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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In the last part of “Whats New” we will take a look at the new Egg Genius. The EGG Genius effortlessly controls the temperature of your EGG through your smartphone, tablet or computer. Remotely manage and monitor cooking temperatures for worry-free cooking and monitor the temperature of your food. You can also view graphs of your past cooks. Lastly, you will receive alerts when your cook is finished or when the EGG temperature is too high or low.
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In the second of three “Whats New” we will take a look at the Eggspander Kit. Unleash your culinary creativity with the ultimate expansion system for the Big Green Egg! The NEW Big Green Egg EGGspander System facilitates an extensive variety of cooking setups to easily utilize the full versatility of the EGG, and the 1 Piece convEGGtor Basket allows for easy and convenient placement and removal of the convEGGtor
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This is the First of a three part “Whats New” series. The first new product that we just got in, is Big Green Egg’s new Modular Nest System. Build your outdoor kitchen one step at a time with the NEW Big Green Egg Modular Nest System! Start with an EGG Frame, then add to your custom EGG display with Expansion Frames and a variety of beautiful and functional inserts.
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In my eyes the biggest needs for the Bengals would be: Linebacker, Offensive Line, and tight end. With the upcoming NFL draft in April, I have gone back since the draft in 2000 to see what positions and players have been selected with the 11th overall pick in the draft. You may ask why? Well the Cincinnati Bengals currently hold the 11th overall pick this year. There has been 1 safety, 1 defensive tackle, 1 running back, 2 quarterbacks, 3 Offensive tackles, 3 Defensive ends, 3 Linebacker, and 5 corners. With the history of the draft I hope Devin White is still available to be picked by the Bengals at 11. I think Devin White is the best player in the draft, and if he can have a similar career as the three linebackers that have been selected with the 11th pick since 2000: Patrick Willis in 2007, Demarcus Ware in 2005, and Dan Morgan in 2001. I know some view the troubles of the offensive line is the biggest need but I do not think there is a lineman worth the 11th overall pick. I think it would be better to wait in the other rounds to pick up a lineman and to sign someone in free agency, like Trent Brown or Roger Safford. If the Bengals can pry Trent Brown from the Patriots then he is the new left tackle and I would bounce Cordy Glenn to the right side. If they can not sign Brown then I would line the Brinks trucks up to Safford to have him play right guard or left guard and bounce Clint Boling to left tackle. I would also try and re-resign Preston Brown, Darqueze Dennard, Tyler Eifert (incentive based deal), C.J. Uzomah, Trey Hopkins, and Jake Fisher to see how he does in camp. I would also try and restructure or cut Vontaze Burfict, I would also see if Dre Kirkpatrick would restructure his deal. I would also try and make it a high priority to re-sign Tyler Boyd so we don’t have the same thing as a few years ago when the Bengals watched Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones walk out the door in free agency.
For dogs who love to swim, playing in the water has many benefits.
Swimming is an all-around healthy activity for your dog. It provides
everything from exercise to stimulation, and a needed release for all
that energy dogs have.
Exercise and Playtime The
most obvious benefit of swimming for your dog is exercise. Dogs often
have excess energy to burn which needs to be channeled into activities
that keep them active and healthy, and keeps them from being destructive
out of boredom. Swimming is good for the whole body, from cardio to
muscles. When a dog can swim, they are naturals and adapt to it very
quickly. A good swimmer is fun to watch in the water. Dogs who love
to swim get a great deal of pleasure out of the activity. Some dogs will
swim for hours, which is phenomenal exercise. It is even more fun when
you go swimming along with your dog in the sea, a pool, or a lake. To
add a little more excitement to the activity, bring along a ball or
other object that floats for your dog to swim after and fetch.
dogs can get bored and restless. Varied activities help to keep your
dog alert, focused and happy. Exercise and play time help stimulate
their minds, and varying their activities helps as well. Take advantage
of the times when you can bring your dog to the water and give them
Cooling Down In the
extreme summer heat, dogs can have a difficult time staying cool since
they do not sweat the same way humans do. They cool off through the pads
of their feet, and by panting, which pulls air in. Keeping your dog
hydrated is important, but you can also help them cool down with water
play. Even just a little kiddie pool helps, but a good swim will help
keep their body temperature at a comfortable level when they are
overwhelmed with heat. Dogs may enjoy a refreshing dip, just like we do.
Safety Tips If
your dog is perfectly capable of swimming but is hesitant to get in the
water or seems afraid of it, try tempting them with a dog treat to help
break the initial resistance. Be patient the same way you would be with
a human child learning about the water and swimming. If you make it a
pleasant experience, your dog will quickly learn that water play is fun
and refreshing. For dogs that can’t swim, you can purchase a life
jacket which will allow them to join in on all the fun in the water. If
you use that option, make sure you get the right size for your dog to
enable the vest to do the job properly. Enjoy the water with your dog, and let them benefit from all the pluses it provides!
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The PH in a swimming pool is a critical factor that not everyone takes
into account. I remember a customer purchasing a liner for his inground
pool a few years ago and during our conversation he mentioned that he
uses chlorine tablets only and never checks his PH or does anything but
put chlorine in the pool and the water is always clear. I dug into the
facts a little deeper and found out he was replacing his liner after 8
years of ownership, while our average inground customer typically gets
about 15 years out of a liner. Well, what this particular customer
didn’t take into account is that chlorine tablets are acidic and our
typical customer that has their water tested regularly will need to put
in about 60 pounds of alkalinity increaser every year to keep their
pool’s PH in the proper range. When the PH isn’t maintained and runs low
the liner puckers, shrinks and gets brittle. Therefore it is the main
reason why this particular customer was replacing the liner in 1/2 the
amount of time that our average customer would. The disturbing reason
why his water always stayed clear is that nothing would live in the
water. The water’s PH was so low that algae and most bacteria couldn’t
live in the water. I personally would not want to swim in this water,
nor would I want anyone else to either.
The advantage of a salt system is that creates chlorine from salt and it
does it at a higher PH than tablet chlorine. Generally if the pool’s PH
is allowed to drift on a salt system, it should go higher rather than
lower. This is good news for the liner, your eyes and the over all feel
of the water. One shouldn’t allow the PH to drift high and keep it high.
There can be adverse reactions to this as well. The most common thing we
see is calcium scaling on the salt cell which can reduce the efficiency
of the unit.
While salt systems are much easier to take care of and the adverse
effect of neglecting the PH in a salt system is less than a chlorine
pool, one should always monitor the PH. Your pool and your family will
thank you for it!
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