Welcome to Salt Shack
As summers have changed for everyone, adding fun to your very own space has been a high priority for many people. A safe space for the kids to play and adults to relax has been a huge bonus for our clients. Our stock tanks have brought fun and laughter to neighbourhood backyards just like yours without the commitment or price tag of a bigger pool. We are a family run business started in the height of the pandemic. Born out of the need to build beautiful spaces close to home to destress and find more joy.
We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
WHAT IS A STOCK TANK POOL?
Stock tanks are typically found on farms and used to feed and water livestock. Well ,you know what they say, one horse's water bowl is another person's affordable pool (or something like that). In recent years, stock tanks have been repurposed by city dwellers, stylish Airbnb owners, and suburban families alike to transform their backyards into oases of summer fun. Just add a floatie and a few scoops of ice cream.
Oval or round?
The age old question. Round pools are perfect for detached homes and/or larger backyards, young families, extraverts + those who live by the sun & love by the moon. Oval pools are good for small backyards and/or semi detached & row houses, daydreamers, die hard romantics, friends, lovers & the nostalgic folx
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where do you deliver?
All over Ontario and Quebec.
Free delivery for Toronto and GTA
Do you install the pool?
Yes we do the full installation for you. We will have all the parts and the pump to get your pool working.
How do i keep my kids safe?
Please check with your city for specific guidelines.
NEVER allow a child in or near a stock tank pool without continuous adult supervision. ALWAYS ensure your child is wearing a personal floatation device. INSTALL a pool motion alarm to detect motion in the water and/or an alarm on your door
**ANYONE CAN DROWN IN 6 INCHES OF WATER**
What do i do with my pool in the winter?
Empty your pool and use it store your summer stuff. Get a really great winterized pool cover and say goodbye until next year. Turning it upside down and properly covering it is important to avoid moisture build up and rust.
How do you avoid rust?
Rust is inevitable over time - to reduce it and/or prolong your rust free period - use minimal amounts of chemicals especially in small pools. Close 'the door' on the bromine dispenser so only a little amount is used. Never shock the water to treat and Never pour chlorine, salt or bromine directly in the pool.
Round or oval?
There are two shapes of stock tanks. The round shape is better for larger backyards. Oval stock tanks are long and narrow, so they're better suited for small backyards.
Measure your space + the way into your space to make sure it will fit.
Some additional stock tank ideas: HERE
How many fit?
6ft Oval - 2
8ft Oval -3-4
6ft Round - 4
8ft Round - 5-6
What do i need to know about having a pool?
Please check with your city for specific rules. Below are two important links for having pools in Toronto. The most important thing is keeping kids safe. Please make sure to have doors that lock leading to the pool and/or alarms. The other option is to have a cover that locks.
Info from the city of Toronto:
How do I treat the water? Should I use chlorine or saltwater?
Water treatment is simple. Youcan use a simple floating chlorine dispenser, but we prefer Bromine. 1-3 one inch Bromine tabs per week (typically used for spas and hot tubs). Any more than that and your tank’s galvanized coating may be compromised. Saltwater is possible, but some people are having trouble with rust on their tank when using salt.
Where can I buy more Bromine tablets?
Any pool store or good old Amazon has some. Make sure they are 1 inch to fit your dispenser.
Should I paint my tank myself?
You can paint stock tanks, yes. We can paint them for you. However, they don't need to be painted. They’re made with galvanized metal that is very durable and resists rust. Keep in mind, to paint them correctly takes prep work and a lot of paint.
Can you heat stock tanks?
You can use a propane heater to heat it to hot tub temperatures (HERE). Or a solar cover to warm your water during the day (purchase at any pool store OR good ol' Amazon). Without a heater, when the pool is filled with water, neither the metal nor the water will get too warm to touch or use.
Where can i put my tank?
No matter where you put your pool, you'll need two things for its location: 1) it should beflat: free of rocks, roots, and humps, and 2) the location should be leveL Also keep in mind, filled-they weigh as much an an SUV- so balconies don't work. Placing it on gravel, river stones work great to help with draining water underneath.
How about the maintenance?
If you have a filter/pump - you only have to keep the pump running a couple hours a day to keep the water clean. Replace or clean the filter cartridges every 2-4 weeks and add bromine tabs and skim the water once /week. Over the years if you notice rust- you can sand it down and paint.
We provide you with some Bromine tablets, after that you can purchase your 1 inch tablets at any pool store or using Amazon.
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