I know that many Kentucky basketball fans are disappointed with their beloved Wildcats’ omission from the Big Dance. The same applies to Tennessee, Alabama, and Virginia followers. But those ‘slights’ pale in comparison to the greatest injustice of the entire draw. No Ohio University. Well, actually that was expected. You can’t lose to Akron three blasted times and make the field of sixty-eight. What really stinks is only getting a #6 seed in the NIT! AND having to travel to Denver for the first round. Apparently the NIT selection committee didn’t see my boys play nor did they see the 10K PLUS they regularly drew for home games.
The true sign of the summer being around the bend is here, Grills. We just got a new line of Gas Grills in the store from Swiss Grills. We are carrying 2 series; Zurich and Arosa.
The Zurich series is a grill for the big party. The Z650-D and the Z-460D are top-of-the-line grills with commercial grade rotisseries, stainless steel burners, hoods, grates and more, these grills are built to entertain. Both grills in our Zurich series come with a Swiss Grills trademark infrared Grizzler searing station for locking in flavor. Steakhouse quality right in your backyard.
The Arosa A-200 and A-250SS are slightly smaller grills but built for flavor. The A-250SS has the trademarked Grizzler station for searing as well as all the heavy duty stainless steel components as the Zurich series. The biggest difference you will see between the A-200 and the A-250SS is that the 200 has Cast Aluminum end caps and instead of a Grizzler it has a side burner for boiling water and pan searing vegetables, meats, etc.
If you come into the store you will find these grills right at the front because we are proud to present this fantastic line of Swiss Grills. Come and see them in-store or check out this great video about the Arosa Series and Swiss Grills. Swiss Grills Arosa Series
our Service Technicians busily opening pools on our back pool lot. They managed to open every pool just in time for this beautiful snow-storm. The results are some beautiful images from our technician Terry. Enjoy!
We go through a lot of change as a new season approaches. Yesterday we posted some photos of our Technicians opening our Inground pool. Today they proceeded to open the rest of the pools and got some painting done indoors. In the following videos you will see a number of different things. It starts by taking a short walk through our store. You will see one of our Service Technician painting one of our walls and getting it ready to hang new materials. It will then take you through our pool lot. You will see that we have a lot going on out there. We are filling pools, hanging new liners, starting up pumps and filters and getting everything started for 2013. In the final shots you will see that even the Aquabot is already hard at work cleaning our Inground. Check out the video here Getting Started on a New Year
I know it just turned March, but look at our service guys hard at work opening our Inground Pool. So ring it out to the masses, POOL SEASON IS HERE! I know it may look cold in the photos but we are ready to get your pools open and active for the 2013 season. Call us sooner than later, as we are starting to fill
Lets start with a little introduction. I am Charles Kelley and I’ve been with Eastgate Pools for six years now, but I am new to the Blog. That being said, my blog entries may sound novice but I believe “perfect practice makes perfect”. My understanding of a blog is for it to be a conversation, a two way topic. So here goes….
Pools vs. Spas. Pros and cons for both. I am lucky to own both a spa and pool from Eastgate Pools and this gives me great firsthand insight. We will approach the topic of the spa first.
The spa has great health benefits; it improves circulation, allows and aids healing of sore and strained muscles and achy joints, and a spa also creates a quiet time to reflect on and discuss the things in your day to day life. The drawback and major difference between spa and pool is that a spa is not created for exercise. Anther con is that other than cool early summer and late fall evenings, your use can drop off during the summer and its heat.
Now the pool, on the other hand, is different. I have a 27 foot aboveground pool. The pool can be a fantastic tool for exercise and a lot of us don’t get enough of that! The pool is also a gathering place for friends and family. With all the accessories and games for the pools you have a great way to get fit and have fun doing it. On days off from work it can be a great way to stay cool on those hot summer afternoons. However, the pool is going to be a little more work than the spa. The pool is subject to weather and therefore requires more day to day maintenance.
Upon review and reflection, I feel a person should own both a pool and a spa. This way you truly have the best of both worlds.
Many customer today are asking about salt systems. Their friends or family have one and love it, but most customers don’t fully understand how it will benefit them and have noticed the rather large up front cost.
Here are some benefits and reasons many customers are going to a salt system.
1. Saves time- The pool needs to have chlorine or it will go green. So, if a customer has a standard chlorinator they must go out to the chlorinator every 4 or 5 days and add chlorine tablets. Chlorinators have o rings which need to be lubricated or replaced often, the lid is usually tough to get off and the customer has to run to the store to buy more chlorine and find a place to store it. The only thing a salt system needs is a sufficient level of salt. Salt is a solid and once in the water, it stays (oceans stay salty). Generally a customer only needs to add salt to a pool on average twice a year, when opening and around July. The rest of the time the salt system is there running and without effort from the customer, sanitizing the pool.
2. Saves money- Buying a salt system is an investment. There is no denying it. If you do the math with the customer, you can show them it will pay off. The average customer spends about
$400 a year on chlorine tabs and shock. When you do the math it takes about 4 years to make back the money on the investment. Also, since the system takes care of the water, there are less water problems, which end up costing the greatest amount to fix. Take this into consideration with the average customer having a couple different water problems in a year, with each problem costing around $100 to fix. The system really pays for itself in the long run.
3. Ease of use- You can’t get any easier. The system tells you if you need salt and only have to push the arrow up or down to change the production levels. Beats wrestling with the chlorinator.
4. Peace of mind- I use an analogy when describing the maintenance of a pool. I compare it to mowing the lawn. When the loan needs mowed, if you wait an extra day or two to get to it, it’s ok. The grass will be a little taller but, no harm. Since the pool needs chlorine, if the work of sanitizing the pool is procrastinated and put off, the pool will go green. With a salt system, you have the peace of mind of knowing that the system is doing it’s job whether you get to it or not.
Another key advantage of a salt system that gives a consumer peace of mind and saves them money involves the fundamental difference between tablet chlorine and the raw form of chlorine that is manufactured by the salt system. First of all, chlorine is a gas. In tablet form they need to attach the chlorine gas to other solids. The problem with this is, the fillers that they need to use will shorten the life of the pool water and eventually make it necessary to drain the pool empty and refill. Since salt systems produce the pure form of chlorine, there is no residual left over and therefore, no solids building up in the pool making it necessary for the customer to waste all of their water.
Winter is a transitional season and also a season of growth and change. Here at Eastgate Pools it is no different. We have undergone slight remodeling and are ready to exit the proverbial cocoon for the upcoming pool season, flying high and beautiful. If you have been in the store in the last week or two you will have noticed some of these minor changes. We have new product on the shelves, including new pool lights, pool candle floaters and a variety of other swimming pool accessories to make your pool year shine. We also got in our extended line of brushes, vac-heads and nets with some new additions this season. We’re prepared to take on another year with smiles and some fantastic new inventory. Now it’s time for you to come on in and get prepared yourself.
If you have been considering an inground pool, this is an incredibly strong offer with up to $10,000 off on already well-priced package specials. Plus a FREE cuddle cove that’s worth another $1700-$2000.
Yes, there is snow on the ground now but it won’t be long before the grass greens up and temperatures start to rise.
These specials are ‘incentives’ for early buyers to take the plunge right now. Then when summer is in full swing, they can take a real plunge in their own swimming pool.
And if you want a hot tub, I’ve got more than 40 on display, including some new mark-downs that will amaze you. Stop in today while selection is its best.