TARZANA (CBSLA) – A nationwide shortage of pool products is making chlorine tablets and propane tanks hard to come by and increasing prices right as the summer months approach.
“In this heat, if you don’t take care of your pool properly algae will start growing,” said David Sarafyan, a pool supply store employee. “Your pool will pretty much become a swamp.”READ MORE: Laguna Hills Student Spouts Racial Slurs At Black Player
The average price of chlorine tablets for swimming pools has doubled since last year.
Chlorine tablets, which are easier to use and more eco-friendly than liquid, are hard to come by in Los Angeles.READ MORE: Authorities Searching For Missing Teen Girl Allegedly Taken By Her Mother
“They doubled the price,” said Pablo Bautista, a pool serviceman. “The customer doesn’t want to pay for that.”
The pandemic created a higher demand for tablets as families with backyard pools stayed at home.MORE NEWS: Woman Details Encounter With Man Accused Of Killing Brianna Kupfer
On top of that, a fire at a major Louisiana manufacturing plant knocked production offline, causing prices to rise.