Pool maintenance

Pool maintenance costs are rising due to supply chain issues and shortages

With hot days ahead, some may want to take a dip in the pool, but the heat can cause costly problems.

Daniel Ramirez’s pool went from clear water on a Friday afternoon to water full of algae on Sunday.

The incident happened last June and it took a worker almost a month to clean the pool. With current inflation, supply chain issues and raw material shortages, experts are warning pool owners to take care of their pools as recommended.

“At least do something, don’t miss out,” said pool supply store owner Raciel Hernandez. “That’s the most important thing.”

At this store last year, a bucket of chlorine tablets cost up to $159. Now the price has risen to nearly $349.

“A lot of people — if they don’t take the tabs, they replenish to like liquid chlorine,” Hernandez said.

Ramirez says he wanted to save money and ended up using the wrong products for his pool.

“You end up losing a lot more money because they’re not doing the right thing,” Ramirez said.

With the warm weather expected this week, algae will tend to grow faster and dirty water could become the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and create a bad smell.

If you have any questions about maintaining your pool, talk to an expert.