Closing Time: Part 2 - Draining Water From Your Pool

  Summer is ending, winter is near, and the pool season is coming to a close. Pool maintenance in the winter is really easy if you close your pool right. Whether that means draining some of the water before you cover it or completely tearing it down and putting it away depends on the pool that you have. If you’re...

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Closing Time: Part 1 - The Prep: What to do 1 week before

STEP 1: BALANCE YOUR WATER     We know, it’s hard to say goodbye to summer. The warm sun on your skin, the pool parties and barbecues, fighting to keep your pool clean and blue...wait, let’s forget about the last one, because next summer you’ll have Sutro helping you out! The last thing we want to do is kick off...

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The Smart Way to Open Your Smart Pool This Spring

Spring is nearly here and that means it's time to start preparing to open your pool from its winter rest. You know you'll want to jump right in on that first warm day, so start the preparations soon and get your pool ready to enjoy! 1. Removing Your Pool's Cover You covered your pool over the winter for a reason:...

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Making Your Pool a Smartpool

Automation and remote monitoring are the wave of the future, all brought to us by the "Internet of Things" that has Silicon Valley's investors and the world's media all a-twitter. Our homes can adjust their own thermostats, lock and unlock doors, and even run a bath at the perfect temperature with just the click of a few buttons on a...

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Wi-Fi or Pool Guy? Making Pool and Hot Tub Maintenance Easy

Owning a pool or hot tub/spa is a lot of fun, but maintaining them isn't always easy.  Large bodies of water—even when they're only as big as a hot tub—are prime breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria and algae. Without proper chemical dosing, filtration, ozonation, and other pool maintenance needs, your pool or hot tub will quickly become a...

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El Niño and Pool Care: What You Need to Know

The rain that's been dropped on California recently is a mixed blessing. The drought-stricken state has been in need of this moisture for years, and the current onslaught of precipitation will do a fair amount to build up reservoirs, lakes, and other supplies and waterways. Yet the suddenness and severity of El Niño has also created dangers of flash floods, landslides,...

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