Expressions of Gratitude

Expressions of Gratitude

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

Here are some expressions of gratitude from a few of us here at Arvidson: Read more

Is Your Hot Tub Ready for Winter

Is Your Hot Tub Ready for Winter? These 6 Steps Make the Difference!

As summer gives way to autumn and evening temperatures start to dip, hot tub owners anticipate slipping into the warm, inviting water on the cool, crisp fall and winter nights ahead.  But is your hot tub ready for winter? These six steps make the difference!

Follow these steps to get your hot tub in tip-top shape for the cold months ahead: Read more

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5 Pool Closing Tips

Have you ever removed your pool cover to discover a pool of green, slimy water?  Algae is one of the oldest organisms on earth (think dinosaur days) and it is tenacious.  So what can pool owners do to avoid this?  Proper water treatment is the single, most important step you can take to have a clear pool when you open the following spring.

Here are pool closing tips for closing your pool this fall:

Don’t Close Your Pool When Warm Days Linger

While everyone loves an Indian Summer, don’t be tempted to close your pool while the weather is balmy.

“Temperatures should be consistently below 65 degrees to avoid algae growth”, says Nadine Nuzzo, Bioguard Water Care Expert.  “In Illinois, this typically doesn’t happen until early October.”

Clean Your Pool and Balance Your Water

Vacuum the floor bottom and brush the sides and water lines around the entire pool.

Make sure that your pH and alkalinity levels are balanced.  Alkalinity should be between 125-150 and pH should be between 7.4 and 7.6.  Balancers like Lo n Slo and Balance Pak products can help you reach these levels.

Arvidson Pools & Spas offers free, computerized water testing at their Crystal Lake, Palatine, and St. Charles retail locations.

Chlorine Matters

Be sure to hold a chlorine residual of at least 3 ppm BEFORE you add any closing chemicals.  In fact, don’t be shy about adding chlorine.  More is better than less in this case.

We ask a lot of our chemicals during the long winter months, so make sure there’s enough in your pool to do the job.

Cold, Stagnant Water Needs Enzyme

“An enzyme like Natural Result helps keep the water clear.  It breaks down organic compounds that can build up in stagnant water over the winter.  Give it an added boost by lifting the cover up in March and adding a second bottle,” said Andy Berg, BioGuard District Sales Manager.

Most pool owners in cold weather climates begin opening their pools early to mid-May.

Add a Winter Algicide and Shock

Arctic Blue Algae Protector prevents the growth of green, black and mustard algae growths, and Arctic Blue Shock oxidizes and clarifies the pool water over the winter months. BioGuard offers these two products together in a Winter Kit which includes winterizing instructions.

BioGuard is introducing a new pool closing product this season called Pool Closing Complete.  It not only includes a powerful algaecide, it also has other water conditioners and enzymes to provide the extra boost your pool needs over the winter months.

Next Steps

Once the water is balanced, the pool is ready for the next winterizing steps. These steps include:

  • Clearing the water lines
  • Adding antifreeze
  • Disassembling and draining equipment
  • Winterizing lines
  • Covering the pool with a heavy duty pool cover

If you’d like to learn more about these steps, stop by our popular Pool School held in mid-September. You’ll find more information and have a chance to ask questions.

“Many pool owners enjoy caring for their backyard investment on their own,” says Arvidson Service Manager, Peter Annis. “At Pool School, they get helpful tips to save them both time and money.”

Prefer  A Pool Closing Service?

For pool owners with limited time or interest in performing this service themselves, Arvidson Pools & Spas offers a Pool Closing Service.  Our award-winning technicians prepare the pool for winterization, disassemble and drain equipment, winterize lines, install winter plugs and gizzmos, vacuum pool, install cover, and add closing chemicals.

Want to jump in the pool on that first warm day of spring?  These closing steps will help you do just that!

Arvidson Pools & Spas has been a family owned and operated business since 1958.  Now in its third generation of Arvidson descendents, the family tradition of personal integrity and quality service continues.  Our expanded business family includes a very knowledgeable and competent staff of swimming pool, hot tub, and residential water treatment professionals.



Join Us for Wellness Day on Saturday, July 29!

In this ever-changing and fast-paced world, people are reassessing their lives with an eye toward better health and a deeper sense of well-being.

Age is no longer measured in years, but in mobility.

Good health is no longer the absence of illness but a normal state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.

As our culture has moved toward this more complete sense of wellness, Arvidson Pools & Spas has helped customers achieve their wellness goals. We’ve done this through a variety of products such as hot tubs, saunas, and swimming pools. Read more

Dog Days

Local Animal Shelters to Benefit from Dog Days of Summer Promotion

Arvidson Pools & Spas is hosting the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer promotion throughout the month of August as a way of raising funds for several local animal rescue/shelter organizations.

Each location is partnering with a local shelter:

“Many of our customers and employees are animal lovers,” said Retail Division Manager, Nadine Nuzzo.  “Our St. Charles retail manager owns many rescue pets ,and it’s a cause that is dear to our hearts.  Last year, this event raised nearly $1,500 for the shelters and resulted in several pet adoptions. We felt it was a huge success and we hope to raise even more money this year,” she said.

Pet Adoptions

Pet adoption events are Saturday, August 19, from 12-3 pm, at our hot tub stores in Crystal Lake and Palatine and Sunday, August 20, from 12-3 pm, at our hot tub stores in St. Charles.

We hope that individuals and families who are interested in adopting a dog will come out and meet some adorable options.  Bring your dogs with you and try out the Aqua Comb pet washing tool in our Dog Washing station.  Free pet treats will also be provided!

Shelter Donations

In addition to pet adoptions, the company is donating $50 for every hot tub sold during the month of August to our shelter/rescue partners.  If you are an animal lover and are also ready to improve your life with the healthy benefits of warm water therapy, this is the month to buy!

Each hot tub store has a Raffle Basket on display filled with an array of dog supplies, treats, and services.  Tickets are sold for $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, and $10 for 15 tickets.  Proceeds from raffle ticket sales will be donated to the shelters, and the winner will be drawn on Friday, September 1.

Dog Days Coupon

Another way Arvidson Pools & Spas is raising funds for the shelters is through a coupon that is being distributed through the shelters, on social media and to our email distribution list.  We are donating 10% of all purchases made using this coupon to the shelters.  Hot tubs, saunas, pools, and service work are excluded from this offer.

“We expect that the combination of these offers will result in a significant contribution to our local animal shelters/rescues.  Come out and help us make a difference for all of our four-legged friends this month,” Nuzzo said.