Information and mis-information

Sometimes we have customers come in with “information” from another pool and spa store that leaves us scratching our heads. For those of you who have owned your pool for an extended period of time you know that the information that you were just given could not make less sense. I’ve heard in the past that the copper in a customer’s water was being leached out from the liner, which obviously is impossible because there is no copper in a liner. Another was that the best way to kill algae is with muriatic acid, now granted you can kill algae in this fashion by lowering the pH so far that nothing can live in the water, but for the sake of your equipment I would not advise it. My point is this, if the advice seems out of the realm of normalcy then get a second opinion. You wouldn’t have your hand amputated under doctor’s orders for a hangnail without getting a second opinion, so if it sounds off or extreme just get a second opinion.

We give Thanks.

2016 is winding down and one of the major holidays we celebrate is Thanksgiving. On behalf of everyone here at Eastgate Pools & Spas, we would like to personally thank everyone that has helped make this year one of our best ever. Our friends flocked to the store and left with swimming pools, hot tubs, outdoor furniture, grills, and just about everything that wasn’t tacked down. We ran out of things that we have never run out of before.

Business success aside, we as a company would like to publicly express our thanks for the many friendships that grew and were renewed this year. You folks are the best and we look forward to seeing you back in the store for many years to come.

On a personal note, I’d also like to thank the associates I work with. These are some of the hardest working, most talented people in the pool industry. The knowledge they possess is due to lots of work, study,  and an ongoing effort to be better. ‘Average’ is not acceptable and it shows.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Eat well and be careful in your travels.

Happy Spalidays

As the merry days keep ringing, happy spalidays to you! There is nothing to get you in the Christmas spirit like a hot tub on a cold December day. Imagine a cold December evening. The neighborhood is decorated in lights for the impending Christmas season and you are taking a little “me” time in your new hot tub. You take note of the clear winter sky with only the stars to keep you company. You ease your way into the hot and soothing tub and lay your head back and close your eyes to the immensity of the evening sky. After a few relaxing minutes you notice a bead of sweat accumulating and then running down the side of your brow. This time is yours. Peace on Earth and good will to men, with many relaxing days that lay ahead.

Chilly nights

It’s that time of year, where the temperature drops at night and a jacket may not cut it.  Well, we may have the answer for you, an outdoor fire pit or even an outdoor fireplace may be the thing to have this fall.  Do you want a propane or natural gas fire pit for easy light, or an outdoor wood burning fire pit or even fireplace made out of stone? Or maybe even the entire outdoor room: pergola, kitchen island, furniture, fire pit and/or fireplace.  –Matt

Sometimes you’ve got to break some eggs

Every year I have customers call in regarding their pool installations, and stating that their yard is not in the same condition that it was when we arrived. This statement I agree with wholeheartedly, the yard is different when we leave than it was when we arrive, you now have a pool. Yes there is dirt piled in the yard, and yes there are tracks from where the equipment has accessed, and moved around the pool during the excavation/installation process. We absolutely do our best to minimize any additional damage to yards, but let’s be honest this is a major construction project that is happening in your yard, and you will see evidence of our being there.

Grand Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Ed Flannery of the Ripley area!  Ed was our Anniversary Sale grand prize winner. Here we are presenting him with his $500 Eastgate Pools Gift card. Ripley is about an hour away but in his case, the drive was well worth it!

EdFlannery

And they’re off

That’s right it’s that time of year again. Not talking about the ponies that make their run the first Saturday of May, I’m specifically referencing pool covers. To some people it seems too early to open the pool, and that the proper time to take the cover off is for the Memorial Day holiday. Admittedly there may not be much, if any swimming done between the first and last week of May but it is a safer bet to do it now. If there are any unforeseen water quality, or mechanical issues it is better to find it now rather than trying to scramble at the last minute.

Peyton Manning

One of the greatest players of all time, retired a few days ago, Peyton Manning.  After 18 years in the NFL Peyton is walking away from the sport he gave so much to.  I’m glad I got to watch Manning’s career as I grew up playing pee wee football, this future NFL Hall of inductee has just about every record in the book. Some records most likely will never be broken. His retirement speech was well prepared and thoughtful and you could tell who means the world to Peyton. And he could have not ended the speech any better.  His last word before walking off stage was “Omaha”.

70 Degrees Has March’ed Into 2016!

Happy 1st day of spring! With the warmer weather, but rain in the upcoming forecast, could we get an early jump to the swim season this year? I hope so! The quicker we get the warm weather and not the so rainy weather, the quicker we can start to install our backlog of new pools. But it also allows customers to get their current pool open so they can enjoy another fun and safe swimming season.  I have my fingers crossed for a nice spring and summer, not a rain filled year like it has been in the past.

Warmer Days

Well, it is only a couple of days until the first day of spring and quite frankly, I’m ready for it.  I like being warm but I like being outdoors. Wearing a down parka and shoveling snow is not my idea of fun. I look forward to nice evenings on my back deck, with something tasty cooking on the grill.  Spring—bring it on.  Please.

Brewed By Aliens?

OK maybe not, but with St. Patrick’s day being right around the corner I had to pause and wonder where green beer tradition came from? As it turns out the origins are not from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, but from up the east coast. The first recorded reference to be found leads the origin to a St. Patrick’s Day party at a New York City social club in 1914. It was found that 1 drop of wash blue dye into a certain amount of beer would change the color into the desired green hue. It is however safe to say that this was not done with Guinness, as you know the only color you can dye Guinness is into a darker shade of black. This did however lead to the creation that is loved by college kids just up the road at Miami University and the founding of their Green Beer Day in 1952.

A Widely Celebrated Death

I remember being much younger, and thinking that I was never going to grow up and sound like my parents. As get older though I find that there are certain things that were said to me that I am now saying to my children such as ” how can you listen to that garbage music?” I understand types of music and the artists (if you can call some of them that) go in cycles. What is the hot thing today may be looked at 5 years from now with disdain and utter disgust of one’s self for not only listening but singing along with that drivel. Then you look in the bottom of that one seldom accessed dresser drawer to find that you not only reveled in the music, but have the t-shirt to prove it. I think without question the death of the musical genre that was met with the most fanfare and revelry was the day that disco died. Don McLean recorded his most famous hit about that tragic February in 1959, where 3 young and talented musicians left us far too early.  Is it odd though that no one has bothered to write a song about the death of disco? Is it because disco isn’t really dead and it is working at a burger joint in Kalamazoo Michigan, or is it the fact that the death is less mourned and more celebrated?

That “Special” Deal

When you buy a car there is an expectation that the car is complete and there is nothing additional required. If the salesman told you that the tires were additional you would walk out of the dealership no matter how “special” the deal was, because once you added the price of the tires the deal was no longer special. You have an expectation of completeness when you make a purchase, except for batteries, because as always batteries are not included. Unfortunately, this is not always the case when talking about spas at some retailers. As a consumer make sure that the “special” deal is actually special, not a hidden add on shell game. Make sure that the price you’re given on a spa includes the delivery, AND SET UP not just a driveway delivery. Also make sure that there are no hidden upcharges for covers, or chemicals.

Swimming Pool by Emily The Great

I was in my car this morning and heard a really neat song on NPR’s, Songs We Love. The song was by Emily the Great and it was titled, Swimming Pool. Like most employees, my work becomes a lot of work and this song reminded me that swimming pools are fun and clean and nice. When I was a kid, one my greatest joys was having a swimming pool and having my friends and family over and everyone enjoying each other’s company in a clean clear swimming pool. It made everyone very happy to come over and it made any event at our house a special event, because we had that large pool that gave everyone something to do. It felt like it transported us to somewhere else, another place where there were no worries, just fun and laughter.  So, I thought it would be fun if I shared the song in the hope that you will listen and enjoy it.

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/01/464854402/songs-we-love-emmy-the-great-swimming-pool

They Like Their Pools Bigger in Chile…

I was just wondering the other day about the largest pool ever built.  Turns out this mammoth man made lagoon at San Alfonso del Mar is the world’s largest pool and nothing else even comes close.  The pool takes up 20 acres and contains 66 million gallons of water.  That would only need 6600 gallons of liquid shock a week.  Take a look at this video for some additional facts and some amazing views of this spectacular body of water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a6Fj_791G8