Having your own swimming pool is fun, but it also requires a lot of maintenance. There is a lot to buy in order to keep it clean, safe and comfortable. Fortunately, Connecticut has numerous local supply shops filled with the top products at competitive prices, and with staff that can recommend what works best for your pool. This summer, stop by any of these businesses and ensure that your swimming pool is the envy of the neighborhood.
Splash Pool Supply
637 John Fitch Blvd.
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 289-1826

Family-owned Splash Pool Supply has been in business for thirty years, and carries everything a pool owner could posssibly need. There are AquaComfort and Hayward heaters along with a variety of filters, and motors and pumps for both inground and above ground pools. Splash also has liquid solar blankets, which cover the surface of the water to prevent heat from escaping. You’ll even find an array of floats for children and adults alike, as well as goggles, masks and pool toys.

Hunter’s Pool Center
263 Church St.
Yalesville, CT 06492
(203) 269-2183

The Hunter family knows its pools, and three generations have helped this company going strong since 1963. Not only do the Hunters carry the most reliable pumps, filters and vacuums, they can also install steps, ladders, slides and diving boards. They also provide services that include water testing and diagnosis, replacement of liners and other parts, and necessary repairs. If you are looking to have a swimming pool built for your home, whether inground or above ground, Hunter’s Pool Center specializes in that as well.

Sterling Pool
482 Howe Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484′
(203) 924-7753

Sterling Pool stocks all the necessary supplies in its downtown Shelton store, and what it doesn’t have it can quickly order for you. They carry the three main types of filters —  Sand, Cartridge and Diatomaceous Earth — along with Hayward pumps and heaters. There is a wide assortment of chemicals, chlorinators, vacuums, and leaf skimmers to keep your pool looking its best. And when it is time to shut it down for the winter, Sterling Pool has polypropylene mesh anchor safety covers for keeping out algae.

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Savol Pools
91 Prestige Park Circle
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 282-0878

What started as a bleach company, Savol Pools of East Hartford has been serving commercial and residential pools in central Connecticut for the past several decades. Those with private swimming pools will find it offers all the necessary parts and accessories as well as repair and renovating services. And for those businesses with pools open to the public, Savol will help them determine if they comply with recent Americans With Disabilities Act regulations, and if not, which components they need to purchase.

Hat City Pools
358 Main St.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 743-1234

Hat City Pools (so called because that was once Danbury’s nickname) has long been a popular destination for swimming pool owners in Fairfield County. One reason is that its showroom stocks many of the top brands of pool products, including AquaComfort, BioGuard and Loop-Loc. There are several different Maytronics Dolphin robotic pool cleaners that come with a two or three-year warranty. Hat City also builds inground and above ground pools, offers periodic specials and provides maintenance services to over a dozen surrounding towns.

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Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.