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  1. You should close and winterize your pool ahead of the frost to keep your equipment and water lines from freezing. Try not to close your pool too early though - if you wait until the water temperature is consistently below 15 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) then you'll have less algae growth throughout the Winter season. The following guide will work for inground pools sanitized using chlorine or salt water.

    Step 1) Get your equipment organized

    Before you close your pool check your equipment to ensure it's in good shape and you have everything you need. This includes:

    • - Your winter cover - check for rips or tears. Try repairing small rips or tears with a vinyl pool patch (for vinyl covers) or pool cover patch tape (for lightweight covers)
    • - Water bags - check for leaks and ensure you have enough bags to cover the perimeter of your pool
    • - Your skimmer plugs (Gizzmo is recommended) - check for cracks or holes
    • - Return jet plugs - check for cracks or holes
    • - Winter chemicals (including shock, algaecide, stain and scale remover - for salt water pools, be sure to use a non-chlorine shock treatment)
    • - Air compressor or a powerful shop vac to clean out the lines.

    TIP: Purchase one of our pool closing kits to get all of the winter chemicals you need in one handy package! Plus, our deluxe pool closing chemical kits include a non-chlorine shock, perfect for use with both chlorine and salt water pools.

    Step 2) Prepare the pool

    • - Remove the diving board (including bolts), flotation devices, ropes, toys and any other pool accessories before cleaning, drying and storing for the winter
    • - If you have a water slide or waterfall you will need to drain and blow out the piping systems

    Step 3) Prepare filters and pumps

    • - Disconnect your pump and filter, ensuring the pump is completely drained
    • - If your pump and filter system have quick disconnect fittings or unions then you should unscrew them, ensuring all water has been removed
    • - After you've disconnected the pump, pull out the drain plug and completely empty all the water
    • - Leave the pump drain plug out and store it in the basket for the spring
    • - Clean the filter and drain the filter tanks, remembering to leave the backwash valve open:
      • If you have a sand filter then unplug the drain plug and leave it open, making certain that the multi-port valve is completely drained
      • If you own a cartridge filter unit then disconnect it from your lines, clean the cartridge and remove all water
    • - Blow the multiport valve out with a shop vac or compressor until all water is removed
    • - Remove jet fittings
    • - After you've drained your pump turn it on only for a second to remove the water. If you turn the pump on for too long you can damage it
    • - Store the pool pump and filter in a dry place for the winter

    TIP: Put your drain plug, fittings and other small items in the pump basket so you can find them easily come spring.

    Do you need a new filter or pump? Shop online now.

    Step 4) Prepare your pool heater (if applicable)

    • - If you have a pool heater ensure you drain it completely, then blow out the lines with a shop vac or compressor
    • - Pull out all drain plugs and use the shop vac to blow out the lines. Leave the drain plugs out, but remember where you store them. You'll need them in spring.
    • - Check your heater's instructions to see whether the manufacturer recommends removing the heater tray

    Is your family complaining about the temperature of your pool? Browse our pool heaters to find the right option for your pool.

    Step 5) Drain and blow out your lines

    TIP: Avoid using anti-freeze, which can cause a mess when you open your pool. Anti-freeze is not necessary if your lines are properly blown out.

    • Use a shop vac or a compression pump to blow out the water from your plumbing lines:
      • - Hook up your compressor or shop vac to the return lines of the filter system. Or you can screw the compressor fitting into the drain plug of the pump
      • - Keep the air blowing until air bubbles are visible from the return jets in the pool. Put a plug in the fitting under the water when you see the bubbles blowing. It's very important to make sure you plug the jet tightly
    • - Ensure you drain the water from each line (don't forget any) and that you plug each line once it is clear and empty
    • - If you have a main drain line you can create an air lock by blowing out the line until bubbles appear from the drain, at which time you can plug the line by closing the valve

    What type of plugs should you use?

    Threaded plugs are best. Plugs with rubber gaskets or 'O' rings help form a proper seal so that water does not enter the line. If your pool fittings are not threaded you'll have to use a rubber freeze plug.

    Step 6) Plug the skimmer hole

    Many people prefer to use a Gizzmo, which allows for expansion without damaging the skimmer system. A Gizzmo is a hollow tube that collapses if water gets into the skimmer and freezes. It is a great device to help you seal the skimmer line.

    Another option is to use a skimmer plate over the mouth of the skimmer. The Skimsaver is a plastic plate that keeps water out of the skimmer. The benefit of using a skimmer plate is that you can leave the water level up for the winter season. A skimmer plate is only recommended for use in pools with vinyl linings.

    To plug your skimmer hole:

    • - Remove skimmer baskets
    • - Lower the water below the mouth of the skimmer
    • - Blow out all the skimmer pipes using your shop vac or compressor pump
    • - If you're using a Gizzmo make sure you put tape on the threads before you install it to ensure a tight seal

    Step 7) Balance your chemicals

    Whether you have a salt water or chlorine pool, you want to ensure your water chemistry is balanced before closing up for winter. Balancing the following areas will help you protect your pool liner from staining:

    • - Total pH
    • - Total alkalinity
    • - Calcium hardness

    A Closing chemical kit will keep your water cleaner for the next season. Make sure that any granular chemicals are well dissolved. Always follow the instructions and test the chemical levels after you've added them to ensure they are balanced.

    DO NOT:

    • - Use a floater containing chlorine or bromine. A floater could stick against the wall, staining it
    • - Throw chlorine or bromine tablets into the pool, which could stain your pool's liner if they sink to the bottom and don't fully dissolve

    Step 8) Install your pool cover

    With a winter cover that's properly installed and in good condition, you'll be better able to keep your pool clear of winter debris and you'll have a cleaner pool in spring, which means it'll be easier to open.

    Do you have the right cover? Browse our pool covers to see your options.

    Installing a Winter pool cover

    Lay the cover on the pool and place filled water bags along the edge of the cover, end to end, surrounding the perimeter of the pool. Ensure you place the water bags through the loops on the cover of the pool. Tuck the water bags into the corner pockets of the cover to strengthen the anchoring.

    Don’t overfill the water bags because when the water inside freezes they will expand and if the bags are too full they could burst.

    Installing a safety cover

    If you have a winter pool safety cover then you won't have to deal with water bags. Before installing the cover inspect the condition of the anchors that have previously been installed on your pool deck. They should be in good shape and remain flush with the deck of your pool.

    Snap the cover into the anchors, as per the manufacturer's instructions. If you've got a safety cover you should perform light maintenance over the winter months by removing leaves or other debris from the cover with a leaf blower or rake. This maintenance will make opening the pool easier in spring.

    Step 9) Clean and store your equipment

    Once your cover is in place you can store any remaining pool equipment and accessories in a clean, dry place throughout the winter months.

    Closing your pool will protect it during winter and make life easier in spring when it's time to open it up and enjoy it again. Ensure you have properly blown out the lines to remove all water, keep your liner in good shape by ensuring all chemicals are dissolved and in balance, and use a cover to protect your pool from the elements.

    For more how to guides visit us at https://www.poolsuppliescanada.ca/

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    Hi,

    I have a Calspa 5000, I believe it is a 2006, and it's intermittently overheating. I started having issues with it after our electric went on and off at least a dozen times a few weeks ago. I have read on different forums that it could be the temp. sensor or a relay sticking. My question is would the thermostat still be showing the correct temp if the sensor is bad. I have the spa set to 100 and it will just keep raising the temp until OH finally appears. So to me this shows that the temp sensor is working properly because it is reading the correct temp or is there another sensor that reads it for the thermostat? I'm an HVAC technician so I do know my way around, I am just not familiar with the sequence of operation of the spa. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Shopping for a hot tub cover is even easier today with the many online options available. In order to guarantee you are getting a proper hot tub cover for your needs it is best to ensure you know a little bit about the basic components of a hot tub cover and what specific features you need to look for.

    First we will begin with the three basic components of a hot tub cover, which include the foam core, the vinyl covering and the heat seal.

    1. The Foam Core

    One of the most important components of a hot tub cover is the foam core. The foam core not only provides the insulation for the cover, but it also helps to give it strength. The majority of hot tub covers use a standard EPS foam core that is gauged at a 1.5-pound density, however there are also covers that are available in the 2-pound density, which will provide extra durability and insulation. Although the latter cover is typically used for larger hot tubs.

    2. The Vinyl Covering

    A good vinyl cover will be able to withstand the stresses put on it by the elements, which include sun, rain, snow and ice, and other factors such as mold and chemicals. Furthermore the top portion of a hot tub cover will also need to be able to withstand the harmful effects of UV rays and deter the formation of mold growth. You will want to look for a hot tub cover that is made with at least 25-ounce durable marine grade vinyl and treated to resist the impact of UV rays, mold and mildew, and chlorine, as the bottom portion will be subjected to the sanitizers used in the water.

    3. The Heat Seal

    Other than keeping the water clean and protecting your hot tub, the hot tub cover also needs to have a good heat seal in order to make it energy efficient. When you are looking for a hot tub cover you know you will have a good one if the R-value rating is 12 to 13.

    Some other features that you want to keep in mind when shopping online for a hot tub cover are the safety features, warranties, and the repair and return policies.

    Safety Features

    If safety is a concern you will want to look for a hot tub cover that is labelled as a safety cover and meets ASTM standards. The hot tub cover should also have reinforced tie-down straps and locking hardware with keys. This will help to ensure children do not get into the hot tub when unsupervised.

    Warranties

    When shopping online it is a good idea to look into the manufacture warranties available for the hot tub cover you are looking to purchase. Take the time to read the policy to ensure that you do not accidentally void the warranty and if available look into the extended warranty options.

    Repair and Return Policies

    Before you purchase the hot tub cover online make sure you are familiar with the entire repair and return policies of the company. If anything unforeseen happens you want to make sure you can easily return or send back the product for repairs or an exchange.

    By following the recommendations in this article you will be able to easily purchase a good hot tub cover online that will help to keep your hot tub clean, your children and pets safe from injury and your energy bills low.

    For all of your hot tub cover needs please visit us at http://www.spacoversusa.net/

  2. Every year in Texas many homeowners choose the wrong pool builder and the worst case scenario becomes a hard reality - the builder goes belly up before finishing their pool. The homeowner is left with a big whole in their backyard and their initial checks of payment cashed and gone. These questions can help you avoid that situation. These days, it is easy to look big and successful on the internet, even if the company is a small startup with no cash flow to support a dump in their operations.

    1. How many years have you and your company been in business under your current name and what are your previous business names?
    2. Has your company or the owners ever declared bankruptcy?
    3. Who are your pool suppliers and can you provide their phone numbers?
    4. Will my checks be paid to a business account or an owner's personal account?
    5. Do you have liability insurance? How much? Explain the limits of your policy.
    6. Is all necessary work included in my pool quote? How do I know the quoted price is not a bait and switch?
    7. Why should I use your pool company to build my pool? (open ended question with no right answer, just let them talk and use your own intuition).

    Things that are NOT important because it is too easy for a company to check off and has zero effect on their professional status as a business.

    1. BBB Membership
    2. Company has a mailing address near you.
    3. Lots of logos on their website such as profiles on Houzz, APSP, Youtube, Angie's List, etc.
    4. Company has no negative reviews online (usually means the positive ones are artificial).

    Thank you and good luck to everyone in the market for a pool!

    Blue Science - Dallas

    4254 Spring Valley Road

    Dallas, TX 75244

    972-953-6261

    Blue Science - Houston

    2121 Brittmoore Rd STE 200

    Houston, TX 77043

    713-636-5751

    www.bluescience.com

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    I have four main concerns.

    My swimming pool builder tells me the wall of the swimming pool must be at least 30 cm. away from the wall of the house so as not to disturbe the foundations of the house. I have however seen photos of pools that are right next to the walls of the house. How can this be achieved?

    My swimming pool builder tells me that in order for the watter not to spill outside the pool a wave breaker must be built all along the edges in the form described in the attached picture. I have seen photos of pools that do not have this wave breaker, I would prefer not to have this for aesthetic reasons. What is your advice here?

    Again my swimming pool builder tells me a tile interior is best because there is no algae build up and a smooth surface is more pleasing to the skin. However my architect friend tells me many new pools are built in natural stone . What would you advice?

    There is a new system of watter purification that I find very interesting , it is the fluorescent tube light treatment. What experience do pool owners have with this system? Pros and cons?

    Thank you for your help.

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    I have a aqua pure salt water system. i just purchased a new cell which lasted about 5 years. My problem is when i try to set the percent of chlorine on the front panel of the system i have to put the aqua link in service mode to change the % of chlorine and than go to time out and than auto. when the system goes off at night and restarts in the morning the setting is back to 0% i am not sure why my setting is not staying in the system. i hope someone out there can answer this.

  3. Among the luxuries we know of, swimming pools are surely one of a kind. While one has a refreshing experience while swimming, he/she also burns a lot of calories with the help of this activity. Also , the presence of a swimming pool adds more appeal to a residence – it is more than exciting to have a pool party with friends or even a meal with the family sitting at your poolside table.

    All the enjoyment of a swimming pool aside, anyone who owns it has a major job to do, that is maintaining it. Unless you don't want the pleasure of swimming in your pool to last long, you will have to care for it, checking it regularly and solving problems if any. One of the major troubles is water contamination, which is why several pool owners install D.E. filters.

    Nearly matching the cleaning efficiency of sand filters as well as cartridge filters, diatomaceous earth (DE) filters happen to be a favorite of many. Like every other type of filter, a DE filter also is an assembly of multiple electrical and mechanical components. The major one among these is a set of D.E. filter grids. Pool water passes through these grids which contain the filtering element, that is diatomaceous earth (DE). In some cases, however, you might notice DE powder in your pool water.

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    Here's what you can do in these cases:

    • Check the O-ring filters. Sometimes this rubber ring provides a poor seal, which in turn causes DE powder to be spilled out of filter grids into the pool water. You need to change the ring in this case.
    • Examine your pump and see if there are any suction leaks. These leaks cause air to get trapped in the system. As a result, DE powder is forced out of the skimmer or main drains. To solve this problem, you can either seal the leaks or replace the gasket on your pump.
    • Sometimes the multiport valve of the filter suffers a damage. When its seal gets broken, it releases DE powder in pool water.
    • Broken nipples on filter grids can also be responsible for the spillage of DE powder in pool water. In this scenario, you need to replace the grids.
    • The manifold that holds the filter grids together sometimes develops hairline cracks due to which an additional amount of DE powder enters the pool. Replacement of the manifold is the best way to deal with this trouble.

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    I have a 2001 cal spa. We have replaced heating element. Tested to make sure everything has power. All filter and inlet for water is clean. Bypassed thermostat to make sure heat light would come on and it does. Not sure what else could be wrong. Need some advice thanks in advance.

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    The Hot Tub Company.

    Barrow on Soar (UK).

    Please - Avoid the Hot Tub Company at all costs!

    In my experience their warranty isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

    They will try to blame any fault within the warranty period on you, even though you have followed the guidelines.

    If you are unlucky enough to have already purchased from them and your unit develops a fault, please make sure you are present to see what the engineers do when they check the fault. Unfortunately, we we’re out and they said our pump fault was caused because ALL our jets were closed. Yeah Right… because we always sit in the hot tub with the jets closed. Even if they were, WHICH THEY WEREN’T, and their diagnostic is correct (I am currently checking with the manufacturer), I would guard against buying a tub that obviously has a poor quality pump unable to handle loaded and unloaded pressure that develops a fault after only 11 months. (The jet excuse is ridiculous especially when you take into account there are jets that can’t be closed so the pump should never be fully loaded - They were so blunt in their refusal to act under the warranty it was unbelievable - we even offered to pay half but they wouldn't budge).

    I have reported this to trading standards.

    From our experience - Please buy from a reputable company and avoid the Hot Tub Company.

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    I am looking to sell my D1 Nautilus spa and have no idea what it is worth. The guy I had come out and service it when I bought the house thought it was installed in early 2007. A dealer offered to buy it so I wanted to get an idea of what it might be worth since I am a newbie. It is in great shape.

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    Hot tub leaking. Removed front panel to see where it was leaking. Water seems to be accumulating around "smart jet system lever" and leaking through to pump/heater area and then out the bottom. How do I remove the lever to check the seal and reseal if necessary?

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    Nothing surpasses the experience of stepping into a pool filled with clear and shimmering water. Our pool water can be affected by millions of contaminants and it is a common fact that even if the pool water appears to be clean and clear it is most probably contaminated by microbes; the main source of these contaminants are usually swimmers themselves, but there can be other sources too like-

    • Algae- Algae are the most common contaminant found in pools and can fill up an entire pool overnight if allowed to grow. To get rid of algae, one can use chlorine tablet or can also go for effective algaecides in the market. In order to eliminate algae completely, it is also important to keep your pool free of phosphorus as it provides suitable condition for algae.
    • Copper- If you notice gray, green or turquoise colored water then it is probable that it can be caused by copper discharge. Copper discharge often occurs because of equipment corrosion and the most effective way check it is timely replacement of your equipment.

    Apart from these there can be problems caused by insects, or corrosion of equipment can also lead to discharge of other chemicals such as manganese, iron or there can even be scale buildup because of improper balancing. These problems can be taken care of by timely replacement followed by chlorine treatment and pH level of water should be checked and balanced using chemicals such as Sodium Bicarbonate.

    Even after using effective algaecides and chemicals, it is necessary to install swimming pool filters as a pool has constant oil and lotion build up and there is a constant influx of impurities. Generally, there are three types of filters- Cartridge filters, Sand filters and D.E. filters. Each filter comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

    Cartridge filters are more popular for their ease of maintenance along with effective cleaning. Hayward pool filter is a favorite among pool owners as it offers impeccable hygiene. Even these cartridge filters need to be maintained and cleaned regularly. These cartridges should be cleaned with a garden hose fortnightly and should be deep cleaned after every 3 weeks.

    Hayward pool filter cartridge is also available in case of replacement. If there is a constant decrease in filter pressure, it is advisable to clean it thoroughly but if it continues then that indicates replacement. A cartridge should also be replaced if the bands are broken.

    Hayward Pool Filter Parts are also available on online stores and are popular as they are both efficient and durable. One can also use heaters, ozonators and even lights to adorn the pool.

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    I would like to show you how you can safe money and why you should buy telescopic pool enclosure.

    The key benefits of an enclosure:

    • Swim all year round
    • Protection against dust, sand and bad weather
    • Minimize or eliminate heating costs
    • Greenhouse effect
    • Reduce usage of chemicals
    • Cut down water evaporation
    • Reduce pool maintenance expenses
    • Increase pool safety
    • Provide extra UV protection
    • No ongoing maintenance or costs
    • Value accretive to your property
    • The biggest pool enclosure in Europe is Albixon. They have more than 25 years experience and start to sell product in USA and have 15% discount now www.albixonusa.com

    Ask for any question.

  5. There is probably no other luxury as pleasurable as a swimming pool or a spa. You can find a lot of people taking a swim in their pool or a dip in their hot tub to relax themselves after a long tiring day. While the experience in a pool or spa is amazing, its maintenance may sometimes seem overwhelming. This is because the owner of a pool or spa not only has to ensure the cleanliness of water in it but also has the responsibility to make sure that other parts such as pump also function efficiently.

    Maintaining clean and clear water is a top priority for any pool or spa owner. Cloudy or green water not only ruins the look of a pool or spa but also makes it unsafe for use. A high-quality filter is the first and most important requirement for keeping pool or spa water free from dust, oils, sweat and microbes such as bacteria and algae. Coordinating with the pump, the filter traps these impurities. The function of the pump is to keep the water moving so that impurities do not get settled in it.

    Nowadays, most people choose cartridge filters over other types of filters mainly because these do not require much effort for installation. Furthermore, operation and maintenance of cartridge filters is much easier when compared to that in other types of filters. Over the years, the design of these filters has become much more advanced. For instance, System 3 cartridges are quite popular these days.

    Knowing About Filter Cartridges

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    Before installing a cartridge filter in your pool or spa, it is essential for you to have some basic information about it. The efficiency of these filters depends on their cartridges. A cartridge is actually a cylindrical pleated object. Pleats of the cartridge act as a filtering media – impurities get trapped in between these pleats and are removed later. Regardless of whether you are using System 2 cartridges or those of any other type, you need carry out certain tasks regularly to maintain them in the best condition.

    The following are the most important ones among these tasks:

    • A filter cartridge needs to be backwashed once in every two weeks. Here, the cartridge is thoroughly rinsed with a garden hose, ensuring that the water does not exert too much pressure on it. Excessive water pressure will cause the impurities to get settled further inside the cartridge.
    • Deep cleaning of the cartridge is another important task that needs to be done once in every 3 months. Here, the cartridge is immersed in a cleaning solution overnight – it is scrubbed gently with a brush the next morning.
    • Prolonged usage can cause a filter cartridge to lose its efficiency. Hence, it is recommended that you replace it once in every 12 months. Do the same if your cartridge has any cracks or tears. You can find high-quality replacement cartridges on a number of online stores.

  6. An exciting announcement from Sunbelt Spas UK.

    To all existing customers and owners of Sunbelt Spas.

    We are pleased to announce that Sunbelt Spas UK is now distributing the Sunbelt Spa series of leisure and swim spas right here in the UK. As a business we are committed to providing high quality spa products, which are supported by a genuine and conscientious aftersales support service, and over the next few months we will be developing our network of dealerships located throughout the UK to provide a convenient Sunbelt Spa professional in your area.

    Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that our new hot tub and spa showroom will be opening very shortly at our UK headquarters in York, North Yorkshire. The showroom will offer an ideal opportunity to view and 'wet test' our spa ranges, as well as speak to staff members who will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

    The official website for Sunbelt Spas UK is live and can be found at www.sunbeltspas.co.uk, where you can find details about our full range of products as well as being able to purchase our official Sunbelt Spa accessories directly from the manufacturer.

    This announcement is to notify existing Sunbelt Spa customers that we have a new headquarters here in the UK and to keep our valued customers up to date with our exciting developments.

    If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via our website.

    Kind Regards

    Sunbelt Spas UK

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    Is anyone having issues with the Ace Saltwater Sanitizing System from Hot Springs used in conjunction with your hot tub? My personal complaint/experience is that my cell will go offline in about 8 to 9 months when in the book, it says 14000 hours. That is 19.165 months.. My tub is 3 years old and I am on my 4th rod.... All chemicals, fresh h20, filter, cell very clean. Their system does not live up to the info in their manual.. I am looking for all owners and your opinions, Thank you... Mark G...

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    Do not even think of doing business with this company unless you are really into stress, pain and suffering. They will ask you to pay for pools and equipment by means of an "E-Check" which gives them access to your bank account. YOU WILL HAVE LITTLE TO NO RECOURSE OF YOUR MONEY ONCE YOU DO THIS. ALL REPUTABLE COMPANIES WILL GLADLY ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENT, ARTHURS WILL NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT YOU WILL HAVE RECOURSE IF THEY DO NOT DELIVER YOUR POOL OR REFUND YOUR MONEY.

    Read all the blogs and complaints against this company all over the web and you will decide that the only people to deal with is a large nationwide firm like "Leslies Pools"

    Please contact me for more info and I will provide contacts to some agencies that may be able to help you if you have been mistreated by Arthurs Pools.

    I am currently pursuing legal action against Arthurs Pools.

    Contact dpeters1280@yahoo.com

  7. Need help. My spa slowly let's out air bubbles from one jet and water level goes down when everything is off.I put a new blower motor on today.

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    Can a solution of Liquid TSP Substitute be used to clean filter cartridges for a DEP Filter?

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    I'm buying either the Spirit or the Resort this week. Need help with a price check as can't make comparisons with other dealers. I'm willing to travel from Jacksonville to Ft. lauderdale for the best price. Font care about delivery changes as I'll pick it up.

  8. My tub recently had the Transformer burn up and the heater element broke up. The spa pack plastic bottom that the heater mounts to melted. It looks like there is 120v going to one of the heater element power studs. as soon as the breaker is turned on. This is before the pump even turns on. It is a 5.5 kw through flow 15 heater. It doesn't seem that there should be any power going to the heater at all before the pump even kicks on. Help?

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    I purchased a Master Spa down east / Windsor model new in 2009. It installed easy enough and was very enjoyable to use. Our tub has a stereo with sub woofer and pop up and front end speakers. This worked good the first year til the water proof remote panel failed. The forth year the circulation pump failed $185.00 later we were good to go. This year the heater failed ($135.00 ) and the stereo power supply failed , I decided i don't need the stereo. October 2014 I filled the tub for the season and the blaster foot jet ( very nice) pump and half of the main jets and waterfall wont run. I'm starting to think this is too much work to keep this tub running. I don't know what the trouble is with my blaster jet yet but will post findings :(

  9. For many homeowners, the task of getting the roof replaced is the one they put off. It's a big investment and a complicated project with a lot of hard decisions to make. The good news is that if done right, it's something homeowners won't have to go through again for a very long time. Here's a look at five tips to make a roof replacement go a little bit smoother.

    Choose the right contractor

    Your new roof will only be as good as the contractor you hire to install it. Improper installation can void the warranty on your new roof so it's important that you hire someone who has the proper training to install it. Make sure your roofer is experienced with the type of roof you are having installed. You can check with the Better Business Bureau and local building suppliers to see if your potential roofer has a proven track record.

    Don't forget about ventilation

    Ventilation is an important part of the roofing system. An improperly ventilated roof can cause a lot of problems for your new roof. It will likely lead to you needing a new roof sooner than you should. Improperly ventilated roofs can become extremely hot in the summer causing the shingles to dry out and even crack. In the winter improper ventilation can lead to ice damming which can cause water to get pushed up underneath the shingles. During a roof replacement is a good time to check the ventilation.

    Replace or fix related damaged items

    When your roof is replaced, certain parts of your roofing system are not replaced. Roof flashing, the fascia, and the rain gutters aren't typically replaced during a roof replacement. These are important parts of your roofing system however and they may be damaged. If your flashing or rain gutters are compromised, it could effect the lifespan of your new roof. While you're having your roof replaced, it's a good idea to repair or replace any aspect of your roofing system that is damaged.

    Be involved in the roofing project

    As the homeowner it's important that you be involved in the roofing project. That doesn't mean you have to be on the roof watching every move the roofers make but you should at least be an informed decision maker. You should have received and looked over a written contract for the roofing project. You should be clear on the details of the project. If you have any questions you shouldn't be afraid to talk to the contractor.

    Maintain your new roof

    Now that you've invested in your new roof, you will naturally want to get the most out of it. You maximize the lifespan of your roof by properly maintaining it. It's recommended that you inspect your roof twice a year in the spring and in the fall. Watch for any damaged or missing shingles and for moss or algae. Regularly clean out your rain gutters and clear away any debris that might accumulate on your roof. Trim back trees that hang over your roof. Quickly replace any shingles that become damaged.

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    Source: philly.com/philly/blogs/philadelphia-real-estate/10-tips-for-replacing-your-roof.html

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    Our entry pic is just the start of our problems with this company. First before I address the photo- Mr. Ken Kitchell NEVER ordered final inspections for the gas heater to our pool nor the electrical work that was done. He let town and never returned. HE REFUSES to answer calls from us nor our attorney's letter.

    We live in Charlotte NC- after getting DUPED by one of his stupid FACEBOOK ads. REMEMBER- if it is too good to be true- it probably is. In addition to the lack of permits being finalized... TWO months after install,,,,our side concrete starting cracking in THREE places and they are significant to have to remove it all- 20 feet worth or more and the ground is eroding. This is because the do not know how to grade.

    Mr. Ken Kitchell and his "POOL SPA and Store is literally a temporary turn key company that takes money from homeowners without the complete process of a pool done to completion. You will spend an additional $5-$10k like we are having to do now for his negligence. His "employees"- could be contractors do not know how to grade- and that is obvious from our entry photo.

    If you do not want to get stuck with a nightmare like we have, I recommend that you go to www.bbb.org and find a REPUTABLE pool company there. YOU WILL NOT FIND this company or Mr. Ken Kitchell on the BBB anywhere..... for a reason