A Covana Cover – Covers It All

Placing your hot tub in just the right spot can be precarious when you live in an area where there are neighbors on all sides. If you are in need of a little more privacy whether at home or at your vacation home, your search is over! The Covana Cover is everything you need for privacy and so much more!

The Covana Cover, at first glance, may seem like an ordinary hot tub cover, but with the switch of a key, it all changes! As the Covana Cover slowly rises, a beautiful cabana erects itself. Not only will it protect you from mother nature, but also from wondering eyes. You decide which sides need to be covered! You have the option of lowering just a few of the four screens down or all of them. Enjoy a quick dip in your hot tub during a snowy evening or during full sun. The Covana Cover will provide the protection you need!

Did I mention that it is also a hot tub cover? The Covana Cover is unlike any other hot tub cover you have ever owned. The gasket inside creates a tight seal so that your hot tub remains at a constant temperature while it is not being used. No more cleaning off the top of your cover to remove it. The Covana Cover gracefully glides upwards with absolutely no effort from you! No longer can unwanted guest use your hot tub while you are away. The Covana Cover is operated only by the switch of a key.

Whether you are looking for a way to protect your hot tub from the elements, trying to find a way to have a little more privacy, or in need of a new hot tub cover – eliminate all needs by purchasing a Covana Cover. You will be glad you did!

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Get a great start to the workweek in your hot tub

Waking up and getting ready for the day can be a big struggle. Mondays can be the toughest day of the week. Memories of a relaxing weekend are still fresh in your mind and the realization of all that awaits you at work is hindering every muscle in your body from getting out of bed. Have you ever started your workweek in a similar mood? Not even your first Cup of Joe will give you enough oomph to get you started? Why not start your week in your hot tub?

Ease your muscles awake

Your hot tub will help wake up your tired muscles and allow you to relax and forget about all of the papers that are awaiting you at work. But, don’t get too comfortable, the warm water may beckon your tired body to get back into your sleepy state. Your hot tub is similar to a warm blanket straight out of the drier, but don’t let the warm waters reclaim you! Spice up things by turning on the jets and allowing them to caress and slowly waken up your tired limbs and back! Set your timer so that you have a reminder not to linger too long!

Hydrate and Stretch

Now, before you go and grab that first, second or third Cup of Joe, make sure you drink a tall glass of water! I know your brain is yelling coffee but the truth is that you really should start every day with water! Our bodies are made up of 60% of water! You just slept a straight 8 hours without providing it with any water! Starting off your work week well-hydrated is one of the best steps for ensuring that your body and mind will be in tip-top shape! Combine a tall glass of water with a deep and long stretch and you are set!

Try this method of starting your day for thirty days and see if your work weeks go smoother. What do you have to lose? Maybe ten minutes of sleep but I don’t think you will even notice! Your day is sure to go smoother and the outlook of your week is sure to sweeten by starting it in your hot tub!

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Hot Tub Remedies To Help Relieve Foot Pain

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet in the hot tub… This may be one of the most severely misquoted quotes but it may be exactly what you are needing to hear if you are wobbling home after a long day or night on your feet! Did you know that your hot tub or spa may be the exact remedy you have been seeking for your aching feet? Soaking them in your hot tub may be a welcomed relief but there are so many other ways that your hot tub can help relieve the pain you are experiencing. 

These extra steps will not only help you work out the kinks but also help strengthen your feet! Here are four exercises you can do to help your foot pain drift away!

Point like a Ballerina

Sit or stand and extend a pointed toe toward the floor of your hot tub. Slowly roll your foot flat and continue until you are pushing your heel toward the floor. After extending your heel, transition back into the pointed toe position. Continue to do this several times! Don’t forget the other foot.

Tennis Time

Grab a tennis ball and relieve your aching arches! If you have plantar fasciitis, this will feel so good! While standing in your hot tub, take a tennis ball and roll your foot back and forth on it. The motion of the tennis ball rolling across your sore arches will feel heavenly!

Stretch

While standing at the edge of your hot tub, position your toes against the wall (similar to a runner’s stretch). Lean forward slightly and allow the arches of your feet to stretch. A transition from right to left will ensure that both feet receive a great stretch.

Massage

Reward yourself with a massage provided by the jets on your hot tub! It may tickle but if you can get past the tickling sensation, you will be thankful for the relaxing pressure your hot tub jets will provide!

Do this consistently and after a short time, you will begin to feel the difference in your everyday life!

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How Hot Should You Keep Your Hot Tub?

Have you ever stepped into a shower expecting a nice hot stream of water to hit you but instead you are greeted by a rush of much cooler water? It’s both shocking and not so enjoyable because in your mind you left it on lava hot and the last person to take a shower wanted a cold shower! Choosing a temperature for your hot tub can be very similar depending on who is enjoying it at the time. Is there a perfect temperature that pleases everyone? Not really! The perfect temperature depends on your personal preference but here are some guidelines that will help you decide on the best temperature for everyone.

85-94 Degrees

This is the perfect temperature for those hot days when you would much rather cool off over “hot tubbing”. The water will be refreshing and very much like your own small private pool. If you live in a colder climate where the temps drop during the night, make sure to heat it up before covering it for the night. You don’t want anything to freeze during the cooler temps! Although it sounds tempting, keeping lower temps with the idea of a lower electric bill may not be as fulfilling in the end. It can create stress on your hot tub’s heater and circuit board! Which could cost you more in the long run!

95-99 Degrees

Hot tubs are as attractive to children as a candle is to a moth…if you have kids, you know that they want to be in your hot tub with all of the rest of you…but… Pediatricians agree that children under the age of five should not be in hot tubs! Children five and older can be in hot tubs at lower temps and limited intervals of ten to fifteen minutes. Meaning that ten minutes in and ten minutes out would be best for their small bodies! During which, they should drink plenty of water!

100-104 Degrees

Now, if you are the type of person who likes to shower in lava water, these temps are the ones that appeal most to you! These temps are for healthy adults who are not pregnant and have no health issues. If you do have any health concerns, always talk to your doctor before entering a hot tub!

When your hot tub is not in use, lower your temperature only five degrees lower than your normal temp. That way it can easily climb to your preferred temp and will prevent any freezing from occurring in cooler weather.

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Summer Eats to Enjoy Poolside

There is something about the fresh air and swimming in or relaxing by the pool combo that makes everyone extremely hungry! With the summer heat looming over us, no one wants to heat up their house by turning on the oven or stovetop to make snacks or even meals. Pool parties and family gatherings are beginning to stretch your repertoire of recipes! Here are a few ideas that will help you create new summer food traditions!

Fruit Salad

Add all of your favorite fruits into a colorful bowl! It’s that simple! Something fresh and healthy! Step out of your box and try a fruit you have never tried before. Add some mango, passion fruit or tamarindo.

Green Salad

Try different types of lettuce! Make it colorful with a variety of veggies, like red bell peppers, corn or avocados! Experiment with purple or black tomatoes rather than the traditional red ones! Have picky eaters? Put all of the different options into small bowls so that people can build their own salads!

Frozen Fruit

Have you ever tried frozen grapes? Fruit is so delicious when it is frozen! Not only that but it also helps with cooling little ones down! Freeze your fruit on a large cookie tray and pull it out as needed. Eat it by itself, place it as a topping for yogurt or add it to a smoothie! So yummy!

Watermelon

Sweet, juicy and full of water! This fruit is an old-fashioned favorite! Place it in the fridge the night before you head for the pool. Slice it up and wallah! You have a perfect snack! Simple and delicious!

Sandwich Sliders

This is a switch from the traditional sandwich! Start with a non-traditional roll like Hawaiian rolls or sourdough roll. Add the meat of your choice. Offer different types of cheeses and mustards or dressings to give it a fun spin!

Crockpot Chicken

Chicken in the crockpot is the easiest way to make dinner! Before heading to the pool, place four chicken breasts in the crockpot on high. Add salt and pepper to taste. After it is cooked through, place it in a bowl and use your hand mixer or stand mixer to separate it! Add taco seasoning and a few tortillas and you have yummy chicken tacos!

Connecticut Fencing Laws for Pools

A clip art illustration of a brown picket fence.

An outdoor pool should be the jewel in your backyard! Its sapphire waters draw everyone who sees it! Jump in and enjoy its refreshing waters! Like any precious jewel, it really needs a protective barrier to keep others from taking advantage of it while you are not looking. A fence is essentially the first defense from keeping your pets, children, or uninvited guests from entering your oasis! Most states require a swimming pool barrier such as a fence and Connecticut has very clear requirements for your pool’s barriers.

Here is a break down of these requirements…

1. Your fence must be four feet tall from the grade. This is the minimum height required. The opening at the bottom measured from the ground should not exceed two inches.

2. If your fence has any openings, this includes slats, it should be narrow enough not to allow a four-inch sphere in diameter to pass through.

Illustration Demonstrating Connecticut Pool Fencing Laws Regarding Horizontal Members

3. It must be a solid barrier! Your fence should be smooth not having any indentations or protrusions. So, building your fence with stone is a no-no!

4. If you are building a fence that has “the horizontal and vertical members” that are 45 inches or less apart…the horizontal members should be on the pool side of the fence and no more than 1 ¾” apart. (By doing so you prevent someone using them as an aid to climb over the fence.) If the fence has any decorative cutouts they should be no bigger than 1 ¾”.

(There is just one subtle difference between #4 and #5-the difference is the measurement between the horizontal members. #4 covers 45 inches and less and #5 covers 45 inches and more.)

5. If you are building a fence that has “the horizontal and vertical members” that are 45 inches or more apart…the horizontal members should be on the pool side of the fence and no more than 1 ¾” apart. (By doing so you prevent someone using them as an aid to climb over the fence.) If the fence has any decorative cutouts they should be no bigger than 1 ¾”.

6. When using a chain linked fence to enclose your pool, the mesh size should not exceed 2-¼”. The slats that fasten at the top and bottom should reduce to 1 ¾”.

7. Fences made of a criss-cross or lattice nature should have openings no larger than 1 ¾”.

8. Access gates should lock and have self-latching devices. When the latch is located less than 54” inches above the bottom of the gate, you must put the closing mechanism on the pool side of the fence. At least 3 inches from the top of the gate.

9. ”Dwelling wall part of barrier meeting one of the following:

9.1 Powered safety cover per ASTM F1346

9.2 Doors accessing pool: Audible alarm for door & screen, 30 sec auto reset. Manual deactivation for single opening. Deactivation switch min. 54″ high

9.3 Other means of protection acceptable of protection not less than 9.1 or 9.2”

The Breakdown

There are two options for building your pool fence…

1. Build it yourself…build a fence that is forty-eight inches tall and meets all the other requirements depending on what type of materials you use to create the said fence. Your enclosure needs to have a self-locking mechanism and secure!

2. Ask a pro to do it…If all of the above seems daunting to you, you may want to ask a professional! They will know the laws and can save you a lot of headache in the end!

To see Connecticut’s swimming pool requirements for yourself click on the link below:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DAS/OEDM/Design-and-Trades/swimming_pools-handout.pdf?la=en

For more information about professional pool fence construction in Connecticut, in addition to pool construction, pool service, pool cleaning, and more, contact Brothers Pool in Wallingford.

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How Hot Tubs Can Improve Your Workout Sessions

Choosing a healthy lifestyle by working out is the first step to improving the quality of living! Most people who workout do not realize that hot tubbing can make a huge difference in their results! There is a secret to using your hot tub to improve your workout sessions, and the secret is timing!

Before Your Workout

Although most people think that using their hot tub after a long run is the ideal time, the truth is that using your hot tub before your workout is the most beneficial time! A quick soak in your hot tub before you work out will help loosen and warm up your muscles, along with increasing your blood flow. Follow your short soak with your normal warm-up routine and you will be set for a great workout! Don’t forget to drink some water before your workout! Soaking in hot water can make you sweat, so make sure to replenish your body with water!

After Your Workout

Now that your workout is behind you, the first thing that might be going through your mind is to hit the hot tub. While that sounds like a great idea…make sure to be in tune with your body and how it feels after a long workout. If your workout was long and strenuous, you may want to skip the hot tub and head straight for a cold shower instead. It is more beneficial for you and your muscles to wait a day or two before soaking in the hot tub. Think about it, your muscles are already inflamed and strained from the strenuous workout, if you soak in warm water, it may only make the inflammation worse. By waiting a day or two, your muscles will recover more quickly. Once the inflammation in your muscles has died down, your hot tub can be the perfect aid for them to recover.

No matter what your routine workout is…make sure to include a quick soak in your hot tub before and soon after to see a difference!

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Lists of the Best Books to Read by Your Pool This Summer!!

Not really in the mood to swim but you are sick of reading the same thing over and over again in social media? Grab a good book and a comfy seat situated next to your pool and relax! There is nothing more relaxing than having a cool drink in one hand and a good book in the other! Whether you are a geek like me and enjoy your books the old-fashioned way, or enjoy reading ebooks on your tablet, nothing beats the adventures that await inside a good book! Summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading list…or maybe you don’t have one yet? Allow us to help you find great books to read that will spike your interest and make the time by your pool even more relaxing.

Movie Books

They were books before they were movies!

Hunger Game Series by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowlings
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The DaVinci Code by Robert Langdon
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Must Read Books for Kids and Teens

Green Ember Series by S.D. Smith
Prince Warrior Series by Priscilla Shirer
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Suess
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Not if I Save you First by Ally Carter
This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeier

Classics

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Moby-Dick; or The Whale by Herman Melville
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Books that inspire

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective by Stephen Covey
The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz, Ph.D.
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey

Biographies and Autobiographies

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis with Beth Clark
Bruce Lee: A life by Matt Polly
Royal Sisters by Anne Edwards
God Smuggler by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
John Adams by David McCullough
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Now, what are you waiting for? Dive into a great book and may the reading…um, I mean…relaxing begin!

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Expected Longevity of my Above Ground Pool?

All of the decisions about buying a pool are behind you and you are content with your decision on buying an above ground pool. The sparkling water has become the hangout for the entire family! An above ground pool is a great investment for your family! But how long can you expect your pool to last? These type of pools normally last between 10-20 years. Now, I know what you are thinking…”the gap between ten and twenty years is pretty large!” The variables that decrease the life expectancy of your above ground pool are easily avoided with a little bit of TLC. Here are three ways to keep your pool in its best condition, so that you can get the most out of your investment.

Pool Liner

Your pool liner is not expected to last the length the life of your above ground pool. It will, however, last between 5-10 years, with great care and attention. Having a regular maintenance check of your liner will not only increase the life expectancy of your liner but also your pool. A leak can cause damage to the inside of your above ground pool! It will be under the liner and in a place that will be hard for you to discover. Make sure to keep your liner repaired and replace it when needed.

Pool Rails

It’s a natural thing for little kids and sometimes even adults to hang on the rails of your pool but this can cause damage to the structure of your pool. Try to minimize how much weight is put on the rails. This will help to keep your pool standing strong and will prevent your railings from sagging.

Rust

If you discover rust anywhere, make sure to tend to it in a timely manner. Early discovery can prevent it from spreading and getting out of control. When you replace your liner, make sure to check every inch of your pool. If you find a rust spot, sand away any rust. Painting your pool can give older pools a new look and help fight off the potential of rust!

Just a little TLC goes a long way to make sure you get the most out of your investment. If you have any questions stop by our showroom today.

HOT TUB

Start your day with a hot tub before breakfast.

The alarm has sounded but you are still struggling to get out of bed. The warmth of your comforter has once again claimed you for its own. Five minutes later the alarm sounds again… does this sound like a normal morning for you? Not everyone is a morning person but there is one thing that both morning people and night owls can agree upon…that starting your day by getting into the hot tub before breakfast, is essentially setting yourself up for an excellent day.

The first thing that 90% of Americans grab is their phone the minute they wake up. Opening up their social media or email is primarily on their mind. What if instead, we focus on ourselves by taking a quick walk around the park? By doing so you are not only starting your day much more productively but also improving your physical health. Exercising in the morning can not only improve your metabolism but also help you be more effective in today’s tasks.

Now that you have properly started your body, now take care of those muscles by jumping into your hot tub. This will allow you to take a moment to meditate on the day’s tasks. Most people don’t give themselves enough time to create mental clarity before they are going about their day. Imagine how much more collected you would be from taking that extra time to compose yourself for the day ahead!

I can only think of one other thing that would make your morning a little brighter and that would be a great cup of coffee while you enjoy your quiet time in the hot tub. Who am I kidding, a great cup of coffee is enjoyable anywhere but I think when you are relaxed is when you enjoy things more.

Start your morning off in your hot tub and see what a difference it will make in your day.

 

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250 Main Street. (RT 150)
Wallingford Connecticut 06492
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In Connecticut take I-91 North or South to exit 15. Take Route 68 West towards Wallingford and Cheshire. Turn left at the intersection of 68 and 150 (Main Street). Brothers Pool is about 1 mile on the left.

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