One of the most exciting things for me about the design of our new web site is this blog feature.  From time to time I will be posting information about our company, product developments, and industry trends.  I hope you will find the posts useful.

Let me start by introducing myself, I am Gregg Galati currently the owner and president of Galati Pools & Spas. Being the youngest of the five children that traveled to Albany and used the pool that day it is safe to say I’ve been working at this business in one capacity or another for most of my life.  Most of you know me — but some of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet.  As you can imagine, I can’t be on every service call or in the retail store every hour we are open and I certainly could not run this business on my own, luckily I am fortunate to have a great staff who have been here with me for many years, have lots of experience and — I am sure you have witnessed and will agree — are all dedicated to caring for your pools and spas.

In closing, I want to extend my sincerest thanks to all of you for your continued support and business through out all these years. We all look forward to being here for you in the years to come.

Things have really heated up quickly this May. It looks as though May 2015 is going to finish as the second hottest on record. This coming after a winter that seemed as though it would never end as it continued well into April. Between the quick rise in temperatures and Memorial Day coming a week early this year it has been a scramble for us and you to get all the pools ready for the season. Our crews are doing their best to get to everyone as quickly as possible and our store staff is always available to help answer the questions of those of you who do it yourselves.

When considering an in-ground vinyl swimming pool for your yard it is important to evaluate the quality of the materials and methods that will be used in the construction process. Also of paramount importance will the reputation, reliability, and experience level of the company and its employees that will be building your pool. Once those things have met your satisfaction it’s on to what I consider to be the fun things – how will your pool look.

There are four main factors that will affect the overall look of your finished pool. First of course is the shape, will you go with a traditional rectangle or a free form shape. Next think about how you will want the steps to look. Will you choose the acrylic/fiberglass units that have been popular throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s? Or will you choose the more modern and contemporary look of having the liner go over the steps yielding a more uniform and matching look to your pool. Then comes the edging often referred to as the pool coping. Will you go with a traditional white or grey aluminum, which are very cost effective when pouring a concrete deck? The other option is to have your decking material be it stone, brick pavers, wood, or even concrete, continue right to the edge of the pool giving the decking a more seamless look. And finally comes choice of the liner. The options here range from the more traditional blue, to tile and pebble looks, to even light gray or brown, which give the water a subtler Caribbean aqua look.

Whatever your taste are we at Galati Pools are here to help guide you in designing the swimming pool of your dreams.

After what wasn’t much of a winter — especially if you are a snow lover — and so far, an April that feels more like March, rest assured the new swimming pool season is quickly approaching.  As a result, we strongly advise you to call soon and make your pool opening appointment.   If you remember, 2015 was one of the best seasons to own a swimming pool in recent memory and we are hoping for a repeat of that this year!  As always we thank you for your continued support and business each year.  And we truly look forward to seeing all of you again as this season begins!

Now is a great time to save money on a Hot Tub purchase.  All of our in stock 2015 Caldera Spas have been deeply discounted and are priced to move.  Call us or stop in today to see which 2015 Caldera models are still available — and to see how much you’ll save!  Don’t wait since all floor model deals are one of a kind.

We have a winner!  Congratulations to Bob from Beacon who won the hot tub last Saturday.  We are proud to announce our Hot Tub give-away contest going on now with WJGK 103.1 FM.  The Caldera Spas hot tub is currently on display at the Newburgh Mall and the contest winner will be announced on Saturday May 21st, 2016 during the 11 am  to 2 pm radio broadcast.  For how to enter and complete contest details go to  Good Luck!

Spring is definitely here and it’s once again time to open your pool.  If you do it yourself, here are some tips from Galati Pools & Spas.   We’ve outlined six important steps to help ensure a smooth, carefree opening for your pool. 

If you use a solid cover, carefully drain off the water being sure to replace water back into the pool as you do this so as not to inadvertently drain excessive water from your pool itself.  Sweep the cover and clean it with BioGuard Stow Away to prevent sticking and unpleasant odors.  Store it in a dry place that’s free of debris and protected from the elements.

Your pool must be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to circulate properly.

Make sure all equipment is clean and in working order.  Start the circulation system and remove debris from the pool. If the filter is dirty, remove grease and oil with BioGuard Strip-Kwik.  For scale build-up, use BioGuard Kleen It.

Circulate the water for 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample.  Using a clean plastic container, scoop about a pint of water at elbow-depth from the pool away from skimmers and returns.  Seal the container and bring it to Galati Pols & Spas for testing and analysis.  We will prepare personalized instructions for starting up your pool.

Use Test Strips to regularly check the sanitizer residual and pH levels.

Once you are up and running, follow the routine maintenance recommendations for the pool care system you have selected for you pool.

Of course, if you need more help the team at Galati Pools & Spas is always ready to provide information that is tailored to your specific pool care needs.  Or if you prefer to make your life even simpler — call us and we’ll schedule to have one of our service teams open your pool for you this spring.

What is pH and why is this special balancing act so important for your swimming pool?

Simply put, pH is the balance of acidity and alkalinity in the water.  It is measured along a range from 0 to 14, 0 being most acidic and 14 most alkaline.  Normally, the pH of most pools should be maintained at 7.4 to 7.6.  This range is particularly important to maximize the effectiveness of your sanitizer.  When in range, chlorine is 100% active; when pH fluctuates to far in either direction, chlorine’s disinfecting ability is greatly reduced.

Factors which cause pH levels to fluctuate include: other pool chemicals, make-up water, rain, dust, swimmers and their wastes, and algae growth.

A pH level that is too low will result in: faster chlorine loss, wrinkling of liners, the corrosion of pool equipment and metal accessories, and chloramine formation — which leads to eye irritation.  A pH that is too high will cause: scale formation, cloudy water, shorter filter runs, and poor chlorine efficiency.

To summarize, by keeping your pool’s pH within the proper range your pool will last longer and bills for cleaning up big problems will be smaller.  regular maintenance with BioGuard Balance Pak 100, 200 and Lo N’ Slo ends up saving you money in the long run.

If you need any help getting your pool in proper balance, simply bring a water sample, about a pint, to us at Galati Pools & Spas.  Our staff will further explain this pH balancing act and recommend the right product or procedure to get you on your way to a properly balanced pool.

If the thought of leaving your pool home alone while you go away on summer vacation conjures up thoughts of a green mess, here are some tips that will help you return to a pool as sparkling clear as the one you left.

First, bring a water sample to us at Galati Pools & Spas for a complete water analysis.  This will insure your pool water is properly balanced and contains no hidden problems.  The pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness should all be within proper ranges.

Next, shock your pool with Smart Shock or Burn Out 3.  In order to maintain adequate chlorine levels put one or two fresh BioGuard Smart Sticks or Pucks in your skimmer or automatic feeder, and continue to run your pump and filter as normal.

Finally, to prevent algae from taking over, add 10 ounces of BioGuard Back-Up 2 Algae Inhibitor per 15,000 gallons of water for each week you’ll be away. For example; if you have a 17,500 gallon pool and you’re going to be away for 2 weeks add 24 ounces.  Note: if you see some foaming, don’t worry, this is normal for such a procedure and will dissipate with time.

These guidelines should help you minimize any algae “takeover” while you’re away. However, every pool is different and conditions vary, so it is always a good idea to have a neighbor keep an eye on your pool.  If you’re planning to be away for an extended period of time, you might want to arrange for our vacation watch service.  Our service personnel will look in on your pool from time to time keeping it in tip-top shape.  For more information or to schedule our vacation watch service give us a call at (845) 564-0555.

Crystal clear, sparkling blue water. That’s what makes swimming pools inviting, that’s what we’re all striving for. But what exactly makes a pool, or of that matter, any other large body of water appear blue?

In a swimming pool, usually it’s the result of the water being clear and free of algae, combined with a blue pool surface such as a blue tinted liner, blue painted gunite, etc.

But what makes the bottomless ocean or clear mountain lake appear blue on a sunny day?  The answer lies in some simple physics. Foremost is the concept of reflection.

When we look at a body of water on a clear day, most often what we are actually seeing is the reflection of the blue sky bouncing off the water’s surface.  This is why we commonly associate water with the color blue.

But, if a water surface only looks blue because its reflecting the blue sky, then is water itself colorless? If not, then what is the actual true color of water?

For the most part, water is transparent to just about all the visible frequencies of light and therefore almost colorless.  This is why a swimming pool tends to take on the color of it’s liner or painted bottom.  However, water will absorb infrared waves. Which incidentally, is why the water is warmed by the sun. While this is happening, the water also absorbs a small amount of visible red light.

As the water absorbs red light, it simultaneously reflects back all the remaining colors of the spectrum. These remaining colors mixed together become cyan — a greenish blue.  Since the color of water, or anything else, depends on what colors it reflects and what colors it absorbs, the true color of clean, clear water is cyan.

You can see this for yourself by placing something white into a clean body of water and looking closely.

Unfortunately, not all swimming pool water appears blue or even greenish blue.  In order to have the proper reflective qualities the water must be clean, free of algae, and other suspended particles. Otherwise a swimming pool will appear murky, cloudy or just plain green.

In brief, the “blue” swimming pool water that we all enjoy is the product of good chemistry, some simple physics, and a lot of summer sunshine.

The laws of physics don’t change. Therefore, like the weather, they’re something none of us can do anything about.  But the chemistry of your pool can be accurately controlled.  By bringing your pool water to Galati Pools & Spas for a complete analyze, you’ll be able to maintain it’s correct balance and keep those summertime blues shimmering.