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EGGcellent Recipe!

Did you know that you can cook PIE in your Big Green Egg?! My mouth is watering!

Peach and Blueberry Summer Pie

Two summer favorites in one delicious pie.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • 4-5 peeled, sliced fresh peaches
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pie crusts, homemade or store bought
  • Extra sugar and cinnamon for topping

Instructions

Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 400°F/204°C.

Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon and allspice together in a large bowl. Gently fold in blueberries and peaches.

Pour the filling into an uncooked pie crust. Cut the butter into small pieces and distribute evenly over the top of the filling.

Use the second pie crust to create a lattice and cover the pie. Lightly brush the lattice with one beaten egg. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the pie.

Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes; reduce the heat to 375°F for an additional 25 minutes.

Let the pie set for about 4 hours before eating. Enjoy!

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Interview With Bubbles the Elephant

Are you still a little skeptical about Loop Loc Covers? Hear it from Loop Loc’s very own Bubbles the Elephant!

 We know- you gotta see it to believe it!!

(Don’t forget- we are still running our pre-season Loop Loc Cover Sale! Get a FREE winterization when you purchase a Loop Loc Safety Cover and installation!)

 

 

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Don’t fall behind!

Hello Everyone!

This is just a friendly reminder to everyone part of the Tru-Blue Promise- now that all the parties are mostly over make sure to continue your weekly maintenance program. It is very important, even when people may not be in the pool as much, to continue the program steps and guidelines to keep your pool crystal clear all season.

You must be using one of the following in each group:

Step 1/Sanitizers – all SilkGuard® products (1” SilkGuard ®Tabs, 3” SilkGuard® Tabs, SilkGuard® Sticks, Smart SilkGuard® Sticks) (Basic Tabs do not qualify)

Step 2/Shock – Smart Shock®, Easy Shock N’ Swim®, BurnOut® 3, BurnOut® 35, BurnOut® 73

Step 3/Algicide – Back Up® 2, Algae All 60®, Banish®

Step 4/Plus – Optimizer Plus, Pool Complete

Don’t forget – you must also bring a sample of your pool water in at least once a month to qualify for the Tru-Blue Promise.

Never miss a moment in your pool with BioGuard!

If you aren’t yet part of the Tru-Blue Promise, you can still sign up! Come talk to your BioGuard Water Care Experts ASAP for more information!

 

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Backwashing Correctly

Hello Again!

I’ve had some people ask me recently how exactly to properly backwash their pool. This is a very important part of circulation and filtration.

Every pool and filter is different, so it would be impossible for me to tell you exactly at how much pressure per square inch (PSI) to backwash. The easiest way for you to find out is to give your filter a really good backwash and rinse and then take note of the pressure on your pressure gauge. The best way to find out a more accurate number to go by would to clean your filter with Strip Kwik and Kleen It, then take note of the starting pressure. Once you know that number, when the pressure raises 8-10 PSI over your starting pressure, it’s time to backwash.

When you backwash, you shouldn’t be timing it to tell you when to stop backwashing. Instead, watch the sight glass on your filter, it will look like a little glass dome or mini mason jar, and you will notice the water in the sight glass turning green or cloudy. When the water in the sight glass goes completely clear, then you can turn the pump off and run the rinse cycle the same way. It most likely won’t take as long for the water in the sight glass to turn clear as it did when backwashing. When it’s clear, shut your pump off then put it back on filter.

ALWAYS shut your pump off switching positions on your multiport valve!!! This is extremely important! Your filter is until a lot of pressure, and the best case scenario if you try to switch positions with the pump running would be that you damage that $200 multiport valve.

Make sure you’re running a rinse cycle every time you backwash. This is also important for the efficiency of your filter.

As long as you follow these steps each time, you’ll be in the clear!

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Be Smart when shocking!

Hi Everybody,

I’m here today to address the elephants in the room about Calcium Hypochlorite shocks.

We all know the pros about using Cal-Hypo shocks; they’re less costly, and they leave your pool sparkling and crystal clear.

We all also know the cons; it temporarily clouds the pool and you can’t swim for 8 hours after putting it in.

If those cons are more like deal-breakers for you, then Smart Shock is for you!

Use Smart shock after a big party, before a big party, after rain, for weekly maintenance, for algae blooms… for anything you would use your cal-hypo shock for and more!

Smart Shock is a Sodium Hypochlorite shock, so it won’t cloud the pool. It also has blue algae killing crystals to help your weekly algaecide. Do you want to know the best part? You can swim just 15 minutes after putting it in!

Smart Shock is the smartest shock you can get!

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Your Pool Needs a Mid-Season Tune Up!

Mid-Season Pool Tune Up

Is your Swimming Pool running at peak performance?  Does your filter seem to be having a hard time keeping up with the increase in bather load and temperature?  It may be time for Advanced Spa And Pool to do a Mid-Season Tune Up!

Pool Filters run double duty at the beginning of the season, All the extra hours of cleaning up the Algae and debris left over from the off season wreaks havoc on the filter media.  Algae, Pollen, and Silt left over from the winter clog the cleaning path of any type of filter whether it be a Sand, Cartridge, or DE.  Then come the bathers all loaded up with make-up, body oils and tanning lotion, What filter could withstand this?  All the backwashing and rinsing in the world won’t bring your filter media back to life.

A Mid-Season Tune up from ASAP will not only restore your filter to its peak performance levels, but we’ll also check out all the other factors needed to provide proper pool care maintenance.

We’ll start by giving the pool a thorough vacuuming.  (No we’re not here to clean a dirty pool so pools with excessive cleaning issues will require an additional charge for time to clean)

We follow that up with a good brushing…  Breaking up those Bio Films is necessary to keep Algae at bay in the coming Warmer Months.

Next on the list a thorough filter cleaning!

For sand, we do a thorough backwash followed up by a much-needed chemical cleansing using BioGuard’s Strip Quick

 

 

  • Removes grease and oil from filter by acting as a shampoo
  • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Works on all filter types

 

 

Strip quick breaks down body oils, bio films, and any other sticky substance clogging up your sand and causing the filter to channel water through a series of tunnels in the sand bypassing the basic means of filtration (Think of these channels as an ant’s nest.  The water runs through the channels and completely misses the body of sand.)  Then we do another thorough backwash to rinse out the broken down contaminates and resettle the sand eliminating the channeling.

For Cartridge and DE we remove the elements, thoroughly clean them inside and out, and then spray them with Strip Quick. After waiting the prescribed dissolve time we again do a rigorous cleaning of the elements and replace them in the filter.

Once the filter is put back together we get the system operational again and look over the system to see that the mechanics are operating properly.  If there are any items to address it will be noted and gone over at the conclusion of the service.

We will look over all of your equipment and accessories that we have access to and make a list of any items we recommend to replace (e.g. Vacuum hose, head, brush, test strips etc.…).  If you would like any items (along with any chemicals you will need) will be delivered FREE of charge (Per ASAP’s Free delivery Policy)

Don’t wait!  Call Kelley at Advanced Spa And Pool 603-579-2727 to schedule your ASAP Mid-Season Tune Up Today!!!!

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The Truth About Phosphates

Hello everyone!

We’re going to talk a little bit about phosphates today.

You’ve probably heard us at one point or another tell you that you have a high level of phosphates. What are phosphates, and what kind of havoc can they unleash on your pool? 

Phosphates can enter your pool any time, and they do. Pretty much from anything. They’re ever present, in one form or another. The only time phosphates may make your life difficult is if you have persistent algae, or algae and a chlorine demand.

Phosphates are food for algae. So, if you have algae you just can’t get rid of, we’ll probably test for phosphates. In this scenario, we’ll prescribe BioGuard Pool Tonic to remedy your phosphate issue, then aggressively attack your algae problem. When the algae is gone and your pool is clear again… It’s time for you to jump on the Optimizer Plus bandwagon. We promise you’ll never go back to living without it. (Plus, that will help gain you access to BioGuard’s Tru-Blue Promise.) 

Now, let’s revisit our last conversation about chlorine demand. When you add shock to your pool, the chlorine goes right in and kills the first thing it encounters. In this scenario, that is algae. If that chlorine molecule goes in and is used up on killing the algae right away, it is not able to contribute to breaking through that demand and establishing a free chlorine residual. You would need double or triple the amount of shock to hit breakpoint for this reason. If there are also phosphates present, then the algae is constantly being fed, and constantly reproducing, creating a viscous cycle of not quite adding enough shock. Ergo Pool Tonic. The best cure for a sick pool. If you remove the phosphates, you remove the food, and the algae is left vulnerable and much easier to kill. Then you’ll​ be able to establish free chlorine.

I can NOT stress to you enough the importance of these two products if you find yourself in one of these situations. We will always recommend these to you, and help you get through your tough pool times. Don’t forget, only we as your BioGuard certified pool care Experts can PROMISE that you will never find algae or cloudy water in your pool… Ever again! Don’t wait until you have a problem to become a member of the Tru-Blue Promise.

You deserve better than that!

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Water Chemistry Explained

The pool is finally open again! Yay!

The first thing you need to do (after running your filter for 24-48 hours and adding shock and algaecide) is bring a sample of your pool water in for us to analyze to get your pool on the right track to a crystal clear pool. You’ll hear us say things like, “Your TDS is very high, you should consider draining some of your pool water.” Or, “It looks like your pool is in a Chlorine Demand, I’m going to run another test and call you with the results.” Or, “You have a lot of Combined Chlorine. We need to shock the pool to bring that down.”

It can be confusing; we know. That’s why we go to school for it every year. So what does it all mean, exactly?

Let’s go through this one piece at a time, and I’ll explain what your pool chemistry means to us, and what it means to you.

TDS (Total Dissolved Solids)

Imagine you’re in a conference room. You’re by yourself. You should be easily able to quickly get to the other side of the room, right? Now imagine there are 10 other people between you and the other end. It’s still pretty easy to get around them to the other side. Now there are 50 people in the room with you. The time it takes you to get to the other side is going to be a bit longer, and it will be more difficult to navigate through the crowd. Now imagine there are 100 people. Can you still make it to the other side quickly?

That is your TDS. When you put chemicals in your pool, after a while the residuals left behind add up. Rain water, detergents from bathing suits, fertilizer… any contaminants that enter the pool water contribute to this. Once your Total Dissolved Solids reach a certain point (about 2500 ppm above your source water) it makes it very difficult for chlorine to get where it needs to go and do it’s job, causing algae blooms and cloudy water.

Unfortunately, there really is no way to get rid of high TDS, except to drain out some of your water and replace it with fresh water. Some chemicals like Liquid Chlorine will add to your TDS much quicker because of all the fillers the liquid contains. That’s why we only recommend BioGuard chemicals during the season; the best in the industry.

Chlorine Demand

Chlorine Demand is the consistent inability to establish a FREE chlorine residual. If you are adding shock week after week and the chlorine pad on your strip is still white, you may be in a Chlorine Demand. What this basically means is that there are more contaminants in your water than your normal dose of chlorine can handle. There is no test that would allow us (or anyone in the industry) to test how many contaminants you have in your pool, and unfortunately that normally means a lot of guess work on the water testers’ part. However, BioGuard dealers (and only BioGuard dealers) DO have the equipment to accurately determine how much chlorine you will need to satisfy that demand. Sometimes that means 10 pounds of shock, and sometimes that means 100 pounds, but you can rest assured that we will help you find the best solution to your situation, and get you back on track in time for your big pool party next week.

Combined Chlorine

Combined Chlorine and Chlorine Demand are often confused, because they can both require a lot of shock to correct. They’re actually completely different. Combined Chlorine is created when a chlorine molecule bonds with a nitrogen molecule or ammonia molecule. Where does nitrogen come from? It can come from many different sources, including Lawn care products, Acid Rain, Perspiration and Urine or other types of Ammonia. When you smell chlorine but your free chlorine is within range, you’re smelling chloramines. Chloramines are very poor sanitizers and can cause swimmer discomfort. Combined chlorine is the measure of chloramines in your pool water. When the level of chloramines gets high, it can take a lot of shock to burn those off. Fortunately, just like chlorine demands, we have the equipment to accurately measure how much shock it will take to fix the problem. The first time.

Free Chlorine VS. Total Chlorine

When we talk to you about your pool water and when your looking at your analysis print out, you’ll see a reading for both Free Chlorine and Total Chlorine. Free chlorine is active chlorine available in your pool to kill bacteria and algae. Total Chlorine measures both your free chlorine and the amount of Chloramines (or combined chlorine) in the water. Ideally, your free chlorine should always be between 1.5ppm and 3ppm, and your total chlorine should be the same number, or less than 0.5ppm over your free chlorine residual. For example, If you have 3ppm of total chlorine and 1.5ppm of free chlorine, that means you have 1.5ppm of chloramines in your water that need to be oxidized. If it isn’t taken care of quickly, the number of chloramines will continue to grow, causing your little swimmers to complain of burning eyes and stinky water.

To avoid problems with your pool water before they turn your pool cloudy or green, bring a sample of your pool water (at elbow depth, away from the returns) to our convenient location in Hudson for a FREE water analysis by BioGuard Water Care Experts!


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Is Your Pool Opening Scheduled?

If it’s not, call in ASAP! Spots fill in FAST!

Opening your pool early (April) is absolutely essential to a smooth opening as far as getting the pool water balanced, clear, and ready for May. Don’t wait too long and end up having to clean up a swampy pool a week before Memorial Day! (We’ve all been there, it’s not fun.) Do you normally open your pool, but haven’t had time to do it? Let us take care of it for you and take that off your plate! Our Award Winning, Industry Trained service crews have over 40 years experience in taking the best care of your pool.

We do everything from pool openings to complete renovations!

Maybe your pool needs some repairs or a liner change so your wondering if you should open it yet. Call us and tell us about your situation, and we’ll schedule accordingly. If it’s a liner change you’re contemplating, we have many beautiful liner patterns to choose from. Now is the best time to start the process, not when you’re ready to swim!

Click here to pick out your new liner!

 

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