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Swimming Pool Winterization

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09/13/2021
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Chemicals,Swimming Pools
Proper Chemicals Make a Difference First, I’ll state that this blog is not about the step-by-step process of swimming pool winterization and safely closing your pool. For our above ground owners, that information is on our website. Click: http://sparcomanual.com/dealers/eastgate/eastgate_manual_017.htm. In-ground pools…

Fall Pool Care

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08/28/2021
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General
Fall Pool Care Labor Day signals the traditional end of summer, but swimming pool fun doesn’t need to end there. Unfortunately, come Labor Day, people begin shutting down their pools for the year. In my opinion, this is a BIG mistake. Fall is a GREAT time to swim. Kids are back in school, so you get the pool to yoursel…

Chimineas. Or is it Chimenea?

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08/10/2021
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New Products
It doesn’t matter which way you spell Chimineas or Chimenea. Both are considered acceptable. What is important is that when you have one, you’ll enjoy your back yard or patio a little more. But what exactly is a chiminea? Well, imagine a crackling fire in your indoor fireplace, adding warmth to your home during a wint…

Hot Tub Filtration

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07/21/2021
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Filters,Hottubs,Spas
Hot Tub Filtration is a major key in keeping your water clean, clear, and inviting. There are two dominant filtration technologies used today: circulation pumps and programmed filtration. Circulation Pump Technology ‘Circ’ pumps operate independently from the main water movement pumps. While not therapy pumps, they ser…

Pool Safety is no Accident

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07/03/2021
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Pool Safety
Okay, so Pool Safety isn’t the most original blog title, but it is extremely accurate. There are so many little things a pool owner can do to make backyard swimming enjoyable and safe. Many are common sense, while others may bring about a “Duh—I never thought of that!” moment. Pool Ladders, Gates, and Fencing If you ha…

Hot Tubs. Look Under the Hood

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06/27/2021
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Hot tubs are a lot like cars. Everyone has a dream car. Imagine you finally get it. It looks great sitting on your driveway, the sun glistening down highlighting the perfectly waxed look. It is flawless. Now you start it up, but it belches black smoke, shakes, rattles, and then conks out. Your dream car just turned int…

Pool Chlorine Boosters Help You Save Money.

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06/09/2021
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Chemicals
Pool Chlorine Boosters. Maximize Your Sanitizer’s Life and Minimize Your Cost. Previously, I discussed four key components of balanced pool water: proper pH, Total Alkalinity, Cyanuric Acid, and Calcium levels. When these are all in their proper ranges, pool chlorine life is lengthened. That’s sweet any year, but even …

Pool Chlorine, Water Tests, and Saving Money

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06/05/2021
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Chemicals
It is well documented that there will be a pool chlorine shortage this summer. Make that, there IS a chlorine shortage, right now! A fire that destroyed a major chlorine production facility in Louisiana has reduced available chlorine nationally by over one-third. Chlorine Tablet Shortage Due to Covid-19 & BioLab Fire T…

Swimming Pool Filter Options.

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05/27/2021
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Filters,Swimming Pools
If you are searching for a replacement swimming pool filter for your existing pool, you have options. Don’t be afraid to change systems if you haven’t been satisfied with the old one. Here, we’ll explore three different options. Sand Filters. Sand filters are as old as pools themselves. They are the old stand-by, but i…

Above Ground Pools. Things to Consider.

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05/15/2021
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Having an above ground pool in the back yard is a dream for many. It’s like enjoying a vacation at home all summer long. But, to make it a thoroughly enjoyable experience, there are pre-purchase things to understand. Are you permitted to have a swimming pool? No, I’m not talking about getting permission from your spous…

Outdoor Patio Furniture. Tubular Options

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04/29/2021
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Furniture
Outdoor Patio Furniture. Understanding Traditional Tubular Options. If you are considering getting a new set of outdoor patio furniture for the deck or patio, you have lots of options. There’s all-weather wicker, cast aluminum, stone or synthetic tables, poly, and even wood. The list grows every year, but let’s focus o…

Pool Chlorine Makes a Difference

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04/17/2021
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Chemicals
Pool Chlorine Makes a Difference in Water Quality. Choose Wisely. In a previous blog, I assumed that most readers don’t want a rehash of high school or college chemistry. I’ll stick to that and gently discuss why some pool chemicals are better than others that appear the same. However, an explanation is required. Sayin…

Saltwater Swimming Pools

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03/27/2021
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Chemicals,Swimming Pools
Saltwater Swimming Pools. It’s Time to Take the Plunge! I admit that I was looking for a pool-related pun for this blog title and considered several options. I settled on ‘take the plunge’ because that’s exactly what thousands of happy swimmers do every year in Greater Cincinnati. Significantly, many of these swimmers …

Big Green Egg! The Ultimate Grill

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03/16/2021
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Big Green Egg,Grills,Smokers
Big Green Egg! The Ultimate Grill. With the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, we have more time to do things outdoors, so let’s get to it! It is officially grilling season, but it’s only great if you have the right grill. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with old-fashioned gas grills if you don’t mind the occa…

Picnic Tables Without Splinters

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03/04/2021
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Furniture
Growing up, my family had a wooden picnic table. We seldom used it as a dining table, however, it was a fun place to sit and talk. We had to be careful though, as a shift in position or a ‘slide-over’ request could result in a splinter. Consequently, the fun was tempered by the constant fear of injury to…well, you get …

Above Ground Pools. What One is Right for You?

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02/25/2021
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Swimming Pools
When it comes to above ground, or on-ground swimming pools, there are many sizes and shapes to choose from. In most cases, it is easy to find the right one for your yard. Starting the process is easy. Know your local zoning regulations. Some zoning districts require a pool or attached deck remain a certain distance fro…

So…is it a Hot Tub or a Spa?

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02/16/2021
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Hottubs,Spas
The terms ‘hot tub’ and ‘spa’ have evolved over the last 60-years or so. However, they are really the same thing…right? Not really. It’s a name-game, and I personally blame it on the internet and the advent of search engines. You may have already found this out if you came across this blog via a google search. If you g…

A Winter Epiphany: I Miss My Outdoor Furniture

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02/09/2021
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Big Green Egg,Fun Stuff,Furniture
Okay…I admit that I am a chronic complainer. In the summer I constantly complain about it being too hot or too humid. I gripe about the wasps that built their nest under my deck where they plan their sneak attacks on innocent people oblivious to the havoc that will ultimately come their way. I complain about weeding my…

Covid-19 July 25th Update

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07/25/2020
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On May 12th Ohio allowed retail stores to open back up, though with mandates in place that were designed to protect both customers and employees alike. From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Eastgate Pools has followed Ohio’s mandates as closely as possible. As we needed to make changes in our business practices …

May 28th Update

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05/28/2020
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On May 12th Ohio allowed retail stores to open back up, though with mandates in place that were designed to protect both customers and employees alike. From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Eastgate Pools has followed Ohio’s mandates as closely as possible. As we needed to make changes in our business practices …

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