Recently my wife and I were lazily floating in the pool on
our water noodles when we were treated to a nature show in the treetops of our
backyard. For the past two years, there has been a pair of hawks nesting in a
large tree at a home that sits on a street behind us. Their name by the way is
the Hectors. Mr. and Mrs. Hector that is. I won’t say who named them, but it
might have been me. Anyways, we were floating around in the pool and Mr. or
Mrs. Hector flew over the pool and landed up in one of our trees. Hector
proceeded to sit in the same spot for a good 10 minutes or so, occasionally
spreading his or her wings. Wow, what a wingspan. When they fly over you can
certainly see their size, but when they are sitting still and aren’t too far
away, it is amazing how large their wingspan really is. We kept on viewing this
beautiful bird until it must have been time to head out to hunt for food for
the calling babies that we could hear. Thank you, Mr. or Mrs. Hector, for
adding to the enjoyment of our pool. We are glad you choose our neighborhood to
raise your family once again this year.
On these hot summer days it makes me think back to my childhood when summer days were so simple. We didn’t worry about air-conditioning, or the price of gas. We cranked up homemade ice cream by hand on the back porch, and spent days as children riding bikes from sun up to sundown. Now that I’m an adult I am constantly looking for things to make my life more simple. To take stress away and give me more time with people that I love. If you're an inground pool owner you know a lot of time is spent taking care of that pool. You do this so that your family can later on remember simpler times at home. Make your life simpler and allow them to have more memories of time with you by simply adding a salt system to your in ground pool. This will make life easier and free up more time to make those memories.
As many know from some of my previous blogs and those that I work with, I am a huge Cincinnati Bengals fan and a season ticket holder. I have taken my soon to be two year old son to more than a dozen bengals home games already. We have had season tickets for many years and this was the first year we decided to do the stadium tour that they offer to season ticket holders. One of my most happiest moments yet, has to be seeing my son run his way through the tunnel just as the bengals do on Sunday, and him running around the field with my brother. The last time I was on the field was when I played football growing up and we got to play at Paul Brown Stadium, Nippert Stadium and to show my age I got to play at Cinergy Field (most know as Riverfront Stadium).
This past year I had the pleasure of coaching an AAU league basketball team with my best friend Sam, and his dad Rick. We had an 8th grade team that finished with 12 wins out of 40 total games, and if you ask me that’s not too bad for our first year coaching. One highlight was getting close with all the kids, all of them got a lot better throughout the year, but three of them improved the most in both skill, and personality. One being a kid named Aiden. He used to be the most arrogant player on the court, but he turned out to be one of the most humble. The best part was getting to watch the kids, and our team chemistry grow. It was also pretty cool to find out that one of players parents had purchased a pool from Eastgate Pools and Spas.
Who love dogs? My Husky is my best friend, the best companion a girl could ask for, and her name is Khaleesi. (Where are my Game of Thrones fans at?!) She’s definitely a queen, always getting what she wants. She’s currently 4, but the first time I saw her she was only 8 weeks old, and that’s when I fell in love with her. One look into those beautiful blue eyes, and I knew I had to have her.
Huskies become very attached to their owners, if you’re gone for minutes they will miss you so much that they’ll yell and howl at you to let you know. They love to speak their mind and let you know how they feel, or what they need. Huskies are friendly dogs that are great with other dogs and children, very gentle. Though they will go after small animals like rats, and bunnies. It might be about the chase, or just thinking they’re playing with them. They are also pulling dogs so they need to release that energy by either playing (which is there favorite), or going on walks. They have thick coats of fur so they get hot easily, they shed a ton so you have to keep up with grooming, and they have natural oils in their fur so you only bathe them a couple times a year, but you have to brush them weekly. If you wear a lot of black, you might want to get use to husky hair being a part of your wardrobe.
Huskies are a smart but stubborn breed which makes them more difficult to train than other breeds, you have to let them know YOU are the alpha quickly (and don’t get me wrong they will definitely test you to see what they can get away with). They’re a lot of work to train/care for, so unless you have a lot of time and patience.. they might not be the breed for you.
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When you see the included photo, do you see three, that’s three rocks? Neither do I which is good. Means my yearly eye appointments are keeping my vision acceptable or it means I learned to count at some point. Or both! The reality is that a customer recently posted a 1-star review saying that the installer hit three rocks and stopped the install. Wow! “Three rocks” is just a little bit of an exaggeration. When my installer sent the photo, I thought I was looking at the side of I-75 in the mountains of Tennessee or something. (Yes, that is a joke and an exaggeration.) I saw the photo and then read the review again. How can someone in good conscious call this three rocks? Maybe three large slabs of rock that prevented the pool from being able to be built properly, but not three rocks. And yet in today’s world someone can so easily post a review with what is essentially a lie, and it is out there to tarnish a person or a company’s reputation. I know social media is here to stay, but it would be nice if people would remember to treat others as they want to be treated; fairly! As this picture so clearly shows, “three rocks” is not a fair assessment of the issue. Enough said!
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But you never really realize how fast until there are milestones that
are surpassed, or you have a moment of quiet reflection. It seems that
we are so busy in the track meet that is our daily lives that we do not
have the time to stop and quietly reflect on what is going on around us.
One day we are putting our kids on the bus for the first day of
kindergarten, and the next you are looking at the dorm they will be
moving into during college orientation. Use your pool as the spot for
family gatherings to make the memories because the opportunities will be
gone before you know it.
On July 22nd of 2012 one of the best Cincinnati Reds players was inducted to Major League Baseball’s Hall of fame. During his entire 19 year career he only played for the Reds. He was a 12 time All Star, 9 time Silver slugger award winner also won a few gold gloves, one MVP award and also has a World Series ring. He played the majority of his career at shortstop but also logged just over 18 innings at a different infield position (2B, during his rookie year). Can you name one of the best Cincinnati Reds players? It is none other than Barry Larkin.
So, your pool water is perfectly clear. Is it really necessary to check the water balance and adjust it as needed? After all, the water looks great, how can there be anything wrong with it? YES, it is necessary!!!! And clear isn’t the end all. I have seen many a pool that has perfectly clear water that when the water is tested has an incredibly low pH and total alkalinity. The pool is crystal clear because the chlorine actually works better at a lower pH than at a higher pH. But the low pH is more uncomfortable to your eyes and skin and it can damage other pool components. Want a perfect example? I remember on a few of these pools making the comment to the customers that I had just found their pool heater’s heat exchanger. It was dissolved and floating around in their pool as the low pH and alkalinity destroyed it. The copper test of the pool water proved that point. They might not have known it yet, but they soon would when the heater was leaking and no longer functional. So, while they were happy that their pool water was so crystal clear, they were kind of bummed that their heater was trashed due to improper water chemistry, an easily prevented problem with a little testing an adjusting. So YES, it is necessary.
It happens. No one means for it to happen, but it does. You go on vacation and the pool sitter doesn’t “sit” the pool. Life just happens and you have a million other things vying for your attention. The weather became cool and wet, and well, you just kind of forgot that the pool needed a little bit of attention. Stuff happens and the good news is that green water is fixable. Here are a few pointers, though I would encourage you to stop by the store with a pool water sample and talk more about your particular pool and any water issues you may be having.
Step 1. You need to kill the algae, as that is what is
making the pool water cloudy and green. I would recommend our SPARCO Eliminator
along with liquid chlorine or granular shock to activate the Eliminator. Eliminator
along with the chlorine will go to work on killing the algae.
Step 2: After giving the Eliminator time to start killing
the algae, we need to start working on getting the dead algae out of the water.
Sometimes that is the hardest part of the battle, as algae cells are so small
that they don’t filter or settle easily. A good Step 2 helper is our Simple
Blue Chitosan Clarifier. Using Chitosan, which is a natural byproduct of crab
shells, Simple Blue Chitosan Clarifier helps to clump together the dead algae
cells, making the algae settle quicker and filter more easily.
Step 3: Make you sand or cartridge filter even more
efficient and help it filter out these small particles even better with a
Sparkle Pill, which is easily added to the filter by dropping it right down
into the skimmer basket. Drop it in and you are finished. The Sparkle pill
makes the filter more efficient and better able to trap even smaller particles
than normal. Let the filter do its job and when it is time, simply backwash or
clean the filter like normal.
Ultimately, this three-step process could be looked at as:
Kill, Clump & Clean. What really matters is getting that green mess changed
into beautiful, sparkling water once again. Following these three-steps will
help you get your pool to its happy place. Happy swimming!
Asher Ryley Owen Stith. We’ve added our newest blessing to our family April 9, 2019! The little guy was too impatient, just like his mommy, and decided to arrive three weeks early! Weighing a whopping 7 pounds 8 ounces and 21 inches long! So much bigger than his big sister, Cambria. Whom is super excited to have taken on the title as “big sister” and absolutely loves helping anyway she can with her baby brother. She will even get up in the middle of the night to help us! Even though the next morning she will say “mommy I’m tired, Asher kept me up all night” but she still loves to help out as much as she can.
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The end is near. It is almost time to forget about those nearly tasteless imposters that I am forced to put up with during way too many months of the year. Yes folks, it is almost time for homegrown tomatoes. And I am pumped. Yes, some of you are probably already feasting on your own crop, but mine won’t be long. (I hope!) Every evening rain or shine I check my plants when I get home looking for the slightest change in the tomatoes color. And it is so agonizingly slow!!!!!! Seemingly the slowest part of the process that began in my kitchen way back in March when I planted all the seeds. For weeks I have been looking at the beautiful little tomatoes just waiting for them to ripen, waiting to pluck that first cherry tomato from the plant where its next stop will be my mouth. I am not sure that there is any fruit or vegetable that tastes better homegrown than the tomato does. And when that first ripe cherry tomato mysteriously disappears off of the plant, I know nothing!
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I am not one of those people that has my nose in my phone or computer screen all day, though I certainly know the type well, and I admit to still getting most of my news the old fashioned way, so maybe I will be off somewhat factually when I say that the wettest spring in 100-years has certainly been a challenge for many professions. Sure, it has been tough on the pool business, after all, it sure is hard to build a pool when it rains 60% of the days, but the #1 profession I feel for is the farmers. A challenging and difficult profession that only gets more difficult when Mother Nature doesn’t play nicely. I keep seeing and hearing how far the farmers are behind in getting crops planted and I believe I heard in many cases it was getting too late to plant even if the recent dry weather continues. All of us will share in the pain of the wet spring when food prices rise, but most of us will not really feel the full pain like the farmer and his family. Keep them in your thoughts!
I’ve been in the pool business for 15 years now and in the
outdoor leisure industry for even longer than that. As with anything, offerings and information
are constantly evolving, and new improvements continue to make pool and spa
ownership even easier. What I find
remarkable is how much I continue to learn about the products I deal with on a
While reading an article recently in the October 2018
edition of Aqua magazine I discovered
a valuable bit of information that was right in front of me all this time, but
I never really considered before. The
article explored the concept of hydraulic efficiency. The last decade or so the industry has
focused heavily on the efficiency of pumps.
What has seemingly been ignored is the filter type that is used.
For several years now we have focused primarily on selling
cartridge filters with aboveground pools.
Once we had an alternative to sand that we could sell at the same price
it made sense to give our customers finer filtration at the same price. This article points to hydraulic efficiency
as another advantage of cartridge filters over sand. It isn’t the media itself that makes a
difference, it is actually the multiport valve on the sand filter. When you eliminate the head loss encountered
by the filter valve you can accomplish the same amount of water flow with less
effort on the part of the pump.
Naturally, there are a lot more specifics that can be
detailed here, but this is strong argument to consider when selecting your
filter type. We frequently have
customers that are insistent that they get a sand filter, but this might be the
justification necessary to make the switch.
Just something for you all to consider with your pool or your pool of
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One of the most common concerns with pool and spa water is
the clarity of the water. Nothing is
less inviting than cloudy water. What is
even more frustrating is trying to address that cloudiness and it can crop up
at the most inopportune times. As much
as we would all like to expect our filtration system to consistently keep our
water perfectly clear, it isn’t a miracle worker and there are any number of
environmental and chemical factors that can muddy the waters before you know
Perhaps one of the best ways to address turbid water is to
use Chitosan based pool clarifier.
Chitosan is a naturally occurring polymer that is found in crab shells. When recycled crab shells are added to water
it has a positive charge which will attract particles in the water. Those particles can then be more easily
filtered from the water. Chitosan can
even chelate metals present in the water to help prevent staining. It removes oils and scum and thereby restores
the clear sparkling quality of water.
What is better than a natural approach to a common problem
with pools and spas? It works with every
sanitizer on the market regardless of chemical levels. It is so safe that you can swim immediately
after using it. And unlike many clarifiers,
you cannot over use it. Some clarifiers,
when over used, can create sticky waterline residue that is almost worse than
the alternative. That isn’t a risk for
Chitosan based clarifiers.
So, the next time you need to clear your water up or even if
you just want to help prevent that from being an issue, stop in and let us show
you what a miracle recycled crab shells can be.
You help reduce waste and keep a shimmer to your pool that makes it the
beautiful backyard oasis you always expected it to be.
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