But if you’re are new to the joys of hot tubs, keep the temperature down around 98-99 and if that proves too chilly, add a degree or two until you find what is right for you. You may be one of those people that can handle 104 water but remember that children are more susceptible to an internal temperature rise so don’t overheat them. If you have questions, consult with your family physician. –Max
Every year we hear different stories from our customers about what they do or do not do about water on their pool cover. Regardless of what you might normally do, you should absolutely get any accumulating water off of the top of your pool cover. Leaving a small amount of water on the cover will help to prevent wind from flapping the cover up and down, but any extra water is likely to create issues. Excess water on your pool cover can wear your cover out more quickly or keep it so tight that you develop rub marks along the rails of the pool. In the worst scenarios, the cover can actually damage the pool frame. There are plenty of easy automatic cover pump options to help maintain the water level on your cover, but there are other easy and inexpensive means to protect your investment. Do yourself a favor and stop by to let us show you how to prolong the life of your cover and your pool. –Craig
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
I’m sure some of you are familiar with the foam plug that can be used in your above ground pool skimmer called the Skimmer Plug. The point of the plug is to prevent you from having to drop the water level in your pool. This saves you from the expense of wasted water and chemicals both at the end and beginning of the season. Many of our customers with the hydromatic skimmer haven’t had the luxury of this simple winter solution, but that has changed this year. With a Skimmer Plug and winter plug for the return, you can simply and safely close your pool as easy as possible. –Craig
I had a customer asking me today about buying 3” tablets and whether they would still be effective next year. In a word…Yes! Generally speaking granular and tablet forms of pool and spa chemicals will last at least a couple years if kept in a dry environment. Liquid chlorine is definitely an exception to this rule. Liquid chlorine loses strength over time and anything kept over the winter will be basically worthless come spring. If you have any gallons sitting around at the end of the season, make sure to use them up or they won’t be worth using next year. Just some friendly advice for the off season. –Craig
When closing your above ground pool, don’t hang weighted jugs from the grommets. The concentrated weight can cause the cover to fray at the stress points and let the stuff on top leak into the pool. Plus, you’ll then need to buy a new cover next year and this is not warrantable. Instead, just cinch the cable down tight and then wrap a winter seal wrap around the pool. It helps keep wind from getting under the cover and making it look like a parachute. –Max
If you are in the process of winterizing your pool, here is a tip: Don’t heavily shock or chlorinate your pool. Chlorine is an oxidizer and when it gasses off, the chlorine gas is trapped between the water and the bottom of the cover. The chlorine weakens the cover and dramatically reduces its life. It can even cause the cover to fail, dropping whatever is on top of the cover into the water below. We recommend using specially formulated winterizing kits that will not harm your cover and add life to the cover. –Max
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.
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!
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.
A few months ago we introduced our new line of Island Grills, Outdoor Fireplaces, and Pergolas from Housewarmings Outdoor. Well, they have already improved their offerings in their Island Grills. Originally we were only able to offer two granite finishes for the island surfaces, but there are now a number of unique tile options, as well. Because they buy a large volume of granite you can buy it for just a small upgrade from the tile, but we love the versatility of giving our customers more choices. If you haven’t already seen these new offerings do yourself a favor and check them out. With more and more families expanding their living space to the outdoors, it just made sense to make sure we could meet the needs of our customers. It is also great to have something manufactured in a controlled environment that is engineered to last. Come take a look at the new display and I think you’ll love what you see…and you can have any of these products without having landscapers move into your yard for the better part of a month!
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.