How Unhealthy Pool Water Can Spell Disaster for Your Wallet

How Unhealthy Pool Water Can Spell Disaster for Your Wallet

Proper maintenance of your pool or hot tub is fundamental to ensuring the health and safety of those who use it. Avoiding murky water, algae bloom build-up, and pH imbalance is a difficult, and often confusing process. The basic chemical components involved in keeping your water healthy are a sanitizer, pH adjusters, shock and a mineral purifier that prevents algae growth. Additionally, knowing when, where, and how to apply these chemicals to your pool can be a real challenge, especially when there might be eager swimmers waiting to dive in.

Preventative maintenance is particularly important in keeping your pool or hot tub in a healthy state. Neglecting the chemical balance of a pool can be detrimental to its health. Inaction can exacerbate existing water safety issues and lead to extremely high costs associated with remedying the condition of the pool water later on. Abnormally high or low temperatures can further complicate this already arduous process, as compensation for unusual temperature conditions requires additional chemical adjustment. Ultimately, maintaining your pool properly can be a laborious process.

Out-of-Balance Water, Out-of-Pocket Expense

Common pool care mistakes can substantially reduce the lifespan of your pool. According to an CNBC article, they may cut it by as much as 50%! Not to mention the cost to replace the damaged equipment or fix the pool itself. For example, a heater attacked by corrosive, acidic water can cost over $2,000 to replace. Resurfacing your pool can cost $4,000 and more to replace. A pool or hot tub with a high pH can create a scale-forming water condition, which can cause rough surfaces from the mineral deposits coming out of solution and scale deposits building up in the plumbing and equipment. Again, this can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars to remedy.

A Well-Maintained Pool Gives You Peace of Mind…And Your Wallet A Break

Typically, pool or hot tub care is a demanding and equally exhausting experience. If not maintained properly, a pool can end up harming swimmers as well as the pool owner’s wallet. Preventative care is necessary to escape the hardship of an unhealthy and imbalanced pool. Luckily, pHin is here to help. pHin monitors your water chemistry and temperature 24/7 so you don’t have to. It notifies your smartphone when action is needed and even tells you how to keep your water perfectly balanced all year long.

pHin chemical subscription members can enjoy the added convenience of single-dose, pre-measured chemicals delivered to your door so you can only add what you need. Your Starter box comes with the smart monitor, free mobile app, wireless bridge and even a mineral purifier* to reduce the amount of chemicals needed to balance your water. Just the mineral purifier alone retails for over $60. Our pool experts estimate that using the pHin smart water care solution with its unique chemical delivery membership can can help you save 1/3 of your annual cost.**


*Pool subscription members only.

**Estimate is based on annual pHin monitoring, recommendations and door-to-door chemical delivery for chlorine pools. Your estimated savings will depend on which pHin solution you choose.    

7 Great Summer Gifts for Father`s Day by the Pool

Father’s Day is approaching; time to show Dad how much you love him with a great gift. (Hint: Not a tie) How did ties even become the go-to gift idea for dads? Regardless of the answer, let’s just put that notion to bed and get on to items that Dad is sure to love. The following are seven of the best Father’s Day gift ideas for dads that love to hang out in the yard and by the pool.

1. iDevices iGrill2 Bluetooth Thermometer

The iDevices iGrill2 Bluetooth Thermometer lets Dad monitor the temperature of whatever he’s grilling from a distance. As all grill masters know, maintaining an even temperature while you grill ensures meats cook properly. Opening and closing the grill lid to check the meat’s temperature throws off the whole game. Four prongs allow Dad to track more than one meat at a time, and Bluetooth technology lets him do it from a distance of up 150 feet. What could be better than not having to get out of the pool to check the grill grub? The device is compatible with iOS devices and Android devices running 4.3 or higher.

2. Cuisinart’s Deluxe Stainless Steel Grill Set

Show Dad you respect his talents as the family grill master with the Cuisinart deluxe stainless steel grill set. The set comes in its own handy aluminum carrying case for easy portability and storage. The 14-piece set includes a chef-style spatula (with built-in bottle opener and cutting edge), grill tongs, basting brush, cleaning brush with an extra brush head, and four pairs of corn-on-the-cob holders. The stainless steel construction is durable and easy to clean. Each tool features a perfectly weighted handle and a hanging ring for convenience.

3. AquaClimb Poolside Climbing Wall

Does Dad have a hidden (or not so hidden) extreme sports side? Is pool volleyball getting a little old? Check out these climbing walls by AquaClimb! For newbies, the poolside location offers a risk-free introduction to wall climbing. For more advanced climbers, AquaClimb offers models such as the KURVE, which is quite the challenge. No matter which model you choose, though, you get a unique poolside attraction the whole family can enjoy.

4. Sipping Stones

The next time Dad requests a Scotch on the rocks, give him exactly what he asked for with these Sipping Stones. Of course, no matter what Dad’s favorite drink is, these chilling stones, made of soapstone, keep his beverage subtly cool without diluting it. Dad just stores them in the freezer until he’s ready to use them. Afterward, just rinse them off and put them back in the freezer – no muss, no fuss!

5. GrillPro Cast Iron Smoker Box

There is nothing quite like the taste of smoked meat, but keeping woodchips smoldering without burning presents a challenge for even the most talented grill master. Enter the GrillPro cast iron smoker box. Dad can use this bad boy with any type of grill, and the cast iron construction offers easy care and a lifetime of use. Soak the chips; fill the box; and light the grill. Soon, Dad’s enjoying the tender, juicy, smoky flavor of his favorite meats. Whether he shares any of it is another matter altogether.

6. Intex Mega Chill II Float Cooler

There’s no need for Dad to get out of the pool for a cold drink with the Intex Mega Chill II floating cooler. This heavy-duty cooler includes a removable ice chest, six built-in cup holders, and four handles. The removable ice chest holds up to 72 cans with ice, and three air chambers keep it afloat even when it’s full. Dad can also use Mega Chill II as a floating base for his favorite cooler. Two attached cords also allow Dad to anchor the floating cooler to a raft or boat if he decides to take his new cooler out on the lake.

7. A pHin Membership

What is it they say about saving the best for last? The ideal gift for Dad this Father’s Day is a stress-free year of pool and hot tub care: a
 pHin membership. pHin monitors Dad’s pool and/or hot tub 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and then sends him a message on his smartphone when i’s time to add chemicals. Dad gets the premeasured pods automatically; all he has to do is drop them in the pool or hot tub. Voila! Dad swims with confidence all summer long, never having to worry that the pool or hot tub water is over- or under-chemicalized. What’s more, pHin offers its members expert help with the click of a button. You can’t beat the ease and convenience of pHin pool maintenance.