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Getting Started With Billiard Games

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Billiard Games

If you’re looking for a fun game you can play with the whole family, then look no farther than the wonderful world of billiard games. It has a history that dates back to 15th century France and the different styles of the game area as diverse as the regions they come from. There are even several variations of the British, American, Australian, and French styles of billiards. Basically, there are several different types of billiard games and one of the more common ones is the game called Eight Ball. The divisions most often seen in the game of billiards would be Carom billiards, which has no pockets, the game of pool, which has six pockets, and Snooker, which is pretty different than both of the afore mentioned games.

All sorts of art and literature through the ages have mentioned the game of billiards. If you know your Shakespeare, then you know that it was a game for royalty. Many great philosophers and kings enjoyed the game as well. Clearly it was thought of as a very intelligent game.

The Basics Of Billiard Games

All billiard games utilize a pool table for play. However, there are many kinds of pool tables and different billiard games will require different pool tables. A standard pool table is twice the length of its width and are a rectangular shape. Pool tables can be 7, 8, or 9 feet long, and in rare cases, a ten-foot table can be found, although these are most likely antique. If you come across one in great condition or one that has been restored to its former glory, they would make any game room look fabulous! The material on top of the pool table feels and looks like felt, but it is most often a wool blend.

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Billiard Games

Here’s something to impress your friends—did you know there is a company that manufactures the cloth on top of pool tables that has been in business since the 1400’s? It’s true! These experts know a thing or two about their craft. There are fast play and slow play cloth covers, depending on the amount of friction the ball will have against the cloth. Obviously, balls roll faster and farther with fast play cloth material, and the opposite for slow play. Competitive pool or billiard games always use a cloth made from 100% wool. Most of the time, the cloth is green, although it can be found in other colors like blue or red.

No matter how you slice it, the game of pool, billiard games, or Snookers are all one of the longest standing games of our time! They have been played through the ages, have crossed many cultural boundaries, and have made their way to modern day as one of the most fun family games around. If you’ve always wanted to buy a pool table but don’t know where to start, let Elko Spas, Pools & Billiards help you with all you need to know! Come visit us and see our show room. We have everything you need, including the know-how, to get you playing one of the world’s most well loved games!

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4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556

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Pool Cleaning Basics

Resort1 300x190 Pool Cleaning BasicsIf you own a pool, you already know what a luxury and enjoyment it can be, as well as the need to  keep it clean and safe with regular pool cleaning. Cleaning your swimming pool doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to learn a few basics, understand the products needed, as well as the timing. Some things need to be done everyday and other things can be a part of a schedule for maintenance.

Creating A Schedule For Pool Cleaning

Cleaning The Skimmer Baskets. If you create a schedule of the things that need to be done, it’s much less daunting. You will want to check the skimmer baskets on a daily basis, especially if your pool is near trees. At the very least, you should clean the skimmers a few times a week. If these skimmer baskets aren’t cleaned, your pool will begin to get backwash, which can create problems such as clogging pipes that go to the pump room. That can lead to the pool’s filtration system being compromised.

Vacuuming The Pool. You should plan on vacuuming the pool about once a week. If you see that the pool is getting leaves or other debris more often, then you will need to clean it more often. The debris will negatively affect the pH levels of the water.

Cleaning The Tiles. Pool cleaning also includes keeping the tiles clean. This should be done weekly in order to keep the pool clean and beautiful. You can get away with a little less often if need be, but keep an eye on it.

Cleaning The Pumps. A couple of times during the season, the pumps need to be cleaned. The pumps need to be opened up and the pressure checked. If you see that pressure getting towards the 40’s, it’s pretty high and will need to perform a backwash.

These are just guidelines to help you in your process of  keeping your pool clean. Following these tips will keep your pool sparkling and clean, as well as safe. It will prevent algae, which can be hard to get under control once it starts. If you feel you have the time, you can of course clean the pool more often.

Hiring A Pool Cleaning Service

Of course, the other option you have is to hire a reputable cleaning service. If you don’t want to worry about keeping your pool clean yourself, then call Elko Spas, Billiards & Pools today and let us do the job for you! We have all your pool cleaning supplies if you do want to do it yourself. Call us today to find out how we can help you keep your pool working beautifully for years of enjoyment!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools

4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556



The Basics Of Swimming Pool Cleaning

Pool Cleaning Professional 200x300 The Basics Of Swimming Pool CleaningI think we all dream of having a swimming pool at some point or another, but swimming pool cleaning isn’t something we think about nearly as much. Today’s pools are more affordable than ever and the options are endless. When it comes to the dog days of summer, it’s hard to resist jumping in for a swim! If you do decide to take the plunge and get a pool in your backyard, then you need to be prepared for the cleaning and maintenance that will come with it. Swimming pool cleaning is a very necessary part of that maintenance plan and should be done regularly and properly to keep your pool safe and healthy.

What You Need For Swimming Pool Cleaning

The purity of the water should be of utmost importance. You will no doubt have kids in the pool and they will no doubt swallow the pool water, no matter how much you tell them not to. Even adults will inevitably swallow some water during the course of swimming. Germs and other organisms can get in your body through more than just your mouth, so it’s really crucial to keep that water pure. This is where swimming pool cleaning comes in.

So, the first order of  pool cleaning business: chemicals that will sanitize and purify the water. Chlorine is by far the most commonly used chemical to keep pool water clean and safe. It’s been tried and true for many decades now and is easily obtained and stored. It comes in several different forms like granules, tablets or even sticks. Ask your swimming pool company or the store where you bought your pool about the right amount of chlorine for your amount of water.

The second necessary chemical in your pool cleaning arsenal are the balancers. You don’t want the pool’s alkalinity or acidity to be too high or it can cause eye irritation as well as damage the pool itself.

Keeping Your Routine For Swimming Pool Cleaning Simple

You will need filters as well as chemicals. While the chemicals deal with the unseen organisms and bacteria, filters keep the debris that you can see, out of your pool water. You will need filters and filter cartridges to keep the junk out of your pool before it floats into the water. The skimmer baskets will also be essential in the process. You need to keep the skimmer basket clean so it doesn’t get clogged. Check it daily.

Keeping foreign objects and debris out of your pool is the best way to keep it clean. Pool covers are a huge help in this area. Learn how to winterize your pool when it’s not in use. It will save you huge amounts of labor, money and chemicals when the season comes around again for swimming. Even during the summer, the use of pool covers can cut down on the water evaporation which will save you money and make swimming pool cleaning a lot easier!

You can also do your swimming pool cleaning with robotic systems, which are widely available. You should have a good pool vacuum cleaner, a good stock of the right chemicals and know how to check your pH balance. Taking the time to clean your pool properly will ensure a safe and happy swimming pool experience for everyone. So, jump in and enjoy those summer days with your family and friends—the water’s fine!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools

4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556

Your swimming pool cleaning experts!








Five Great Reasons To Choose Aboveground Pools

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and have a swimming pool installed, then you might not realize that aboveground pools are among many fantastic choices. But have you thought about above ground pools as a viable option? Consider these five great reasons why an aboveground pool might just be the perfect choice for your family!

Aboveground Pools Are Easy!

  1. Low Maintenance. Every pool requires some maintenance to keep it safe. Water testing and chemical balances need to be checked often. This will keep algae out of your pool, as well as bacteria. Also, with aboveground pools, you will have far less debris or leaves getting in the water because the pool sits higher off the ground. This also goes for animals. Dogs or other animals can’t get into the pool nearly as easily if it’s a pool that has some height to it.

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  1. Safety. Accidents with small children are far more likely with in-ground pools. They can go right up to the edge of the pool and fall in, unable to swim or get out. It only takes 2 inches of water for a child to drown, so imagine an entire pool! Pools above the ground are safer for kids because of the height of the pool.


  1. Easy Installation. Installing the pool is much easier with aboveground pools. Whether you hire a contractor to do it for you, or you do it on your own, it’s just far less work. The digging and pipes, etc., that comes with installing in-ground pools safely can quickly make the cost go up.


  1. 4.    No Decking Necessary. You don’t always have to have decking around a pool. That right there will save you lots of money. You will have ample privacy due to the height of the pool. Decking can make it more spacious and fun, but not a requirement.


  1. It’s Just Plain Cheaper. Aboveground pools can be really beautiful and whether you have in-ground or aboveground, you will have a nice pool in the end, but why pay more when you could get the result you want for far less money and much faster? Nobody wants to take out a huge loan just to have a pool for the family to enjoy!


Just imagine your family on those hot summer days, relaxing in your new aboveground pool. It can happen much easier than you might think! For more info, call us at Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools. We have many names to choose from and lots of ideas to help you get the most beautiful pool possible. Gone are the days when aboveground pools were junky looking! Today’s  pools are made to fit in with your landscape and overall aesthetic. Call today!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools

4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556






The Importance Of Hiring A Pool Cleaning Professional

Pool Cleaning Professional 200x300 The Importance Of Hiring A Pool Cleaning ProfessionalFor homeowners who have a swimming pool, having the right pool cleaning service is vital to a healthy and happy swimming experience. You want your pool to not only look beautiful, but also have the perfect balance of chemicals to ensure that you and your family swim safely. There are lots of pool cleaning companies; especially in southern states where pools are popular, but there are some things to consider when choosing one.

Getting The Right Pool Cleaning Professional

Many people go into the pool cleaning business simply to take advantage of the high demand in areas where pools abound. But these self-employed workers don’t always know their stuff about swimming pools and that can put the safety of you and your family at risk. Pool technicians need to have the proper training and tools and understand how to use them.

Believe it or not, a good bit goes into keeping the pool water clean, clear and safe. Your pool technician needs to have a good understanding of the various chemicals used and the pros and cons of each. They should also present you with your options, prices for chemicals, etc.

Comparing Pool Service Options

When choosing any company for any service, most people start with getting at least a couple of quotes or estimates from the potential company. You should be wise here and not think that the least expensive option is the best option. That isn’t always the case! The main thing is that you get someone who really knows their stuff about chemicals, cleaning equipment and how often water should be tested, etc. It’s like most things—getting it done right can sometimes be a little bit more costly, but it’s worth it to have a professional. Most companies will give you a quote for free and even come to your home to take measurements and other information needed to quote you a fair price. Depending on how many people use the pool and how often it gets used will help determine your schedule for maintenance and cleaning. Be sure to budget for random repairs, as they do happen!

Search for companies who already have a good reputation. Many times, that can be the company that installed or built your pool. If not, then ask friends who have swimming pools whom they use and if they’re satisfied. Word of mouth is a powerful tool for any kind of reliable advertising!

Hire a company that can repair as well as clean and maintain the pool. It’s really helpful to have someone who does more than just keep the water clean—you may need repairs one day and you’ll want to know you have a reliable company already in place. This will save you money in the long run.

 What Your Pool Service Should Offer

Good pool companies can handle the small stuff and the big stuff. Discuss these options before signing any contracts and find out what you’re getting for your buck. Typical things you should expect from any decent pool company would include:

  • Cleaning and replacing filters
  • Repairing motors or pumps if the need arises.
  • Finding leaks and being able to seal them effectively.
  • Keeping tiles clean.
  • Keeping pH balance of water properly balanced.

Make an effort to be present for the first several visits from the pool cleaning professional. This will give you insight on how things are done and allow you to oversee it a bit. Once you feel secure in the company and the process, then you can move on to seeing to it that the company has access to your pool area if you are not home.

Lastly, go behind them some and make sure they are doing what you’re paying them to do. Check for any mold on the tiles that would indicate they’re not being cleaned properly, and always check for crystal clear water! Your pool water should not have a strong stench and should always look beautiful and fresh. The main thing is to make sure that the pool cleaning company is in good communication with you, the homeowner. You should feel good about their services, and they should be able to tell you quickly of any issues that arise.

For more information on pool or spa cleaning, call Elko Spas, Billiards & Pools today! We have all you need to get the job done right every time!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556