We hope you had a great day yesterday with family and friends. But if you ate too much, get off that sofa and get a little exercise going. Or…go get in your hot tub and get a little ‘simulated’ work out. It’s healthy and fun. Don’t have a hot tub? Well, we’re open 10-7 Monday thru Friday, 10-6 on Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday and anytime during those hours, you can find a whole bunch of great hot tubs looking to be adopted. –Max

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From all of us here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the day, and maybe do a little quiet reflection on all the things you have to be thankful for. Sometimes we forget just how good we have it until we sit down and think about it. And as a company, we really do appreciate all of our great customers that have made us so successful. We look forward to seeing you again soon. –Eastgate Pools & Spas Staff

Closed Thanksgiving Day!!!

Not because you can, on Thursday night starting at 6 pm, go to a major retailer and get a toaster for $2. This is not the kind of thanks that was intended when Thanksgiving_grace_1942the national holiday of Thanksgiving was created. I applaud major retailers like REI and Marshalls/TJ Maxx for bucking the current trend and not opening on Thursday evening. The time that we have with our families is precious and needs to be enjoyed. Please make time to spend with your family, that toaster will always be there, but as every one of us has experienced one day someone in the family will not. –Chris

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A Warm November…So Far.

Not to jinx us, but it has been ridiculously warm so far this November. So much so, I actually mowed my yard on November 14th. I’ve never had to do that this late before. And today, we just closed up the last above ground pool on our display lot.

I remember several years ago wearing shorts on Christmas but I also remember a year when we had about four inches of snow on Halloween. I guess we can just enjoy the warmer temps and save on heating expenses. But I am sure we won’t get away without some really cold, snowy days. Still, this makes me delay getting that snow blower I have been thinking about for the last few weeks. –Max

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Do I need to keep my winter cover pumped off?

YES, unless you don’t care about how long the cover lasts. Here is a little math to support this. If you have a 24’ above ground pool, you have just a little below 300 gallons of water for every inch of water in the pool. stdcvrThis goes for on top the cover too. Each inch of water weighs over a ton, and while the water underneath helps support the cover on the water, it adds lots of stress to the cover where it stretches to and over the top rails. It can damage the cover and the rails too. Relieve the pressure by keeping the cover pumped off. And as for you in-ground owners, if you get too much water on top of the cover, it will displace water under the cover and potentially cause water leak behind the liner at the coping, adding to the possibility of a liner float. –Max

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A good time to buy an above ground pool is…?

During the swimming off-season, we get asked this all the time: “When is the best time to buy an above ground pool?” The answer is NOW. FYI, we have placed our order for 2016 and with rising steel and resin prices, there will be a price increase for 2016. But here is the good news: You can advance-purchase a new above ground for 2016 and pick it up or get it installed next spring. And even though we will pay more, you can get it at end-of-season 2015 pricing. Pretty good deal. –Max

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Leaf covers make winter a little easier

Short and sweet: Get a leaf cover and put it on the pool over the winter cover. As the leaves fall, peel it off and dump the leaves. Put the cover back on and collect more leaves. When all the leaves are down, take the leaf cover off,leafcover clean it, dry it, and store it away for next year. No more rotting leaves to clog the cover pump and no more muck to drop into the pool in the spring.

Best of all, our leaf cover prices went DOWN this year. Significantly. We made a very good buy and they are quite affordable. We don’t put pricing on our web or in our blogs, but give us a call and we can quote you over the phone. But I’ll give you a little hint: The biggest round above ground pool we sell has a leaf cover for under $100. –Max

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Pool Winterizing Tips

Okay—many of you have given in to the falling leaves and have the pool winterized. Here are a couple of no-no’s for your pool.

In ground: If you have a traditional winter cover that lays on the water and is held in place by water-filled tubes, DON’T try to save a couple of dollars by replacing leaking bags with cinder blocks, landscape ties, flower planters, or anything that can find their way into the pool. Replacement water tubes cost far less than replacement liners and a flower planter pulled into a pool will make your water look suspiciously like a farm pond. Avoid the heart-ache.

Above ground: Do NOT hand jugs from the grommets. The extreme stress on the grommets will strip them out of the cover and will cause the cover to rip or fray. Ropes tied to stakes in the ground have the same effect. Stick with the cable and if you are in an area of high wind, we have wraps that go around the cover and down the side of the pool, effectively sealing it up. Again, the seal costs far less than a new winter cover.

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It’s never too early!

Nor is it too late. I don’t think that I have ever purchased a winter coat in November, nor a pair of swimming trunks in April. I am an off-season type of shopper, especially for durable goods. I appreciate the want for immediate gratification, but I am also frugal to the point where I will forgo the immediate gratification for the better prices. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing a swimming pool, be it in or above ground. There are some serious savings to be had by purchasing now for installation for the 2016 season. When it comes to prices, it doesn’t generally stay the same, and the prices from the manufacturer never go down. In short, though it way have to wait until the weather warms up for the installation and use of your new swimming pool you can capitalize on some great off season prices. –Chris

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Chaparral Prairie’s GRAND OPENING

The Arc of Appalachia Preserve System invites you to attend
Chaparral Prairie’s GRAND OPENING

For those that enjoy a nice walk in the woods, I recommend a visit to Adams County Ohio. With fall here, the leaves are beginning to change. It is a beautiful time of year and perhaps nowhere is the scenery more colorful than Adams County. In particular, I recommend the Edge of Appalachia and the Arc of Appalachia preserves, located in the West Union community. It is about 1 hour east of Cincinnati and is worth the drive. There are numerous Edge of Appalachia hiking trails that are maintained by the Nature Conservancy and Cincinnati Museum Center. Arc of Appalachia preserves are overseen by the Ohio Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. To learn more about the trails and to get directions and maps of the trails, click on the links below. Terrain can be challenging but in general, most of these trails are easy walks. The newest is the Chaparral Prairie and again, you can learn more about it by clicking on the link. Good times…guaranteed.–Max

Pool Filter Sand

The end of the swim season is a great time to swap out the sand in your filter! Sand needs to be changed every three to five seasons, to ensure the best filtration for your pool. This is also a great time to check your laterals for any cracks or weak spots and replace those as well.

This would also be a good time to ask about switching to ZEOsand instead of regular silica sand. This would help keep your pool even clearer AND would only need to be changed every five to seven years!

Come to the store for instructions on how to accomplish this task, or call our service department and let them do the dirty work for you! (513) 528-8878. –Tina

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What type of pool cover should I use?

When it is time to think about closing the pool for the season. For those of you that have an in-ground pool and it comes time for the new winter cover the question becomes do I stay with the water bag type or go for the safety cover, and if I do choose the safety cover do I pick the solid or the mesh. Each and every person is going to have their own slant on which of the 2 covers is better, and for each person there is a larger benefit for one over the other. For those of you that want zero maintenance over the winter season then the mesh is the right cover for you, but keep in mind for every plus there is a minus. In my opinion the minuses outweigh the pluses with the mesh cover, especially if you have a salt system. Keeping in mind that the salt system has 2 main requirements for proper operation, salt and cyanuric acid, and that these items are only removed from the pool by dilution of the water this may not be the right option for you. The average rainfall in the Cincinnati region from October 1st through April 30th is 22.4″ of precipitation. This is an awful lot of fresh water to be added to the pool. You will save up front on the cost with the purchase of the mesh cover, but will pay for it each and every year at start up. Once again this is my opinion, and I welcome your feedback.—Chris

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Fan of Fall

I guess it depends on perspective. From a child’s eye view this is the saddest of times having to once again return to school. For those of you who may not be in the pool every day but like the inviting look of crystal blue water this may not be a happy time. I personally believe the opposite, and not just because my children have to go back to school. I have always been a fan of the fall, the color change of the leaves, bonfires, and most of all the start of football. I am one that doesn’t really care if it pro or college, of even 2 talented high school teams, I am willing to take the time to watch the game. Living in Cincinnati for all of my life it has always been easy to find talented high school teams, and for the last 15 years or so we have had a pretty solid college team, but now we even have a pretty talented pro team. Long and short a pretty good place to live to see some pretty good football on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.—Chris

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In Honor of Back to School Season…

Here is Rodney Dangerfield and his famous Triple Lindy dive from the movie Back to School. We do not encourage anyone to attempt anything remotely resembling this dive, but it is funny and is a great tie in between the pool business and school being back in session. Enjoy!

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Fiberglass Pools

One of my many jobs at Eastgate Pools is to sell inground pools. From time to time customers will ask about the pros and cons of a fiberglass pool. I think I have always done a good job of explaining the potential flaws of this style pool in the Cincinnati climate. The biggest fear is shifting of the pool in the ground, which requires the pool to be lifted and reset at great expense. It happens more often then people would want to believe, especially in years with large amounts of rain, like this year! I ran across a news article that I thought would show the story as it would do as good a job demonstrating the this possibility as I could ever hope to. Scott

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