DOYLESTOWN, Pa. Over the next few weeks, many pool owners will take cover for the summer season.
However, experts warn that a nationwide chlorine deficiency can make it difficult for those who want to take a dip.
“People who do not have a service business may be without chlorine,” said William Yuengel, Mer-Man Swimming Pool Services.
Last August, a fire at a Louisiana chemical plant during Hurricane Laura destroyed much of the country’s supply.
“They supplied 50% of the chlorine to our country,”
As a result, demand rose and prices rose in the air.
“We had stock ahead of time, so our customers are good. I know other companies knew about this around December,” Yuengel said.
Then there is the pandemic, which has caused shortages of other products.
Therefore, it may be almost impossible to make changes this season for some pool owners.
“Right now, I can not buy a particular brand pump or heater. And it has been like that since last year,” Yuengel said.
And if you stumble across a product, Yuengel recommends tearing it up while you can, but warns that you might be paying a hefty price.
You can also ditch the chlorine together.
“I would recommend that there are many saline systems available; they can convert it to saline, and what the system does is it makes chlorine for you, so you do not have to rely on the increases and the shortage,” Yuengel said.