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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!

Angry Egg™ Pool Treatment Clears Cloudy Water—Fast!

Here is another new product we’re introducing this year at Pettis Pools & Patio, the Angry Egg—with a name like this, how can you not read further, right? Here’s what the Angry Egg does…

Angry Egg in Action

Angry Egg in Action


Angry Egg Pool Treatment cleans and clears cloudy swimming pool water fast and takes the guesswork out of pool care—while removing the possibility of overdosing. The non-chlorine formula treats your pool regardless of your current pool care routine. There is no need to measure product or calculate the correct dose and Angry Egg works with any pool type or sanitization system.


The single-use Angry Egg Pool Treatment comes pre-loaded with a cloudy water treatment powered by DuPont™ Oxone® technology. This is effective in treating up to 15,000 gallons of water, Angry Egg Pool Treatment’s exclusive Sink-to-Float™ action is complete within approximately 10 minutes, and the released formula immediately starts to work. You can enjoy clean and clear pool water in 24 hours or less.*


When To Use

Angry Egg creates crystal clear water; it’s a breeze to prepare your pool for busy family gatherings like Fourth of July weekend, after severe weather, or even when first opening your pool for the season. Angry Egg Pool Treatment puts the party back in your pool and you back in a party mood.


How to Use

Simply drop Angry Egg Pool Treatment in your pool and when the powerful fizzing action is done, it will gently float back to the surface for easy removal. This self-dispensing cloudy water cure cleans and clears pools with just one application and is ideal for use after water-changing events or anytime you want to give your pool a little extra care!


Learn more about clearing up a cloudy pool at either one of our locations—bring all your pool questions, we have answers!


* This product should not be used in Baquacil pools.

Heating Options for Your Pool!

Enjoy your Pool No Matter What the Outside Temperature Is

We wish we could control the weather and make every day a perfect pool day! Although we don’t have that kind of superpower, we can help make your pool comfortable for relaxing and swimming no matter what the temperature outside.

Many customers have been coming in this season looking for more information about ways to heat their pools for maximum enjoyment. In this post, we’ll be highlighting three options we carry here at Pettis Pools & Patio.

Solar Heaters

Solar Pool Heater

Solar Pool Heater

One option is to use a solar heater. We carry the SMARTPOOL Solar Heater that is an ideal, do-it-yourself solar pool heater designed specifically for aboveground pools. Now aboveground pool owners can enjoy warmer water and extended swim seasons the same way inground owners do. The unit is compact, moveable and maintenance free. It raises the temperature of your pool by up to 10°F or more. The water simply flows through tubes via your existing pool pump where it is heated by the sun and returned to your pool.


2′ x 20′ Unit w/ Valve: $149.99

4′ x 20′ Unit w/ Valve: $259.99

You can find sizing information by clicking here.

Gas Heaters

Gas Heater

Gas Heater

A natural gas or propane heater provides a quick heat source and has been the standard swimming pool heating option for many years—the classic, if you will. We offer the Jandy Legacy by Zodiac which has a 60 year heritage as a leading heater provider. It is built to last and has many technologically-advanced, user-friendly features such as digital control of pool and spa set points, self diagnostics and simplified back-lit menu display for ease of operation.

Typical costs for a gas heater include: the heater itself, installation of a gas line, (approximately $500 for a 30’ run from meter to the location of the heater) electric for the digital display and electronic ignition models and delivery and installation . A season’s operational cost ranges from $500 to $1,500 for an 18’ x 36’ inground pool, depending on the amount of use. The other factor that determines operational cost is how you use the heater. Most people with a gas heater play the “on-off” game meaning they turn it on only when they want to swim. This will cut down on the operational costs but will also result in waiting time to swim and the pool perhaps not being ready when you want it to be.

There are some issues to be aware of with this type of heat source. First of all, the water flows thru a copper core that can deteriorate due to high levels of chlorine and low pH. A gas heater can become extremely hot while it is operating, and—similar to a furnace in your home—service calls can be required for items such as cleaning the burners or a pilot light that is out.

A sampling of our Gas heater pricing is below:

125,000 BTU, manages up to a 450 sq.ft. pool     $1,259

175,000 BTU, manages up to a 600 sq. ft. pool    $1,699

Larger size gas heaters are available too.

Note: The surface area indicates the area of a pool that the heater can accommodate. For faster heating and quicker reclaim, it is best to go to the next size up when sizing a heater. Both natural gas and propane are available.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is a more energy-efficient option if you are looking for a great way to keep your pool consistently warm. The operational costs are a fraction of a gas heater with a payback that is typically 2 ½ seasons. In this type of heater water flows thru a Titanium core that is impervious the chemical corrosion. It is also what is known as a slow heat source: you set the heat pump with a thermostat to the desired temperature and leave it. This is by far the most effective method of heating pool water and it is why the pool is always ready for you to jump in and swim! A heat pump uses nature’s “free heat” from the air to heat your pool water. Electricity is only needed to transfer the heat, not create it.

Also, it does not require a gas line so you save on that expense. This type of heater has a longer life expectancy with fewer service calls than the ways to heat. You save as much as 80% in operating costs compared to other heating methods and it is easy to operate, just program in the desired temperature. These units are also very quiet. Note: All heat pumps do require a 220 volt hookup by a licensed electrician.

We carry the AquaCal line of heat pumps which have a cost range between $1,999-$4,299 depending on your pool size and the features you want. One of our most popular models is the TropiCal Heat Pump. It is an economy heat pump designed to fit any budget. The heater is perfect for aboveground pools and small in-ground pools; this model can handle up to an 18’ x 36’ inground and is on sale now June 30th for $2,999.

It also has microprocessor-controlled automatic defrost to allow operation into the mid to lower 40s.

General Set-up and Operational Costs

Delivery, setup & standard plumbing of heaters is $260. Many people also choose to put their heaters or heat pumps on a concrete pad and that cost would be additional as well. We are also offering FREE opening or closing with the purchase of heat pump.


Heat Pump=$6.06 per million BTUs of heat

Natural Gas=$27.50 per million BTUs of heat

Stop in and talk with our pool experts to determine the right system for your pool and your budget. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have!

All About Semi – Inground Pools

A great choice for sloped or uneven backyards

Foxx Ulitmate pool with decking

Foxx Ulitmate pool with decking

Every pool season, we have homeowners who come in to discuss potential options for their sloping backyards. “Can we put a pool in a yard like ours?” they ask. The answer is yes—by installing a semi -inground pool. This blog article will explain more about them—and their benefits.

A semi- inground pool is an affordable alternative to a traditional inground pool and it is easier to install. It also is a good choice if you have strict homeowner association rules about height; and it features the same round or oval shape options that an above ground pool does. Semi- inground pools are a good choice for people who want their pool to blend more harmoniously with their landscape than a typical above ground pool. As well as for those can’t afford (or just don’t want to deal with) full inground installation. This is a great way to add fun to your life and create your own backyard getaway.

The semi- inground requires less digging (and messing around with utility lines, tree roots and the like), fewer of the expensive materials required to withstand the ground’s freeze/thaw cycles of our climate than an inground requires, and the simpler install equals less expense all around. In addition, sinking a semi- inground pool several feet below the ground often makes it easier to manage pipes and pumps.

Foxx Ultimate Pool carried by Pettis Pools & Patio

Foxx Ultimate Pool carried by Pettis Pools & Patio

Many people build decking around their semi- inground pool, which makes a beautiful addition to their backyards. The lower profile doesn’t block your views and it blends in well with your backyard.

As an added bonus, a semi- inground pool is cleaner than a full inground because it is not as vulnerable to insects and debris being blow in since it has an edge that is above ground. The walls are composite so there is no weld or corrosion and the lining stays clean and sanitary.

At Pettis Pools & Patio, we carry the Foxx Ultimate Pool that can be installed aboveground, partially in-ground, or completely in-ground to fit any yard or slope. The 14 gauge in-ground quality steel gives the pool unmatched strength and durability to last a lifetime. To learn more about semi- inground pools, stop in at one of our two locations; we are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Customer Testimonial-Happy New Pool Owner!

This is the text from an actual customer thank you letter. We love it when people take the time to say such nice things about us!

Hi Jim,
We wanted to say thank you for all the help getting our pool up and running. The pool looks beautiful and everything is working exactly as we had hoped.

Because of the layout of our backyard, we were wondering how feasible the pool install would be, but your crew did an
excellent job…all aspects of the pool are very well done.

We love the fact that we can bring a water sample into the store to be tested anytime for free. As new pool owners, the staff has been very helpful with recommendations. It has made it alot easier to keep the water perfect then I expected.    

The kids have been in it every day this summer. We’re really glad we did it, and we’ve recommended Pettis Pools & Patio to 2 of our friends.

Thanks again for everything.

Rob D.
Pittsford, NY 

All About Our FREE Water Testing: Part One, Chlorine

Water test at Pettis Pools & Patio

Water test at Pettis Pools & Patio

When you bring your water in to have us test it for you, we check for several critical water balance parameters. One of these is your chlorine level (if you’re using chlorine as a sanitizer).

We actually check three factors when checking chlorine:

Free Available Chlorine: This is the chlorine that is free and available to sanitize your swimming pool or spa. In other words, the good stuff! Ideally, FAC should be maintained between 1.0-3.0ppm in swimming pools, while 3.0-5.0ppm is ideal in a hot tub. Anything higher than these levels is considered overkill. Our test strips ONLY test for FAC, but drop test kits measure Total Available Chlorine, which is not really an accurate picture of how much chlorine is available to kill bacteria.

Combined Chlorine: This is the amount of chlorine that has combined with organics in the water to form a by-product called chloramines. Chloramines are nasty things. When we swim, we perspire—pure and simple. Our perspiration contains ammonia, which immediately seeks out the chlorine and turns it into chloramines. You cannot prevent this from happening.

So why don’t we want chloramines in our pool or spa? Well, chloramines have no sanitizing ability, for one thing. They also are responsible for chlorine odor, red, burning eyes and sometimes, even dry, itchy skin. Have you ever walked into a YMCA or hotel pool and smelled chlorine?  And said to yourself, “They have too much chlorine in that pool!” The truth is that they have too many chloramines in the pool, and not enough Free Available Chlorine.

So, if we can’t prevent this chemical reaction from occurring, what do we do?

The easiest, most effective way to control the amount of chloramines in the water is to shock the pool regularly with an oxidizer shock—like our Non-chlorine shock. Oxidizer shock can be broadcast directly into the water at any time of day, and you can go swimming 15 minutes after adding it. This product destroys chloramines without sending your chlorine level through the roof because it contains no chlorine. It goes in at the rate of 1# / 10,000 gallons of pool water.  This should be added every 7-10 days during heavy pool usage, after heavy rains, or after a big pool party.

Total Available Chlorine: Total Available Chlorine = Free Available Chlorine + Combined Chlorine. This number should be the same as your FAC number, which would indicate you currently have no chloramines in your water. If it’s not, the differential indicates the amount of chloramines you currently have.

Once we have tested your water, the experts at Pettis Pools & Patio can help you bring it into balance or answer any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help you have a great pool or spa experience!

Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park Is One-of-a-Kind!

Our Pool Park Loves Visitors!

Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park Is Open!

Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park Is Open!

Pettis Pools is the only dealer in Rochester that has an outdoor pool display with both above ground and inground pools. You can see these real size pools in operation.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Pettis Pools and Patio Pool Park:

1. There are three above ground pools (18′ x 54″ deep, 24′ x 52″ deep and 27′ pool that is 54″ deep) All of them are actually filled and running so you can see how the skimmer works, how the filter is hooked up, and how it is to stand next to the variable pool heights.

2. Our 20′ x 34′ Fox inground pool features an in-pool bench, in-pool stair and 4 custom deck jets. This pool is heated by an Aqua Cal Heat pump and sanitized by an AutoPilot Salt Generator so you can see how these are hooked up as well as how they work. An automatic pool cleaner keeps the pool clean—watch it travel throughout the pool bottom and walls keeping them clean—while you sit back and enjoy!

3. Fox X-brace This is something you won’t see any other place! We have left part of the pool structure that is normally backfilled cleared out so you can see the structural integrity of the patented Fox X-brace construction. Walk on the 3′ sidewalk around the pool and you’ll notice there’s no backfill dirt supporting this part of the pool. Once again, the Fox X braces are doing their jobs! That’s why we say – Fox, the strongest name in pools.  Pettis has been building Fox pools since 1962. That’s one year short of fifty years!

Semi Inground Pool in the Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park

Semi Inground Pool in the Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park

4. Semi-Inground Pool on display in the Pettis Pool Park is a must-see! This pool is available in round and oval sizes and has a 52″ wall. The amazing thing is that you can put this pool entirely in the ground, entirely above ground or as shown with our 21′ round display pool, partially inground and partially above ground. Over the years, customers have expressed a desire to have their above ground pool partly in the ground and now it’s possible because of the structural integrity of the Ultimate Pool, a Fox pool product! This year, Fox also made it possible to have this pool installed with a walk-in stair. Now you’re talking about a pool that’s looking more and more like a full-fledged inground pool.

There are pictures and more information on the Pettis Pools and Patio website, just follow this link.

5. Softub—America’s favorite portable hot tub also on display in our Pool Park as well as at both stores. Pettis has been a Softub dealer since 1994 and has a separate division called SOFTUB EXPRESS that shows softubs at fairs and festivals throughout NYS and part of Florida. You’ve seen Softub at the Windmill in PennYan, at the NYS Fair, the Lilac Festival, Erie County Fair and many more events. SOFTUB EXPRESS holds the #1 spot in the entire United States, selling more Softubs each year than any other dealership.

Pettis is also a warranty center for Softub, servicing not only New York state but customers throughout the entire US.

Softub is made in America and is sold throughout the world. It is a full featured, energy efficient hot tub that offers therapy, togetherness, relaxation and fun for the entire family.

Visit the pettispools.com or the softubexpress.com websites for more information.

Softub from Softub Express, a Division of Pettis Pools & Patio

Softub from Softub Express, a Division of Pettis Pools & Patio


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