I realize that every year there are those who look at Labor Day as the end of the summer, and shut the pool down. Other years, this being one of them, there are an abundance of people reluctantly shutting their pools down. This is one of those years and the reason for shutting down early seems to be the same resounding answer: Leaves. Due to a dry August, and a projected dry early September the leaves are starting to fall in earnest, but you can keep swimming without all of the additional maintenance. There is a leaf cover that is affordable, easy to put on and remove, and allows you to keep the pool open without the extra upkeep. I know how hectic life gets this time of year, trust me, but I would rather see water than a winter cover. This also allows the kids to invite some of the new friends from school over for a swim party before the weather turns for the worse.
I have been testing pool water consistently for the past 5 months and this season has had its fair share of ups and downs. Most people have been keeping their water very well balanced and we have not seen nearly as many algae blooms with the lack of very high, consistent heat. But, even though the heat has not been blazing we are still due for another couple of hot weekends. The upcoming weekend is supposed to be in the high 80′s and that heat is supposed to carry on through the following week. So, as we always say, try to close your pool as late as possible. You will get the opportunity to swim in the impending heat and you can help prevent the beginning of an algae bloom, at opening time, next season.
Here at Eastgate Pools & Spas we have been providing little tidbits of advice and information via our blog for a few years now and it isn’t always easy to say something that we haven’t already told you before. While thinking of something to write about it occurred to me that we might not feature our staff enough. So I’ll start with a little introduction of myself and I’ll do some little sitdowns with my fellow associates and introduce some of them in the future.
My name is Craig Weaver and I’ve been with Eastgate for almost a decade. I came to Eastgate with my primary experience coming from selling casual furniture, fireplace accessories, and grills. I’m primarily an Inground Pool Specialist now, but I still sell a little bit of something from all the other product lines we offer. I also manage the casual furniture department and help put together our orders for the year. If you ever have suggestions for products you might like to see just let me know.
Personally, I’m from Kentucky and recently moved just over a mile from the store with my relatively new wife, our two dogs, our two cats, and our two fish. I’m a movie and music buff as well as a big sports fan and I’m an avid follower of the UK basketball team. I know that alienates me a bit on this side of town, but that is what I grew up on. In fact, I lived in Lexington for about seven years. I have a degree in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Psychology. Not to worry, I won’t be trying to psychoanalyze any of our customers.
I don’t want to carry on too much, but thought I would offer a little insight into how I arrived at Eastgate Pools and just what my role here encompasses. So, next time you stop by you can feel free to give me some grief about my Wildcats, but warned…I’m a big fan. I look forward to the challenge! Have a great day.
Staying healthy has been a hot topic of discussion around Eastgate Pools in the last week. Keeping healthy is important in all walks of life. We keep ourselves healthy to insure we enjoy the things we value most. We maintain our pools to keep them healthy so that we can enjoy them when the time is ripe. Our health and the health of others around us is, with no pun intended, what keeps us alive and kicking.
But, most importantly, we are hoping that God’s Cincinnati Bengals can stay healthy this season and bring us home some playoff wins and a shot at that coveted Lombardi trophy. It was unanimously decided, if the Bengals remain healthy they will make a run for the playoffs. Their secondary is phenomenal and with a number of key players returning for their sophomore seasons, we are sure to see some excitement from the Jungle.
Whether it be the Bengals or our favorite customers, good health is necessary for our happiness.
For those that don’t know, the Ohio sales tax rate will increase on
September 1st. With each county having additional sales taxes, rates vary by county. By law, for product we deliver, we must charge the sales tax rate for the county in which it is being delivered so your actual rate may vary. But effective September 1, the rate across the board in Ohio will go up ¼ %. Not a lot, but for every $1000 of purchase price, this will add $17.50.
If you have been considering a hot tub, casual furniture, grill, or other taxable product, if you purchase and pay in full before September 1, you will save $17.50 per $1000 spent.
I recommend buying and paying in full before September 1. The savings on a $6000 hot tub would be $105 and that buys a lot of groceries, a nice night out, or a couple tickets to see the Reds go whoop up on the Pirates or Cardinals. –Max
Summer has been flying by and the last shred of sunlight will not set without a few more pool parties to close out the season. Next week we are looking at eighty degree weather everyday and pools should be prime for swimming. School is coming round the bend and we know everyone is dying to soak up some more rays before the dreary winter months. So, come on in and we can set you up with some fresh liquid shock, chemical adjusters and any toys you might need to celebrate the end of your summer with an exciting finale.
We’ve already had a couple of people schedule their pool closings and our first winter closing kit was sold earlier this week. The season is rounding out with a lot of rain and intermittent sunshine but do not let that discourage you from keep ing your pool open. We always say, “the later you close and earlier you open will grant you a cleaner pool.”. With that said, it is never too early to start getting prepared. We have closing chemicals ready to purchase and our service guys are ready to start some closings. Sam, our service technician, said to me just now, “Just closed my first pool for the season. It begins!”. So, as the closings begin for us, the season ends for our customers. Please see us with any questions and concerns about the upcoming closing season. We are always happy to lend a listening ear and offer suggestions to get your pool in suitable condition for closing and re-opening next season
As two budding scientific minds, one in chemical engineering and the other in neurobiology, Taylor and Kyle, two of the most strikingly handsome employees at Eastgate Pools and Spas, man the water test station a good majority of the time. Being such bright gents, they have developed a scientific method for testing the water of the exquisite customers of Eastgate Pools and Spas.
1. The first step for every water test is to ask the customer how they are doing and if there are any issues with their pools. This way, Taylor and Kyle can have a good idea of what to look for when the results are run.
2. The next step is to do background research into the issues that the customers express. They inquire as to what they see in the pool, what treatments the customers have tried already, and what has worked for them in the past. By doing this, the “Tall Twins” can further customize a treatment for any customer’s specific needs.
3. Based on the information provided by the customers, our water tester extraordinaires generate a hypothesis of what could possibly be plaguing the poor pool owners.
4. At this point, water testing can commence. The mighty water magicians used their water changing capsules to determine the exact amount of each specific chemical in the water. After crushing the capsules, our heroes insert the vials into the water reader of truth.
5. The water reader of truth reveals its findings to our suave, urbane, young gentlemen, and the results can be analyzed. From here, our two masterminds can resolve any chemical issues that may be pestering the pools of our beloved customers.
6. Finally, the results can be communicated with their clients and a step-by-step process can be personally created for each matter of concern.
Knowing that they have once again saved the day, Harry’s tenderfoot prodigies, their fame only continues to increase. They stay humble; realizing the ground beneath their feet is revered as hallowed. They stay focused, because they know it is their job and above all else, their responsibility, to help the great customers of Eastgate sleep comfortably at night, knowing their pools are under the watchful eye of Kyle and Taylor.
By: Kyle Idoine and Taylor Haack
We are in the home stretch of summer. A lot of customers have already had their pools installed with still many more getting ready for their install. While pondering in the dog days of summer whether to go ahead and get the pool installed late this summer or fall, or wait for next spring, here are some advantages for getting your pool this year:
1) It is dryer in the latter part of the year than it is in the spring and will have less impact to your yard with all of the heavy equipment we need to build your pool.
2) Fall is the best time of year to replant your grass and work on the rest of your landscaping.
3) Big Discounts! We are offering 10% off on all of our inground package specials. This is substantial savings that we are currently passing on to try and give customers incentives to buy the pool and have it installed this year.
If you’ve been considering a new pool, please stop by and see how easy we can make your dream come true.
Don’t Panic! There are a number of reasons that your pool could be murky. A pH imbalance, low chlorine, dead algae and the beginning of an algae bloom can all be the culprits. Lets address each issue so you have a better idea of how to attack your problems.
The summer is in full swimg and as the summer drudges on you will need to use more chlorine than the standard doses. When chlorine levels get low algae has an inviting pool to grow and flourish. The sun, swimmers and rainwater will all affect your pools chlorine level. We recommend checking your pools chlorine levels and chemical balance after any long hot weeks or heavy rain. Keeping a constant chlorine level in your pool is the greatest prevention against algae blooms.
If the pool is not green and test strips show pH out of range, you can adjust according to the strips and sometimes this will eradicate the haze in the pool. The best thing you can do is bring the water into the store and we can give you an exact regiment of pH adjusters to get your pH in check. A professional test is always the greatest guarantee and procedure to keep your pools chemical balance and clarity in order.
Dead algae is a suprisingly pesky problem. You use algaecides and shock to kill off algae but what do you do with the dead particulate matter that is floating around in your pool? Depending on your filter there are a few different options. Sand filters have the ability to use clarifiers to assist in filtering out the fine particulate matter of dead algae. Coagulants and alum salts like our Crystal Clear and Sparkle Pill are two different styles of clarifiers.
Coagulants meet with the particles in the water and “coagulate” to make the particle larger and easier to filter out. Alum salts work by coating your sand and giving it more abrasion to pull out the finer particles. Both are highly effective and available in store. To eradicate the dead algae both salts and coagulants will work on sand filters but need to be used with caution if you have a cartridge filter. Cartridge filters are designed to remove very fine particle from the water and if clogged up with coagulants and salts they can build pressure and prevent passage of water. This can break a filter and create pressure build ups that can be dangerous. For cartridge filters we recommend using a Miraclear Pill which is a safe clarifier for cartridges or a steady cleaning on the cartridge as it filters out the fine particle may be necessary. You can also use enzymes like our Pool Pizazz to help break down and burn out these particles in cartridge and sand filter systems. DE filters should not need clarifiers. If your DE filter is not clearing haze out of your pool you need a little more media added to the filters or to “bump” the system to clear the grids/fingers internally. All of these treatments should help eradicate haze caused by dead algae in the water.
The final issue we are going to discuss is the beginnings of an algae bloom. When chlorine drops off and algae begins its terror in your system it will first come in looking like a light white haze. This is the “seedling” stage of algae before it blooms. If your chemicals look in order and the chlorine has seemingly fallen low, you should shock the system to prevent algae from taking hold. If you are already seeing some light white and possible patches of green go with the following regiment. 2 Gallons or 2 Bags of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. This is double the normal dosage and should prevent the haze from turning into an all out bloom in the pool. If the haze persists and turns green you need to triple your chlorine dosage to 3 Gallons/Bags for every 10,000 gallons along with the proper doses of algaecide. This should eliminate your problem.
We have touched on most of the primary reasons a haze or cloudiness will come into your pool. For any other solutions or thoughts please visit the store and have your water sampled by our professional water testing staff. And as always, happy swimming!