Two things we can rely on; the anticipated set in of summer every year, and the reliable energy of programmed cleaners to prepare pools for it. Winter and spring’s dirt cannot defeat these little, powerful devices. For a while, automatic pool cleaners have been saving on energy and time for pool proprietors and service experts, and they continue getting better. Below are the most up to date models of pool cleaners available.
Hammer-Head Patented Performance
Hammerhead manual pool cleaners are battery energized, rechargeable, and convenient. It lets you vacuum water contaminants without needing the filtration framework, water pressure, or outside electrical force.
Prowler mechanical cleaners make cleaning quick, simple, and reliable. They achieve this with their strong high velocity scouring brush and top-access filter bin. These pool cleaners work autonomously from the pool’s filtration framework. This makes them cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. The most recent addition to the clan, Prowler 917, is perfect for small inground pools and has similar characteristics to the top-selling 920. The difference is that 920 can turn, making it perfect for bigger inground pools.
The AquaVac 250Li wireless automated cleaner gives a superior execution in the absence of issues such as tangled ropes or getting stuck, as stated by the organization. An enormous garbage canister includes an extra of 30% more garbage collection. This minimizes the urge for regular emptying. Its battery remains energized for as long as two hours. A licensed drive framework covers the ground above and most level bottomed inground pools.
Red Leopard’s Orbit pull pool cleaner is now accessible in two distinct models; one is containing a hose and one without a hose. It is perfect for customers that are updating from a past programmed pool cleaner. This one-piece, diaphragm controlled pool cleaner has no clasps, nuts, fasteners, or pivots to split, break, corrode or wear. The system’s 18-inch breadth cleaning-way incorporates a ‘ski-jump’ incline and an up-turned edge. This makes these pool cleaners effective at maneuvering over channels, lights, steps, stepping stools. It beats 360 times in a minute or more than 170,000 times within eight hours. The adaptable diaphragm and 4 suction ports guarantee garbage collection in the direction of flow and at the pool’s sides and corners. The collection of all the debris is fast and simpler.
Water Tech Corp
The Volt-FX8 wireless vacuum cleans a whole pool in minutes and spot-cleans in a flash. It is autonomous from the primary filtration frameworks. The Volt FX-8 joins to any standard adjustable pool post and operates for as long as an hour. Fitted with a 12.75-inch vacuum head and two reusable channel packs, the Volt FX-8 can vacuum a wide range of trash, including dirt, rock, leaves, sand, and green growth.
Polaris — A brand of Fluidra
Polaris’ ALPHA iQ+ an intelligent automated pool cleaner gives vital cleaning resulting in a crystal clear pool. These pool cleaners offer a customized cleaning arrangement with SMART Cycle usefulness. The ALPHA iQ+ ascertains the most proficient measure of time to wipe out the garbage while gathering information to make programmed modifications while cleaning. Data is then sent to the iAquaLink application, where proprietors have complete access and can use capacities including an in-app booking, observing water temperature, checking the cleaning status, and the main focus, spot cleaning.
Paramount Pool and Spa Systems
These licensed nozzles are deliberately positioned in the pool floor, steps, and seats. These nozzles are usually positioned in the pool’s floor. They pop up to guide a powerful stream of water to clear enormous trash and dirt into the pool’s primary channel. After you retract flash with the pool floor, hence it becomes invisible. When cleaning, the system flows round the water for better chemical mixture and warmth circulation. Most important is that it constitutes frameworks for vinyl, concrete, and fiberglass pools.
The Revolution 6-Port Valve is the toughest, productive, and serviceable framework to ever originate from Caretaker, the organization says. The machine’s moving component makes good use of the time to clean each zone. Also, the upgraded one-piece gear cartridge makes its valve simpler to maintain and service.
Steward Group DBA Aquabot
Because of its licensed AquaSmart Gyro Technology, the Aquabot Rapids 1500 automated pool cleaner brushes, vacuums, and micro‑filters dirt, trash, and impurities from the pool’s floor, walls, and waterline, in a limited period while restricting cable entanglement. It contains a 59-foot link with turn, vibrating brush, caddy, and a two-year surerity.
BioLab Plant Reopening Will Impact Chlorine Prices for 2023
The news of BioLab’s plant burning to the ground during Hurricane Laura in 2020 had a ripple effect on chlorine prices that has lasted for the past two years. We first reported that BioLab was rebuilding the plant back in July of 2021. A recent announcement that construction is completed and in time for summer production has pool industry analysts optimistic. “We are delighted to reopen our BioLab facility in time to support the 2023 pool season,” said Michael Sload, CEO of KIK Consumer Products.
BioLab is the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of dry chlorine products. An announcement that the Westlake, Louisiana facility is fully operational means that one of the driving factors for the initial spike we saw on the price of chlorine has been removed. Prices for dry chlorine products soared in 2021 due to concerns about shortages and remained high through the summer of 2022.
Understanding The Correlation Between BioLab & Price Increases
The conditions for a sudden surge in the price for chlorine stemmed partly from the fact that BioLab was out of commission. The main factor that was driving prices to explode during the past two years was largely due to the pandemic in general.
A large percentage of the population was quarantined, which meant more people than ever before, were at home and using their swimming pool. This put a much higher glut on demand than anticipated. With the pandemic shutting many plants down, and logistical delays plaguing distributors throughout most of 2021, these conditions as well as rising inflation in 2022 kept prices high through the summer.
The reopening of the BioLab facility will certainly impact the supply chain in a positive way. “BioLab will be actively supplying the pool market for the 2023 season which should provide some relief,” said plant manager Donald Brunette.
Prices are predicted to begin dropping a bit in light of that fact but will certainly not sink lower than they were prior to the pandemic. As the population starts to adjust to a post-Covid world, the surge we saw for swimming pools has already begun to recalibrate to pre-pandemic levels. The only remaining catalyst for keeping chlorine prices from truly resetting back to 2020 is the cumulative rate of inflation is roughly 14.7% higher than in 2020.
While this should certainly factor into the equation, most experts agree that with this news, the chlorine shortage is finally over and a bucket of chlorine tablets should cost substantially less next summer than it has in previous years. This comes as welcome news for both consumers and pool professionals.
Ultimate Water Taps Jeff Jones for Sales of Chlorine Genie
Ultimate Water, whose flagship product is the Chlorine Genie, is pleased to announce the addition of industry veteran Jeff Jones as the new Regional Sales Manager and Buying Group Liaison for the company’s residential and commercial divisions. Based out of Texas, Jones has been in the swimming pool industry for over 40 years spanning a broad range of roles including the VP of Sales for DEL Ozone, National Sales Manager for Letro Products, as well as work in construction management and sales for Blue Haven and Riverbend Pools. Most recently Jones managed buying group sales for Florida Water Products.
“We are very pleased to have Jeff join our team,” says Thomas Vessiere, National Sales Director for Ultimate Water. “Jeff brings deep experience, industry knowledge, and strong relationships that will be especially helpful as the demand for the Chlorine Genie grows exponentially in our industry.”
Having sold and designed pool water sanitation systems for many years, Jones is very enthusiastic about being a part of the growing success of the Chlorine Genie. “The design and functionality of the Chlorine Genie makes it an ideal product for our industry and is especially welcome right now as builders, retailers and service professionals grapple with the most efficient way to continuously produce chlorine safely, cost effectively and immediately for their customers,” explains Jones.
Jones will be at the AQUALive Show booth # 416 and can be reached directly at [email protected] or by calling 214-415-2510.
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A Borates Shortage is Looming on The Horizon
One of the specialty chemicals being talked about a lot in light of the chlorine shortages and rising prices are borates. As strong proponents of borates, it troubles us to say that our go-to sanitzer supplement may soon be facing the same shortages and rising costs that we’ve been seeing on the trichlor side.
What The Boron Shortage Means For The Pool Industry
If you’re in the pool business you already know, borates are becoming increasingly difficult to find. What inventory is available is vastly more expensive than in previous years. We’re already knee-deep into the dog days of summer and prices for chlorine have skyrocketed well past analysts’ projections.
A lot of pool service professionals have been turning to borates as the savior during this time of inflation and rising prices. Many technicians already use borates as a buffer against upwards shifting pH. When your pH level rises above what is deemed “normal” (about 7.8), using borates achieves optimum results.
Why Pool Professionals Are Turning To Borates
Bacteria can thrive in water with a high pH level. When this happens it makes chlorine less effective. Pool professionals use borates to alleviate the issue, because it works to keep pH from drifting upward. In addition, there are other positive aspects to using borates in your pool. For one, it keeps the pool clear of algae and calcium scaling. Pool equipment repair specialists will be the first ones to recommend borates. When it comes to maintaining ideal water chemistry for your pool equipment, borates does an amazing job.
For the past few years, the adoption of borates by pool pros has steadily increased season after season. The concern now is that we may have hit maximum capacity as demand has increased well beyond available inventory.
Dwindling Boron Supplies Driving Prices Higher
The global boron market shortage is driving prices higher this season. For those who’ve been thinking of switching to using borates, this definitely is something to consider. When it comes to getting trichlor at affordable rates, it already feels that pool pros are a lower priority as far as it goes to maintaining pricing structures. Now, it appears the same thing has begun happening with borates.
Although borates and boric acid are near synonymous with pools, the swimming pool industry itself is actually a lower priority in terms of its consumption of boron. The industrial glass industry is the largest consumer of boron, roughly 48%, followed by the ceramics industry (15%) and agricultural industry (15%); the cleaning industry of which the pool industry represents a fraction consumes roughly 2% of the world’s boron.
You’ll find boron in everything from industrial fertilizers to high-end ceramics and solar panels. Boron also has medical applications which improve wound healing and boosts the body’s usage of estrogen, testosterone, and vitamin D. It improves magnesium absorption, reduces inflammation, increases antioxidants, and boosts brain electrical activity in both cognitive performance as well as short-term memory.
What is absolutely certain is that we (the pool industry) didn’t cause a borates shortage. Clearly, demand is higher in these other industries which are causing prices to surge. Right now the boron supply chain is very weak. Over 60% of the material comes from mines located in Turkey which is the top producer, followed by Russia, South America and the United States.
For the time being, production is gradually declining. As existing boron reserves deplete, we’re seeing demand far exceed supplies, resulting in higher prices such as $1,250 per ton, far exceeding analysts’ predictions for $739 per ton.
While the demand in the U.S. by pool professionals may be high, the top consumer of boron is China, followed by India and Japan. Boron is produced domestically only in the State of California and it appears very little of it is earmarked towards maintaining supply chains for borates.
The story isn’t all doom and gloom for pool professionals who want to switch to borates. Fortunately, folks like Natural Chemistry, Brenntag, and others are still intent on keeping inventory on the shelves so you should still be able to find their products through distribution. If they don’t have borates available, demand that they replenish their stock. This may be the only way to guarantee the pool industry remains a priority at all.
Listen to our entire discussion on the Talking Pools podcast.
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