This past year has been pretty wild for all of us, but for the pool industry, it's safe to say that it's not over yet. It seems like we are in the perfect storm of multiple factors ranging from the Covid pandemic, a chlorine tablet factory explosion, February's winter storm in Texas, a global resin shortage and a global shipping container shortage. And with this lack of supply prices can only go up.
As of now, these are the current shortages being reported in the swimming pool industry.
- Rigid PVC pipe
- Flexible PVC pipe
- Jandy diverter valves
- Ball valves
- Pool heaters
- Pool filters
- Pool pumps
- Readymix concrete
- Diamond Brite
- Liquid chlorine
- Chlorine Tablets
- Main drains
So what does this mean for the consumer?
First of all, know that everything will be alright. Your backyard wont turn into a lagoon and your annual summer pool party will still be a splash. Just know that you can expect higher prices for many products and that you should be patient when searching for new pool equipment. Things are changing for us day by day and we're just trying to keep on top of it. Up until yesterday, we thought only the prices for chlorine tablets were rising, now liquid chlorine is also being effected.
Tips for reducing costs and saving money on chlorine
By showering directly before entering the pool and limiting dogs going in, you can dramatically reduce the organic and inorganic materials and cut the amount of chlorine your pool consumes. Soaps, oils, makeup and sunscreen play a large part in this.
Scoop, brush and vacuum your pool regularly. By reducing the debris in your pool, you are making it easier for your chlorine to sanitize the water.
Keep a balanced pH between 7.4 and 7.6. Chlorine is more effective at a lower pH. This is why we use acid do bring out pH.
Maintain a stabilizer level between 30 and 60 ppm.
Run your pool for at least eight hours a day during the summer. Chlorine will last longer in water that is circulating rather than still.
Use borates to lock in your pH and reduce chlorine consumption
Tired of dealing with chlorine all together? This might be a good time to switch to salt.
A Salt Chlorine Generator offers your pool luxurious, silky smooth water, without the need for heavy and now more expensive chlorine products. By switching to salt, you eliminate the need to shock completely, as your salt system slowly converts the existing salt in the water into chlorine for you. And with a lower maintenance salt pool, you can save money in the long run, all while enhancing your swimming experience.