Winter Winds And Learning The Hard Way

We only get to experience our first time closing our pool, one time. So let’s do it right. One thing new above ground pool owners don’t take into account when winterizing their pool, is the wind whipping and beating up their new winter cover and possibly blowing the cover into the pool. So, what is to be done about it? One can either wrap it with winter cover wrap , or snap on some winter cover clips and keep the cover tight and snug so that the wind can’t get up under the cover. When doing this, please make sure to take into consideration having enough slack material so that the cover is resting directly on top of the swimming pool water so as to distribute the weight of the water on the cover from rain water.


Good luck!

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It’s getting to be hot tub weather.

Do you keep your spa running all year long? There are several schools of thought on this. As a spa owner and an avid user I do keep it up and going year round. I know some people might say doesn’t that waste electric and chemicals? In my mind, not at all. My wife and I use the spa year round and having it balanced, clean and ready is an essential part to the enjoyment. Yes in July and August our time in the tub is not nearly as frequent as the rest of the year. However having it 13 steps out the door ready to relieve our stress and sooth our spirit is worth the small amount of effort to keep it ready to use. The mineral system I use (Simple Spa) means, when I time my draining and refilling of my spa right I get through the warmer months with very little effort on my part taking care of my spa. So no matter the time of year in my mind it is always Hot tub weather.

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My absolute favorite time of year to enjoy a spa is in the fall and winter, but has your spa cover seen better days?  We can order you a new cover if you provide us with the size of  the spa and the radius corners, we have a few different style colors to choose from in the standard Teak color. Or ask about the many other colors that we may be able to order the cover in.

For those that may not have a spa or need a new cover.  What kind of condition is your pool winter cover in?  As there are to many pool sizes to list, we still have most sizes winter covers in stock, we have the different options on display to choose from. If your looking for a new safety cover for your In Ground or those that have a Radiant pool completely in the ground we can special order a safety cover for you.  If the pool was not installed by Eastgate Pools, give us the pool shape and approximate dimensions and we can give you a price quote.

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37th Anniversary Sale in Progress

You’ve waited all year for it and now the wait is over. It’s our 37th Anniversary Sale with big-time savings all over the store. Pool chemical prices will be the lowest of the year and savings extend into hot tubs, patio and sunroom furniture sets, and pools themselves.

Many of you have already received our WORLD FAMOUS yellow sales flyer but if you haven’t received it, check your EPerx e-mail. Or just stop in and pick one up here.

Friday April 28—10-8
Saturday April 29—10-6
Sunday April 30—11-5

Come have some fun with us and maybe…just maybe you will walk out with one of our hourly door prizes. The Grand Prize is a $500 shopping spree here at the store. Get free hot dogs, brats and metts too, cooked up picnic style out front.

Please..come join us!

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A Mild Winter

I must say I enjoyed the winter that wasn’t this year. Admittedly I like snow, but I like the lower Duke bills more than the snow. I know the kids are bummed that there minimal to no snow days this year, but they like the ability to play outside better. The upsides of a mild winter greatly outweigh the downside, unless you suffer from spring allergies. For those of you that do, be prepared for a long spring season.

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Let’s face it everything gets older.

When my wife met me 20 years ago I was a handsome young man, and now I’m just a man. When you bought your car it was the hottest thing on the road, now you hope it makes it down the road. The moral of the story is that no material item lasts forever, no matter how well we take care of it. Spas are the same way, what was pretty as a shiny new penny 15 years ago, has now lost it’s luster. When it comes time to replace your spa there are questions you have to ask yourself: What did I like the best about my spa, and what did I hate? When you answer those questions for yourself you will likely be able to find your new spa via a less exhaustive search than the adventure to find your first spa.

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You’re Never Too Short for a Hot Tub!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a couple come in to look at hot tubs and one is a full foot taller than the other.  That can create some concerns for both parties.  Generally the taller party can find plenty of comfortable spots as long as the hot tub is larger enough to have a serviceable foot well.  For our shorter patrons the challenge can be far greater.  There are usually cool down seats that sit higher, but those are traditionally the least therapeutic of spots in your hot tub.  So how do we make a hot tub work for the 5’ 2” and shorter crowd?  While it is always a delicate item to mention, there are boosters that make just about any sit functional for our vertically challenged friends.  Our “Water Brick” is a thick booster seat that is filled with something heavy like marbles or stones to weigh it down.  Not to worry, there is plenty of cushion to keep it comfortable.  Torso height is usually the biggest concern for hot tub users that aren’t as tall, and simply raising them up a few inches can make a world of difference.  So, if you’ve always thought they didn’t make a seat that could work for you, remember there is a solution to let virtually everyone experience the hydrotherapy we all deserve…even those that might not be tall enough to ride the latest roller coaster.

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Use Your Time Wisely…

I always had positive remarks from my teachers as a kid with the exception of the category above.  I usually received an “N” for Needs to Improve.  They would say I was “visiting with my neighbors too much” or any number of things that were keeping me from finishing the task at hand or getting a head start on something else.  Due to no fault of their own, I’ve noticed many of our customers miss opportunities to get things done when they would like because they are unaware of the challenges with scheduling in our industry.  Often times assumptions are made that projects can happen sooner or special orders will arrive quicker than what can actually happen.  We send out mailers to many of our customers to encourage them to get on the books early for different maintenance items so no one is forced to do without or wait longer down the road.

Ultimately, what I’m trying to tell our esteemed readers is DON’T WAIT.  There is nothing wrong with getting that replacement liner ordered earlier or safety cover repair done before the leaves start to fall.  The sooner you act, the sooner you can expect results.  If you want a pool, or furniture, or hot tub you owe it to yourself to at least get the ball rolling.  That doesn’t mean you have to decide today, but at least you can get the creative juices flowing and have a better understanding of the time it will take to get what you want and need.  Often times in this industry the early bird is already two months behind.  Don’t let that happen to you.   You don’t want to compromise quality because you didn’t begin planning as early as it seemed necessary.  Besides, we’re here all year so you might as well come say hello.

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Welcome to the Family!!!

Every new beginning can be frightening, or motivational, or thought provoking.  I’m not sure that any of those really qualify here, BUT we are very pleased to introduce a new hot tub to our already extensive Mira lineup.  As always, Mira and Eastgate have worked together to make sure that we have the right offerings for as many customers as possible.  Our new M800DL fills a void that we’ve had for a double lounge hot tub.  We had the chance to fire one up when it first arrived and it does not disappoint.  Both lounge seats offer extensive jetting in all the necessary places, and they are contoured to make sure you stay right where you want to…in your seat enjoying the best hydrotherapy you can get.  If you’ve ever had the opportunity to talk with any of us here about what is most important in a great hot tub, you’ll be pleased to know that this checks all the boxes.  The M800DL provides exceptional water movement, jet placement, comfort, filtration, and durability.  Come check it out when you have a chance.

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Spring Is Here!

Spring is here. Must be here right? The season ending football game is over, pitchers and catchers are getting ready to report to spring training, and I even saw the beginnings of daffodils poking up through the ground. Even though meteorological spring doesn’t begin until March 1st, and the Vernal Equinox is not until March 21st, spring is basically upon us. This is the time to remember the nagging little things that were driving you to the brink of insanity last fall, like that little drip coming out of the backwash line when the filter was running. Remembering these small things now, and making the fix prior to the season just makes life that much easier when you are up and running.

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Pool Table Felt…Cloth

Okay–I have always called it ‘felt’ and have been corrected many times. What I called
‘felt’ is more accurately ‘cloth’. Whatever it is called, if you are considering
putting new on your pool table (or is that ‘billiard table’?), we carry a nice selection
for people that have an 8′ table or smaller. Winter is a good time to change it out so
stop and see us and we can tell you how to do the work.

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It May Be Winter But…

It is not too early to think ahead to the upcoming pool season. If your in-ground pool’s liner is looking ragged and is at the end of it’s life, think about stopping in this month and picking a new one out.
We can get it ordered, made, and in-stock for when the weather breaks. An early spring install
means not having to do it in the middle of the summer when you’d rather be swimming instead
of looking at a drained pool that is awaiting a new liner.

Stop in and see the two dozen designs that we have available.

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As 2016 Winds Down, Some food For Thought…

Age old questions abound, such as “Why do we park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?” But why are cobwebs called cobwebs? They look nothing like a cob. And why does sour cream have an expiration date? For 2017, I’d like to have these things answered. –Max

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For Whatever You Celebrate, We Wish You The Best!

Personally, I’ve never gotten upset when someone wishes me ‘Happy Holidays’. I don’t understand why some people get all riled up when someone communicates this sentiment. But I also don’t know why anyone would get upset when someone say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah’. Folks, if someone wants to send me tidings of comfort and joy, then rock on! So from all of us here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, enjoy this time of year when we celebrate…life! Merry Christholidaymasukah to you.

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The Perfect Blog

One of my esteemed colleagues informed me today that he had written the world’s most perfect blog. Upon reading it I have decided that it is not the world’s most perfect blog as he didn’t mention anything at all about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting drunk. It was at that time that he informed me that he was not writing the perfect country and western song, but instead the perfect blog. I guess they are not the same thing. Who knew?

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