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Swim All Winter Long in a Swim Spa!!

Swimming pools are great. In fact, we kind of love them over here at Brothers Pool. But we also recognize that they have seasonal limitations for the avid swimmer who wants to keep his endurance going all year long. Rather than get a membership at a gym with a pool for the winter months, consider a swim spa.

Space Constraints?

For starters, if the space in your backyard is too limited even for a pool, and you want more than just sitting in a hot tub, a swim spa may be your best option. The current of a swim spa provides a great way to practice your breaststroke without taking up the whole backyard.

A Place to Swim… and Rest

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax too, then most swim spa models come with at least two seats with massage jet features. Another added bonus to a swim spa: install it indoors! What a great addition to  your tiled sunroom so that you don’t have to endure the winter chill when you leave the swim spa to go back inside.

Swim All Winter – Feel Better All Winter

There are so many health benefits that a swim spa can provide. Take the ATV-14 and ATV-17 swim spas by Marquis for example. These Aquatic Training Vessels – available through Brothers Pool – are great not only for keeping your swimming endurance at the top of its game through the winter months, but also for helping to alleviate pain through hydrotherapy, improve flexibility, rehabilitate an injury and strengthen muscles.

For us, it’s fairly simple… get the benefits of a pool all year round, take up less space in your yard, have the option of installing your swim spa indoors, and optimize your health. Contact Brothers Pool today so your swim spa installation will be complete just in time to kick off the winter season with a good swim!

Kamado Joe Thanksgiving Recipes Your Family Will Want All Year

There’s no hard and fast rule saying a delicious Thanksgiving meal requires you to slave over a hot stove all day. Instead, consider cooking this ever-important meal on your Kamado Joe! It keeps the kitchen clean, and your Kamado Joe is equipped to cook portions both bit and small. These Kamado Joe Thanksgiving recipes are so mouth-watering, your family will beg to enjoy them all year long.

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THE CENTERPIECE: AN APPETIZING TURKEY

Whether you’re a fan of turkey or you prefer the sides, a beautifully prepared bird is always the centerpiece of the holiday table. Using your Kamado Joe is the best way to get the tastiest, juiciest, and eye-appealing turkey. Brine your turkey for 24 hours using the recipe below, then cook it low and slow on your Kamado Joe. Plan to let your turkey 20 minutes for every pound at 250 degrees. Use a thermometer to check the internal temp of your turkey, but don’t overcook it. You want the breast to be 160 degrees and the thigh/leg meat at 180 degrees. Once that happens, pull your turkey off the grill and let it rest 15-30 minutes before you carve it. To really up your turkey cooking game, check out 11 Tips to help you cook the best bird on your Kamado Joe.

Apple & Orange Turkey Brine Recipe

2 Quarts Orange Juice
2 Quarts Apple Juice
2 Cups Kosher Salt
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Nutmeg
10 Allspice Cloves (whole)
1 Gallon Water

SWEET POTATOES & BRUSSEL SPROUTS

It’s not a traditional holiday side dish, but it’s so tasty that it’ll be the start of a new tradition for your family.

KAMADO JOE THANKSGIVING RECIPES: PUMPKIN PIE

Yes, you read that right. You can make entire Thanksgiving meal on your Kamado Joe… even the pumpkin pie! Pair it with homemade whipped cream, and it’s the perfect finishing touch to a delicious Thanksgiving meal!

Brothers Pool Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide

A hot tub is a significant investment, so you want to make sure you purchase the spa that’s a good fit for your family. Now is the time to do your homework, and make sure you have time to take a test soak before you buy. Check out our additional tips for finding the right spa in our Hot Tub Buyer’s Guide.

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Shop the Dealer First

Buy your hot tub from a reputable dealer that will provide service and support after the sale. Some traveling groups sell spas from city to city, but they’re not around when you have questions or need support. Where you buy your spa is just as important as how much money you spend; it might be even more important. Make sure the business has a good reputation in your community, is trustworthy, and can offer advice about how to maintain your hot tub.

Ask the Dealer for References

A reputable dealer will have satisfied customers, and the owner won’t mind sharing some of that information with you. Ask friends and family members too because they probably have stories about hot tub brands and/or customer service. If you’re considering buying a spa from an online outlet, think again. There’s no way to verify how the company does business because they likely won’t share satisfied customer references with you.

Is Delivery Included? What About Accessories?

Ask your dealer what’s included in the price of the spa. Does it include an insulated hot tub cover, a cover lifter, steps, water care products, and instructions about how to use the spa? Does the price include delivery and setup? Believe it or not, some companies will deliver the spa to your house and leave it in the driveway. Don’t call your neighbors over and injure yourselves wrestling the hot tub into place. Instead, choose a company that will make hot tub delivery day one of the happiest days of your life!

Look Online, but Don’t Buy Online

Yes, we encourage you to research your purchase online. No, we don’t encourage you to buy your spa online! Never buy from an out of state seller or a company that’s exclusively “in home sales.” It’s been proven time and time again that these guys aren’t there after the sale when you have questions about your product or when you need service. When you buy online or in your own home, you also don’t have the opportunity to compare products side by side or try them out with a test soak.  The odds are very high that you’ll be disappointed.

Don’t Buy Your Spa & Trash Bags at the Same Store

Sure, “big box” retailers carry spas. Sometimes they’re less expensive. Every time, they’re stripped down versions and/or off-brands that don’t have solid warranties. These hot tubs have limited insulation and they’re almost always very noisy when they run. When you don’t have a chance to try out the spa before your purchase, you can’t test the noise levels. And when you buy from a “big box” store, the sales clerk has had as much training on a spa as he did the trash bags in Aisle 17, so he won’t be able to answer questions about the limited insulation. Any money you save up front will be spent in the long run because of maintenance, repair and your limited warranty.

Whatever You Do: Stay Away from Craigslist Spas

Sure, it’s possible you could get a clean spa in good working condition off of Craigslist. It’s more likely that you’ll win the lottery. People don’t sell spas on Craigslist because they work well, they sell them to get rid of them. Craigslist spas usually feature water that’s consistently cloudy and utility bills that skyrocket because it costs a ton of money to heat the spa. If you think you can’t afford a new spa, stop by the store and we’ll try to work with you. But please don’t throw your money away on a lemon.

Proud to Serve Connecticut

The Brothers Pool team is proud to serve you and help you find the spa of your dreams. Our entire staff must pass a rigorous 10-part test in order to work at Brothers Pool. Every employee is trained to answer almost any question asked by a customer. Our staff also attends trade shows and educational seminars to provide you with the most up-to-date information about the latest pool and spa systems. Let us help you in your search for the perfect hot tub that fits both your wish list and your budget.

Declutter Your Pool Area Before Winter

Yes! You must properly winterize your pool before winter hits here in Connecticut. We posted a guide to help you do that, or a member of our team can come out and close your pool for you. After talking to customers and seeing lots of pools at the end of the season, many of you are looking for ideas to clean up around your pool area before winter. Why do this? It helps protect your equipment when it sits unused during the winter, and it makes it easier to kick off pool season in the spring because everything is ready to go! Here are some of our favorite ideas to declutter your pool area before winter.

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Sort Your Pool Toys & Equipment

It’s hard to organize your supplies until you know what you have. After an active pool season – especially if kids are around – it’s common to find pool toys and equipment scattered throughout the yard and stashed in odd places. Throw away anything that’s broken, and donate items that work but you no longer need (you’re not the only one wondering how 3 kids could end up with 10 pair of goggles). Categorize your toys and equipment so like items are together; toys in one pile, rafts in another pile, equipment in another, etc.

Create Organizational Solutions

Here are some of our favorite ideas to store your pool toys and equipment throughout the winter. The best part… most of these items are already lying around your house or you can pick them up at the store for just a few dollars.

  • Store sunscreen, aloe gel, sunglasses and goggles in a shower caddy.
  • Use zip ties to secure laundry baskets to your fence and use them like outdoor lockers. These offer great storage throughout the summer for towels and guests’ belongings, but they also give you space to store items throughout the winter.
  • Pick up some waterproof, stackable storage drawers to house nets, hoses, chlorine tablets, and other pool equipment. Reminder: place these drawers out of the way of kids and pets.
  • Create a hanging station using a peg board. During the summer, you can use this to hang towels, swimsuits and your guests’ bags. Over the winter, you can use it to wrap hoses and other large items that are better stored hung up.

Do you have any winter storage ideas that our customers need to know about? Share them with us in the Comments!

 

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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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