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Pool Closing Myths Busted

People come in year after year to prepare for their pool closing, and these are some of the myths about proper pool closing that people are unfortunately misinformed about. We’ll set them straight for you!


1. Air pillows are made to hold the cover up. False!

Air pillows are not designed to hold the cover up under the weight of snow and ice. They are designed to relieve the stress when the ice expands and SACRIFICE themselves instead of the ice pushing out and damaging the pool walls. It’s better to have more than one, they will pop as the ice expands! You should need to replace them each winter. (Only fill your air pillows about 70%)



2. Using a chemical floater under the cover will reduce the potential of algae growth over the winter. False!

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When you use a chemical floater like this under the cover during the winter, the chemicals can not disperse properly because there is no circulation in the pool. The chemicals will release from the floater and sit on the bottom of the pool, and will not sanitize or oxidize anything in the other parts of the pool. The best thing to do is to use a winter shock and algicide and have your water tested to make sure your water is properly balanced before closing it up for the winter.




3. You can just close a green pool and the cold weather will kill the algae. False!

The cold environment makes for worse living conditions for algae, but when you open your pool in may there has still been enough sunlight, warmer weather and (more than likely) a lack of sanitizer in the water to allow better conditions for the algae to grow back. You should always balance the water and make sure your Chlorine is in the best range before you close the pool.

Also note that if you have a Loop Loc (or any other brand) mesh safety cover, the cover allows water from rain and snow to pass through, diluting the winter chemicals that you have added before closing. You can add BioGuard Algae All 60 through the cover once around Thanksgiving, and once around Easter to help prevent algae from growing. (Never add shock through the cover!!!) Safety covers are made for safety, not for water balance so you should take extra preventative measures to help.


4. Use a Gizzmo in your Above Ground skimmer to prevent ice damage. False!

Gizzmos are for In Ground use only. NEVER use a Gizzmo in an Above Ground skimmer. When you put a Gizzmo in an above ground skimmer, the water in both the skimmer and the pool will freeze and form an arm of ice around the Gizzmo. At this point the ice in the skimmer and in the pool are attached, so when the weight of the water and ice on top of the cover push down on the layer of ice in the pool, it will drag the arm of ice around the Gizzmo in the skimmer down as well, and this happens.




To avoid damage from ice and damage from a Gizzmo, use an Aquador. This will allow you to winterize the pool properly without lowering the water in the pool at all. After the Aquador skimmer assembly has been installed, all you need to do when closing is simply snap the lid on!




Make sure you close your pool the right way this year for a stress free opening! 

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Big Green Egg Recipes For Labor Day, Including Justin Moore’s BBQ Shrimp

Are you getting bored with plain old burgers and hot dogs year after year? Want to treat your family to something new this labor day? Here are a couple mouth watering recipes for you to try on your Big Green Egg.

Turkey Bacon Dogs 

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I’d like someone to try to tell me that heaven doesn’t lie in a hot dog bun.

Treat everyone to healthier hot dogs with turkey franks wrapped in turkey bacon and nestled in Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Hot Dog Rolls. Give them a southwestern twist with your favorite salsa and Cheddar cheese.

Recipe courtesy of Nature’s Own Bread. For more information, visit


8 Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Hot Dog Rolls
1 package (16 ounces) Butterball® Bun Size Premium Turkey Franks 8 slices Butterball® Turkey Bacon
1⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
Salsa (medium or hot)
Pickled jalapeño pepper slices (optional)
Sour cream (optional)


Set EGG for direct cooking at 500°F/260°C.

Spray cold grate of grill with cooking spray. Wrap each turkey frank with 1 slice turkey bacon. Grill franks, turning frequently, until bacon is crisp.

Place franks in hot dog rolls. Immediately sprinkle with cheese. Serve with salsa and if desired, jalapeno pepper slices and sour cream.

Makes 8 servings

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Justin Moore’s BBQ Shrimp

Justin Moore’s always had a thing about doing it his way. Call it stubborn redneck mettle or just the fierce commitment to blaze a trail that is inherent to people from his home of Poyen, Arkansas. This blazing sense of “Off the Beaten Path” drives his album of the same name.

A little bit rowdy, a little bit sentimental and a whole lotta roughneck, Moore has dented the country radio charts with hits including “Lettin’ the Night Roll” and“Point at You.” Moore hit #1 with “Small Town USA,” the sentimental family embracing “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” and the fidelity pledge “Til My Last Day.”

And now, for the first time since bursting onto the country music scene as Billboard’s “ACM New Artist of the Year,” Moore can take some time off from all of that hard work to relax and enjoy his success … and his Big Green Egg.

Here’s Justin’s recipe for BBQ Shrimp on the Big Green Egg:


1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
Cajun dry seasoning (I use Tony’s)
Good olive oil
Fresh chopped garlic
Freshly ground pepper
Kosher salt
Red pepper flakes


Get the EGG to 400-450°F (204-232°C).

In a bowl, mix shrimp with all ingredients. Amounts of each depend on your taste … I like mine spicy, so I use a fair amount of Cajun spice and pepper flakes. Don’t drown in olive oil, but make sure each shrimp is covered. Use skewers for cooking on the EGG. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, then close all vents, and cook for 2 more minutes for a nice smoke flavor.

Serve over pasta, or as an appetizer with toasted French bread. Also try on skewers!


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Hot Tub Season is Coming!

What a lousy season it’s been for pools, huh? Well, no worries! That just makes for a better spa season, and it’s just around the corner!

Here are a few tips to get your spa season started the right way. 


1. Clean your hot tub.

Your spa has been sitting idle for months! Whether you drain your tub for the summer or not, you need to take a couple steps to rid your spa of harmful bacteria before you start soaking.

  • If you drain your spa:

Use BioGuard’s Off The Wall with a Miracle Pad for easy removal of films, mold, and stains, and Spa Cleaning Mitts to remove oils, dirt and waterline deposits.







  • If you keep the water in your tub: 

Use Leisure Time Jet Clean to clean all the junk out of your jets. This is important! Still, warm water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and it will start in the jets where you can’t clean with normal products or see.

To Use Jet Clean:Leisure-Time-Jet-Clean1

  1. Remove Filter and clean separately using SpaGuard Filter Cleaner.
  2. Before the spa is drained, add 1 bottle of Leisure Time Jet Clean to warm spa water.
  3. Turn ON pump and run the jets for 15 minutes. (Ensure that the filter is NOT in the spa.)
  4. Turn pump and jets OFF and let sit for 1 hour.
  5. Turn pump ON and run jets and blower for 15 minutes.
  6. Drain the spa, hosing off the inside spa walls while draining.*
  7. Follow the If you drain your spa steps listed above to clean the shell.

*May need to partially fill spa and drain to reduce foaming.

Once you have thoroughly cleaned your spa, you can move onto the next step…

2. Fill your hot tub.

If you are filling from a well or if your town water has metals, use a Hayward Water Bobby with SpaGuard Stain And Stain Control when filling the spa. This will eliminate the chance of metals discoloring the spa water and gumming up the filter when you begin chemical maintenance.


  • Screw the Water Bobby to the end of your garden hose to catch the metals while filling before they get into the tub.
  • Use SpaGuard Stain And Scale Control to ensure that your spa is protected in case some trace metals made it through the Water Bobby, or if you’re not using a Bobby at all. This will allow you to chlorinate and shock like normal without needing to worry about the metals dropping out of solution and discoloring the water or staining the spa surfaces.

Once you have filled your spa and protected it from metals that may be present in your source water, you may continue to the next step…

3. Balance the water.

This is the simplest step. Bring in a water sample when the spa is up to temperature and we’ll test it for you. Depending on your pH level, we will supply you with a SpaGuard Spa Symmetry Water Balance Kit. The kit includes everything you need to balance your spa. The sanitizer and shock will need to be purchased additionally. With a spa you only use teaspoons and tablespoons at a time (usually,) so the kit will last a while.


When the spa has been balanced, you can move on to the final step…

4. Enjoy your hot tub!

We don’t really need to tell you how to do that, do we?




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Pre-Season Loop Loc Sale Starting Now!

Winter is just around the corner and we are starting our pre-season Loop Loc Sale! Get a Loop Loc Safety Cover and installation now and we will winterize your pool for free! (Up to a $229 value!) 

If you’re tired of looking outside in the winter and seeing this…

Winter Pool Tarp Cover








or worse- having to open it in the spring, or even if you have pets or children that you worry about falling in. A Loop Loc Safety Cover is the right one for you!



You’ll probably never need a safety pool cover strong enough to support the weight of “Bubbles,” the African elephant. But imagine how safe you’ll feel owning the only pool cover that’s proven it can: the one and only LOOP-LOC Safety Swimming Pool Cover.



Built super-strong using the highest quality materials and workmanship. 

Securely anchored into the deck, LOOP-LOC puts an unbreakable “lock” on your pool to protect your family. And LOOP-LOC’s exclusive computer-aided design ensures a perfect, custom fit for any shape or size pool. A LOOP-LOC always stays tight, clean and beautiful on your pool.



Manufactured of ultra-strong, super dense mesh 

that blocks virtually all sunlight but still lets rain and melting snow easily drain through. It’s the perfect choice for customers who want less light and debris in their pools, but still want the one-of-a-kind protection of the only pool cover proven safe and strong enough to support an elephant!


mesh_callout_03So unique, it’s patented

Only LOOP-LOC comes with the CABLE-LOC™ and patented GAPGUARD® Child Safety Intrusion Barriers, Protect-A-Gap® and Aqua-Loc® zipper treatment. These treatments close the dangerous gaps created where raised obstructions meet the covers edge, so there’s no way children or pets can slip through.


mesh_callout_04Proven to not only meet – but exceed – ASTM standards

 for Safety Swimming Pools Covers F 1346-91. All LOOP-LOC covers also have undergone extensive outside testing through Underwriters Laboratories (U.L.) and have earned the U.L. seal of approval for safety swimming pool covers.





Still not convinced? See it with your own eyes!

Don’t miss out on a free winterization! call for an estimate A.S.A.P.!



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