Out of luck

33069200 - chicago green river during saint patrick daySt. Patrick’s Day is coming March 17. If you’re thinking of throwing a little holiday soiree in your Skovish backyard spa, go ahead and sing a few rounds of “Oh, Danny Boy.” Make a batch of Guiness beer cheese dip. And dance a jig.

Just be aware that the luck of the Irish will run out when you start entertaining the idea of turning your spa’s water green for the occasion.

Yes, there are so-called safe vegetable dyes–for example, those used to turn the Chicago River green–but you’ll pay the price for a passing fancy.

Just say no for the following reasons:

  • It will upset your hot tub’s chemical balance.When you put your chlorine and pH levels out of whack, you’re asking for trouble. Bacteria infestations can occur, especially if you have a number of people sharing the tub.
  • If you worry about chlorine turning your hair green, you’ll worry even more about the lasting effects of green dye in spa water. Swimsuits, hair, skin, spa equipment and wet footprints from that mad dash to the indoor bathroom will all be green. Where do we begin? And who do you think will handle all of the post-party clean-up?
  • You could damage your spa and pool equipment. Is it really worth the risk?

A possible alternative is to turn your LED lighting to green and let it safely set the mood. Remember that Guinness beer cheese dip? Click here for the recipe!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Salt Water Hot Tubs

Salt Water Hot TubsIf you’ve ever jumped in a pool or hot tub in Shickshinny, you are likely all too familiar with chlorine. A potentially nasty chemical, chlorine is typically necessary to keep-clean the water in pools and hot tubs. Lately, however, a new type of hot tub has been increasing in popularity, as owners search for a chemical-free sanitation method. Although they’re not perfect, we’ve seen a rise in salt water hot tubs as an alternative. Continue reading “Salt Water Hot Tubs”

Indoor Pools – Everything You Need To Know

Indoor Pools – Everything You Need To KnowIf you are an avid swimmer in Shickshinny or Luzerne, chances are you frequently face a problem this time of year – where do you swim?! Even if it’s been a somewhat mild winter, chances are, your favorite outdoor pool has been covered for the winter. At best, you may be able to find an indoor pool at your local gym. While these may be good for swimming laps, the smell of chlorine and splashing of children may make it a tad difficult to achieve your necessary R&R. Luckily, indoor pool construction is now more achievable than ever. Continue reading “Indoor Pools – Everything You Need To Know”

Accessorize Your Pool

35556680 - bright beach accessories on pool backgroundThink about it for a minute: If your new Skovish pool or spa is the little black dress of your backyard getaway, what’s going to make it really stand out?

C’mon, ladies, you know this one: It’s time to accessorize!

A mug of steaming hot chocolate and a warm, plush towel within reach completes the picture around your winter spa. Doesn’t the image of sunglasses, a floppy hat and a good book leave you hungry for a poolside escape?

Fortunately, at Skovish Pools and Spas, we’ve got your back. Our Backyard Place staffers look far and wide to stock our retail stores in Luzerne and Shickshinny with the accessories you’ll need to fully enjoy your pool and spa.

Here are few accessories to consider as winter winds down:

  • We love our toys! We like to play in the water, whether it involves goggles and swim fins or floating basketball hoops. Although each season is sure to bring some new rendition of pool fun to the market–have you ever heard of the Swimline sphere?–it’s hard to beat the simple joy of a beach ball. Remember to tell your Skovish pool designers that playing games is a top priority for your family. That will help them decide on the appropriate depth for your pool.
  • Sometimes, we just want to sit back and enjoy it all. That’s easy enough in a spa–don’t fall asleep!–but we’ve got some poolside options, too. Whether you’re sharing a brunch at your patio table set or floating the afternoon away in total comfort, we have the accessories to make it happen.
  • Soak up the benefits of pool technology and products. That’s especially true if your pool-closet includes a robotic pool cleaner and an automation system that allows you to control it all with the push of a button. With Hayward on board and with our full line of LeisureTime spa chemicals, we can help you put everything in place.

Stop by our stores for even more ideas. Our Luzerne location, at 369 Main, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Shickshinny, located at 10 East Union, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday.

The Way To Anyone’s Heart Is A Hot Tub

The Way To Anyone’s Heart Is A Hot Tub Is it ever too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day? After the New Year hits, things quiet down and the weather is cold and snowy; especially in Northern P.A. So to pass the time, why not plan a romantic Valentine’s Day surprise for your honey? If you have a hot tub in Luzerne, you’re 90% of the way there since the way to almost anyone’s heart is a hot tub. Consider a few hot-tub-date ideas to show your Valentine the love this year. Continue reading “The Way To Anyone’s Heart Is A Hot Tub”