Enjoying your Spa in the Winter

Envision this…soaking in your steamy spa, sipping hot cocoa while the snow falls lightly around you. What could be more relaxing? In order to make this relaxing moment a reality in the cold winter months of Upstate NY, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure proper operation and efficiency of your “little oasis” all winter long!

  1. Stock up on Supplies – Check your supplies and make sure you have an extra filter cartridge and plenty of sanitizer, chemicals, test strips, and any other spa supplies you use to last you through the winter. You don’t want to be all set to jump in and relax and realize that you don’t have the supplies you need.
  2. Protect Your Pipes – The winters in Central NY tend to be very cold and with this weather comes the risk of the pipes freezing in your spa. All you need to do is make sure that your spa’s freeze protection system is activated. This will help to maintain a constant water temperature even when you’re not using the spa. If your spa doesn’t have freeze protection, don’t worry, you can set your timer to cycle on for 15 – 20 minutes every hour, this will keep warm water circulating through the pipes and decrease the chances of them freezing.
  1. Keep it Covered – Use your insulated cover whenever you are not using your spa. This is an essential step to help reduce the amount of energy used during the winter. Consider using a thermal blanket under the cover to help keep the heat in, reduce chemical use, and decrease moisture build-up on the cover. Remember to spray your vinyl cover with a protectant to safeguard against the harsh winter weather. If your spa is in an area outside where snow can accumulate on the cover, put a tarp over the cover each time your are done using it, then if snow does accumulate, just pull the tarp off and the snow is gone. Remember to periodically inspect your cover for tears, leakage, or other deformities. Make sure your cover fits well and is in good condition as this is the number one way to preserve your spa’s cleanliness AND save on energy expenses.
  1. Watch the Water Level – Check the water level in your spa regularly, especially if you do not use your spa every day. If the water gets too low, the pumps and heater may stop working which may lead to freezing water.
  2. Maintain the Water Temperature –The colder it gets, the longer it takes for your spa to heat up. It is less expensive and more efficient to maintain the water temperature of your spa on a daily basis than it is to let it get extremely cold and then reheat it when you want to use the spa. It also keeps water from freezing in the pipes and reduces chemical use.
  3. Turn off Air Jets – The air jets inject cold air in to the spa, thus cooling the water and requiring more energy to heat it back up. So, during the cold winter months, keep the jets turned off. If you still want to use the jets, make sure they are turned off after every use.
  4. Call now for service to fix anything that’s not working 100%.   It’s no fun to head out to the spa for relaxation and find out that it isn’t working.  Complete a check of the entire spa and if something isn’t working, get it fixed right away.
  1. Add music and accessories!  Make your spa area frosty and festive. With the right spa accessories, you can make your spa experience extra enjoyable. Why not add a new step, safety rail, spa caddy or a towel rack?  Visit our website at http://www.tarsonpools.com/pages/spas.htm for more information on these products.

If you currently do not own a spa and would like more information on purchasing one or have questions in regards to the spa that you own please give us a call today at (315) 458-8800, or stop into our North Syracuse or East Syracuse location and we would be glad to help.

Have a great winter!

 

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Holiday Gift Ideas: Billiard Table

brixton_previewIs your family on Santa’s naughty or nice list? If you’ve made it to the nice list (and of course you have), then we have a great idea that will get the family playing together and loving it. How about a new billiards table?

Why choose a billiard table?

A Style for Everyone                                                                                                        There are many different styles to choose from to fit any space and any budget.

Customizable                                                                                                                               You can customize the look of your billiard table with a choice of different felt colors. For the sports fans out there, Imperial has billiard tables and accessories for ALL NFL, NBA and MLB teams!  GO SU!

Bring the Entertainment Home                                                                                       It can get costly to go out with the kids and have a fun time. Having a billiard table can make your house the place to be. The kids will love to gather and have fun. Adults will also have fun entertaining.

Bring Back Family Game Night
It is hard to get the family all together.   Sometimes family time gets pushed to the background. Playing pool is a great activity for the family to engage in no matter the time of day or season. Form a family team and take on the neighbors, a great way to build a family bond.

A Lasting Christmas Gift
This gift will not be broken and discarded with the next week’s garbage. A billiard table is built to last. You can enjoy it for years and can even pass it down through generations. It’s a gift that will never go out of style, so you’ll feel it was money well spent.

Build New Memories
Billiards has been a favorite American pastime for years and years. You may have memories playing with your parents or grandparents and you can build those memories with your children and grandchildren by having a table in your home.

Tarson Pools and Spas is proud to be the exclusive dealer of Brunswick and Imperial billiard tables and accessories. We also have poker tables, and air hockey tables to fit any budget and to compliment any game room. Please call us at (315) 458-8800 if you have any questions regarding our billiard lines, or other holiday gift ideas.

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Pool Safety Tips

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Pool season is finally here! With it comes a chance to revisit the Pool Safety Rules and Guidelines with your family and friends. It is important to make sure that everyone who will be using your pool and spa know the safety rules and guidelines to insure a wonderful pool season.

Post the pool and spa rules near the entrance of the Pool or Spa so that every time you get in you can view them.

Have your children take the Safe Swimmer Pledge:

1. I pledge to never swim alone

2. I pledge to never play or swim near drains or suction fittings

3. I pledge to always dive feet first

4. I pledge to obey the pool rules

You can go here to download a certificate to give them as a reminder about being safe in the pool.

Follow these Water Safety Tips from the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)

  • Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
  • Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
  • Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
  • Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
  • Have a phone by the pool with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
  • Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
  • Keep rescue equipment poolside.
  • Keep a first aid kit at poolside.
  • Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
  • Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
  • Don’t rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or other equipment to make a child “water safe.”
  • Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
  • Don’t leave chairs or other items of furniture where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area.
  • Let us not forget our 4 legged friends that like to have fun in the pool as well. We love our pets and they love to come play with us in the water so let’s make sure they are safe too.
  • Try not to let them drink the pool water, keep fresh water handy for them instead
  • Wash them off after their dip in the pool so the chlorine does not dry their skin
  • Make sure your dog knows where to enter and exit the pool safely, so they don’t hurt themselves clawing at the sides of the pool.
  • Just as with kids, take it slow and don’t overdo it. They get tired too.
    • One sure sign your dog is getting tired is that their back end begins to droop in the water, when this happens, it is time for a break
  • There are life vests available for all shapes and sizes of dogs.
    • Certain dogs such as breeds with shorter legs and broad chests (bulldogs, Corgi’s, Pugs, etc.) are not effective swimmers. They may need the support of a life vest.
    • Heavily muscled dogs such as Greyhounds with little body fat will not be as buoyant in the water and might need the life vest for support.

Always have a plan for First Aid.

For more tips for pool & spa owners visit poolsafely.gov.

Follow these safety rules for a safe and happy pool season. Call us today if we can help with any questions in regards to your pool or spa or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800.

 

Enhancing Your Pool Purchase

vanquishWhen buying a pool there are many questions that you must answer before making your final decision. One question that you should answer is what type of circulation and cleaning system will you install in your backyard oasis. In our first entry in our “Enhancing Your Pool Purchase” blog series we will give you information on the Vanquish in-floor circulation and cleaning system to see if this might be the right fit for you and your pool.

How the Vanquish in-floor circulation and cleaning system works:

  1. Warm, clean water is pumped through the six port water valve and is distributed to all areas of the pool
  2. Your pool is divided into separate cleaning zones, which are turned on and off by the six port water valve
  3. Each zone has a system of rotating cleaning pop-up jets placed in the floors and down jets placed in the walls. One by one the six port water valve delivers filtered water to each zone of the pool
  4. They work together to clean your pool by sweeping debris to the pool’s main drain and skimmer area.

While the Vanquish in floor circulation and cleaning system is cleaning your pool it is also circulating water. This system is better than a traditional pool system because it circulates the water evenly throughout every square inch of your pool instead of just circulating the water on top.

Circulation benefits:

  1. Because the Vanquish system circulates water through every square inch of your pool, there are no dead zones where algae can grow
  2. Less chemicals are needed
  3. Eliminates cold spots for a more comfortable swimming experience
  4. Saves on energy costs for the life of the pool
  5. Better for the environment: the chemicals are better circulated, thus less are lost into the atmosphere

Cleaning benefits:

  1. Non-contact cleaning, extends the life of a vinyl liner
  2. Cleans while you relax and have fun
  3. Once done cleaning, it disappears back into the pool floor, no clean up or storage of equipment
  4. The system leaves your pool swim ready

The Vanquish system is built to last and comes with a lifetime limited warranty on all cleaning jets within the system.

If you would like to enjoy your pool instead of taking time to clean it, then the Vanquish in-floor circulation and cleaning system may be the right fit for you. Call us today for more information or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800.

Choosing Your Pool: Fiberglass Pool Edition

CPC-Pool-Pictures-172Spring is in the air and if you are thinking about adding a pool to your backyard this year, read on. In our third entry in our “Choosing Your Pool” blog series we will be giving you information about fiberglass pools to help you decide if this is the right option for you.

Fiberglass pools have been a choice for in ground pools for many years and have been gaining popularity over the past decade due to their durability. Vinyl esther resins, the same resins used by boat builders, are used to coat the fiberglass shell on the inside and out so that the one piece shell will remain impervious to water. This resin also helps to strengthen the fiberglass shell, making for a very sturdy waterproof pool shell.

Pros:

1.Durability

A fiberglass pool is perfect for Central NY because it holds up well in the hot summer months and the cold winter months. It has no potential for corrosion, so if you wanted a salt water pool (see Choosing Your Pool: Salt Water Edition), fiberglass would be your best choice.

2.Customizable

Fiberglass pools come in many different sizes, shapes and styles to choose from. Steps, seating, spas and vanishing edges are also options to choose from to make your pool your own. And if you love to lay by the pool in the sun, you can install a tanning ledge.

3.Therapeutic Option

You have the option with a Fiberglass pool to have jets installed that will give you a therapeutic massage built right into the pool wall. This option is great to help with sore and aching muscles.

4. Easy to clean

Fiberglass pools are the easiest pools to maintain. Their smooth surfaces and rounded corners don’t chip tear or harbor bacteria or algae. They also have a durable satin smooth, stain resistant finish, which makes them easier to maintain which means you will use less chemicals.

5. Environmentally Friendly

Fiberglass pools are a greener choice. There is no vinyl liner to replace, creating less waste, lower operating costs because they are easier to clean and maintain and they have a longer life span than other pools.

Because of the high cost of quality resins and fiberglass reinforcement materials, the cost to construct a fiberglass swimming pool is higher than a vinyl liner structure. But you will recoup this initial investment due to the lower cost of maintaining a fiberglass pool, using less electricity and chemicals.

If you’re looking for a highly customizable pool that can withstand the winter in Central NY, then a Fiberglass pool may be the right fit for you. Call us today for more information or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing Your Pool: Radiant Pool Edition

YellowHouseBlueLagoonPool season is just around the corner, so for the second entry in our “Choosing Your Pool” blog series we are sharing about Radiant Pools. When you start your pool shopping, be sure to include this one in your research. Learn how Radiant Pools are great for CNY residents and what you should consider to determine if one is right for you.

Pros
1. Built to last
What sets this pool apart from the rest is in its design. Radiant Pools use the same technology used in the construction of aircrafts, which makes the pool walls stronger than steel, polymer and even concrete. You never have to worry about the sustainability of your Radiant Pool because the walls will never rust, warp or crack.

2. Customizable
Radiant Pools come in 9 shape options with numerous sizes to choose from. This makes it easier to fit into every shape and size backyard. There are also 20 choices for liner styles, so you can personalize your pool with the look and feel of the liner.

3. Swim longer
The built-to-last insulated wall panels help your pool water heat up faster and keep it warmer longer. This means you can start your swimming season earlier and swim later. The average Radiant Pool extends your swim season by 2 months!

4. Environmentally friendly
A Radiant Pool is an investment that you can feel good about because it helps to lessen your footprint. The materials used to construct Radiant Pools are ozone friendly and 100% recyclable. They are the only energy efficient and environmentally smart pools on the market.

5. Warranty
Radiant Pools are 100% made in the USA and come with a 100% lifetime warranty that can be transferred to new owners if you should ever sell your home. Also, if your purchase is financed through a home equity loan, your interest is considered tax deductible.

Con/Pro
1. A Radiant Pool will cost on average $3,000 more than an ordinary steel pool up front, but because of the energy-efficient insulated wall panels you will see a $3,275 energy savings return in just 5 years!

Purchasing a Radiant Pool is a smart choice because of their dependability, so this summer experience the numerous benefits in one of your very own! Call us today for more information or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800. Check back for our next post in this series to learn why Fiberglass Pools are the most personalized pool yet!

Choosing Your Pool: Saltwater Edition

tarsons-073If you’re considering purchasing a pool this season, we want you to know all of the options available. In this blog series, we will share industry insights to help you find the perfect pool for you. Saltwater pools have become very popular over the last ten years as an alternative to chlorine pools, so we’re sharing the pros and cons to help you decide.

Pros
1. Fewer chemicals
Saltwater pools require fewer chemicals to maintain healthy water. This is both a money saver and more environmentally safe. You don’t have to store chemicals in your home and your water testing will be a lot simpler.

2. Reduced maintenance
Wouldn’t it be perfect to have a pool that cleans itself? Saltwater pools essentially do just that. The pool’s generator converts the salt into pure chlorine, which maintains water sanitation and prevents the growth of algae. This allows a constant, balanced supply of chlorine instead of having to manually add it.

3. Overall cost
Although saltwater pools are more money upfront, they pay for themselves after a few years. Maintaining a saltwater pool can be up to half the cost of maintaining a chlorine pool. These savings come from a reduction in chemical cost, testing or hiring help.

4. Unique experience
A saltwater pool owner will tell you they have never thought twice about their purchase. The water experience is undeniably different because it feels softer. No worries about chemical odors, allergic reactions, dried out skin or irritated eyes.

Cons
1. Salt corrosion
Salt is highly corrosive, so avoid placing metal furniture or handrails directly in the water. Also be aware of the chlorine generator. If too much salt is converted into chlorine it can cause damage to your heater. Speak to your sales rep about safe practices to prevent this from happening.

2. Pump cost
Since most saltwater pools have a self-maintaining system, the pool pump must operate at all times. This is to ensure enough chlorine is being produced to disinfect the water. Having the pump contstantly running can increase your utility bill, so speak with your sales rep about the estimated price increase.

3. Expensive parts
Saltwater pools are different in how they are built. For instance, a salt cell, or salt generator, is unique to this pool and can be costly to replace. Ask your sales rep about warranties and how to maintain water chemistry to prevent any damage.

If you’re looking for a fresh water experience, then a saltwater pool may be the right fit for you. Call us today for more information or to meet with a sales representative (315) 458-8800. Check back for our next post in the series to learn how you can extend your swimming season by two months in a Radiant Pool.

Billiard Tables: A Holiday Gift Gem

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Stuck on what to get the family this holiday season? Get a gift they’ll all love- a brand new billiard table! It entertains people of all ages and provides other benefits that contribute to building family memories. Here are a few reasons you should consider a billiard table this holiday season:

1. Bring back family time
With trying to accommodate busy schedules, weather conditions and appealing to everyone’s interests, it can be difficult to schedule that important family time. Playing pool is a great activity for the family to engage in no matter the time of day or season. You can also team up during a game, which encourages teamwork and bonding.

2. Be the ultimate entertainment destination
Having a billiard table can make your house the place to be. Instead of having to go out for entertainment, your children can invite their friends over and enjoy the game room. It’s also a great means of fun for adults, providing great interaction and can act as an icebreaker for new friends.

3. Decorate your family room
Whether you already have a family room or are looking to redecorate that one room no one uses, either can be improved with the addition of a billiard table. Those designed by Imperial and Brunswick are made to enhance any room. Choose from tables crafted from fine wood or designed with your favorite sports team logo. We even have Syracuse University tables and accessories! Customize your table to be the centerpiece of your game room.

4. A purchase that will last
Unlike some other games or gifts, a billiard table is built to last. You can enjoy it for years and can even pass it down through generations. It’s a gift that will never go out of style, so you’ll feel it was money well spent.

5. Build new memories
Billiards has been a favorite American pastime for years and years. You may have memories playing with your parents or grandparents and you can build those memories with your children and grandchildren by having a table in your home.

Tarson Pools and Spas is proud to be the exclusive dealer of Brunswick and Imperial billiard tables. If you have any questions about our billiard lines, or other holiday gift ideas we would be happy to help. Hurry in while our selection of billiard tables is 20% off from now until December 15. Happy Holidays!

Swim Spas Provide Fun and Fitness All Year Long

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In Central New York, many homeowners have considered purchasing a hot tub for the cold winters, but also long for a pool in the warm summer months. An economic way to receive the benefits of both a pool and a spa is with a swim spa. Not only do you get a hot tub spacious enough for exercise, but you can also use your swim spa all year long.

About
A swim spa is a large hot tub that offers a swim current for ultimate resistance swimming. Each varies in size, but average around 7 ft. x 14 ft. and 3-5 ft. deep. It can be used for exercises such as water aerobics, underwater running, strength training and swimming laps. Its unique size provides room to perform all four basic strokes. You can also use your swim spa for stress relief, relaxation and family fun.

Benefits
The swim spa provides functions that maximize its value. A standard spa can accommodate on average 4-6 people, whereas a swim spa can fit a dozen people comfortably. The compact space of a hot tub limits the amount of exercise options available, but in a swim spa you have plenty of space to perform your favorite exercise routine.

Features of the swim spa can be adjusted more easily than a pool. It is a smaller unit of water, allowing the temperature to change more rapidly at your control. You can even separate the temperature of the spa so that everyone is comfortable. When using the current you can regulate to a speed that best fits your needs. Increase the resistance for an intense cardio workout, or set the jets to low for a relaxing massage.

Installation
You can install a swim spa wherever the technical requirements can be accommodated: indoors, outdoors, above or in the ground. If you decide to move, the swim spa is a self-contained unit and can be transported to your new home. Swim spas are customizable by size, color, and light options. Plus they offer great features such as exercise equipment and stereo systems.

If you have been considering a pool or hot tub for your home and just can’t decide, consider exactly what you want to get out of your water oasis. If you’re looking to stay warm in the winter, cool in the summer, have exercising opportunities and have a great space for socializing then the swim spa could be a great fit for you. Check out our website at tarsonpools.com to stay informed on our spa sales or stop in today to discuss installing a swim spa at your home.

Why Purchasing Local Bulk Chemical Packages Can Save You Time and Money

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May has finally arrived and soon it will be time to open your pool. Once the cover is off it’s time to add the perfect cocktail of chemicals to keep your pool balanced and clean. We want you to save this summer, so here are 5 reasons you can benefit from buying local bulk chemical packages for your pool.

1. Reduce Trips to the Store
There are certain chemicals you will rely on to make sure your pool is healthy. Once you know what products those are and how much you will need for your pool’s size, you can purchase a package that will keep you well stocked for the summer. Instead of driving to the store every time you need a refill, you’ll have what you need on hand.

2. No More Waiting in Line
With our new bulk package ordering system you will be able to order online or call your neighborhood store to place your package order. You have the option of paying in advance, or at the closest store. Once the package is ready you will go to a special checkout to finish the transaction or pick up the package and go with no waiting in line!

3. Save Money
Purchasing a bulk chemicals package will save you money and you will spend less on gas because you’ll make fewer trips to the store. We guarantee our packages will beat any national retailers’ price and assure that our packages only contain what your pool needs. We also provide options when it comes to the packages for purchase. We offer a BioGuard brand package or the Tarson brand package. BioGuard is a premium brand for the pool owner who wants the best chemicals to treat their pool. The Tarson brand is a high-quality, yet economical brand for exceptional pool care for any budget.

4. Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need
When national retailers put together bulk packages, they don’t have your unique pool in mind. You could be buying extra chemicals you don’t need while not buying enough of the chemicals you do. Our packages have adequate dosing based on experience in this region, so you get the right type and quantity of necessary chemicals every time.

5. Save On Shipping
All of our packages can be picked up at our 6 locations, so you don’t have to pay high shipping fees. Not to mention you will be able to talk with an expert who knows your pool as opposed to a salesperson out of the area.

This summer spend less time in your car and more time in your pool by stocking up on your chemicals. We also offer 24-hour water testing drop off and same day water analysis at all Tarson Pools locations. Just leave your sample in the water-testing drop off box and we will send you your results the next day. Stop in to your neighborhood Tarson Pools location for expert advice on pool chemicals and visit tarsonpools.com/pages/bulkchemicals.htm to browse our bulk chemical packages and other discounted items.