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Pool Opening Tips and Chemicals

Time to open your pool! Finally!

We know that it’s been a long winter, and if you are unsure of the best pool opening techniques to keep your pool crystal clear all summer, it’s okay. We’ve got your back! 


 

Opening your pool can be really simple with some tips from Advanced Spa And Pool!

  1. Remove the cover. If you have a solid cover start draining the water off the cover as soon as the ice melts. Then a week or so before the big day scoop and leaves and debris off, and pump the rest of the water off the cover.  Let nature dry the cover off and when you remove the cover it will slide off with the greatest of ease!
  2. Fill the pool to ½ way up the skimmer faceplate
  3. Remove all winter plugs and expansion devices from the inlets and outlets
  4. Install return eyes, flapper doors (weirs) and baskets
  5. Tighten all unions and install drain plugs on the filtration system
  6. Prime the pump and FIRE IT UP! Look for any leaks and address if necessary.
  7. Install any remaining accessories to the pool

 

  1. Apply the recommended dose of shock and algaecide as well as chlorine sticks to the skimmer and circulate for 2-3 days. Backwash/clean the filter.

*9.  Bring a sample of pool water to Advanced Spa And Pool and “Balance” your pool water

  1. Once the pool is clear vacuum any bottom debris, brush the walls, and backwash/clean the filter again

 

*You are now ready to continue on your “once a week” (3) step system to maintain crystal clear, safe, sanitary, and most importantly comfortable swimming pool water.

For optimum results add a maintenance dose of Bioguard Pool Complete to remove contaminates, phosphates, and to maintain sparkling clear pool water.

 

Now jump in!

 


 

 

Add Optimizer Plus to your pool after you open for a stress free, algae free summer- GUARANTEED! 

Patented technology makes Optimizer Plus® a valuable addition to any of the BioGuard Bromine, Chlorine or Biguanide programs:  

  • Helps suppress algae growth when used per label directions
  • Improves water clarity
  • Creates soft and soothing water

 Ask any of us at Advanced Spa And Pool about how we can GUARANTEE you an algae free summer, give you silky soft water and save you money on chemicals!

 

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2016 Brings Above Average Summer Heat!

This summer is going to bring above average temperatures. Keep yourself cool this season with a brand new pool! 

Above Ground Pools and In Ground pools are more cost efficient than ever with Salt Pool Systems, Pentair Energy Saving Variable Speed Pumps, and BioGuard pool chemicals. Visit our Energy Efficient Pool Products page for more information.

Want a quote for a new pool? Just fill out the form and we’ll give you a call ASAP!

In Ground Pool Quote Form 

Above Ground Pool Quote Form 

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What Are The Benefits of Salt Water?

 

It’s almost time to get your pool open! Yay!

If you’ve been thinking about how to make maintaining your pool easier this season, we have the answer!

Having a salt water pool is just as easy as adding your normal algaecide and balancing your pool as you normally would. Except… no more Chlorine tablets or sticks in the skimmer baskets and no more dragging buckets of shock to your pool every week; maintain your chlorine level and shocking by the press of a button! Easy Peasy!

 

 

Salt Chlorine Generators by AutoPilot!

For 30 years, AutoPilot has been producing the finest Salt Chlorine Generators (electrolytic chlorine generator systems) for your pool. AutoPilot is the most reliable source for chlorine generators – the most sought after form of alternative pool sanitation available in today’s marketplace. By adding a minimum saline level in your pool, the equivalent of one teaspoon per gallon of water, and AutoPilot’s salt conversion cell, we can show you the way to trouble free pool maintenance and the most luxurious, softest feeling water imaginable – everyday, the natural way.

Never worry about manually adding chlorine to your pool again. Never deal with irritating dry skin or red eye syndrome. Never buy, transport or store chlorine again. AutoPilot guarantees perfect pool water with their chlorine generator.

View the benefits of owning an AutoPilot Salt Chlorine Generator.

 

 

 

 

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Season Supply Sale!!!

Our Annual Season Supply Sale is Here!

 

Get all the Sanitizer, Shock, and Algaecide you need for this summer at a Substantial Discount. Only for a limited time!!!

Give us a call and ask for personalized pricing and what is included in your package. You can have all of the maintenance chemicals for this season calculated according to your pool volume by BioGuard Certified Water Care Experts. Don’t forget, the Season Supply Discount is not limited to your weekly maintenance chemicals, but you can add ANY other chemicals and reap the benefits of the best sale we run all year! What a stress-free way to start your summer!

This year we will still be offering free delivery, or a Free Gift to any customer who picks up their season supply from our convenient Hudson, NH location.

 

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*Ask us how to become a Preferred Member and continue saving big on… 

Pool Toys and Chemicals

Pool Parts

Accessories for Grills and the Big Green Egg

Spa Chemicals

Outdoor Heaters

Backyard Accessories

And More… All Season Long!!!

 

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Hot Tub Season is Upon Us!

I don’t know about all of you, but when it starts getting chilly outside I just can’t wait to get into the hot tub. If you are just opening it, there are a few steps to take to make sure your spa is safe to being soaking in again.

  1. You’ll need to clean out those jets. Whether you drain the tub for the winter or keep the water in, you’ll need to clean all the gunk out of your jets from the previous season. We recommend Leisure Time’s Jet Clean for this job.

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  • Remove the filter. Very Important!! You’ll also need to clean the filter before putting it
    back into fresh water. Now while you’re waiting would be the best time to do so. Use SpaGuard Filter Cleaner and let soak for 15-30 minutes before rinsing.
  • Add 16 oz. jet clean to a full warm spa. For those of you who do empty your spa for the winter, you’ll need to fill the tub and let it heat up.
  • Run the jets for 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the jets for 1 hour.
  • Run the jets for 15 minutes to blow all of the dirt and grime out of the lines.
  • Drain the spa and clean the tub while draining with BioGuard Off The Wall or Spa Guard Spa Mitts and rinse.
  • Re-fill, test and balance to begin your SpaGuard chemical program.

 

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2. Balance your new spa water! Add your sanitizer and shock and test the pH, alkalinity, and calcium to ensure a safe environment for both your soakers and your equipment.

Don’t forget- We offer free water testing at our convenient location in Hudson, NH! Bring your spa water to the BioGuard Water Care Experts!

3. Enjoy your clean, fresh spa!

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Don’t Make This Mistake; Close Your Pool The ASAP Way!

It’s not pool_closed_sad_boyso hot anymore outside folks… time to get that pool closed!

Closing a pool can be a sad time for many families. It means trading in the cannonballs and splash competitions for snow shoveling and cold noses. If you don’t close that pool the right way though, it can make a world of a difference for the worse. No one wants to clean and maintain a pool when its 65 degrees outside. We get it. Frankly, we don’t want to do it either, but it pays our bills (we really do appreciate your business.) So, here are a few tips we’ve learned that will help you keep your pool clear and sparkling until your spring opening, the easy and convenient BioGuard way.

  1. Use the right chemicals! If the Advanced Spa & Pool service team is closing your pool this year we most definitely add shock and algaecide to help keep your pool from growing algae over the winter. We can’t circulate the pool as long as you can though so it is still important to pick up a BioGuard Arctic Blue Winter Kit and add these chemicals in addition to what we add before we get there. There are two BioGuard Arctic Blue Winter Kits, which we will help you purchase according to the size of your pool. You will need to plan to add these chemicals and run your pool for about 48 hours before we arrive to close it, or before you begin the closing.winterKit-lEach kit contains:
    • Arctic Blue® Algae Protector
    • Arctic Blue Shock
    • Winterizing instructions
    • $8 in Valuable Coupons

 

 

 

2.Pick the right pool cover! If you have an above ground pool, you should have a 4ft overlap, 5ft for in-grounds. At Advanced Spa And Pool, we only carry the best in the industry. We have AccuShield and GLI pool covers to fit any pool type and size.

There are 3 different pool covers to choose from; the deluxe, the supreme, and the ultra.

The Deluxe cover is black, and has an 8 year warranty.

The Supreme cover is green, and has a 12 year warranty.

The Ultra cover is blue, and has an impressive 20 year warranty.

3. Gizzmos, skimmer plates, plugs, etc..

We carry everything you need to close your pool, including the strong Aquadoor skimmer faceplate. At ASAP you will NEVER hear us recommend using a gizzmo in an above ground pool. Pick up an Aquadoor to install onto your skimmer (which we can also do during liner changes or when we open your pool in some cases) and save yourself the cost in the spring of needing to replace your pool wall. 2014_03_19_001

4. Lastly but most importantly, Balance your pool water!!!!

 

You’ve voted us Best Pool Company of Greater Nashua again for 2015 and we thank you! You have all made this a great year for all of us at Advanced Spa And Pool! We hope you have a stress free winter and we’ll see you in the spring!

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Do you have a sick pool?

Is your pool looking cloudy and sickly?

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Your pool could be suffering from a Chlorine Demand.

Before we jump into Chlorine Demands, lets first understand what having a Free Chlorine Residual means.

Free Chlorine is the active chlorine in the water that has not combined with organic matter and is therefore available for killing bacteria and algae. The proper range for free chlorine residual is 1-3 ppm. Below 1 ppm can cause swimmer irritation, cloudy water, chlorine demand, and even allow algae to grow. If you are having trouble maintaining 1-3 ppm of Chlorine, you may be in a demand.

So what exactly is a Chlorine Demand?

A Chlorine Demand is the consistent inability to maintain a free chlorine residual in a pool.  It is caused by a build up of contaminants which creates and “overload” on the sanitizing system.  Quite simply, it means that more sanitizer is required that is being provided to the water.

There are two ways to treat chlorine demand.  The first is to add the appropriate amount of chlorine.  The quickest way to find out what that amount is would be to have one of our BioGuard Certified Water Care Experts right here at ASAP run a chlorine demand test on the Accu-Demand30®.  This test is the most accurate test in the industry to find out exactly how much shock you will need to break your Chlorine Demand.

Depending on the severity of the Demand, the test results will tell you you’ll need to add any amount of shock from 5lbs to 100lbs. In most cases, you can use BioGuard Pool Tonic in conjunction with CLC3 to lower the amount of shock you will need to use. maxresdefault

As mentioned earlier, a Chlorine Demand is a build up of contaminants. Pool Tonic will remove a large portion of those contaminants, thus lowering the amount of shock needed to burn them off and establish a Free Chlorine Residual.

Once we have helped you break your chlorine demand and you are maintaining a steady 1-3 ppm of Free Chlorine, you may resume your normal BioGuard System.

If you think you may have a Chlorine Demand or have more questions about them, stop by our convenient location in Hudson, NH and speak to any of our BioGuard trained water technicians.

Don’t forget- We offer FREE Water Testing!

 

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What Are Water Borne Illnesses?

Water borne illnesses are something that no one wants to talk about, but everyone should understand. If not taken care of and sanitized properly, a pool or spa can spread harmful bacteria that can lead to rashes, fever, gastrointestinal illness, as well as other debilitating symptoms.

How Do I Protect My Family?

Learn about the most common Water Borne Illnesses and how to prevent them.

Cryptosporidium

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Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Both the parasite and the disease are commonly known as “Crypto.”

The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very tolerant to chlorine disinfection. Yes, that means that it can’t be killed with Chlorine alone. We need to take extra steps to keep our swimmers safe.

 

  • Protect others by not swimming if you are experiencing diarrhea (this is essential for children in diapers). If diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, do not swim for at least 2 weeks after diarrhea stops.
  • Shower before entering the water.
  • Wash children thoroughly (especially their bottoms) with soap and water after they use the toilet or their diapers are changed and before they enter the water.
  • Take children on frequent bathroom breaks and check their diapers often.
  • Change diapers in the bathroom, not at the poolside.
  • Check Chlorine and pH levels regularly. The Chlorine level in a residential pool needs to be between 1-3 ppm (parts per million,) and between 3-5 ppm in a residential spa. pH levels should always be between 7.4 and 7.6.

Giardia

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Giardia, much like Crypto, is protected by an outer shell that makes it resistant to chlorine. Make sure to follow the before mentioned steps to keep yourself and other swimmers safe from Giardia and other Water Borne Illnesses.

Check Chlorine and pH levels regularly. The Chlorine level in a residential pool needs to be between 1-3 ppm (parts per million,) and between 3-5 ppm in a residential spa. pH levels should always be between 7.4 and 7.6.

 

 

 

Shigellosis

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Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. Shigellosis usually resolves in 5 to 7 days. Some people who are infected may have no symptoms at all, but may still pass the Shigella bacteria to others. The spread ofShigella can be stopped by frequent and careful handwashing with soap and taking other hygiene measures.

This disease may be acquired by swimming in contaminated surface waters or pools and spas.

Check Chlorine and pH levels regularly. The Chlorine level in a residential pool needs to be between 1-3 ppm (parts per million,) and between 3-5 ppm in a residential spa. pH levels should always be between 7.4 and 7.6.

Hot Tub Rash (Pseudomonas Aeruginosa)

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One of the most common Water Borne Illnesses (and the easiest to diagnose and treat) that I have seen working with Advanced Spa And Pool is Hot Tub Rash.

Hot tub rash can occur if contaminated water comes in contact with skin for a long period of time. The rash usually appears within a few days of being in a poorly maintained hot tub.

To reduce the risk of hot tub rash:

Remove your swimsuit and shower with soap after getting out of the water.

Clean your swimsuit after getting out of the water.

Be sure that your hot tub is adequately sanitized.

  • Hot Tubs: free chlorine (3—5 ppm) or bromine (4—6 ppm).

 

When in doubt, bring us a sample of your spa water. We offer FREE BioGuard water analyses all year long!

 

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Spa Season Is Finally Here, And We Have New Accessories!

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Spa Season is finally here, and we’ve stocked up on all new premium Spa Side accessories!

 

Cover Lifters

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Cover Valet Premium Hot Tub Cover Lifter

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  • Requires only 4″-6″ of clearance.
  • Works inside most gazebos
  • Mounts to edge of spa cabinet or directly to deck
  • When cover is open, it doubles as a privacy wall.
  • Durable zinc plated and powder coated finish.
  • Highest quality stainless steel hardware.
  • Accessory brackets are available to fit specific spa manufacturers’ needs.
  • Compact packaging for easy, low-cost shipping and handling.
  • Features a five year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

 

 

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Cover Rock-It Hot Tub Cover Lifter

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  • Under-spa plates are held securely in place by the weight of the spa.
  • Requires as little as 18″ of clearance.
  • When folded down, the cover stores neatly on the side of spa to provide a full view.
  • Zinc-plated and powder coated finish.
  • Fits most spas up to 96″.
  • Features a five year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

 


 

 Spa Side Premium Spa and Hot Tub Accessories

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  • No hardware required.
  • Durable zinc plated and powder coated finish.
  • Swivels to provide ease of entry and exit.
  • Perfect fit for spas up to 40″ tall.
  • Locking feature ensures fixed position.
  • Soft blue LED lighting completes the look.

 

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  • Provides added comfort for the spa experience
  • Available in Blue or Black
  • PVC coated vinyl construction w/ foam cushion core
  • Safe for use with all spa chemical systems
  • Removable pouch can be filled with marbles or washed pea gravel to further increase the weight or seated height of the water seat
  • Product dimensions – 15″ x 12″ x 4″

 

Spa Side Step and Spa Side Step Premium

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Spa Side Step Features

  • Maintenance Free blow-molded plastic.
  • Reversible treads for use with round or square spas.
  • Textured tread design for added peace of mind.
  • Available in 5 colors.
  • Durability and style all rolled into one.
  • Assembles in seconds.

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  • Maintenance free.
  • Assembles in seconds.
  • Supports more than 800lbs.
  • Attractive styling compliments any spa environment.
  • UV treated ensuring years of beauty and use.
  • Available in a variety of colors to match today’s spa cabinets.
  • Unique anti-slip tread design provides added safety and peace of mind.
  • Recycled plastic.

 

Spa Side Umbrella

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  • No hardware required.
  • Base features durable zinc plated and color-matched powder coat finish.
  • Umbrella frame constructed of powder coated aluminum.
  • Available in 3 attractive colors that add style to any spa environment.
  • Swivels 360º.
  • Umbrella easily removes from base for storage.
  • Umbrella folds neatly to side of spa when not in use.
  • Umbrella is fully assembled and ready to operate.
  • The Spa Side Umbrella is backed by a complete one year warranty. Umbrellas in general are prone to wind damage, therefore any wind-related damage incurred by the Spa Side Umbrella will be non-warrantable.

 


Spa Side Heat Premium Outdoor Patio Heater

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Our newest product features a striking, modern design that adds style and comfort to any backyard environment. The flame is encased in Quartz Glass allowing for even and safe heat distribution. As the flame dances within the 4-foot-high tube it offers onlookers a naturally pleasing alternative to standard heaters. The included infra-red remote control allows the flame output to be controlled from anywhere in the backyard; in the spa, pool, or even from inside the house as you entertain guests.

  • 41,000 BTU output
  • 10-12 hours of use on a single propane tank
  • Electronic ignition & infra-red remote included
  • Triangular design for added stability – 92″ high w/ 24″ base
  • 3 flame settings
  • Flame is encased in temp treated quartz glass – highest level of shock and shatter resistance
  • Fully assembled – just add a standard propane tank
  • Available in Stainless Steel or Bronze finish
  • Wheels included – allows one person to easily move the heater around the backyard
  • CSA approved

Add something extra to your Spa Side and make this spa season nothing less than exceptional!

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6 Keys To Basic Spa Care From SpaGuard

 

Now that spa season is back, we’re sure you’re anxious to get in again, but don’t forget how to take care of your tub and its bathers!

In case you’re a little rusty after a long summer of not using your spa, we’ll go over the 6 keys to basic spa care as taught to us by SpaGuard.


1. Circulation

Proper water circulation will help ensure even distribution of products as well as promote filtration. As the water circulates, it passes through the filter, trapping suspended particles. Properly circulating SpaGuard spa care products help keep the water inviting and ready for your soaking pleasure. Be sure to run your spa’s circulation system every day to ensure good working order.

2. Filtration

Many spa issues are caused by poor filtration. When the filter is dirty or clogged, debris stays in the water.  A properly cared for filter captures hair, oils and cosmetics. Because spa filters trap many contaminants, cleaning has two steps: spraying off loose debris, then using SpaGuard Filter Cleaner to remove oils and other contaminants embedded into the filter. You need to clean your filter every 4 to 6 weeks.

3. Cleaning

Contaminants such as dirt, oil and even bacteria can accumulate at the waterline, much like a bathtub ring. Regular cleaning preserves spa surfaces and prevents unwanted build-up.  Off The Wall® Surface Cleaner and SpaGuard Cleaning Mitts are powerful, low-sudsing cleaners that work specifically with spa water chemistry. Use them to remove the ring of oil and dirt that serves as a breeding ground for bacteria and to prevent residue from building up around the waterline and inside skimmers.

4. Draining and Refilling

Regular draining and refilling is a normal part of spa maintenance. Over time, the water absorbs and dissolves minerals, chemicals and other soluble material. The BioGuard Certified Water Care Experts at ASAP can perform a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) test to help determine if it’s time to replace your water. High TDS can make the water look dull, become foamy, and develop an odor. How often you drain and refill your spa depends on how often you use it.

This simple formula can help:

Spa gallons ÷ Daily bathers ÷ 3 = Days between draining

Example: 300 gallons ÷ 2 daily bathers ÷ 3 = 50 days

Note: a bather is one person in the spa for 15-30 minutes.

5. Chemistry

There are two primary components that affect spa water quality: sanitizer (bromine or chlorine) residual and pH. When both are within their recommended ranges, your water is comfortable, protected and clear; sanitizers and “shock products” work efficiently; and spa surfaces and equipment are protected. Recommended bromine or chlorine residual levels are:

  • Bromine Residual using Brominating Tablets
    • Residential = 2 – 4 ppm
    • Commercial = 4 – 6 ppm
  • Bromine Residual using Brominating Concentrate: 3 – 6 ppm
  • Chlorine Residual using Chlorinating Concentrate: 3 – 5 ppm

Maintain pH between 7.4 – 7.6 (the ideal range; acceptable range is 7.2 – 7.6). By adding SpaGuard Spa Sentry, it holds the pH within its optimum range. Spa Sentry is formulated to “watch over” the pH and protect the water from pH changes.

Bring a water sample to our location for a FREE water analysis to also balance the Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness.

6. Testing

The chemistry of your spa water needs to be checked regularly. Use SpaGuard products to maintain the correct levels, including: sanitizer residuals, pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, metals, and total dissolved solids. BioGuard® 4-way Test Strips – and Soft Soak® 4-way Test Strips for Soft Soak spas – test pH, total alkalinity, and sanitizer levels with only one strip.

Maintaining proper levels will make the water clear and comfortable, kill bacteria that can multiply rapidly in a spa, protect spa surfaces from stains caused by metals, and protect spa equipment from scale. There are 3 essential chemical areas to maintain.

  1. Sanitization – kills bacteria to help prevent the transmission of disease.
  2. Oxidation/shock – removes residues and restores clarity and comfort.
  3. Water balance – ensures spa user comfort, water clarity, sanitizer efficiency, and longevity of spa surfaces and equipment.

 

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