENDING ON QUALITY CHOSEN. EX: TYPE OF RESINS AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS).
VINYL LINER LIFESPAN IS UP TO 25 YEARS (DEPENDING ON QUALITY CHOSEN AND WATER CHEMISTRY MAINTENANCE)

Ease of Maintenance

Not a lot of difference between the two structures. Water is water and it has to be sanitized somehow.

Chlorine is by far the most popular form of sanitizer, either the tablet form or the manufactured form via a salt chlorinator. Some systems such as the Clear Blue Mineral Water Ionizer, are the most effective in cutting maintenance time in either type of pool structure.

Typical Myths

MYTH: Vinyl liners will have to be replaced every 5 years.

FACT: We have customers with vinyl liners over 20 years old. Most people change the liner to update the pools look, somewhat similar to repainting the kitchen walls.

MYTH: Fiberglass pools pop out the ground.

FACT: If the pool is installed properly and kept full of water at all times (as it should be) and a proper sump system is built, this cannot happen. A full fiberglass pool weighs many thousands of pounds. Therefore, it would be impossible to pop out of the ground.

MYTH: A fiberglass pool is more energy efficient than a steel/vinyl pool.

FACT: Both pools will lose 95% of the heat vertically. Heat loss in a pool through the side walls is so insignificant it is not worth worrying about. It is far more important to consider the type of pump (variable speed vs single speed), type of motor (air cooled or water cooled) and if a floating or liquid surface blanket is or is not applied on the water surface. Plus the type of heater used, natural gas, propane, electric or heat pump. NOTE: Variable speed, water cooled pumps, plus a heat pump (rather than gas or an electric heater) is the most energy efficient system available.

MYTH: A fiberglass pool is less expensive to maintain.

FACT: A fiberglass pool is less expensive to maintain compared to a concrete pool. Concrete pools need periodic acid washing, painting or the really expensive marbleizing. Fiberglass and vinyl pools require none of the above. A vinyl pool will however require liner replacement on average every 15-25 years. This is an expense not needed with fiberglass but the initial lower cost of vinyl pools make it an even split.

MYTH: Fiberglass pools use less chemicals to sanitize the water than vinyl pools.

FACT: Again that is true of a concrete pool as the concrete may “leech” chemicals into the water resulting in a high amount of chemical balancing. Both fiberglass and liner pools are “inert” so nothing is on the surface that can alter the water chemistry. The least expensive product to sanitize any type of pool is a mineral water ionizing system such as the Clear Blue Ionizer(in conjunction with the minimal amount of chlorine). This system reduces chemicals by as much as 90%. Salt chlorinators, on the other hand are on the other side of the scale, ex: The most expensive form of pool sanitizing.

MYTH: A vinyl pool takes 3-4 weeks to install.

FACT: A fiberglass pool typically can be installed in 3 – 4 days. A similar size vinyl pool usually takes twice as long, ex: 6-8 days. Both are weather dependent. It is the landscaping after the pool is installed that can take weeks depending on the extent of the project.

The type of pool you choose should be based on your individual preference.

A fiberglass pool with similar features to a vinyl pool will typically cost a little more for the structure but will cost less for the installation. A vinyl pool is custom made to your specifications. You can choose the size, shape and depth. A fiberglass pool, however, is available only in factory ready design, size and shape. There is a large selection to choose from however so it is unlikely that you will not find a model suitable to your needs and your budget.

HAPPY SWIMMING!

What To Do With Your Pool in the Winter

What to do with your pool in the winter

How to close my pool

Pool-closing time is a sad time of the year for everyone. It marks the end of summer fun, and the beginning of colder weather.

It’s understandable that many people choose to keep their pools open longer, as an open pool is much more appealing than a closed one.

But if it’s too cold to swim and there are leaves and other debris falling into the pool, you may want to close it.

Why closing a pool (the right way) is important

Opening and closing your pool is an endless cycle that all pool owners know all too well.

It can be such a hassle, especially if you lead a busy life.

That’s why we want to take some of the hassle out of your day-to-day with our closing packages.

We provide a number of pool chemical closing packages that meet the needs of every customer we work with. Different types of pools require different kinds of attention before being closed for the winter.

The two main reasons why it’s important – and necessary here in Canada – to close your pool is to…

  • Protect it from damage due to freezing temperatures
  • Keep it as clean as possible for the next season

We make it easy

pool closing kitClosing a pool can be a tedious and overwhelming process, especially if this is your first time doing it.

At Leisure Industries, we make it easy with our Pool Closing Kit! It will keep your water clean and clear all winter long so when you’re ready to re-open your pool next year, your pool will look great!

Once you’re ready to close it up for the year, here are our top 6 tips to help you through the process.

1. Prep your pool water

Before you close your pool, it’s important to make sure your pool water will stay algae-free and healthy throughout the winter.

Try adding in a phosphate remover or other anti-algae solution to help keep the algae out.

2. Thoroughly clean your pool

pool cleaningIt’s important that you get all of the debris, leaves, dirt, and insects out of your pool before closing it for the year.

Brush and vacuum your pool floors and walls to prevent algae and ensure an easier spring opening.

3. Check your water levels

The water level needs to be lowered just below the jets, this enables you to blow out the lines.

Once the lines are clear of water, you need to plug the returns with winterizing plugs to ensure the water does not get back into the lines.

To properly support your winter cover, your water level should never exceed a depth of 18” from the deck. The equipment will also need to be winterized properly to ensure there is no water is left in the pump, filter and any other equipment you have.

4. Balance pool water

Pool water cleaningWhen was the last time you checked if your pool chemistry is balanced?

Make sure you balance the water before putting a cover over it all winter.

Need help checking your pool water? Bring in a sample and we’ll check it for free!

5. Shock and chlorinate

Pool shocking is great because it:

  • Kills bacteria
  • Prevents algae
  • Frees up chlorine

6. Install a safety cover or winter cover

Protect your pool and your family throughout the winter by installing a proper cover over your pool. There are three types available:

All three types are available at Leisure Industries.

Let’s get started

When you’re ready to get your pool closed for the winter, give us a call.  If you don’t feel comfortable closing your pool yourself, give us a call and we would be happy to give proper advice or why not have it professionally closed.

We’re here to help, and we’re happy to do so!

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How to Clean Your Pool Without Draining It

During the summer, it’s common for pool water to take a turn for the worse – especially if you’ve been away on vacation or neglected to clean it in a timely fashion.

When this happens, many homeowners think the best solution is to drain the pool – but this isn’t the only way to fix a dirty pool!

Here are our best tips for cleaning your pool without draining it.

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When you SHOULD drain your pool

Although you can clean a pool without draining it, there are specific instances where draining your pool IS necessary.

If your pool needs a repair that can’t be done with water still in the pool, then you need to drain it only with the approval or supervision of a pool professional.

Otherwise, even if the pool water seems like it is beyond the point of being fixed, draining usually isn’t the answer.

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How you can damage your pool (and your wallet) by draining it

In most cases, you should never drain your pool without first consulting an expert because you can cause serious damage to the pool and your surroundings.

Thus, resulting in further damage, a bigger mess, and more costs!

If you are not a professional, you should not be draining your pool on your own – plain and simple. But if you do…

  • If the draining is done incorrectly, you can risk damaging your pool structure and liner
  • All the water drained could create water pressure below the ground and cause cracks and major damage to the bottom of your pool
  • For fibreglass pools, you run the risk of floating, the side walls can bulge, and the floors can split

All of these will lead to expensive repair bills, and in some cases it may void your warranty (be sure to check with your warranty company first prior to doing any sort of maintenance or draining on your pool).

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How you SHOULD clean your pool

Most homeowners think the only way to give a pool a serious cleaning is by draining the entire pool and starting over.

This couldn’t be further from the truth!

First thing is to ensure the water is balanced, then shocking, vacuuming, sweeping, and proper filtration can take care of most problems – without the risk of major damage to the pool, costly repair bills, and high water bills that stem from improper, unprofessional draining and re-filling.

Still not clean?

If you followed the tips above, but are still living with a dirty, stubborn pool, don’t try to handle it on your own.

A licensed pool professional will be able to handle the cleaning, maintenance or draining of your pool, and they’ll make sure you avoid costly repair bills.

If you’re dealing with a tricky pool situation and need it clean ASAP so you can enjoy the rest of the summer, give us a call and we’ll help!

Pool Games to Play with Your Family This Summer

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to enjoy the warm temperatures with some pool time with the whole family.

For adults, that might mean lounging on the deck with a good book. And for kids, it means lots of pool games.

Regardless of what type of pool you have in your backyard, we have games and toys that are sure to bring the fun to your home this summer.

Diving for Treasures

 

Diving for treasures is a classic pool game, and it’s made even more fun with the right items to dive for!

  • Choose a variety of items and toss them into the pool.
  • Divide everyone into teams
  • Each team has to collect one of each item from the bottom of the pool
  • The first team to collect them all wins!

We love diving games, so we carry a variety of diving toys to choose from. We’re got rings, water-weighted sticks, and even starfish!

Pool Basketball

Whether it’s one-on-one or a full team game, basketball is even more fun when it’s played in the pool.

You can play a full game, have a shooting contest, or play a game of basketball where you don’t let the ball touch the water. Whatever it is, basketball hoops offer endless hours of fun.

And at Leisure Industries, we carry two types of pool basketball hoops. One that floats in the water and another that sits on the edge of your pool.

Floatie Race

 

Pool inflatables are fun for everyone in the family, and when you throw a floatie race into the mix, the end to fun is nowhere in sight.

Floatie races work best in longer pools, and can even be turned into a relay race with more than one team.

If you have different types of floaties, you can even have themed races. For example, you can have a food vs. animal race, to make things interesting.

Check out all of the different floaties we have, and let the games begin!

Pool Battle Field

Turn your pool into a battle field with these hot dog battle inflatables!

Let your kids battle it out on the dual inflatable ride-on hot dogs, complete with ketchup and mustard inflatable boppers.

Hot Potato

This last one is a classic game inside or outside of the pool, but it’s even more fun when it’s done with a giant beach ball.

Play water volleyball, keep away or hot potato with our huge Aloha Giant Beach Ball, and you’ll have hours of fun and exercise!

Want More Fun Ideas? Contact Us!

When you’re ready to bring the fun to your pool this summer, contact us. We are happy to help!

Oakville, Mississauga, and the GTA have relied on our expert team for over 40 years, and we guarantee that you will love our services, too.

Contact us today!

Safest Decks to Have Surrounding Your Swimming Pool

The area around your swimming pool is one of the most important parts of your landscape.

It’s the space where everyone gathers while sitting poolside, it helps define your pool’s personality and style, and complements your backyard landscaping.

There are a variety of manmade and natural materials that create a beautiful, safe pool deck.

Out with the old, in with the new

The days of plain concrete patios are gone.

Now, a pool patio can dramatically improve your home’s landscape design.

A swimming pool is already a beautiful focal point of your space, but it would lose its appeal if you don’t adorn it with a stunning deck.

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Pool Deck

1. Price

While pool decks made of various exotic materials have great aesthetic appeal, they can be costly, especially if each stone needs to be installed individually.

Be sure to do your research on different deck materials, prior to buying and beginning the installation process.

2. Maintenance

All of the materials mentioned in this blog have a long lifespan, but some of them do require extra maintenance.

If you are wanting a material that you can install and forget about, be sure to weigh all your options prior to landing on one decking type.

3. Heat Reflectivity

For the areas surrounding your pool, you want to ensure that the deck is comfortable and not scorching hot for bare feet.

4. Slip Resistance

Because of the mixture of water, walking, and playing that occurs around a pool, slip resistance is a high priority.

All pool deck materials can become slippery when wet, but there are ways to improve the surface traction without detracting from the aesthetic appeal.

5. Design

Depending on your existing landscaping or pool design, the decorative aspects you apply to your pool deck can vary.

Try incorporating broom-finished concrete, flagstone, brick, imprinted patterns, mixing and matching stones and decorative treatments, and so much more.

The possibilities are endless!

Stamped Concrete

This variation of concrete is customizable in various patterns, so it makes a great choice for patios.

If you’re looking for a slip-resistant surface, be sure not to choose a stamped concrete with a smooth pattern.

Pros

  • Very customizable for pattern, texture, and stain colour
  • Simple and quick installation

Cons

  • Smooth surfaces can be slippery around the pool, depending on surface type
  • In the Canadian climate, may crack during the winter

Man-Made Interlock

If your existing landscaping design or backyard home décor is rustic, adding a brick pool deck would complement your pool perfectly.

Interlock is one of the most overlooked materials for patios, but it shouldn’t be. Slip-resistant, durable, and aesthetically pleasing, interlock is the new concrete.

Pros

  • Individual patio stones can be replaced if they are damaged
  • Long-lasting and durable
  • Huge selection of styles and colours

Cons

  • More expensive than concrete
  • Must be installed by experienced installer

Natural Stone

Natural stone is a more expensive route, but the results are magnificent and can’t be beat.

Since natural stone is a material that will need to be installed individually, it is very labour intensive and adds to the total costs.

And it is also important to note that since this is a natural material, stone colours will vary dramatically.

Pros:

  • Long-lasting
  • Individual stones can be replaced if damaged or cracked

Cons

  • Requires resealing
  • Grout maintenance is necessary, especially in areas with extreme seasonal temperature changes
  • Salt water pools can deteriorate these natural stones

Travertine

One of the most high-end choices for pool decks and patios, this material not only looks great but performs well, too.

Pros

  • Stays cool for bare feet
  • Wide variety of colour options
  • Slip-resistant surface
  • Colours will not fade

Cons

  • Stone is very soft and can chip easily
  • Installation is a long process and is labour intensive

Grass or Artificial Grass

Adding natural elements to the area surrounding your pool is beautiful and functional, as it creates a seamless flow from your yard and gardens to your pool, and will keep you cool throughout the summer months.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy and quick to install
  • Effortless design

Cons

  • Grass clippings can fall into the pool, and create more maintenance for you
  • Can become muddy if there is high traffic surrounding the pool.

Wood

Another popular choice for poolside decks and patios is wood, especially if your backyard has a more tropical vibe to it.

Pros

  • Warm and natural beauty
  • Complements virtually every existing design

Cons

  • Wood has the tendency to split or rot
  • Regular sealing and resealing is necessary

Want to Learn More?

There are a variety of man-made and natural materials that create beautiful and safe pool decks, but each has pros and cons, so be sure to talk with your pool specialists beforehand so you know what will work best for your backyard.

The Pros & Cons of Salt Water Pools

Manual chlorine dispensing is the most common way to sanitize a pool, however it is no longer the only option.

As approved alternatives, there are several options for a healthier and safer pool, including salt water chlorinators, and the more popular ionization.

Pros Of Salt Water Pools

The pros are easy.

Salt water eliminates the need to handle chlorine on a daily or weekly basis, because the salt chlorinator converts sodium chloride (salt) into liquid chlorine on an ongoing basis.

If you have young children or have sensitive skin and eyes, you will be able to appreciate the soft feel of the water.

Cons of Salt Water Pools

The cons are a little more complicated, because of the various misconceptions surrounding salt water pools.

One major misconception, is many people assume a salt water pool is a non-chlorine pool. It is in fact the opposite.

  • The chlorides manufactured by the chlorinator are so high that a lot of cities will not allow the water from these pools to be pumped into lakes, rivers, and even the storms sewers. This is because of the corrosive nature of the product and the damage it can do to the ecology.
  • This water must be either de-chlorinated or hauled away by the ministry of the environment approved haulers.
  • The properties of this water and chlorides is so corrosive, in fact, that certain types of pool equipment (such as heaters) have their life expectancy cut by two thirds by the use of the product.
  • A lot of manufacturers of certain pool types and equipment void their warranty if a salt chlorinator is used.

Another drawback to salt is the cell, which has to be replaced every few years, and is expensive. This makes sanitizing a pool with salt chlorination the most costly of all sanitizers.

Exploring Other Pool Sanitization Options

So what are your options, other than using regular chlorine?

If you are unsure if you want to use salt in your pool, there are other options that we know and trust.

Ionization

An ionizer is an environmentally safe solution to a high chlorine count in swimming pools.

  • The device will assist in controlling bacteria and algae in pools and spas by augmenting the bactericidal and algicidal activity of primary disinfectants such as chlorine or bromine.
  • This reduces the chlorine level to the minimal required, and the cost is less than half that of a salt system.

Since copper is what helps keep the pool clean, there still needs to be a minimum amount of chlorine in the pool to meet government regulations. A puck in the skimmer weekly usually satisfies this requirement.

With ionization, the water is cleaner, more pure and feels nicer to the touch than salt water.

The Verdict

So what should you choose for your pool?

Only you will be able to determine whether or not to go with a salt water chlorinated pool, ionization, or traditional chlorine.

If you’re interested in getting more information about this type of pool sanitization, talk to our pool experts. We’ll be happy to help you weigh the pros and cons of the various methods of pool sanitizers.

Contact us today!

Things To Consider Before Getting A Pool

Considering investing in a pool this summer? Before you dive in, here are a few things to consider.

Budget

What is your budget? This will determine whether you choose a pool style that will go above ground, on ground or in-ground.

Style

Depending on your family, lifestyle, and environment or landscape, the pool type you choose will differ.

Above Ground

An above ground pool will cost somewhere between $3000 – $10,000 depending on the size and quality.

Above ground pools are generally for the family that doesn’t want to make too much of an investment but still want to enjoy the luxury of a pool.

These types of pools allow you to have a pool even if you are thinking of moving in a few years and don’t want to invest heavily.

That being said, there are a lot of above ground pools that can be made to look extremely nice with decking and landscaping.

On-Ground

An on-ground pool, which is partially sunk into the ground, is usually between $15,000-$25,000.

On-ground pools look like an in-ground pool, but they are usually built into a hill so the back side may be exposed, but can be landscaped to look like an in-ground pool.

In-Ground

An in-ground pool will cost somewhere between $30,000 to $60,000 depending on size, quality, features and landscaping.

The options with an in-ground are endless, the only limitation is your imagination.

Turn Your Backyard Into An Oasis

Homeowners are turning their backyards into mini resorts.

No matter what type of pool you want, you can add many different features, such as patio furniture and hot tubs, to turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis.

  • Waterfalls
  • Deck jets
  • Tiki bars
  • Pergolas
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Big screen TVs inside elaborate bars
  • And so much more!

Instead of driving 5 hours to the cottage, why not invest in your backyard and enjoy it all week long instead of just on the weekends as you would with a cottage.

Other Things To Remember

After you have chosen the type, make sure you budget for fencing, electrical and gas hook-up.

A permit is usually a requirement and this cost varies by municipality.

Another requirement is that the pool water’s edge must have a setback of 4 to 5 feet from your property line although sometimes it’s considerably more, especially on corner lots and properties backing onto conservation land.

Properties that back onto ravines, parks and rivers/streams also usually require conservation approval.

Ready To Dive In?

Leisure Industries has been installing all three types of pools for almost 50 years.

So whichever way you go, we can have you swimming in your very own pool in no time.

Contact us today to learn more, and make your dream a reality.

Happy swimming!

Differences Between In-Ground, Above Ground & On Ground Pools

Next summer when the mercury is rising, the kids are out of school and pleading to go swimming. What to do?

Take them to the local swimming hole or put a pool in your own backyard.

You have 3 options for your very own swimming pool.

1. Above Ground Pool

  • This is the least expensive pool type
  • They are quick and easy to install
  • They are designed for the do-it-yourselfer, and can be up and running within days of purchase, which contributes to a lower cost.
  • They are also easy to dismantle and move if you should so desire.
  • They can be installed in areas where it would have been impossible to install in in-ground pool because of limited space or ground conditions.

2. In-ground Pool

  • Takes a lot more planning and if it’s a big project, can sometimes take weeks to complete.
  • Access for the excavators is also to be considered, 8 feet is ideal but we can sometimes work with less.
  • In-ground pools are permanent structures and careful consideration should be given as to size, depth, location and landscaping.
  • The cost of building an in-ground pool should also to be taken into account, but this is offset in most cases, with an increase property value.
  • 60-70 years ago, in-ground swimming pools were for the wealthy, however, advances in materials (i.e., steel and vinyl liners), and construction methods have made this type of pool attainable to the vast middle class.

3. On-ground Pool

  • Made from the same material as in-ground pools, but is installed partially in-ground.
  • About 18” on average.
  • With the addition of a wood deck this type of pool can be installed for approximately half the price of a full in-ground pool.
  • Looks as inviting as an in-ground installation based on how and where it is built, which can be discussed with the Leisure Industries team.

A Pool For Everyone, Everywhere

Don’t think a pool is out of reach.

Go into your backyard, stick four screwdrivers into the ground roughly where the pool will go, sprinkle flour around the perimeter and stand back to image your pool in that area.

Next, give us a call and we can find a pool to suit your desires and your budget.

Installation Is Up To You

We want to ensure you are as involved or removed from the pool installation process as you want to be.

To that end, we offer three pool installation programs with varying degrees of involvement.

          1. Completely installed pool program
          2. Assisted installation pool program
          3. Do-it-yourself pool installation

We are here to help, whatever your need for a swimming pool.

Contact Us To Get Make Your Dream Pool A Reality

Whatever you desire, Leisure Industries can make it happen.

Call us or visit our showroom to speak with one of our pool experts about how we can bring leisure to your home.

Keeping Your Pool Clean: The Importance of Filter Media

One of the most important things to do when you have a pool is to ensure it is always clean by using the right types of filters. There are several forms of filters available for swimming pools, but choosing the right one can be difficult.

Sand Filters

filter1The most commonly used filter is a sand filter.

Silica sand is used as the media to trap the dirt. It works relatively well but it is by no means the best.

Over time, the sand calcifies and catches less and less dirt until eventually it has to be changed, usually after 4 or 5 years. This can become a hassle, rather than something that was meant to be helpful.

Zeobrite

A major improvement over sand media was a product known as Zeobrite.

It is a naturally occurring mineral and cleans considerably better than silica sand. A drawback, however, is that it is much more costly than sand.

Cartridge Filters

Cartridge filters are a step up from sand filters, but they have a few major drawbacks.

  1. filter2Replacement cartridges are expensive.
  2. They only last an average of 4-5 years.
  3. They are also rather burdensome to clean — The filter tank has to be dismantled and the filters soaked overnight in a large container with a cartridge filter cleaner, then hosed down, re-installed, and the tank put back together.

 

Diatomaceous Earth Filters

Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) filters were very popular in the 60s and 70s.

They consisted of a grid system coated with the D.E. powder. It gave very fine filtration but again, went out of favour because it was burdensome to maintain.

Sorel Mix

A much superior media to the aforementioned filters and materials is Sorel Mix.

Here’s why:

  • It is a natural stone with the most efficient and fastest filtering capacity.
  • Its angular shape results in increased dirt collection compared to other media.
  • Millions of tiny, three dimensional, honey comb pore spaces trap very small particles of dirt.
  • A cubic foot of Sorel Mix has 100 times the surface area of a cubic foot of sand.
  • Its effect on water clarity is so significant that it has the same qualities as drinking water.
  • It is also non-porous which helps prevent the formation of microscopic algae.
  • It is very user friendly and low maintenance — All it takes to clean it, is just the turn of a handle and the waste dirt is flushed out.

The most notable characteristic about Sorel Mix is that its lifespan can be measured in decades rather than years, and at the end of its useful life, it is 100% recyclable and can be returned to nature.

It’s the ultimate choice if you’re considering a pool, or looking to upgrade your current filtration system.

Which filter is right for you?

filter3It’s all dependent on your personal preferences and needs, but if you’re wanting a cost-effective, low maintenance, and eco-friendly filtration system, we recommend Sorel Mix.

Interested in a new filter? Let Leisure Industries help.

We built our reputation on precise, cost-effective and speedy new pool installation, but our experienced team can also install a new or upgraded filter for you whenever you need it.

 

 

Contact Us Today!

At Leisure Industries, we work with an educated and dedicated team of expert installers for every product we offer, and are always happy to help answer any questions you might have.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can improve your filtration.