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Water Safety Tips if You Have Children In or Around your Pool and Spa

Simple Steps Keep Everyone Safe




National Water Safety Month kicks off in May and we want to remind our pool and spa owners to be aware of how to make their water spaces safe for people of all ages.


Adding as many proven water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe and fun experience, because you never know which one might save a child’s life—until it does. Basically, keeping safe breaks down into two main areas: keeping the kids safe and making the area safe.


Keeping the Kids Safe:

Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors


Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency


Keeping the Pool and Spa area Safe:

Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa

  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas
  • You can also add a gate alarm and/or door alarm to alert you when children are potentially going near the water. New York State requires you to have an alarm for your pool
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask us if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm


At Pettis Pools & Patio we take safety very seriously. If you have any questions about how to implement any of these tips, stop in or give us a call. We are happy to help you out!


Earn Bonus Bucks at Pettis Pools & Patio this Spring!

It’s Bonus Bucks Time!

Spend $50 or more pre-tax and receive $10 off during your next visit!

When you spend $50 or more pre-tax at either store location between Thursday, March 27th and Sunday, April 6 you’ll receive $10 in Bonus Bucks. You can redeem your Bonus Bucks between Monday, April 7th and Sunday, April 13th on any pre-tax purchase of $10 or more.

The fine print: Pettis Bonus Bucks are not legal tender. Offer is nontransferable. Customer will receive $10 in Pettis Bonus Bucks for any single transaction $50 or greater but may only earn one coupon per day. Pettis Bonus Bucks can be earned on sale, regular and clearance-priced merchandise but excludes the purchase of Gift Cards. Pettis Bonus Bucks may not be redeemed as price adjustments on prior purchases or to purchase Gift Cards. If merchandise purchased earning a Pettis Bonus Bucks coupon is subsequently returned, the Pettis Bonus Bucks coupon will be void if said return causes the initial purchase that earned the coupon to fall below $50.

SilkBalance for Spas: Softens and Conditions Skin—Simply!

A Relaxing Silky Soft Water Spa Experience




SilkBalance is a new spa water care system we are introducing to the Greater Rochester area. We first saw SilkBalance at the International Pool and Spa Expo and after months of research and using Silk Balance ourselves we are excited to make it available to you.


SilkBalance™ is a spa water care treatment program specially formulated to:

  • Leave your skin silky & soft
  • Be easy to use
  • Be a one step process, add one measure
  • Provide crystal clear water
  • Provide a refreshing scent
  • Provide continuous pure water quality
  • Be safer for the environment
  • Prevent dangerous bacteria build up

In a nutshell, SilkBalance reduces sanitizer usage significantly through its self-adjusting water care formulation that requires only one application per week. It automatically balances the water’s pH, Alkalinity, and Calcium hardness. Also, you literally just shake and pour—no measuring is required. Think of the time you’ll save.


How it works:

Silk Balance is formulated with a unique Dispersion Technology (DT) to clean away dirt, soil, dust, debris, inanimate scum, inanimate nutrients, inanimate organic particulates, or inanimate contaminants. It inhibits buildup of stains and minerals in the plumbing lines and equipment of your spa. By thinning the “skin” or surface tension of the water, it further helps maintain hygiene and safer water, with stable pH and alkalinity.


Once introduced, SilkBalance immediately begins to adjust the water’s properties, removing excess minerals and metals, which if allowed to build up over time can be detrimental to filters and pumps. Traditional methods allow debris to build up throughout the plumbing system, and increase organic deposits over time that can decrease water quality.


SilkBalance™ was also formulated to be mild on your skin and contains mineral salts that leave your skin feeling silky smooth and invigorated. It does not leave a lingering odor of strong chemicals but rather a clear refreshing wonderful water scent.


The end result—no dry skin!

SilkBalance is a great alternative for those suffering from various skin conditions by providing a soothing relief. It does not irritate sensitive skin, yet it still is strong enough to keep the water fresh and clean. Even the annoying smell of chemicals is replaced by a clean fresh water scent. You won’t ever find yourself stepping out of your spa feeling “dry” or itchy.

We invite you to “Soak in Silk.”

Stop in at either on of our Pettis Pools & Patio stores and learn more about SilkBalance for your spa.


Custom Cut Sauna Kudos!

Custom Cut Finnleo Sauna by Pettis Pools & Patio

Custom Cut Finnleo Sauna by Pettis Pools & Patio

A note from one of our customers:

“I would like to say a few words regarding the purchase of our Finnleo sauna. We had it built/installed by Pettis Pools & Patio last fall after deciding on the purchase at the August State Fair. It took several weeks of decision-making on the details of our custom sauna, but Rob Neal and Julie Pettis made it easy and exciting.
We absolutely love our sauna and all the careful choices we made. It is spacious, comfortable and simply beautiful to look at, both outside and inside.

The choice of wood was perfect and very comfortable, even in intense heat. The fragrance of wood is wonderfully soothing and evident as soon as the door is opened.

We purchased the sound system and chromotherapy light system. Both of these choices contribute to a purely tranquil and almost spiritual experience! It was a pleasure to do business with your company.”                                                                                                                                                                                               —Linda and Joe C

Custom Cut Sauna

Custom Cut Sauna

New Season, New Products at Pettis Pools & Patio-Part Two: Soundcast Outdoor Speakers

What’s that awesome sound? It’s coming from our newest outdoor sound powerhouses, the OutCast Jr. by Soundcast.  This music system is easy-to-use and absolutely dynamite! Our very own president, Julie Pettis, loves hers and can probably spend ten minutes telling you, from the heart, just how fabulous it is. Ask her yourself.


However, if you prefer reading to talking, here are the details.

Outcast Jr.

About the Outcast Jr.

This is a powerful, yet compact and portable wireless music system delivering omni-directional performance with pure, flawless, uninterrupted sound. It is weather-resistant, with a broadcast range of up to 300 feet. This powerful wireless speaker receives transmissions via Bluetooth through walls, floors, and ceilings without the hassle of running wires. We can literally fill our entire store with beautiful music when we turn our demo unit on—it’s like an instant backyard party (or symphony hall depending on who is choosing the music)! The battery life is around 15 hours, not too shabby…



  • Weather Resistant
  • Built-in Keypad Controls
  • Incredible 360º Sound
  • 15 Hour Built-in Rechargeable Battery
  • Works with BlueCast Bluetooth™ receiver
  • 12-Volt Automotive Adapter
  • 6” Woofer and 60 watts of audio power
  • Comfort Carrying Handle
  • Built-in AUX input port


About the Melody

Melody delivers omni-directional, beautifully precise sound with the latest Bluetooth® v3.0 technology from Soundcast’s portable all-weather music system. Stream your music wirelessly as you enjoy, party, and live your life. Go places, with Melody.



  • Weather Resistant Design
  • Incredible 360º Sound
  • Stream via Bluetooth
  • 20 Hour Built-in Rechargeable Battery
  • CD-Quality Audio with Apt-X and AAC Built-in
  • Built-in Keypad Controls
  • Comfort Carrying Handle
  • 12-volt Automotive adapter
  • Built-in AUX Input Port

 Stop in for a listen. We know you’ll be impressed. Get ready to take your outdoor audio to a whole new level at Pettis Pools & Patio.

Try Pettis’ Own Chemicals for Peace of Mind and Quality

Our founders, Larry and Erma Pettis, were conscientious business owners who always sought the best products for our customers. Nowadays, the “chemicals” coming in from overseas manufacturers are loaded with filler and additives and it goes against what we stand for. Cheap doesn’t mean better, and in this case, it can sometimes be dangerous.


We have developed our own line of Pettis-branded spa chemicals that are manufactured to our exacting specifications. We were able to accomplish offering a competitive price without resorting to “junking it up” with fillers. By creating our own label we know the source, we know everything going in, and we can consistently control product quality. This way we can offer you the very best quality at a price you can afford.


Not every company is willing to take the extra step of creating something themselves to create value for their customers—but we are. Next time you’re in either one of our Pettis Pools & Patio stores, take a look at our line of Pettis spa chemicals—the ones you can feel great about using!

New Season, New Products at Pettis Pools & Patio-Part One: Pawleys Island Hammocks

We’re always on the lookout for great products to offer to our customers. This season we are adding several outdoor lifestyle accessories we wanted to highlight in more detail on our blog.


Pawleys Island Hammocks

We first saw these in Chicago at the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market show.  They have such an interesting company story, you might like to take a second and learn about them—no other company can boast of 100 years of hammock tradition! Their quality is top-notch.

Pawleys Island Hammock

Pawleys Island Hammock


About Pawleys

The Pawleys story begins in 1889, with young South Carolina riverboat captain Joshua “Cap’n Josh” Ward, who was then having a tough time getting a good night’s sleep. Out of desperation, Cap’n Josh figured he’d give sleeping in a hammock a try, though the most common hammocks in his day were the fabric variety found on commercial and military ships, and didn’t offer much by way of improvement. Those maritime hammocks were small, hard to get into, cramped and prone to tipping. And because they were also made out of canvas, they felt rough, and were hot – sweaty hot.


Cap’n Josh thus turned his attentions to rope hammocks, figuring they’d have to allow for cooler sleeping. Unfortunately, the rope hammocks of his time were made from poor-quality hemp or manila rope, feeling like sandpaper against the skin. Not to mention they weren’t really all that sturdy, and had bulky, uncomfortable knots tied throughout.


So Cap’n Josh set out to create his own rope hammock, with his sights set on comfort instead. He began with heavy cotton rope, and then, rather than tying his ropes together in knots, he used a double-latch weave, where individual ropes pull against each other to produce a lattice-like design.

However, Cap’n Josh’s greatest contribution to the art of hammock-making has to be the spreader bar. He took slats from wooden oak storage barrels and sawed them to his selected size, boring holes in them at equal distances apart. He then threaded the holes with the rope ends from a standard mariner’s clew knot (the pretty triangular knot found at both ends of most hammocks), tying each threaded rope to a looped end of his woven hammock bed. This way, the only knots were away from the hammock bed itself.


In the many years since, the Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock has become the standard for what we now think of as the classic American hammock style – not to mention the best-known hammock brand in history! Almost any rope hammock you see today, no matter who makes it, is based on Cap’n Josh’s original design.


Why Pick Pawleys?

If the story above didn’t convince you, here are some other highlights about their hammocks…



Pawley’s weavers use a better-quality rope, and more of it, than you’ll find in other hammocks. Their hammock bodies a full 50 percent heavier than the majority of other rope hammocks on the market.



They use only highly nonabsorbent all-weather fabric that’s resistant to rot, mold, mildew, fading and staining.



  • White oak: They use gorgeous Southern hardwood for the hammock spreader bars, swings and rockers.
  • Superior drilling: They use a specially designed countersink drill for the rope holes in their hammock spreaders. Their drill holes also start wide, but then transition smoothly, with no hard angles, so the ropes passing through aren’t constantly wearing against sharp edges.
  • A lasting glow: The wood pieces are repeatedly hand-dipped in marine-grade varnish, for a warming honey glow that doubles as solid protection against the elements.


Hanging Hardware

The greatest stress on a hammock or swing falls on its hanging chains and rings. That’s why Pawleys uses zinc-plated hanging chains and other steel hardware that are among the heaviest in the industry. They are able to withstand greater sudden tension and more normal wear-and-tear.


Stop in and try one out for yourself at either one of our Pettis Pools & Patio locations. If you happen to find them so comfortable you doze off, don’t worry, we’ll wake you up before closing time!


MAAX Spa: Urban Series-Pure Relaxation Retreat

Designer Styled, Form Embraces Function


Pettis Pools is proud to announce the arrival of the Maax Collection 581, the first spa in the Urban Series.  Maax Spa has set out to develop a new look in spa design combining all of the hydrotherapy features of the Maax Collection in a spa that matches the design esthetic of a modern backyard.


“Urban backyard design has really evolved over the last decade. And a standard hot tub dropped into these manicured spaces can be really out of place,” says Emil Nygard, VP of Sales and Marketing at MAAX Spas. “We started the development of the Urban Series with the question: What would a spa that matches the most modern urban backyards look like? It calls for straight, clean lines, minimalistic design and the flexibility for homeowners to integrate the spa with his or her modern space.


The 581 Spa by MAAX Spas provides a therapeutic hydrotherapy massage and offers all the benefits of today’s portable hot tubs. Its physician-designed Zone Therapy™ utilizes 51 strategically positioned hydrotherapy jets to target specific pain-trigger points in the neck, back and thighs.


The interior of the Urban Series offers seating for five and includes a zero gravity lounge with a Foot Relief Zone®.  It features two deep bucket seats connected by a raised conversation area. In addition, automatic cleaning and sanitizing systems make cleaning and maintaining your spa a simple task.


The exterior showcases the most striking feature, an illuminated  “exhibition edge” with 4 corner fountains. The exhibition edge can be customized with design elements like polished rocks, sea glass or artificial greenery to match the design themes of the backyard. The Urban Series Spa easily becomes a focal point when the illuminated fountains are on—day or night.

Urban Spa at night

Urban Spa at night


The Urban Series is the first to use Bluetooth technology for the stereo system. All of your music can play wirelessly from your MP3 or smartphone. They easily communicate with the spa’s on-board waterproof stereo speakers, including a subwoofer under the shell so you can feel the music.


The Urban Series offers a modern, sleek spa design unlike any other while still providing the best hydrotherapy for you and your family designed by MAAX Spa. Feel free to stop in at Pettis Pools & Patio’s East Rochester location and see the Urban Series in person. It’s like no spa you’ve ever seen before!

Spa Filter Cleaning-A Pro’s How-To Methods

It’s very important to keep your spa filer clean so we’ve assembled a handy how-to to help you handle this job!

Cartridge Filters are the most common filters in spas and a very important component in keeping your spa water clear. The cartridges are made with a fine, pleated mesh material (usually dacron). The pleats are the key to the filter’s operation. The tight pleats, or folds, allow for a large amount of material to be used in a small container. The more material used, the larger the surface area available to capture unwanted dirt or debris in the water. This is measured by the square feet of the cartridge;  the higher the number, the more material used, the better that cartridge is going to perform.

Spa filter

Spa filter

Since the life of a filter is a tough and important one, it’s best to prepare your filter by following a few simple maintenance rules;

Make sure that the spa runs for at least one hour each day to ensure good water circulation and turnover of the spa water (even if no one is using the spa that day). This provides sufficient filtering time for most spas. Also make sure you add Spa Perfect or Pettis Oil Eater (both great natural enzyme products) to the spa once per week, as this assists in filtering and cuts down significantly on waterline issues.

How often your filter cartridge needs replacing is dependent on a number of factors; the size of the filter, how often it’s cleaned, how much the spa is used and how much debris gets into the water. Generally a filter needs to be replaced every 12 to 18 months, or if you notice any of the following; either of the plastic ends are cracked, fabric pleats separating from the plastic ends or cleaning it doesn’t appear to get it any cleaner. Decreased water clarity even though you’re adding proper chemicals or a musty odor can also be indicative of needing to replace your filter.

How often the filter needs to be cleaned also depends on the size of the filter, how much the spa is used and how much debris gets into the water. Generally portable or self contained spas should have their filters chemically cleaned once a month and rinsed weekly. The best way to clean them is to blast them with a hose fitted with a high pressure nozel. Don’t use any cleaning products not especially designed for cleaning filter cartridges. If your fitter is very dirty, it can be soaked over night using Baquaspa Filter Cleaner. For monthly maintenance cleaning we recommend BaquaSpa Spray & Rinse Filter Cleaner. Simply spray your filter, let it set for 15 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. Both of these cleaners dissolve body oils that don’t rinse off with a simple hose.

Make sure to use some type of floating oil absorbing sponge (like our ” floating beach ball“) in your spa, as these will greatly reduce the amount of oils that get into your filter. Remember also clean and replace them when they deteriorate.

Do not use any soap based cleaners on your spa or the filter, and don’t use car wax on your spa. Cleaners designed for spas, like “303 Vinyl Protectant” work the best.

Make sure you maintain proper water chemistry at all times. Filters are good, but they’re not miracle workers and cannot actually kill off algae or bacteria ! Use a reliable test kit.

It’s also not a bad idea to have two filters and use them on an alternating basis. Switching them so that they may be cleaned thoroughly without losing the use of your spa is very convenient.

Try to shower before using your spa. The worst enemies of filters are, hair spray, mousse or styling gel, deodorant or anti-perspirant, sun tan lotion, excess sweat and skin creams of any sort. In conclusion, it’s most important to keep oils or soaps of any kind out of your spa—remember, a spa is not a bath.

Following these simple, handy suggestions will greatly add to the clarity of your spa water, and keep your filter working for months and months. If you have any questions give us a call at either Pettis Pools & Patio location.

Introducing New Saunas by Finnleo

They Take Relaxation to a New Level

At the International Pool & Spa Expo in Las Vegas, Finnleo introduced several new products  including new room designs and finishes. Let’s take a peek at them.

New Sauna Releases:

  • The Seaside sauna is designed to recreate the feeling of sitting “seaside” and relaxing on a comfortable reclining bench or chair while enjoying the warm embrace of the sauna. We tried this out firsthand at the show and the seats are amazingly comfortable!


  • The Serenity’s interior upgrade includes many elegant design features, like two-tone Western Red Cedar and Abachi wood for luxurious looks. It has a curved, molded bench seat for maximum comfort, special lighting and seating arrangements, foot rests and many more.


  • Twillight


    The Twilight is the newest addition to Finnleo’s Designer Series. This sauna includes elegant design features such as contemporary glass-to-glass corner, luxury backrests, recessed LED Lighting, and accented wood features inside and out. The lighting, in particular, caught our eyes—it is just beautiful and can, indeed, mimic the feel of the sun going down on a beautiful summer evening with purples and a warm glow.


About Finnleo:

Finnleo® is the market leader and has the most complete line of traditional and infrared saunas. From entry level portable saunas, to deluxe custom saunas with custom lighting, custom benching and multiple wood choices and styles, Finnleo® has a sauna for every taste and budget.


We are the only dealer in the Greater Rochester region for Finnleo products and we would love to help you learn more about the ways a sauna will benefit your lifestyle by bringing many health benefits in addition to relaxation your way. Stop in at our East Rochester store to see our large display area and ask our sauna experts all your questions.


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