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Home Spa Day: A How-to

A home spa day is about taking the time to relax and focus on yourself and if you are one of the lucky people with a Softub, 5 O’Clock Spa or MAAX Spa at home, you are in for some ultimate pampering! Try these steps and turn your hot tub into the ultimate in-home-spa experience.

Meditate in your spa

Meditate in your spa


Simply dimming the lights helps you be less aware of your surroundings and more inwardly focused. It creates a harmonious atmosphere to soothe the body, mind, and soul. If you don’t have your lights on a dimmer switch, try candlelight for a nice, warm glow.


Scented candles/incense

Aromatherapy can improve your physical and emotional well-being. Using certain scents such as lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, and mandarin help calm your nervous system and lower stress levels.

Relaxing Music

Music affects both thoughts and emotions. In fact, it has been proven that music helps lower blood pressure, anxiety levels, and even heart rate. Pick some of your favorite tranquil melodies to ease into a state of bliss.


Tips and tricks-make your own spa supplies

Loofah Scrub: Cut, fresh oranges in half and use the juicy side to slough dry skin off heels, knees, and elbows.


Essential oils: Here’s a good article about making your own essential oils.


Homemade spa recipes: This link has a whole host of ideas you can make with common ingredients.


Consider working in some light exercise

Here are a few of our favorites focusing on the head, shoulders and neck—where we carry much of our stress.


Neck: Sitting in your spa, gently try to lean your head toward your right shoulder then raise your head until it is in line with your body and repeat three times, then do the same for the left.


Shoulder and Neck: Sitting in the spa with your shoulders covered by water gently turn your head and neck five times to the left—and then once to the right. Stop for a minute then repeat but this time the other way round.


Shoulder Muscles: Sit in your spa with your shoulders under water and gently roll your shoulders backwards three times and then forward three times. Allow your arms to follow your gentle movements.


Don’t forget to set out your robe, fresh towels and slippers before you melt your stress away in your spa. Enjoy your home spa day and let your friends at Pettis Pools & Patio know all about it!

Rainy weather pool care

Baquacil logoRain, rain go away! As this has been a particularly rainy summer, we wanted to take a moment to talk about what happens to your pool water with all this rain. A rainy day may keep us out of the pool but unfortunately it brings a lot of stuff into the pool. Rain washes pollution, dust, and pollen out of the sky and into our swimming pools. These contaminants drop our chlorine levels which leaves our pool water unprotected. When the sanitizer (chlorine) level drops below the “ok range”, bacteria and algae are able to grow. This results in cloudy water or in more severe cases, a green pool. The effects of rain water is generally less in pools using the non-chlorine sanitizer Baquacil® CDX. The sanitizer level is much less likely to drop out of the “ok range” but should still be monitored during periods of heavy rain.

Clean pool, happy swimmers

Clean pool, happy swimmers

Our best plan of action is to shock the pool after any heavy rain storms. We have a choice to super chlorinate the water by adding a chlorine based shock, or to oxidize the water using a non-chlorine shock. If the chlorine level in the pool has dropped below 1ppm the best choice is a chlorine shock treatment like poolife® Turbo Shock. One bag of Turbo Shock treats up to 10,000 gallons of water so it’s a powerful and convenient choice. If the chlorine level is abovTurboShock Product Slidere 1ppm, or the pool has a salt chlorine generator, the non-chlorine shock is a great choice. This product oxidizes the organics and “used up” chlorine out of the water without spiking the chlorine level. This allows for swimming 20 minutes after adding and doesn’t lead to bleaching. One bag of poolife® Non-Chlorine Shock also treats 10,000 gallons. It is recommended that Baquacil pools add the weekly does of Baquacil Oxidizer and CDX after a heavy rain storm. It’s always advised to run the pool filter for a minimum of 24 hours after shocking/oxidizing the pool.

Rainwater’s acidic properties can also negatively affect your pool’s water chemistry. This can affect anything from the pH balance to alkalinity levels—and more.

In addition, if rainwater is coming off your landscape or deck it can change your water’s pH, total dissolved solids, calcium hardness, alkalinity and other chemical levels through the addition of contaminants into the pool. Because rainwater is generally acidic in this area, pool water can become corrosive and cause damage to plaster and metal parts of your pool. Make sure to test your pool water after a heavy rain event. Make any necessary adjustments after the chlorine level has been brought up. And as always, feel free to bring a water sample to either Pettis location for our complimentary water testing service. For best results, wait 48 hours to have the water tested after shocking the pool.

5 Potential Health Benefits of Pools & Hot Tubs From Pettis Pools & Patio

Splashing around in the pool is one of the best parts of summer, but pools aren’t just for playing Marco Polo and practicing the perfect cannonball—they can actually provide many health benefits for every member of the family. Pettis Pools and Patio has been serving the Rochester, NY, community since 1962, providing above-ground pools, in-ground pools, hot tubs, saunas, patio furniture, pool accessories and chemicals, and pool service. They aim to provide customers with the best selection of pools and hot tubs that can offer the following health benefits:

Stress Relief: Everyday stress builds up tension in the body’s muscles, but a soak in the hot tub or spa can help your muscles relax, resulting in increased energy and a clearer mind.

Weight Loss: Swimming workouts are a very efficient form of exercise. Try swimming laps or practicing aquatic stretches in the pool to burn up to 700 calories per hour.

Better Night’s Rest: With more than 60% of adults reporting trouble with sleep, a bathing ritual in a pool or warm hot tub can relax the body and soothe the mind, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.

Arthritis Treatment: Heated water can help loosen stiff joints and ease the pain that arthritis sufferers face. It can also decrease the discomfort caused by osteoarthritis.

Improved Circulation: As an aerobic exercise, swimming gets the blood pumping. This can help strengthen the heart, reduce coronary disease and lower blood pressure.

Hydrotherapy in pools and spas will improve your health and happiness. This backyard oasis will become the gathering place for friends and family in the summertime, bringing people closer together. To learn about above ground pools, in-ground pools, hot tubs and saunas, call Pettis Pools and Patio at (585) 392-7711 or (585) 383-0700 or visit our website.

Looking in-depth at algaecides

Learn more to find the right product to cure your algae problem


Algae is no fun. It will destroy the beauty of your pool by causing cloudy, discolored water. It can even cause unpleasant odors! Algae growth is one of the most frustrating maintenance problems pool owners encounter.  Once it takes hold, algae can be extremely difficult and time-consuming to eradicate.  In this post, we’re taking a close look at the different algaecide products we carry and their best uses.



The Poolife® brand offers an extensive range of algaecides that not only rid your pool of existing algae but prevent future algae blooms. Most of these products are non-foaming, do not require pH adjustment before use and work in 24 hours.


AlgaeBomb 30

This non-foaming maintenance algaecide is used to control the growth of algae in swimming pools, exterior spas, whirlpools and hot tubs. It treats green, black and yellow algae. Additions of 6 fl. oz. per 10,000 gallons should be made every 5-7 days.


AlgaeBomb 60

Yuck, is your pool green? This is the strongest liquid algaecide available. It is a non-foaming algaecide used to treat algae formation and growth in swimming pools, exterior spas, whirlpools, hot tubs, decorative fountains and synthetically-lined ponds that do not contain fish. You’ll also want to use a shock treat weekly with this application. Scrub and vacuuming to waste is advised. It is also ideal for winterizing your pool in the off-season.



Treats and prevents green, black and yellow algae, but also clarifies your pool water. Shake well before measuring out the required amount of product.


Algaeban II

A 90 day-copper based algaecide. Chelated (coated) for slow release of product. It is ideal for treating green, black, and mustard algae. This product can also be used as a preventative algaecide. Preventive dose is 16 fl. oz per 10,000 gallons of swimming pool water every 90 days.



This multi-action formula prevents algae growth and reduces phosphate levels in your pool and is compatible with any type of pool sanitizer. Add 16 fl. oz. per 25,000 gallons of pool water for the initial dose.



Pool Frog Algaecide is non-staining with low copper content offering 90-day algae-free protection. The bottle connects directly to the mineral reservoir.



This is an excellent initial water treatment that works to eliminate potential problems in new pools, openings, and well water pools. You can also use it as a superior spot treatment/flocculant to clean out phosphates (which algae feed on), copper, iron, scaling carbonates, organic debris or other clouding matter when you need to clear water fast and clear water sure. It can be used with all chlorine pools.

  • Removes orthophosphates up to 2000 ppb
  • Removes Copper & Iron up to 2.0 ppm
  • Clears water of organic Debris
  • Captures scaling Carbonates


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BAQUACIL® Algicide

This is a liquid algaecide that’s proven effective against a wide range of slime and algae, including common types. Use a weekly 1 ounce application per 10,000 gallons.


BAQUACIL® Premium Algicide

A specialized algaecide used to prevent algae growth in BAQUACIL® pools. This is an excellent formula for persistent, recurring algae. Not for use in chlorine pools.


BAQUACIL® Performance Algicide

A non-foaming algaecide used to remove and treat current algae growth in swimming pools.  It is highly effective against all types of algae.


Remember, if you have any questions, at Pettis Pools & Patio we are here to help. Stop in to either one of our locations and get the algae help you need!



New Styles from Old Favorites

Bold looks and materials in outdoor furniture


Pettis Pools & Patio offers an unbeatable variety of durable and beautiful outdoor furniture and this season we have some new styles and materials from a pair of our customer favorites.



Long known for quality and innovation, telescope is based in Granville, NY and they manufacture all of their furniture in the US. Telescope produces 6 unique collections that are made with their proprietary material called Marine Grade Polymer (MGP). This polymer is recyclable and eco friendly during production. Not only will the furniture last many years to come, but it’s friendly to the environment as well.


This is a high-tech material that has been used for over 20 years by shipbuilders on the topsides of high quality sailing and motor yachts. This environmentally friendly material contains over 30% recycled resin and will not crack, rot, or separate in any outdoor environment.


This type of frame features a nice substantial weight as well—they won’t blow around in the wind but they are not so heavy that they are difficult to move around.

252-980x500Color goes all the way through the material so minor scratches are less noticeable as well as durable for normal wear-and-tear that happens with active families. The heavy-duty polymer frames are also kind to floors and other furniture pieces they may bump into.


The wide range of potential color combinations really set Telescope’s Marine Grade Polymer collections apart. With five marine grade polymer frame colors to choose from, they are the foundation of the color palette. Telescope’s Leeward Sling Collection, for example, can be customized with 76 slingable fabrics and the Leeward Deep Seat Cushion Collection features 85 outdoor cushion fabrics including a wide range of Sunbrella acrylics.






Meadowcraft is a leading domestic manufacturer of quality wrought iron furniture and cushions located in Wadley, Alabama. This year we are adding to our line by bringing in several Petit Patio Sets, created especially for smaller spaces. Even though they are smaller, they still feature a generous dining surface and are easy to clean—just use soap and water.Casual-Patio-Furniture-Grand-Terrace-Dining-16


Each piece of this patio dining set is mig-welded instead of bolted together, guaranteeing strength and durability for years to come. The charcoal finish of each piece has an electrostatic primer for an evenly applied finish. Then, a powder coating is applied on top of each piece resulting in four times greater corrosion resistance and long lasting beauty. The legs of the table and chairs are capped with a metal foot and replaceable glide to ensure protection for the flooring of your patio or deck.




Stop in for expert advice today and view our large showroom of patio furniture styles at our East Rochester location.

Introducing Splash Around Above Ground Pools

From package to pool in under an hour

Splash Around Pool

Splash Around Pool

We are now carrying Splash Around Pools—stop in to learn more about them!

There is no other pool on the market that matches the durability, portability and affordability of Splash Around Pool. These soft-sided pools carry the longest warranty, have the greatest puncture resistance, and the highest tear strength.

The Splash Around Pools brand has taken the simplicity and affordability of the” box pool” sold in your local “everything store” and redesigned it with stronger material, reinforced welds, larger filtration equipment. These improvements and innovation are what makes Splash-A-Round pools a leader in the portable pool market.

You don’t need any tools to assemble and it can be set up on almost any level surface. Comes with its own skimmer, pumps and filters.


  • Heavy gauge, polyester reinforced 35 Mil “Blue Sparkle” print liner
  • 491 PSI Puncture resistance—almost 30% greater the competition
  • 521 PSI Tear strength—more than double the competition
  • Similar to the material in white water rafting boats
  • Ultra Violet (UV) and anti-fungal protectants are built into the material
  • Galvanized steel framework with baked enamel finish
  • Corner braces=Greater structural integrity and safety

Plus, when you purchase your pool from Pettis Pools & Patio you are working with the experts. After all, we’ve specialized in backyard fun for over 50 years.

Gensun: Modular Outdoor Kitchen Line (and more!)

We’re pleased to introduce our latest outdoor kitchen and furniture line—Gensun.

Gensun Outdoor Kitchens

Gensun Outdoor Kitchens


Gensun is a family-owned company with headquarters in Ontario, California. They are the manufacturer, from the foundry to the factory, to the cushions, they can keep a close watch on every step in the production process to maintain consistent quality. They use the best aluminum, alloy – 356, and a molding process that allows the intricacy of the design to be accomplished. They take extra steps in the metal finishing stage to prepare the product for painting and then our paint system uses an 8-stage cleaning system to accomplish a very smooth finish and excellent adhesion of the powder coat base. Their attention to detail shows!


Outdoor Kitchens Are Their Specialty

Gensun outdoor kitchens are innovative—featuring durable cast aluminum construction and convenient modular configuration. These are durable, worry-free pieces and—best of all—they have all kinds of functionality and versatility because of the modular designs. They eliminate the need for expensive site modifications and can be placed wherever is convenient. Their pieces are easy-to-assemble (you only need 3 tools). Within hours, you can be grilling steaks and mixing drinks with friends and family. Plus, they go beyond the traditional BBQ. The freestanding grill can be purchased by itself, then easily tailored into an entire kitchen unit according to your desired size and specifications.image-2


The collection includes attachable countertops, cabinets, bar centers and drawer units in a range of finishes and configurations. Cooling appliances and cooking accessories, including Lion burners are also available to make your outdoor kitchen complete. Available with three counter top options and twelve base finishes, the Gensun outdoor kitchens will bring your outdoor room to life.

Outdoor Room Planner

Use Gensun’s sophisticated outdoor room planner to design and customize an outdoor space to suit your purposes, preferences and personality. The possibilities are endless!




Contact Us to Learn More

Our furniture experts at Pettis Pools & Patio are at your service, just call or stop in at our East Rochester location to discuss your ideas and receive advice from the pros.


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