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Big Kahuna Pools, Spas and More Inc. Wins "Best of Houzz for 2015" Second Year in a row!

Posted by Chris Varholick on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 01:07 PM

 

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Tags: Crystal Coast, Eastern North Carolina Swimming pools, Energy Efficient Swimming Pools, Pool Builders East Carolina, Negative Edge Pools, Fiberglass pools North Carolina, New Bern Pools, Emerald Isle Pools, Jacksonville North Carolina Swimming Pools, Inground Pools, Concrete Gunite Pools, not Hot Springs or Jacuzzi

Winterizing Swimming Pools

Posted by Janine Varholick on Mon, Oct 06, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

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Tags: inground swimming pools, Eastern North Carolina Swimming pools, Above Ground Pools, swimming pools, care of swimming pools, Vinyl Liner Pools, Winterizing Swimming Pools

How to pick the right pool for you and your family

Posted by Chris Varholick on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 @ 02:21 PM

 

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Tags: Eastern North Carolina Swimming pools, Energy Efficient Swimming Pools, Negative Edge Pools, Fiberglass pools North Carolina, Swimming Poools Health Enjoyment and Exercise, Inground Pools, Swim Spas, Concrete Gunite Pools, FIberglass Pools

Choosing The Right Hot Tub For YOU!

Posted by Janine Varholick on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 07:30 PM

Thinking about purchasing a hot tub and not sure where to start?  We are here to help make that choice easy!!! 

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Tags: Morehead City, New Bern, Crystal Coast, Greenville NC, New Bern NC, Pool Builders East Carolina, Greenville, Premier Pool Builder, North Carolina, Spas and Hot Hubs Eastern North Carolina, New Bern Pools, Emerald Isle Pools, Jacksonville North Carolina Swimming Pools, not Hot Springs or Jacuzzi, care of spas, care of hot tubs

How much does a Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool Cost?

Posted by Chris Varholick on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

When looking to purchase a Swimming Pool for your Home, it is a lot like buying a new car or truck.  You can buy a very simple and less expensive pool, just like you can buy a very simple and less expensive vehicle.  If we were to look at the Chevrolet Full size pick up truck you could purchase starting in the low $20,000.00. This would be a very basic truck with the least amount of options and smallest engine.  From there you could easily spend over $50,000.00, depending on the options that you choose.

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Tags: Eastern North Carolina Swimming pools, Energy Efficient Swimming Pools, Vinyl Liner Pools, Negative Edge Pools, Fiberglass pools North Carolina, Emerald Isle Pools, Jacksonville North Carolina Swimming Pools

Big Kahuna Pools, Spas, and More Inc. Wins Best of Houzz for 2014

Posted by Chris Varholick on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

We are very proud to announce that we have earned a very prestigious award with the Houzz Organization! 

 If you do not know what Houzz is you need to check them out.  They offer the greatest array of pictures and ideas for all types of Home Construction and Improvements.  They have this great idea where you can save the images of the improvements or ideas to an Ideabook, you can also share this book with the General Contractor or "Pool Builder" of your choice on line,  even better, you can make notes of the individual things that you liked about the photo.  These Idea Books will help you to ensure that you get your vision across to the Professional Contractor that you choose to work with.  No more trying to find and clip out pictures from Magazines. 

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Tags: Eastern North Carolina Swimming pools, Energy Efficient Swimming Pools, Pool Builders East Carolina, Fiberglass pools North Carolina, New Bern Pools, Emerald Isle Pools

Does a Fiberglass Pool Need Tile?

Posted by Chris Varholick on Sat, Feb 01, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Most Fiberglass Pools that are installed do not have tile on them, that being said, does a fiberglass pool need waterline tile? 
Lets first look at the problems that can happen as the pool ages:
  1. As the sun beats down on the pool and the chemicals that are used in the pool, over time you will notice a faded line that appears. This line will be more noticeable when the water in the pool is low. 
  2. Body oils, sun tan lotions, dirt and debris will float on the surface of the water and attach itself to the walls of the pool at the water line.  This will give the appearance of a bath tub ring.  The longer that this scum sits on the pool water the harder it will be to remove.  Some stains can become permanent.  This will become an ongoing maintenance item that can become very irritating.
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Tags: inground swimming pools, Pool Builders East Carolina, Fiberglass pools North Carolina, New Bern Pools, Emerald Isle Pools

2013 A Year of Change for Big Kahuna Pools, Spas, and More Inc.

Posted by Chris Varholick on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

2013 has been one of the best years ever for BIG KAHUNA POOLS, SPAS, AND MORE INC. 

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Tags: Morehead City, inground swimming pools, Eastern North Carolina Swimming pools, Energy Efficient Swimming Pools, Greenville NC, New Bern NC, Vinyl Liner Pools, Negative Edge Pools, Liner Changes, Spas and Hot Hubs Eastern North Carolina, Swimming Poools Health Enjoyment and Exercise

What To Look For When Purchasing a Hot Tub / Spa

Posted by Janine Varholick on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 @ 07:26 PM

There are a lot of companies out there selling hot tubs and/or spas.  You can become very overwhelmed very fast by all of the features spas can have on them.  Do you really need all of that extra stuff?  What is a good spa?  Who do I trust?  Here are just a few tips on making sure you choose the right spa for yourself.

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Tags: Morehead City, New Bern, Crystal Coast, Eastern North Carolina, Greenville NC, New Bern NC, Spas, North Carolina, Spas and Hot Hubs Eastern North Carolina

Opening Your Swimming Pool

Posted by Janine Varholick on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 02:50 PM

Can you believe it is almost time to open your swimming pool??  This is by far my favorite time of the year!  Why?  It means that warmer temperatures are right around the bend AND I get to see all of your smiling faces when you come in to have your water tested.  I am going to outline the steps I recommend when opening your swimming pool, you can also pick up a “cheat sheet” in our store. 

I like to start opening pools  when the temperature during the day is 70 degrees or above.  If you wait too long the air that is caught between the cover and the water will heat up and cause algae to bloom.  Let’s say the temperature outside stays in the low 70’s for about a week and it looks like it is only going to get warmer, I recommend you open your pool.  The first thing you will want to do is remove all the debris that has been sitting on the cover – if you do not take it off it will end up in the pool and make your job a heck of a lot harder.  I have tried numerous ways to avoid taking all the debris off the cover before removing the cover and it never works.  Now that your cover is off you need to clean and dry it before putting it away. I recommend Stow Away for this. 

Now you are going to want to replace all of the plugs and hoses (above ground pools) that you removed when you closed your pool.  If you forgot to remove your pressure gauge you will most likely need to get a new one.  Remove all return line plugs if you used them.  If you have a multi-port valve place it in the filtration position.  You should also take the time to lube all of your o-rings with an approved lubricant; we sell “Magic Lube” in the store and it works quite well.  Once the plugs are installed in the pump make sure that you fill the pump with water to pull a prime. 

If you have a sand filter and the sand is 5 years old or more we recommend changing the sand.  It is easier to do it now before you add water to the pool.  If you are leaving your sand in the tank we recommend cleaning it with a sand filter cleaner.  If you have a cartridge filter we recommend cleaning it with a mixture of 5 gallons of water to one cup of TSP (trisodium phosphate) and 1 cup Muriatic Acid; if you do not want to use the acid you can purchase a good filter cleaner; let the cartridge soak for about 20 minutes, rinse and you are ready to go.  Most swimming pool filter cartridges last 2-3 years before they need replacing.

Now you are ready to fill your pool with water!  When you are able turn the pool equipment on and check to make sure it is working properly.  Take an extra minute and look for leaks – the most common leaks are the gasket around the pump basket and the multi-port valve gasket.

Brush down the pool with your brush, do not forget entry steps, benches, etc.  I recommend using a tile and vinyl cleaner.  If there is any debris in the water skim or vacuum it out.  Now is the time to install any ladders or handrails that were stored for the winter.

After the water has circulated for at least 24 hours bring in a water sample to Big Kahuna Pools, Spas & More or your local swimming pool store so it can be tested in a Water Lab.  Remember if you keep your water balanced your chlorine or other sanitizer will work more effectively.

If your water is green bring us a sample in as soon as the water level is up and we can get you cleared up with our Back to Blue Kit.

 There is one question that I am asked all the time – When can the kids go in the water? If they are anything like mine they will ask you until you finally give in. I tell all parents to let the kids jump in as soon as the water is clean and clear, but more importantly properly balanced.  You just need to make sure you are by the pool because that cold water is going to be a shock to their system.  They will probably only last about a minute or two.  I did this with our kids and after the first time they never asked again to go in the pool right away because they remembered how cold the water was!  

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Tags: inground swimming pools, Eastern North Carolina Swimming pools, Above Ground Pools, swimming pools, care of swimming pools