Monthly Archives: June 2018

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Tips to get rid of cloudy water in your hot tub

Cloudy with a chance of…grossness… No, as you can guess, we are not discussing the weather. You are just describing what you see as you glance down into your hot tub. This is the day that every hot tub owner dreads! Your hot tub is starting to resemble that of an abandoned motel…okay, maybe not so bad but it feels that way! As you scratch your head and wonder what has turned your pristine oasis as cloudy as the Mississippi River, allow us to help clarify things!

Cloudiness is caused by a number of different factors! From environmental debris to sunscreen, there is always something that is making your chlorine fight a little harder to keep your pool crystal clear and inviting. With the chlorine distracted, your pool is easily taken over by small particles that cause the water to cloud… Here are some tips to help keep your hot tub water cloud free.

#1 Check your PH and alkalinity levels

PH levels should ideally be between 7.2 and 7.6 and alkalinity levels should be between 80 and 125 ppm. If your levels are not where they should be, you have a chemical imbalance that needs to be addressed.

#2 Shock Your Hot Tub

We have determined that your hot tub is having somewhat of a chemical breakdown and we need to bring the levels back up so that the chemicals can take control of your hot tub once again. Spa Chlorinating Granules are specially formulated for such a situation like this. They will effectively shock and sanitize your hot tub back to its intended state of clarity.

Tips for adding the Spa Chlorinating Granules:

*Make sure the hot tub cover is off.
*Run your hot tub’s jets while adding the granules but make sure the air valves are turned off.
*After 15 minutes of running your jets and having the cover off, you may replace the cover back on your hot tub.

#3 Clean your filter

Be sure to do a maintenance clean on the filter. The filter is your hot tub’s second defense to fighting future cloudiness. You should maintain the filter at least twice a year.

Now that you have completed the above steps, your hot tub is back to its sparkling self once again! Just like we like it!

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Keeping your kids safe this summer!

Summer is here and it’s time to talk about keeping our kids safe during this swim season! Here are some tips to help make this summer a safe and memorable one!

Sunscreen

Your kids are bored and the pool is ready for swimming! It’s time to stock up on new swimsuits and sunscreen! Lots and lots of sunscreen! Having a good summer can make all the difference in your little one’s world. When buying your sunscreen keep in mind that waterproof is not all that it is cracked up to be. Waterproof sunscreen is effective for a short period of time but must be reapplied often in order to protect you fully. When applying sunscreen keep in mind that it takes up to 15 minutes for your skin to properly absorb it.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

While you are waiting for your sunscreen to be properly absorbed, take the time to drink a glass of water or your favorite sports drink. Swimming is a lot of fun and seldom thought of as exercise to our kids, but the truth is it is a great source of exercise. So, as a result, we sweat and need to keep well hydrated! Drink, even if you don’t feel thirsty!

Safety covers

The day is coming to an end and your kids are ready to call it a day. It’s time to say goodbye to the pool and hello to a welcoming pair of pajamas. Your day of keeping your kids safe was a success! But wait! It’s not completely over yet! There is still one risk that you haven’t covered…quite literally! Your pool is still a risk for your kids! They may not be as finished with swimming as you thought! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “About one in five people who die from drowning are children fourteen years and younger.” Your family does not have to be a part of this statistic! This can easily be avoided by installing an automatic safety cover! With the flip of a switch your pool is covered and you have peace of mind!

Come visit us at Brothers Pool and allow us to help ease your mind and make your summer safer for everyone!

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Vacation or Hot Tub

Summer is here and the desire to go to the beach or just a day trip away is on everyone’s mind! So, you start the planning. The trip starts to come together! You have the time off from work scheduled. Your pet is booked at the local doggy spa and your suitcases are packed and sitting by the door the night before. The morning alarm goes off and it is off to the open roads… that is, until you hit rush hour. After several pit stops, meals, and that last tourist trap… you are finally at your destination. So many plans, so much to see…as the time passes you begin to realize that most of your time is being spent in the hotel’s hot tub. It is starting to dawn on you that you can have this same experience much closer to home!

Like any large purchase, with a little planning and budgeting, you could be the proud owner of a hot tub! Now, asking you to choose between vacationing and saving for a hot tub, is to some a “Sophie’s choice”. Vacationing is fun and can provide the opportunity to make so many memories and, honestly, I get it! BUT buying a hot tub can be memories made every day of the year in your own backyard! BUT a vacation…we could keep this going for a long time!

Choosing between the two can be comparable to buying from a bulk store instead of a local grocery store. Yes, you may spend a little more upfront when buying from the bulk store; but in the end, you get so much more for your money when compared ounce by ounce. A week at the beach sounds amazing, but not compared to 365 days of relaxing in your very own hot tub! I guess you know which we would choose when asked Vacation or Hot Tub?

Allow us to help you decide on the purchase that keeps on giving. Come in today!

The Ultimate She Shack

Have you heard of the “She Shack”? Small sheds, extra bedrooms, and garages around the nation are being converted into the ladies equivalent to a man cave, the “She Shack”. But why should it be limited to four walls? Why not your backyard? Like most things, women do not like to do most things alone…so why not take over the backyard? Here are three tips for making your backyard the ultimate “She Shack”.

An aerial view of an inground pool with patio and landscaping.

Seating

Channel your inner Joanna Gaines and decide what style your new space will be…starting with your patio furniture! Patio furniture has come a long way since your grandma’s wicker furniture!
Are you looking for something sleek and modern or are you more of a country chic kind of a gal?

White patio furniture paired with blue pillows will give you the feeling that you are back at the east coast B&B you love to visit! A perfect place to invite your ladies group from church or for you to enjoy your morning cup of coffee in peace and quiet!

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Relaxing

Your outdoor furniture is picked out and in place! Now, we need the wow factor that will make your space perfect! How about a spa? Not only will a spa be a great wow factor but will also be a great place for you to relax. Can you feel the tension in your shoulders slipping away? Call up your bestie and slip into the spa to enjoy a great glass of wine and conversation.

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Enjoy

The grill has been claimed as a man’s place for way too long! It is time that women show them how it is really done. Take your grilling experience to a whole new level with the Kamado Joe collection. The Kamado Joe grills are unlike any other grill you have ever used! You can sear, grill and bake…wait… bake? Yes, you read that right! Bake! Now you can bake a pizza in 10 minutes without heating up the entire house!

Come visit us at Brother’s Pool! We can help make your “She Shack” dreams true!

 

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250 Main Street. (RT 150)
Wallingford Connecticut 06492
P: (203) 265-5980
F: (203) 294-1601
E: info@brotherspool.com

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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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