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Hot Tub Maintenance

Hot Tub Maintenance

Sometimes new hot tub owners think that regular maintenance of hot tubs will be overwhelming.  But, really, hot tub maintenance is not hard at all.  It just requires a few minutes a week, and you’ll be relaxing in and enjoying your hot tub.  We’d like to give you a few pointers for your hot tub maintenance. Most hot tubs and spas are made with an acrylic interior shell.  Acrylic is simple to clean because it is a non-porous surface (unlike concrete pools) and germs and bacteria can’t become imbedded.  So, just keep the acrylic clean and dust-free by wiping it down with either a damp cloth or a cloth with a mild cleaner…same as your acrylic bathtub. The cover of your hot tub spa is exposed to the outdoor elements on a daily basis, so you should always use a vinyl protector application on a regular basis to give it a long life.  Most good spa and hot tub distributors will carry this product.  Make sure you don’t use the vinyl protector anywhere other than on the cover.  It is a chemical (though mild) product and you don’t want it contaminating the water.  For the underside of the cover, just use a regular garden hose and spray it down once in a while and let it air-dry on a warm sunny day. Keeping your water clean will require some basic chemicals, same as your swimming pool.  These chemicals will be added to the water to kill bacteria and other germs.  As with your swimming pool, chlorine is the most commonly used chemical sanitizers.  Your spa and hot tub retailer... read more
Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

The term used to describe the sport as a whole, has been billiards. It’s a name that most of us know and is still used generically for all games played with a cue stick and balls on a pool table. But the usage of the word has become more inclusive among competition players in certain geographic areas and groups. Take the United Kingdom for instance—there the word billiards is used specifically for English Billiards, yet in the USA, it might only be used to refer to carom games or even to eight-ball by a minority (For many players, this is the only cue game they know of). Presently, the two can be inter-changed to have the same meaning. It’s assumed that if people refer to one, then they are also speaking of the other one. There are some technical differences, however. In billiards, smaller balls are used and there are only three balls-yellow, red, and white. The yellow or white ball can be the striker balls. You can think of it as a pool game without pockets on the table. On standard billiards tables, the cloth makes the balls much faster. In three cushion billiards, the object of the game is to strike the object ball, go three rails, strike the other ball, or you could go three rails and aim to strike both of the object balls with the carom, which is also known as a cue ball. Many of us have a general idea of pool games and pool tables. Some may know about the variations in pool, like eight-ball, nine-ball or cut throat. Most of us... read more
Hot Tubs 101: Water Care And Maintenance

Hot Tubs 101: Water Care And Maintenance

Considering how they take care and benefit you, owners should also learn how to properly take care and maintain their hot tubs. Aside from the much needed hydrotherapy and massage working to relieve your sore muscles after a long day at work, these outdoor spas also help you relax and release stress and pressure that many of you feel on a daily basis. And if you used a special aromatic scent for the water, you will have a wonderful treat of aromatherapy. Caring for your tub water is extremely important to ensure efficient operation and longer lifespan. You don’t have to worry because it is real easy to maintain clean and safe water for your outdoor spa. All you need is the right type of sanitizer and oxidizer and a convenient schedule for your water maintenance routine. On the other hand, if you want complete water care and maintenance, you can do so by working with professionals. There are different maintenance strategies that you should consider to maintain your outdoor spa. Using a complete water management system This type of water maintenance system is incorporated into your hot tubs. You will need to work with a professional to determine the right and suitable type of water management system for your outdoor spa. Elko Spas Billiards & Pools will help you identify and install the most suitable and cost effective water management system for your hot tub. One of the common types of water management systems is one that uses ozone. This effectively helps to remove organics that develop and accumulate on your outdoor spa’s water. All water management systems... read more
Safe Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals

Safe Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals

While it’s required to utilize swimming pool chemicals to preserve the water and keep it safe for swimming, these products are potentially hazardous. Discover safe techniques for storage and managing swimming pool chemicals to avoid mistakes and injuries. You should likewise know exactly what to do in an emergency situation for optimum preparedness. Adding Water to Pool Chemicals The typical treatment for adding moisture to pool chemicals involves adding them to a huge quantity of water. If only a small amount of water moistens the products, a hazardous condition might take place. In this case, the temperature of the materials might rise and hazardous gases might be released into the air. Possible situations with unexpected wetness could consist of rainwater leaking from a roofing system or window, a damp floor and improper storage, and accidental spraying from a hose or a sprinkler. Even excessive humidity during summertime weather conditions could lead to too much moisture getting mixed with the chemicals. Accidents When Mixing Chemicals The unintentional mixing of the wrong substances is another common mistake with pool upkeep. Mixing incompatible materials might result in a harmful response such as the release of poisonous or corrosive gas. Blending mishaps could also lead an explosive reaction and possible fire. A blending mishap might occur after spilling chemicals on the floor and then mistakenly mixing them together with cleaning products to tidy up the mess. It’s also possible that you could inadvertently integrate compounds if you use the same tool to mix more than one chemical. Dealing with old containers could result in unexpected mixes if residues blended together. Safe Handling Practices... read more
Thinking Of Buying a Used Hot Tub?

Thinking Of Buying a Used Hot Tub?

Hot Tub Buying Tips You have searched Craig’s list or the classifieds for a used hot tub and you think you have found what looks like a great buy. Or maybe a friend or neighbor has offered to let you purchase their hot tub or are even offering it to your for free. Is it really a good deal? Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing until you have it installed and running. Tips When Purchasing a Used Hot Tub or Spa The first priority is to never purchase for any used hot tub or spa that you have not personally seen in operation and have completely tested. Purchasing a “dry” tub is asking for problems. There is the possibility that you will get lucky and the unit will work just fine, however, you are more likely to have a disaster on your hands that costs you money. Like having a home inspection before buying a home, you will want to spend the money to have the hot tub or spa inspected before you buy. Secondly, you will want to have someone who knows what they are doing move the hot tub. You are putting stress on the plumbing, the frame and the shell when you are moving the unit. A crack that you never noticed when the spa was sitting at the original location will be made worse when loading it on truck if not properly handled. Less than honest sellers won’t tell you if the spa or hot tub has been repaired in the past and any damage will be magnified when moving. Just because everything looked... read more
Off-Season Swimming Pool Operation Tips

Off-Season Swimming Pool Operation Tips

Swimming Pool  Myrtle BeachFor our clients in Myrtle Beach and Horry County– how do you maintain your pool during the off season? In spite of what season it is, you can keep the swimming pool preserved so that when it’s time to resume, you will not have as much work awaiting you. Closing the pool or maintaining the swimming pool throughout the winter season, that is the question. Certainly, most Myrtle Beach swimming pool owners decide to keep their pool open year-round. If it is warm enough to keep the swimming pool open in the winter, here’s some ideas to assist you remain on top of pool maintenance this winter season. Running the Swimming pool Pump How long should you run the pump for throughout winter season? Lots of sunbelt swimming pool owners lower filtration during the off season to minimize the energy cost. But beware not to go too low! Circulation is necessary if you are keeping the pool open. Let the pump run as long as it takes for the water to cycle through the filter system. This is called the turnover rate. Usually, pumps need to be run for 6 to 8 hours at a time for appropriate flow. Another factor to consider when running the pump is debris– if debris is a concern in your pool, you may have to run the pump longer. Running a pump for only 3 hours every 24 Hr means there is 21 hours for particles to build up. A third aspect is the weather. The temperature will impact how long you run your pump. At temperatures above 65 degrees... read more
Winterizing Swimming Pool Tips

Winterizing Swimming Pool Tips

CLEAR OUT THE SWIMMING POOL. The primary step is to clear out any leaves, dirt, pests and debris. Utilize your swimming pool vacuum, or simply fish them out with a net. Clear out the skimmer and the pump basket, too. Clean the tile line with tile cleaner. Easier now than next spring, when the scum has actually had all winter to set. STABILIZE THE WATER CHEMISTRY. This protects the swimming pool from corrosion or scale accumulation. Using a water test kit (or bring your water to us to test), change the water to the recommended levels of pH, overall calcium (firmness), alkalinity and chlorination. If you want to include a winterization chemical kit, do it now. These kits put high levels of chlorine and algaecide in the water to prepare it for the winter months ahead. Your swimming pool retailer offers ready-made kits for the function; use according to the maker’s instructions. When it comes to bigger swimming pools, you might be directed to supplement the kit with extra quantities of some chemicals, too. DON’T LET YOUR CHEMICALS DAMAGE YOUR SWIMMING POOL. Don’t include tablets or a floater which contains chlorine or bromine– they can harm the devices nearest them. If you currently have chlorine or bromine tablets in your feeder, let them run out so that none continue to be. If you’re adding winterizing chemicals, pour them into a bucket then into the swimming pool. A few of these chemicals advise you to switch on the swimming pool filter while you add the chemicals. Make certain you do, especially if you have a pool with a vinyl liner... read more
Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Billiards tables and playing conditions vary substantially, however we have to have the ability to adapt to whatever conditions we’re faced with, and we have to change rapidly. To change, we simply have to take a look at a few things, and shoot a couple of “Reference Shots.”. We have to deal with huge distinctions in table size, varying from 3 x 6 up to 5 x 10. Big pockets are best Fabric makes a big difference, ranging from really slow and sometimes inaccurate “fuzzy” fabric to really fast and really precise worsted wool “no-nap” cloth. Cloth will be really fast and slippery when brand-new; and, slower and stickier as it is used and as it gets dirty. After all, where do you believe all that chalk goes, every shot? It enters into and under the fabric. The vigor of the cushions affects banks and kicks. Throw influences every cut shot. Here are 4 things to do to rapidly get up to speed for any billiards table: 1. Pocket Size– Pockets vary in size. Larger pockets accept more shot error than smaller pockets. Balls are 2-1/4″ in diameter. Take two balls and hold them in a corner pocket, side by side, simply at the point where they will fall in if you let go of them. How much space exists between the balls and the jaws of the pocket? If the balls jam into the jaws, the pockets are very tight. If there is an inch of area between the balls and the jaws, those pockets are containers. It assists to understand exactly what you actually have. 2. Table... read more
Frequently Asked Questions About Hot Tubs

Frequently Asked Questions About Hot Tubs

We typically get asked a great deal of questions about hot tubs. Here are just a couple of them: Q. Exactly what is the difference between a Jacuzzi , spa, hot tub and whirlpool? A. Generally, the word “health spa” describes any one of a number of jetted, warmed, water-filled tubs. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a health spa is specified as “a well known watering location in Belgium; any location, particularly a resort, having a mineral spring.” A lot of “spas” are constructed of either acrylic or fiberglass. Acrylic spas are, by far, the much better of the 2 types and will offer longer life and service to their owners. “Hot tubs” are made from wood, sometimes with a liner set inside. They can supply you with that “jet action”, but without the contoured seating acrylic spas offer. A “whirlpool”, the way the word is frequently used, describes any spa or hot tub’s circular “water action”. Remember, a “Jacuzzi” is not a generic name for spas. Jacuzzi is a company that makes “whirlpool baths” and spas. Any spa or jacuzzi will offer you this “whirlpool action” of the water. We like to describe all the above units as Hot Tub Spas. This is sort of a catch-all phrase. “Jetted Bathtubs” are typically made of fiberglass or acrylic and can be made use of in either a brand-new building, or to change out existing bathtubs. They usually get set up in the bathroom and have a jet pump attached to them. You fill a Jetted Tub each time you want to utilize it, then switch on the jet pump to... read more
Pool Supplies 101: Comparing Types Of Pool Cleaners

Pool Supplies 101: Comparing Types Of Pool Cleaners

One of the basic pool supplies that every homeowner should have is a pool cleaner. This amazing tool helps pool owners keep their swimming pools clean and clear without putting in a lot of time and effort. Today’s pool cleaners are basically plug and play and range from simple handheld cleaning devices to complex cleaning systems that are controlled electronically by a computer or your smart phone. Because there is a wide range of different pool cleaning devices, you may have difficulties choosing which one is the most suitable for your swimming pool. To help you with this, below is a list of the common pool cleaners and some information about them. • Manual vacuums – These pool supplies generally consist of a vacuum head that is often attached to a telescoping pole to allow the user to be able to reach the bottom of the swimming pool. Manual vacuums use the filtration system of your swimming pool to remove the debris and dirt that it has sucked up. These are often used for aboveground swimming pools and are the most affordable cleaning tool in the market. This is primarily because it does not rely on technology for its operation. Because it is manually operated, it requires time and effort from the user. • Suction-side pool cleaners – These automatic pool cleaners use the suction from your swimming pool’s filtration system to be able to move around the pool. This is why they are referred to as suction-side. Because they are often hooked up to the skimmer basket, they transfer all dirt, sand and other debris that they suck... read more

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