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Warm Water Wellness

Taking a break and slipping into a hot tub can’t be beat! The warm water soothes your tired muscles and nerves and your mind unwinds. Studies show the benefits of warm-water immersion extend far beyond just relaxing at home. This type of therapy is popular in aquatic facilities and has strong research support when it comes to easing joint discomfort, promoting better sleep and muscle relaxation.

“The effects of aquatic immersion are profound, and impact virtually every body system,” said Dr. Bruce Becker, director of the National Aquatic & Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University.

Dr. Becker’s research has been instrumental in understanding the crucial benefit of warm-water immersion – balancing the autonomic nervous system – an effect that seems to be at the core of a variety of benefits. This system helps individuals adapt to changes in the environment and affects vital functions, such as heart rate, digestion and respiration. The sympathetic nervous system, which reacts to stress, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes calm, ideally strive to be in balance. This is where a hot tub is important because you get a meaningful autonomic response in a period longer than ten minutes. In fact, longer periods in the bubbly water can lead to more relaxation—just don’t stay so long you turn into a fish!

“All our subjects saw a drop in blood pressure and an increase in circulation,” said Dr. Becker.

Let the Water Do the Work

Just being in water creates buoyancy while hydrostatic pressure decreases pain.

It also increases circulation by assisting the heart and decreasing blood pooling in extremities.

Water also provides excellent resistance for toning exercises. The higher viscosity of water makes muscles work harder when compared to doing the same exercises on land.


The physical benefits of aquatic therapy are incredible—and so are the psychosocial benefits. Being in water can reduce stress and anxiety, increase one’s ability to concentrate, enhance a feeling of well-being and confidence, and allow a person in pain to find their center of calm.

We invite you to stop in and learn more about the many spa models we carry—at Pettis Pools & Patio we can help you find the best one for your needs and budget.

It’s time to get your Warm Water Wellness On!

5 O'Clock Spa

5 O’Clock Spa

Holiday Coupon, Specials and Hours-2014

Special Savings for our Customers!

Pettis Pools and Patio, Greece, NY location

Pettis Pools and Patio, Greece, NY location

Use this special coupon by December 20th for your savings!

Whether it’s time to stock up on spa supplies, surprise that special someone with a great gift, or get ready for a relaxing winter with spa accessories…use our coupon and save!

In-Store Specials:
10% off spa cover lifters, cover shelves and handrails!

Favorite Holiday Gifts from Pettis Pools & Patio:

  • Spa Fragrances
  • Rubber Duckies
  • Spa Pillows
  • Tray Tables
  • Floating Bars
  • Floating Lights
  • Spa Cover Lifters
  • Waterproof iPod/MP3 Cases
  • Spa Booster Seats

Holiday Hours:
East Rochester Location-December
M-F 10-6
Sat. 9-5
Sun. 12-4

Hilton Location
Monday through Thursday 9-6
Friday and Saturday 9-5
Sun. 12-4

Both stores are closed from December 21st to January 3rd. We open January 4th with our regular hours. Everyone at Pettis Pools & Patio wishes you a safe, happy and relaxing holiday season!

Instructions for Winter Storage of Your Patio Furniture

As the cooler weather arrives, it’s time to think about protecting your patio furniture throughout the winter months. Our staff has put together five surefire ways to keep your furniture at its best!homepage_featured

  1. Clean off all of the dirt and grime built up over the last 6 months or more. We recommend 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner. Use a sponge with the mild scrubby side to loosen soil.
  2. Let the furniture dry completely before storing. Inspect the frames for any nicks or scratches in the paint and touch up before putting away. Replace nylon glides if necessary so you’ll be all ready to go in the spring. Now is also a great time to put a coating of 303 Protectant on your frames.
  3. Bring the furniture inside if possible for the winter. If not possible, bring cushions, pillows, and umbrellas in for safe keeping. Cover the rest of your furniture with our awesome line of patio furniture covers. Stop in our stores for details.
  4. Tie the covers onto the furniture so they do not blow away in harsh winds. Tying the covers down will also keep water and snow from blowing onto the surface of the furniture.
  5. Brush off all of the snow collecting on the furniture throughout the winter months. As the snow melts, water has an uncanny knack of finding its way into the furniture, potentially causing damage when it freezes again.

Stop in and we’ll be happy to answer any specific care questions you may have. At Pettis Pools & Patio, we are always at your service!

Cold Climate Pool Closing tips

Make sure you follow these tips to keep your pool in the best condition

 Pool Ready to Close

We put together this quick checklist to use as a reference when you close up for the season. Remember, properly closing your pool for the winter saves you time and money when you reopen in spring. Try to close your pool as soon as the weather turns cool to ensure it is protected from possible freeze damage.



  1. Pool must be thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned. Dirt and debris left in the pool over long periods of inactivity can cause staining and be much harder to clean in the spring.
  1. Pool water must be at the proper pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness levels.
  2. Chlorinated pools must be shocked with a heavy dose of shock and a Winterizing kit used.  Baquacil Pools should have the normal monthly dose of Oxidizer added a day or two before closing so it may circulate. After lowering the water, add double the algaecide dose and the necessary “top-up” dose of Sanitizer.
  3. Filters (sand, DE, cartridge) must be flushed and chemically cleaned with a chemical Filter Cleaner.


Winterizing Day:

  • Remove all deck equipment (ladders, handrails, pool alarms, etc.) and store.
  • Skimmers: Water level should be lowered below skimmer face plate.

If you are in a high water table area, this recommendation may be modified. See store for details.

  • Remove baskets and weirs. In-Ground Pools pour a non-toxic pool antifreeze in skimmer. Never use automobile anti-freeze – it contains additives that can stain and damage the pool liner.
  • Plug skimmer in-ground pools skimmers with a “Gizzmo” acts as a plug and an ice compensator. Above-Ground pools either lower the water level 4-6 inches below the skimmer or use a winterizing faceplate to seal off the skimmer.


  • In-ground Pools: All plumbing lines must be blown out, a non-toxic pool anti-freeze added and plugged. An air compressor or special vac is usually connected to the line at the pump to do this. Above-Ground Pools: remove all hoses and store them inside. It is very important that if water gets into the skimmer that it can drain out of the hole in the bottom of the skimmer.


The filter tank must be completely drained and the pressure gauge removed.

The safest thing to do with the pump and motor is to remove them and store where they won’t freeze. Otherwise, all moisture must be removed.

The filter multiport should be placed in the “winter” position. If there is no such marked position on your filter, then the handle should be left in between any two positions.

Heaters and More

  • If you have a heater on your pool, it must be properly drained and fuel shut off. (See manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • An in-line chlorinator or mineral system must have the winter drain plug removed. (See manufacturer’s recommendations)
  • Cover pool. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations. If water tubes are placed around the perimeter, they should be filled only 2/3 full to allow for ice expansion. Above-Ground pools tighten the cable and use cover clips to hold covers down.

If you have questions, be sure to stop in and we’ll be happy to help you!

Caring for Your Patio Furniture

Keep Your Investment Protected and in Top Shape


Here are some care tips from our furniture pros. They will help keep your furniture in great shape for a long life. If you have any questions, please give us a call-at Furniture , helping people is what we’re here for!



The life of your patio furniture fabric largely depends on its care. Clean all spills promptly. The life of the fabric can be extended by simply rinsing down your patio furniture with water.


Be aware, certain suntan and sun block products may permanently discolor any fabric. This possibility can be minimized by immediately cleaning after contact or laying a towel down. In addition, storing the cushions when not in use will extend cushion life.



Prepare a cleaning solution with ¼ cup (2oz.) mild liquid soap in a gallon of lukewarm water (no warmer than 100° F / 38° C). Clean fabric with the solution using a sponge or soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Allow to air dry. We carry a fantastic product called 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner that you can use on your frames and fabrics. Highly recommended! 32oz. bottle for $19.99 or 16oz. for $11.99. Also consider our 303 Indoor/Outdoor Living Protectant.

16 oz. bottle only $11.99.


Hint: Standing a cushion on its side will help it drain faster.


Caution: Certain suntan and sun block products contain “PABA”. PABA is harmful to fabric and can permanently discolor it; therefore, contact with cushions or slings should be avoided. If contact is made, cleaning the fabric immediately with a non-abrasive, mild soap and water solution followed by a fresh water rinse may minimize the possibility of discoloration. Laying a beach towel over the cushions or slings of outdoor furniture whenever you are using the furniture will prolong the fabric life.


A Quick List of Don’ts:

  • Do not use a bleach solution unless specifically listed as a cleaning agent for the specific fabric, such as for solution dyed acrylics or most sling fabrics.
  • Do not submerse or allow cushions to lie in standing water.
  • Do not put cushions into the dryer.
  • Do not use harsh detergents or stiff bristle brushes.
  • Do not use Pine Oil cleaners or abrasive household cleaners.
  • Do not use heat or hot water.


Mildew may form on dirt or other substances deposited upon the fabric. Regular cleaning of the furniture will help to prevent its forming. If mildew does develop, add 1 cup bleach to the cleaning solution. Apply to the affected area and allow to soak in. Scrub with a soft bristle brush, then rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary. For stubborn mildew stains, use a household mildew remover – test in an inconspicuous location first. PLEASE FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS.



Always close market umbrellas and patio umbrellas in their stands when not in use and always use a weighted stand of 50lbs. or more. All umbrellas must always be closed and removed from service in windy conditions to protect umbrellas against damage from inclement weather, and to protect persons from potential injury due to umbrellas toppling or moving in such conditions. If market umbrellas or patio umbrellas become wet, open for a complete airing and make certain they are thoroughly dry before closing.


Occasional lubrication of the moving parts of market umbrellas and patio umbrellas with a silicon lubricant spray is recommended.


Caution: Do NOT gel lubricant on fabric or finish.



Regularly tighten all hardware to avoid loosening which can lead to bolt failure and product breakage. Replace missing hardware (remove product from service until repaired). Regularly tighten the headrest bolts on all chaise lounges and recliners. Confirm movement is smooth without binding and that the ratchet engages properly at each position. Check bottom of all frames to be certain all nylon glides are firmly in place and contact us if your glides need replacing. We carry a large supply and it’s very easy to do yourself.


Painted Finishes

Painted Finishes are used on aluminum seating, wrought iron, tables and umbrellas. Periodically clean the finish with a sponge or soft bristle brush using 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid using abrasive cleaners. For gloss finishes, we recommend periodic waxing of the frame with a high-grade automotive paste wax or the use of our 303 Protectant to help maintain and/or restore the luster of the finish. Wrought iron, in particular, will begin to rust if the finish is scratched so we recommend touching it up as soon as possible. We carry a large selection of touch-up paint at our East Rochester store.

Pettis Pools & Patio Introduces Our Exclusively-designed 5 O’Clock Spas

Our own spa line at a very attractive price point

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We meet lots of people who are seeking the benefits of a home spa at a value price point. This year, we had the unique opportunity to develop our own line of spas for people who are excited to purchase a spa but may not have found the quality or features they desire within their budget. Our 5 O’Clock Spas are built for us by Watkins Manufacturing in Vista, California; they are the makers of Hot Springs and Caldera Spas and they have years of expertise to bring to the table.


Since we were starting from scratch we asked ourselves what features our Pettis customers would be looking for, here is our feature list:


Energy-efficient: The water is warmed using thermal friction heat generated by the pump to warm the water. This means there is no separate heating element so they cost less to run and you will never be replacing your heater – the most common part to wear out in spas. Our spas are also fully foam insulated to hold their temperatures.

Affordable: Because the spas are energy-efficient they operate at a minimal monthly cost and meet or exceed the energy usage and performance requirements set by the California Energy Commission (CEC). Also, we have worked hard to keep our price points for purchase as low as possible. Starting at just $2795 they are easy on most budgets.

Portable: At roughly half the weight of acrylic hot tubs, 5 O’Clock spas are easier to move. We recommend 2-3 people help out. A furniture dolly is also handy for moving the spa.

115V Plug-in ready: The 5 O’Clock spa can be plugged into any standard, dedicated 115v (15 amp) outlet (although a 20 amp is fine too).

Plug-n-Play: You don’t need to install a special electric line and there is no need for a concrete platform or worrying about meeting code with your electric. Just plug into your outlet and get ready to relax! All models come with an inline GFCI as well.

Strategic Jet Placement: For optimum relaxing! We offer more jets than competitive models at these price points.509_with_steps


Our line has three models:

5:09-Seats 5, 9 jets, Multi-colored Led lights with digital control—small footprint, lots of interior space!


5:20-Molded seats for 4, 20 jets, Multi-colored Led lights with digital control—Individualized jet comfort!

520 girl adjusting valves

520 girl adjusting valves


5:27- Molded seats for 5, 27 jets, Waterfall feature, Multi-colored Led lights with digital control—just lean back, listen to the waterfall sounds and let go!


Each spa comes with ASTM-approved, high-quality cover with locking safety clips.


We hope you’ll stop in to learn more about 5 O’Clock Spas—our Pettis Pools & Patio brainchild built with our customers in mind!

How to Care for Pools after Heavy Rains

Rain, rain, go away…so the children’s song goes. In honor of the heavy rains in our area, we’ve put together a few care tips for your pool.

Waterdrops in poolHeavy rains inundate the pool with debris that can cause cloudy pools are act as a food source for algae.  It’s important to chemically treat the pool to prevent little problems from becoming big ones.
1)    If the pool’s water level is too high, up to or over the skimmer opening, run sand filter on “waste” until the water is at least 1 inch from the top of the skimmer opening.  The water will be discharging out your pool’s backwash hose, make sure to have the hose completely un-rolled and pointed to an area that you want to discharge a couple hundred gallons of water.  If there is debris in the pool vacuuming to waste it a great way to clean the pool and lower the water level at the same time.
2)    Test the pool water’s pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness or take about a pint of pool water to Pettis Pools for a computerized water analysis. Make adjustments as needed.
3)    Chlorine Pools will need to be shocked with a chlorine based shock like Turbo Shock. One bag per 10,000 gallons.
4)    Pools with a salt chlorine generator should  make sure the salt level is in range and then “boost” the pool.
5)    Baquacil pools should add the weekly dose of Oxidizer followed by the week dose of CDX. Make sure to top up the sanitizer if necessary.
If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to call or stop in either one of our Pettis Pools & Patio locations—helping you is what we’re here for!


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