A day out with the grandkids – an evening relaxing in your spa

Spending time with the grandkids over the summer is a time-honored tradition, and these days, with families so often spread from one end of the country to the other, it means even more. But sometimes, it can be hard to decide how to fill those days.

Try some of these suggestions, and when the day is done, come home to a relaxing soak in your hot tub from Brothers Pool. After all, spending time with the grandkids is fun. Keeping up with them … well, that’s sometimes the challenging part.

KidCity Children’s Museum

If your grandchildren are on the younger side (ages 1-7), they’ll love KidCity. On three floors, you and your grandchildren will enjoy handmade, one-of-a-kind exhibits made for hands-on play.

Sleeping Giant State Park

For the more adventurous souls, this state park offers hiking and nature trails, picnic areas, and fishing spots. On a pleasant summer day, this makes a great outing with the grandkids.

OnTrack Karting

If your grandkids are at least 7 and feel the need for speed, chances are they’ll love OnTrack Karting. With a variety of packages – plus some of the longest and fastest indoor tracks in the country – you can’t go wrong with an outing here. (And if you find the racing a little bit much, you’ll find your after-race soak that much more rewarding.)

City Climb Gym

Feeling a little daring? Take the grandkids to the area’s top rock climbing gym. It may sound daunting, but the pros here are experienced in teaching even novices – of all ages – the ropes. Come on, give it a try!

If these options are quite what you’re looking for, remember the area has a number of parks and historical sites that are perfect for exploring, picnicking and more. And when the day is done, you can all enjoy fun and relaxation in your spa. Perfection!

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Why is my chlorine gone?

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When you have a pool, you’re going to have phosphate in your pool water. Thanks to vegetation, makeup and lotion, and other sources, it’s just part of owning a pool. But here in Connecticut, it’s a bigger issue than in many other areas of the country.

The Problem

Many cities in Connecticut add phosphate to water supplies to help preserve plumbing. While great for your pipes, it wreaks havoc on your pool water! Phosphate is a food source for algae – and you know what that means. Unpleasant, green pool water that no one wants and that can be difficult to eliminate.

It’s not uncommon for customers to spend $300 – $500 a year on shock and chlorine as they fight to keep their pool water clear. In a pool with a high level of phosphate, 20 pounds of shock can be gone in just 6-24 hours! It becomes an expensive and frustrating nightmare for pool owners.

The Solution

Brothers Pool can help you get control of the situation. Open your pool as you usually would. Clean your pool, and bring the water level up to the normal swimming level. Then take a water sample and bring it into our store.

Our trained staff will pre-screen your water sample with the Clear360™ test to determine exactly what you need to appropriately treat your pool water for an enjoyable pool season. The most advanced system on the market, this test delivers precise results in just 60 seconds. We’ll even store the results in your Brothers Pool history so we have an accurate record of test results and recommended treatments.

Start this pool season off right, and avoid high pool supply costs down the road with a Clear360™ test from Brothers Pool, and a plan to fight those high phosphate levels. Questions? Give us a call!

Trust your pool dealer for quality pool supplies

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Your goal is to keep your pool beautiful, clean and crystal clear. And you know it takes the right balance of chemicals to achieve that. These days, you can get these pool supplies just about anywhere, from a big box store to online discount retailers.

But should you?

 

Quality Products

While different retailers may carry the supplies you need, you can’t always trust that you’re getting what you pay for. Pool supplies must be properly stored in order to be properly effective. Retailers who don’t specialize in pools and pool supplies often don’t know that, and because of improper storage may be unable to guarantee their products are full strength, or not expired. Additionally, some non-reputable retailers have even been known to water down or otherwise alter products before selling them. No matter the price you pay, that’s definitely not a bargain!

Expert Advice

Staff at your local pool dealer is trained to help you choose the products that are right for your pool. You won’t get that level of service at a big box store, or from a website. Whether you need supplies for day-to-day pool maintenance, or you need specialty items to handle an issue, the staff at your local pool supply retailer, like Brothers Pool, can help you choose exactly what you need.

Still not sure?

 

Compare

Do some comparison shopping. Read the labels. How much of the ingredients are “active” and how much are “other”? You’ll likely find that while products at the big box stores and online may have a lower price tag, they have less active ingredients. It will take more of these products to achieve the desired results with your pool, or you may experience some undesirable side effects.

To get the most value your money, plus expert advice you can trust, turn to Brothers Pool for your pool supplies. We’re happy to answer all your questions and help you choose the products to best fit your needs.

Pool & Spa Service Packages Save You Time

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When you own a pool, you want to spend as much time as possible enjoying it, not maintaining it. We offer several service packages to make owning and maintaining your pool as easy as possible.

Pool Openings

Whether you own an in-ground or above ground pool, opening it for the season can be time consuming. If you haven’t found the time yet this year, give us a call. (Or if you’ve already put in the work but you’re telling yourself “Never Again!” remember us next spring.) Our pool opening service includes:

  • Folding and storing your winter cover
  • Assembling and starting your filtration system
  • Installing handrails and ladder
  • Removing winter plugs and installing eyeball fittings.

For an additional fee, we can also clean the pool, clean the salt generator, clean the heater and more. Get the full details on our pool cleaning service here.

Pool Cleaning

We offer Spring Cleaning, Weekly Cleaning and Bi-Weekly Cleaning services. Our weekly cleaning includes:

  • Emptying skimmer baskets and skimming pool surface
  • Brushing walls and bottom of pool
  • Vacuuming pool
  • Filter maintenance
  • Chemicals

Spring cleaning services include weekly cleaning services plus killing and treating algae, scooping out leaves and clearing cloudy water.

Water Testing

Bring in a pool or spa water sample and we’ll quickly analyze it so you know exactly what chemical solution you need to add. We store your water test results in your Brothers Pool history.

Service Calls

Brothers Pool services all in-ground and above ground pools, and spas. We can assess your equipment and let you know what needs to be repaired or replaced. We stock a full list of parts from all major pool and spa manufacturers, and can order anything we don’t happen to have in stock.

We also offer in-store service on Aquabot automatic vacuum cleaners.

Pool Closing

When the season is over, let us close your pool down for you. Our pool closing service includes:

  • Blowing out and winterizing service lines
  • Installing winter plugs
  • Winterizing filtration system and heater
  • Removing handrails and ladder
  • Installing winter cover

For an additional fee, other services are available. Please review our Pool Closing page for details.

Do you need a new pool liner?

If you have a pool with a vinyl liner, eventually it will need to be replaced. It’s just a simple fact of pool ownership. With proper care and maintenance, today’s vinyl liners last about 10, maybe even 15 years and many won’t show any wear at all over this time. But eventually the sun’s rays and pool chemicals take a toll, causing the vinyl to begin to deteriorate.

Liner replacement is an investment, so it’s smart to know what signs to watch for.

Fading

Quality, modern liners typically resist stains and fading, but with constant exposure to sunlight and chemicals some fading must be expected. Severe fading, though, is a sign that the vinyl is beginning to deteriorate. Shortly it will become brittle, and brittle vinyl cracks, then leaks.

Cracking and Water Loss

If there are cracks or tears anywhere in your pool liner, you can pretty safely assume your pool is leaking water. If you only have one or two small cracks or tears you can attempt to patch them to postpone liner replacement, but if there are cracks and tears in several places, you likely have leaks in several places as well.

If you don’t replace the liner and allow the leaks to continue, the water could eventually wash out the backfill that supports your pool, corrode the pool walls and cause other damage. Trust us – that’s a MUCH more expensive repair than a new liner!

Slipping, Stretching and Wrinkling

As liners age they lose some elasticity. In this situation it’s common for the liner to slip out of the track along the top edge of the pool, and for fittings around the pump and skimmer to become loose. The sagging liner allows water to slip beneath it, causing wrinkles. Once liners reach this point they can’t be repaired.

We offer quality replacement liners with extra layers of thickness and more than 30 beautiful designs. If you have questions about liners for in-ground or above ground pools, give us a call.

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Pool Remodel – Make it a Smooth Process

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Your swimming pool has seen better days. In fact, your backyard overall could use some work. We realize that a backyard remodel, especially including a swimming pool, can be quite the commitment. Fortunately, there are ways to make the process go a little smoother so that you will be enjoying your backyard oasis sooner, rather than later.

 

Sooner Rather Than Later

Contacting us to start the remodel process now means that you will still have time to enjoy your swimming pool before summer is out. The earlier we get started the better, because we will not be dividing our time among as many customers as we do later in the season. Additionally, working on the remodel now means you’ll be enjoying sunshine and splashes in your own backyard.

 

Tell Us About It

Another way to make sure that your remodel goes smoothly is to clearly communicate your desires and expectations for the finished product. Whomever you hire to do your remodel, you need to ask them to show you design sketches and discuss all options until you come to an agreed-upon plan of action.

 

Additionally, you need to be open to changes and willing to compromise on a few things, simply to accommodate the layout of your backyard as well as available materials. You may find that your budget does not lend to luxurious waterfall features you were hoping for with your pool, but your contractor may be able to suggest other water features that will look nice and fit within your budget constraints.

 

Know How You’ll Fund It

Another element for a smooth backyard remodel is to make sure that your funds for the project are in order so that there are no delays. Whether that means saving up for the entire process ahead of time, saving up for a down payment, financing the entire project, or another payment strategy, funding needs to be ready and established before the shovel hits the ground. We have financing available if you need it and are happy to discuss how that works.

 

Brothers Pool would be honored to work with you to create an updated and luxurious backyard swimming pool oasis for you and your family. Give us a call or come by the showroom to discuss options and get started!

Build the Ultimate Father’s Day Grilling Package

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Dads love to grill. It’s a fundamental fact of life. So this Father’s Day, give the dad in your life the ultimate grilling package. Just begin with the best grill on the market today – the Kamado Joe.

What makes the Kamado Joe so special?

These ancient, Asian-style grills have thick walls and controlled air flow that allow for unparalleled temperature control. The multi-level, half-rack design means you can cook a variety of foods at different temperatures at the same time. You’ve never seen this level of versatility in a grill before.

Classic 18 or Big Joe 24

The Classic 18 is the original Kamado Joe. It’s plenty big, with room for 10-12 chicken breasts at a time. If the dad in your life likes to cook for an even bigger crowd, the Big Joe 24 may be just what you need – it can handle 3 racks of ribs at once! Both models come with a heavy-duty rolling cart, so he can easily position his grill wherever he’d like.

Stand Alone

Available in the Classic 18 or Big Joe 24 size, the Stand Alone is meant to be integrated into a custom outdoor kitchen or one of our grilling tables. It’s perfect for a more permanent set-up.

Joe Jr.

Have a dad who’s on-the-go? The Joe Jr. is a portable Kamado Joe that’s just right for camping, tailgates, picnics, you name it.

Accessories

Once you’ve selected the perfect grill, be sure to choose the right accessories to complete the package.

Kamado Joes work best with all-natural chunk charcoal that burns long and clean, so be sure to include that.

Add some smoking wood – Kamado offers apple, maple, oak, hickory, pecan and cherry – after all, the Kamado is a smoker, too.

To truly get the most from the Kamado, you’ll need a variety of cooking surfaces. Grates, griddles, a laser-cut stainless that’s perfect for veggies and fish, and more are available. There’s even a pizza stone, a chicken stand and a wok. (Yes, really! We told you the Kamado was versatile.)

Add some of his favorite sauces and seasonings, and you’ve just created the ultimate grilling/smoking/baking package for a Father’s Day that he’ll never forget.

Update Your Pool with Vinyl Over Step Technology

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Whether you’ve had your pool for years and you’re ready for something a little different, or you’re just in the planning (or dreaming!) stages of pool design, it’s a good idea to take a look at the latest products and trends on the market. One of the hottest right now is Vinyl Over (VO) Step technology.

This technology developed as a solution for pool owners who had grown tired of the look of the existing steps in their in-ground pools. VO allows for versatility and customization that’s never been available in steel, fiberglass, polymer, or concrete pools before.

The versatility of this product allows for a beautiful, uninterrupted liner finish, echoing the look of a gunite pool. The vinyl is strong and durable, and is more affordable than you might think. Plus, keep in mind that VO technology can be used on so much more than just steps! Tanning ledges, swim-out ledges, swim-up bars and seating, and even children’s play areas are all great uses for this product. That should get your imagination going!

Worried about slippery steps? Don’t be! Tred-Tex gives improved traction on the steps, or anywhere else in your pool where you’d like a better “grip.” Of course, it’s not a guarantee against slips and falls, but it can help you and your guests feel confident while entering and exiting your pool.

Because VO updates can be made anytime, this makes it a great way to adapt your pool as your family’s needs change over time. A family with small children often wants very different things from their pool than a family with teens, empty nesters, or those who are caring for aging parents. VO can help you get it, without breaking the bank.

Interested?

We’d love to talk to you about Vinyl Over Step technology, and how we can use it to renovate your existing pool or integrate it into your new pool plans.

Join us for Pool School

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When you think about all of the things you need to know in order to properly maintain and care for your above ground pool, we recognize that there is a lot of information to process. That’s why at Brothers Pool we offer the Pool School Class. We feel that is important to educate our customers on proper swimming pool care so that they can take it into their own hands, feeling accomplished and even more proud of their backyard.

Classes are held at our store location at prescheduled times throughout the spring and summer months. Some of our Pool School topics include:

Weekly Maintenance

This is our most popular topic which teaches our customers how to manage weekly maintenance of their above ground pool. We’ll show you how to test your water, how to add chemicals to get things back in balance, and the best practices for keeping your pool clean.

Salt Water Demo

Occasionally, we’ll do a salt water demo to show you the benefits of a salt generator for your pool’s sanitizing system. At this class, you’ll learn the differences between a salt generator and using bottled chlorine in your pool so that you can determine which is best for you.

Summarizing

In the spring season, we’ll offer the Summarizing class (get it… summer-izing) to help you get ready for your biggest pool use season of the year. We’ll explain how to adequately open your pool, getting the water ready for the season and all of the available features that can help you keep it well-maintained all summer long.

Winterization

As the pool season comes to a close, we’ll offer the Winterization class to teach you how to close your above ground pool for no use during the colder months. We’ll discuss cover options, how to adequately shut down your system to avoid freezing, and more.

At Brothers Pool, we want to share our pool knowledge with you so that you can properly care for your home swimming pool. Registration is required to attend a Pool School Class, but there are plenty of class options throughout the season to fit your scheduling needs. Of course, if you’d rather, we also offer pool cleaning and maintenance services performed by our skilled technicians too.

Best Pool Safety Products

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May is National Water Safety Month, so we want to make sure that you have the tools you need to keep your family (pets included) as safe as possible when you have a pool or hot tub in your backyard.

Cover it Up

Whether it’s a swimming pool or hot tub (or both), the number one way to keep it secure is to cover it. Not with just any old cover – such as a solar blanket cover for your pool or a simple vinyl cover for your spa. Neither completely secure the water from access by small children and pets. In fact, they can actually make the water more dangerous because they could get trapped under the cover while in the water.

When it comes to your pool, get a safety cover for those times when there isn’t a lot of swimming going on. These covers latch to the patio in a grid format, covering the pool completely so there is absolutely no access point. They’re also able to hold hundreds of pounds of weight and still not give (the idea is that a child could walk across it and not fall in).

For your hot tub, get a cover that latches onto the spa so securely that you need a cover lifter to get it off. Then you can be certain your little one won’t be able to remove it. There are also covers that require a key to open.

Fence it In

For the more active swimming season, a fence is a great way to keep the pool secure. There are traditional fencing options which are a permanent solution, such as a wooden, metal or chain link fence. Just be sure that there are no gaps big enough for your toddler or pint-sized dog to fit through. There are also removable, mesh security fences available that are tension based.

Whatever style you choose, just make sure that the gate or access point is self-latching and locks, or that the latch is interior so that little hands can’t reach it.

Sound the Alarm

You can also utilize swimming pool alarms that alert you when the water has been breached. Some brands install securely to the side of the pool and others float in the water. Most have a receiver that has a large enough range that it can be installed indoors. Once the water is breached, the alarm sounds so you know immediately someone has accessed the pool. And, of course, they have a silent option when the pool is in use (most require a key to turn it off).

Keep your family water safe during the month of May and all year long. If you’re unsure where to start, Brothers Pool is honored to help.

 

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Brothers Pool

250 Main Street. (RT 150)
Wallingford Connecticut 06492
P: (203) 265-5980
F: (203) 294-1601
E: info@brotherspool.com

Driving Directions

In Connecticut take I-91 North or South to exit 15. Take Route 68 West towards Wallingford and Cheshire. Turn left at the intersection of 68 and 150 (Main Street). Brothers Pool is about 1 mile on the left.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

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