Rodents in Your Pool Heater? Why They Come and How to Keep Them Out

Have you ever popped the hood of a car only to find extensive damage from a rodent infestation? If so, you know just how devastating rats, mice, and other critters can be when they make their home in your stuff. Not to mention how expensive it can be to repair the damage they cause! They chew through electrical wiring, circuit cables and other components while leaving a big, nasty mess. The same is true of your pool heater.

A pool heater is the perfect home for rodents who are looking for a warm, dry place to nest during the winter. Rodents can squeeze into even the smallest spaces, so simply checking the heater every once in a while might not be enough to prevent an infestation.

You should take a few precautionary steps to keep your pool heater protected. It will take a few cheap tools you can pick up at your local hardware store, but anyone who has ever dealt with an infestation can tell you, you’ll be happy you had the foresight to do it! Remember to always make sure that your pool heater is completely off before starting.

Things You’ll Need:

• Moth Balls

• Steel Wool

• Rat or Mouse Traps

• Chicken Wire or Mesh

• Plywood

First stuff some moth balls in the crevices of your pool heater to deter critters. They hate the smell of these things, but that alone won’t be enough. Put steel wool in the gaps where they would likely crawl through, they can’t chew through steel wool. Put some rat traps or fake rubber snakes around the area.

Then seal up the openings with your chicken wire and be thorough, mice and rats can crawl through extremely tiny spaces. To finish the job and to give your pool heater a sealed off look, cut your plywood to size and post it over the chicken wire.

If you follow these simple steps, you’ll save yourself a major hassle and big time repair expenses. If you already have an infestation, call in the experts at Brothers Pool to handle it for you! Have any questions? We’re here to answer at (203) 265-5980.

Heat Pump VS Heater

Unless you live at the equator, you’re most likely going to need to heat your pool water. We’ve all excitedly jumped into a pool only to be shocked by the frigid water and what do we do? Swim as fast as we can to the ledge and hop out shivering our tails off of course! Even in warmer climates, a comfortable water temperature means a more joyful swimming experience and a longer swimming season. Invest in a heat pump or a heater to get the most out of your pool. But do you know how to pick the right one? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of heat pumps vs. heaters:

Heat Pump

Heat pumps use an electrical source to transfer the energy needed to heat the outside air using a compressor component. The heat created is then pumped into your pool and the cold air is blown out from the top of the unit. Heat pumps are best used in a relatively warm climate or during the warmer months, ideally one that stays above 50℉. They are a very environmentally-friendly way to heat a pool for the whole season and are energy-efficient. That means you can leave the heat pump on longer and keep your pool not too cold, not too hot, but just right. Just don’t tell Goldilocks. Heat pumps typically have a higher initial cost than a heater but require less energy to do their work, so the lifetime cost may be lower, depending on your climate. Remember, you will need an electrical source to plug your pool heat pump into.

Heater

Heaters use either gas or propane to heat your pool water. They offer a powerful way to heat your pool quickly and on demand. If you live in a colder climate or need your pool heated less frequently, then this is the option for you. Heaters can increase your pool water temperature by several degrees per hour, so if you decide to have people over tonight, just fire it up and your guests will love your warm pool! You will need a hookup to a gas line or a propane tank. To decide whether gas or propane is ideal for your needs, consider the cost and access to gas or propane in your locality.  

Brothers Pool carries the best in pool heating options. If you’re looking for a heat pump, ask us about our Aquacal heat pumps. For a heater, ask for the Starite MaxEtherm heaters. You can reach us at (203) 265-5980 or check out our store at 250 Main St. in Wallingford, CT.

Are Heat Pumps Loud?

One of pool owners’ main concerns when installing a heat pump, along with energy-efficiency and effectiveness at heating the pool, is the noise created when the heat pump is running. After all, you don’t want your heat pump to be an annoying and hulking nuisance when you are trying to enjoy the tranquility of your pool! You also don’t want to bother the neighbors. So the question is, are heat pumps loud?

Decibel Count

The answer varies quite widely depending on the brand of heat pump as well as the condition it’s in. If your heat pump is making grinding, whooshing, or other strange noises, it is probably a sign that it requires some troubleshooting and maintenance. The top brands of heat pumps generally run at about 55-70 decibels, with Aquacal being the lowest at 54 decibels. Don’t be fooled, there is a massive difference between 54 and 70 decibels. We usually don’t think about everyday noises in terms of decibels, so if this is still too abstract, another way to think about it is that a heat pump is just slightly louder than an average a/c compressor.

Troubleshooting Your Heat Pump

Your heat pump has valves that backflow the refrigerant between heating and cooling modes. Many pool owners notice that their heat pump gets louder during the winter. This is because the heat pump’s defrost mode is kicking in and causing the aforementioned valves to shift, causing a whooshing sound, according to Hannabery HVAC. These sounds are normal and are simply a sign of your heat pump working overtime in the cold. The sound should abate as the pressure in the heat pump equalizes.

Abnormal Sounds

If you hear a loud grinding noise as if metal is hitting metal, you should immediately turn off the unit and inspect it. A piece of debris like a stick could be stuck in the fan blades and can end up causing more damage to your heat pump. If the blades are broken or bent, they can rip up the copper coil, causing refrigerant fluid to leak. If you think your heat pump is making abnormal noises, call in the experts at Brothers Pool to diagnose the issue.

Have any additional questions? Our wonderful staff are happy to assist, just give us a call at (203) 265-5980 or stop by the store at 250 Main St in Wallingford!

What Do I Do if Somebody Poops in My Pool?

Yikes, the dreaded “accident” in the pool! Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with this in your own pool, but in case it does happen, we’ve put together this guide so you can safely handle the incident and everyone can get back to enjoying that crystal clear water.

There’s two possible types of fecal incidents that you could encounter: a formed fecal incident or diarrhea. While both types can be handled without having to drain your pool, they have different risk factors for causing recreational water illnesses so you’ll need to take a few different steps depending on which type you’re dealing with.

The Formed Fecal Incident is the easiest to handle and has the least risk factor for illness-causing germs and parasites like E-coli, Giardia, or Cryptosporidium (“Crypto”). In fact, in a study in 1999 the CDC tested nearly 300 formed fecal incidents that were collected from public pools across the country and none of them tested positive for Crypto, the most stubborn and dangerous germ that spreads recreational water illness. In that study 4.4% of the samples tested positive for Giardia. Based on this, the CDC recommends that if there is a formed fecal incident in your pool, you treat for Giardia, E-Coli, and other germs, but since there is little risk of Crypto with a formed fecal incident, you don’t need to be concerned with treating for it.

For a formed fecal incident, follow these steps:

• Get everyone out of the pool.

• Remove as much of the fecal matter as possible, trying not to break it apart. Do not use your pool vacuum to remove it. Then dispose of it in a sanitary way. Clean the bucket or net you used and then submerge it in the pool so it will be disinfected along with the water.

• Raise the water’s free-chlorine level to 2 parts per million (ppm) or 3 ppm with unstabilized chlorine. With the water’s pH at 7.5 or less, keep the chlorine elevated for 25-30 minutes at 2 ppm or 19 minutes at 3 ppm. During this time, it’s recommended the water temperature is at least 77℉. If your water already has a chlorine stabilizer in it, you’ll want to use a higher free-chlorine level than 3 ppm since the stabilizer slows down how quickly chlorine kills germs.

• Make sure the filtration system is running while the water is raised and maintained at the disinfecting chlorine level.

• Once the disinfection is complete and free chlorine levels are back to normal, you can allow swimmers back in the pool.

Diarrhea on the other hand, has a much higher risk for Crypto, which is an extremely chlorine-tolerant parasite. To be safe, in a diarrheal incident, you’ll need much stronger free chlorine levels, for a longer time period. Do the following:

• Get everyone out of the pool.

• Remove as much of the fecal matter as possible and then dispose of it in a sanitary way. Don’t use your pool vacuum for this. Clean the bucket or net you used to remove the matter, and then submerge it in the pool so it will be disinfected along with the water.

• If your water does not already contain a chlorine stabilizer, raise the water’s free-chlorine level to 10 ppm or 20 ppm with unstabilized chlorine, making sure the water’s pH is at 7.5 or less. For 10 ppm, keep it elevated for 25.5 hours. For 20 ppm, keep it elevated for 12.75 hours. It’s recommended the water temperature is at least 77℉ for this process.

• If your water does contain a chlorine stabilizer, you’ll need to sanitize for a longer time, as the stabilizer slows down how quickly chlorine kills germs. If the cyanuric acid concentration of your water is 15 ppm or less, you can raise the free chlorine concentration to 20 ppm and keep it there for 28 hours. If the cyanuric acid concentration of your water is higher than 15 ppm, you’ll first need to lower that concentration to less than 15 ppm by draining some water and adding fresh water without chlorine stabilizer. Then you can raise the free chlorine level to 20 ppm for 28 hours.

• Make sure the filtration system is running while the water reaches the disinfection free-chlorine level, and the entire time the level is elevated.

• After the disinfection is complete, backwash the filter well. Be sure to discharge directly to waste, and follow local regulations. If needed, replace the filter media.

• Once chlorine and pH levels are back to normal, you can allow swimmers back in the pool.

Of course, prevention is much preferred to cleaning poop from the pool! Remind all swimmers to never enter the pool if they have a stomach bug or have had diarrhea recently. Encourage kids to use the bathroom before swimming, and remind them to take bathroom breaks periodically.
If you have any questions about raising your pool to the proper free-chlorine levels, contact us, and remember, we carry all the water chemicals you need for this type of incident, or your regular water balancing!

The Pool Owner’s Guide to Choosing Sunscreen

Don’t let a sunburn ruin your staycation! Skip the painful experience (not to mention the long-term risks) by choosing the right sun protection and using it correctly. Despite the confusing mish mash of 3-letter acronyms on the array of bottles filling the sun care aisle, picking the right sunscreen for your needs is easier than you might think. We’re going to break it down for you, so you can stop wasting time reading so many labels and get back to swimming!

UVA vs UVB

In reference to the sun’s rays, UV stands for ultraviolet. UVA are the long wave light spectrum rays that reach us from the sun, while UVB are the short wave light rays. UVB causes sunburn while UVA reaches deeper into skin and at first appearance only causes a tan. Until the last couple of decades, all sunscreen only protected against UVB rays (and many types of sunscreen still only guard against UVB rays) because we didn’t know we needed to be concerned with anything except sunburn-causing UVB. Scientists now know that UVA rays, while they don’t cause immediate visible damage, can cause wrinkles and premature aging, and can damage the skin’s DNA cells, leading to cancer. Which is why many sunscreens now incorporate protection for both UVA and UVB rays, commonly labeled “broad spectrum”.

For full protection against the sun’s damage, you’ll want to choose sunscreen that says it protects against both UVA and UVB rays on the label, or specifies that it offers broad spectrum protection. In addition, for swimming, go for a waterproof or “water resistant” choice.

SPF

We’re all familiar with those common SPF numbers on our sunscreen labels, but have you wondered what that means exactly? SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and the number correlates to how many more minutes you can be in the sun without your skin reddening than if you had no protection. So, if you generally started to burn after 15 minutes in the sun, SPF 15, would extend that by another 15 minutes. SPF 50 would extend that timeframe by an extra 50 minutes. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using an SPF of 30 or higher for any extended outdoor activity.

Proper Application

Are you guilty of applying a quick layer of sunscreen after you go outside, just before you jump into the pool? We’ve probably all done that at one point, but that won’t give your skin the protection you need. Instead, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going into the sun. Then, reapply every two hours at minimum, or after swimming or sweating excessively. Don’t forget all of your skin; ears, hairline, lips, and hands are commonly missed spots. Plus, you did know you should apply sunscreen to your entire body before putting on your swimming suit, right? That’s right, the sun’s radiation penetrates clothing, and most material doesn’t offer enough protection.

Extra Protection

Exposed skin isn’t the only part that needs protection from the sun! Protect your eyes with UV blocking sunglasses, and wear a heat when possible. We recommend choosing UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) swimsuits and clothing as well. Regular fabrics offer a tiny amount of sun protection, but if you go for a UPF suit, you can get sun protection of 50+, which completely voids the need to wear sunscreen under your suit or clothes.

When you follow these guidelines, you can go out into the sunshine and enjoy your pool with full confidence you’re taking all the right steps to protect your skin!

Now, that you now how to protect yourself and you’re almost certainly planning to spend the entire summer by the pool, how about a new lounge chair so you can read a book in complete comfort when you take a break from the water? Got questions, please contact us and we’re glad to help!

Don’t Stay Indoors! UPF Clothing Helps You Enjoy Your Pool Again

There’s no better way to enjoy a summer day than by splashing in your pool with your family and friends! However, did you know it can take as little as 10-15 minutes of bright sun to get a bad sunburn? And since a sunburn is not only painful, but damages your skin, causes wrinkles, and can cause Melanoma skin cancer, figuring out a way to protect your skin from the sun while still being free to enjoy your pool is paramount.

Slathering up with sunscreen can be effective, but most people don’t use it in a way that provides the maximum protection. To really be effective, it needs to be applied about 30 minutes before you go into the sun and reapplied every two hours or every time you come out of the pool after swimming. What’s more, it’s recommended that you apply sunscreen before you put on your swimsuit because, while all swimsuits and clothing provide a little bit of protection, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate most materials and the protection they can provide is not enough. So, where can you find safer, more effective, and easier-to-use sun protection? With UPF clothing!

SPF vs UPF Sun Protection

Just like how sunscreen uses those familiar SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ratings, sun-protective clothing uses a similar scale. When it comes to clothes, you’re looking for the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating. Unlike its sunscreen counterpart, which typically is tested to just block the sun’s UVB rays, UPF clothing blocks both UVA and UVB rays. When you purchase a UPF swimsuit or clothing, the label will show you the level of sun protection.

*UPF 15-20 is “Good” sun protection. This is the lowest UPF rating you can buy on clothing. Anything lower than 15 is not considered to protect against UV rays. For an idea, a standard, lightweight summer t-shirt has a UPF rating of 5.

**UPF 25-35 is “Very Good” sun protection. A rating of 25 means it blocks out 96% UV radiation

***UPF 35-50+ is “Excellent” sun protection. A rating of 50 means it blocks out 98% UV radiation. UPF ratings stop after 50, but 50+ means it blocks even more than 98%.

How UPF Clothing Works

It’s a combination of material and the tightness of the thread weave that allows UPF clothing to block ultraviolet rays. The fabrics, usually a nylon blend, actually have some of the active ingredients (like zinc oxide) that you find in sunscreen, but it doesn’t wash out. Over time, the protection fades and very worn or threadbare clothes should be replaced. Check the labels of the brands you’re interested in, but typically, UPF clothing is rated to last through approximately 2 years of normal wear.

Keep in mind that UPF clothing replaces the need for sunscreen, but only for the parts of your skin it covers. You’ll still want to slather sunscreen over your face, neck, and any other exposed skin. This means, for the most protection, you’ll want to swim with a UPF one-piece suit, long trunks, or a rash guard, at least during the sun’s peak hours during the day. You can always don your favorite bikini for evening swims!

Now that you’re in the know when it comes to protecting yourself against the sun’s rays, would you like to wear that UPF swimsuit in your own pool instead of the city pool? Check out our inground and above ground pools for inspiration for your own backyard!

Your Handy Checklist for Safe Swimming!

Pool season will be here soon and we know that beyond the swimming, splashing, and games, the number one priority for every pool owner is safety! With that in mind, we’ve compiled this checklist so you can know that you’re taking every precaution needed.

Physical Pool Safety Tips

►Have a fence or barrier around your pool.

► Make sure your fence and gate are in perfect working order.

► Never leave the gate open or prop it open, and make sure it has a lock (a self-locking safety gate is best).

► Invest in fence and gate alarms that will alert inside the house if the pool gate is opened.

► When your pool will be unused for a prolonged length of time, replace the pool cover.

► Don’t leave toys in or around the pool when it’s not in use. These can be a temptation to children to come close to the pool or reach in when you’re not around.

► Cover all drains and openings.

If you have old drain covers, replace them with anti-vortex ones. There is a surprising amount of suction at the drain – enough to hold an adult in place. An anti-vortex drain cover distributes the water from the sides, and not just the top, preventing a tight suction.

Best Practices

►Instruct all children and adults to keep away from drains and openings.

►Never leave children unsupervised.

►Be in the water and within arm’ reach of a baby in a float or a toddler in a swim vest.

►Make sure all household members know how to swim and take swimming lessons if needed.

►Get training in CPR.

►If kids are allowed to swim when a babysitter is present, make sure your babysitter is CPR-certified.

►Keep a phone at hand outside near the pool.

►Make a rule that no one goes in the pool alone unless there’s an adult outside watching.

►Stay vigilant and watchful when kids are in the pool.

►During swim parties, designate 1-2 adults (or more if needed) to monitor swimmers.

►Purchase basic rescue equipment, like a rescue tube, shepherds crook, and/or life jackets and keep them near the pool.

►Keep kids away from pool equipment, filters, and water chemicals.

►Use sunscreen and/or UPF clothing to protect against sunburns.

Make sure that all family members know the safety rules and make any guests follow the rules, as well. When you know that your family members all understand and follow pool safety, you’ll have peace of mind and be able to enjoy your pool that much more. Need any help making sure your pool drains or equipment are in perfect working order? Contact us!

The 11 Biggest Mistakes When Opening/Closing a Pool

If this is your first year owning a pool, you’ll probably want to call us to handle the opening and closing for you so you can get more familiar with the process. And while we’re happy to handle the opening and closing every year, many customers choose to take care of it themselves once they understand how it’s done. If you’re going to do it yourself, be sure you steer clear of these mistakes to save yourself extra work and to ensure you have the best water quality.

Opening Your Pool

► Forgetting to clear the cover. Use a pump to get rid of accumulated water and then use a broom or a leaf rake to pull off the debris. There’s no bigger downer when you’re opening your pool and you have to scoop ten times as many leaves out because you forgot this step.

► Forgetting to clear the surrounding area. Even if your cover is perfectly clear, the yucky water, leaves, sticks, and other debris around your pool will find their way in easily if you don’t clear them off first. Plus, when you remove the cover, you need a nice clean spot to place it.

► Storing the cover dirty or wet. Clean your cover and let it dry completely before you fold it up and tuck it in the shed or a plastic container for the summer. This will avoid you unfolding a mildewed, stuck together cover next fall.

► Not lubricating metal parts. It’s a good idea to lubricate bolts on your handrails and diving board and other moving parts at the start of the season. Skip this step and they may rust or oxidize over the summer and be a serious pain to remove when you’re closing your pool.

► Not balancing the water correctly. At the start of the season, we seriously recommend you bring your water in for a professional test. From there, you balance your water (alkalinity first, then pH, then calcium). It’s not until your water is correctly pH balanced that you shock your water.

► Not running the filtration system enough. You need to circulate the water for 12-24 hours before you bring the water sample in and balance the water (to let the new water you added get incorporated). There’s another 12-24 hours circulation after you balance the water but before you shock it. Then you’ll want to circulate the water for another day before you dive in.

► Not brushing enough. When you’re opening your pool, you want to brush the walls, floor, and steps with a good pool brush after you’ve vacuumed. Then you want to keep brushing daily for the first week or so. This will stop algae growth in its tracks and allow your chemicals and your filter to do their best work.

Closing Your Pool

► Closing a dirty pool. A minimal amount of floating leaves or dirt on the bottom of your pool will wreak havoc on your water during the winter and you’ll be opening to a much bigger mess. Part of winterizing your pool is using a skimmer to remove all leaves, brushing your pool, and vacuuming it.

► Not balancing the water properly. Sometimes people think all you need to do is throw in the winterizing chemicals and you’re good to go. Not so. Before you add winterizing chemicals, you want your water correctly balanced.

► Not lowering the water level. When you live in a zone where there’s a chance the water could freeze, it’s important you lower the level a little bit to prevent damage from expanding, frozen water. Just drop it about 4-6 inches below the skimmer and you’ll be good.

► Failing to remove water from the lines, filter, and other equipment. This is the big one that can have very costly effects if you forget. Water can freeze in your plumbing lines and burst them. Same for your filter and other equipment. Frozen water expands and can ruin them.

Make sure you don’t make any of those mistakes, and the process will go smoothly. And not to worry, even if things go awry while you’re taking care of the opening and/or closing, we’re only one call away!

Staycations Start with ‘Swimming Pool’

When you have a pool beckoning from your own backyard, the best vacation is a staycation! There’s no booking flights and hotels, packing, doing mounds of laundry when you return, or fighting off jet lag your first day back to work. Instead, your vacation, from start to finish, can be one fun and relaxing experience. Honestly, staying poolside and hanging out with your loved ones is a guaranteed way to enjoy your staycation, but we have a few more elements to get the most out of your time!

Plan Ahead

Just like you spend time planning for a trip, spend a little time planning how you’d like your vacation to go. Would you like to grill burgers, spend your day in your swimming suit, and sleep in tents for a camping trip-inspired staycation? Maybe you’d rather enjoy tropical drinks, have fine dining delivered, and end your night on luxurious sheets. Or maybe, when the sun is at its peak and you take a break from swimming, you’d like to take family outings and see your city like a tourist, going to museums, shops, and local attractions.

Stay “Out of Office”

When you’re at home, it’s easier to give in to the temptation to check your email or take care of “just one quick thing”, but in order to return to your normal routine feeling refreshed, don’t do it! Set your vacation responder on your email, change your work voicemail to “out of office”, and your personal voicemail to “we’re on vacation!” If you need to, delete your email app from your phone or tablet. For a serious break, power off your phone, take off your watch and enjoy living in the moment.   

Comfy Furniture

If you don’t love your outdoor furniture, now’s a good time to make some upgrades. When you’re not in the water, you want to spend your time poolside lounging in comfort. Need an upgrade? We carry a large selection of outdoor furniture, so you’re sure to find something you love!

Reading Material

Book worms rejoice; you can finally get caught up on a couple of those books you’ve been wanting to read! Hit up the library or place your Amazon order before your vacation starts, so fresh reading material will be waiting for you. While you’re picking your books, grab a few magazines and books your family might be interested in as well.

Tunes Set the Mood

Build a playlist of your favorite summer songs, and don’t forget to ask for input from other family members. If you don’t already have speakers around your pool, a small Bluetooth speaker on a nearby table should do just fine. You can even place your phone in a glass bowl to amplify the sound and make an effortless speaker!

Splurge a Little

With all the money you’re saving by choosing a staycation over a trip, you might want to go for a little splurge or two that will take your home vacation to the next level! You could hire a cleaning service to keep your house in tip-top shape so you can dedicate yourself to relaxing for the week. You might choose to splurge a little at the grocery store for a steak and lobster dinner, or even order your favorite Maine crab online. How about a poolside couples massage in your own backyard? Or, splurge and have your favorite food delivered every night so you don’t have to cook on vacation.

Pool Games

Before your staycation starts, treat your family to some new pool games and floaties. Then unleash your inner competitor as you compete in pool floatie races, sharks and minnows, airball (keeping a beach ball in the air for as long as possible), or a family water polo match. At Brothers Pool, we’ve got all the games and floaties you could hope to find! Browse our store or come in and see our full selection in person.

If you keep these tips in mind, we think you may discover a staycation is your favorite type of vacation! All ready to plan that staycation but your pool needs a renovation? We’ve got you covered with everything from liner replacement to hardscaping. Uh oh, no swimming pool yet? Check out our in-ground pool designs and then contact us with your questions or to take the first steps to own your dream pool!

May 4th Open House Specials & Schedule!

We look forward to seeing you at our Open House, Saturday, May 4th. Brothers Pool Vendors are available from 9:00 to 3:00PM to promote and educate you on our products. The largest sale of the year! A day of good food, good fun, education and most importantly SALES! Pizza truck lunch, face painting and balloon characters for all Fun Pass Holders (starting 12PM). Refreshments throughout the day.

SPECIALS

May 4, 2019 Only.  Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts, special events or prior purchases

SAFETY COVERS (presented by Kenny Schaefer).
The strongest way to keep kids and pets safe.  Choose one of our durable mesh options.  Coverstar covers keep debris out of your pool, and block virtually all sunlight. 
SALE: 10% OFF Safety Cover & free shipping
SALE: 12 Months Interest Free on Safety Cover purchases
SALE: Free Safety Cover Pick-Up on Replacement Covers (all hardware & springs must be removed)
SALE: With the purchase of a new Safety Cover receive, FREE Winterization (cost of chemicals will be charged accordingly). 

INGROUND POOLS (presented by Kenny Schaefer from KAFKO & Viking).
“Make your backyard a showplace!” 
SALE: FREE 27/27 Mil Upgrade on Inground Liner Replacements (not to be claimed on prior purchases).
SALE: With the purchase of both an Inground Liner & Safety Cover, Redeem $200.00 Manufacture Rebate!

ABOVEGROUND POOLS (presented by Tony Collica from Doughboy Pools).
 “For a lifetime of family memories, It’s Gotta be a doughboy”
SALE: Dough for Doughboy:  Purchase a Doughboy Pool, Liner & Filtering System and receive $500.00 OFF
SALE: 60 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your swimming pool!
SALE: Fun Pass VIP “10% OFF In store purchases for 1 year”
SALE: FREE Ultra Auto Vac with any Doughboy or Embassy Pool Purchase (ending may 11)
SALE: 50% OFF Doughboys Enhanced Liner Warranty 

HOT TUBS (presented by David Katzman from Marquis Spas). 
“Rated #1 in quality in pool and spa news”
SALE: 60 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your Hot Tub!
SALE: Free Bonus Package: Ground Delivery, Deluxe Chemical Kit, Cover and Cover Lifter
SALE:
Fun Pass VIP “10% OFF In store purchases for 1 year”

ATV-SWIM SPAS  (presented by David Katzman from Marquis Spas). 
SALE:
$1,000.00 OFF –ATV-SWIM SPA
SALE: 60 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your ATV or Swim Spa!
SALE: Fun Pass VIP “10% OFF In store purchases for 1 year”

HOT TUB “PLUG AND PLAY” (presented by Mitch Rosenfield from Dreammaker Spas).  “Simply fill, Plug-In & Play!”
SALE: 60 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your Dreammaker Spa!
SALE: PICK TWO Promotion (Pick Two Upgrades for free)! 
SALE: Chemical Start Up Kit
SALE: Fun Pass VIP “10% OFF In store purchases for 1 year”

FIRE TABLES (presented by Bob Oresmen from The Outdoor Greatroom).
SALE: 50% OFF Glass Guards

CAST ALUMINUM OUTDOOR FURNITURE 
SALE:
60 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your Patio Furniture!
SALE: Pick One Free Accessory with purchase of Cast Table Set:  Lazy Susan, Umbrella Base
SALE: 50% Off Backyard Comfort Cast Aluminum Umbrella bases (Available in Bronze & White) 

OUTDOOR FURNITURE (presented by Bob Oresmen from Malibu & Kingsley Bate).
SALE: 20% Adirondack Chairs (while supplies last, in stock only).
SALE: 60 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your Patio Furniture!

HEAT PUMPS (presented by Bill Starkie from AquaCal).
SALE: $100.00 OFF, Free month supply of Therma Swim and Free Installation (water connections only) with your AquaCal Heat Pump purchase
SALE: 12 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your Heat Pump!

FILTERS & PUMPS (presented by Rich Jones from PENTAIR).
SALE: $50.00 REBATE with purchase of Variable Speed Pump
SALE: Free month supply of Therma and Free Installation (water connections only) on Heater purchases
SALE: 12 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off Pool Equipment! 

CASH & CARRY LINERS:
SALE: 20% OFF (In stock liners only).   
SALE:  10% OFF Custom Above ground Liner Orders & Free Extended Warranty with purchase of any Vinyl Works Above Ground Pool Liner

ATRAHL GLASSWARE (presented by Greg Willie from Imperial Pools). 
SALE: 10% OFF All Glassware Special Orders 

ENJOY (presented by Robert McColgan from Jonas).
SALE: 50% OFF Conversions -If you have never tried Enjoy and would like to visit Bob from Jonas today!
SALE: 10% OFF ENJOY & a FREE Therma Swim “Liquid Solar Cover”with each box of ENJOY purchased
SALE:  $1.00 OFF Ultra Blue, Algaecide 30 OR 60 (limit 2 per customer) 

POOLIFE (presented by Jerry Mako from PooLife).
SALE: FREE 1LB OF TURBO SHOCK ($6.99 Value) With every 12 Pak of Turbo Shock Purchased
SALE: FREE 1LB OF SHOCK (Up to $8.99 Value) With every 2 Poolife Liquids Purchased
SALE: $25.00 MAIL IN REBATE WHEN PURCHASING YOUR SEASON OF POOLIFE BRTIE STIX, MPT, NST OR BAQUACIL

SR SMITH (presented by Craig Mocsh from SR Smith).
SALE: 12 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your Slide!
SALE:  $100.00 Brothers Pool Gift Card W/ Purchase of SR Smith Slide 

AUTO VACS (presented by John Quick from Aqua Products).
SALE: 12 Months Interest Free or cash in for an additional 10% off your Aquabot Auto Vac!
SALE:  Rebate up to $200.00 

VOLT BATTERY VACS (presented by John Quick from Volt).
SALE:  FREE Filter bag replacement with your Volt vacuum purchase
SALE: $25.00 Manufacture Rebate with the purchase of   

UMBRELLAS
SALE:  20% OFF in Stock Umbrellas 

CUSHIONS 
SALE:
20% OFF in Stock Cushions 

SOLAR COVERS
SALE:  Double Fun Pass Points -For every 300 points receive $10.00 Reward 

CANDLES 
SALE:  BOGO 50% OFF Kringle & Country Candles 

SUCTION VACCUM CLEANERS  
SALE:  10% OFF INGROUND & ABOVEGROUND SUCTION VACCUM CLEANERS 

SUCTION VACCUM CLEANERS  
SALE:  10% OFF INGROUND & ABOVEGROUND

ANIMAL & STINGRAY MANUAL POOL EQUITMENT  
SALE:  Double Fun Pass Points -For every 300 points receive $10.00 Reward

GAME WIRELESS SPEAKER LIGHT SHOW
SALE:
$3.00 OFFGame Wireless Speaker Light Show **Voted #1 Pool Entertainment in 2018 

NOODLES 
SALE:
BOGO 40% OFF NOODLES 

GAME WIRELESS SPEAKER LIGHT SHOW
SALE:
$3.00

POOLIFE OPENING KIT 
SALE:
$2.00 OFF 

TOYS
SALE: 20% OFF  

SPLASH GOOGLES
SALE: $2.00 OFF 

ENJOY OPENING KIT 
SALE: $3.00 OFF 

CANTILEVER SPA UMBRELLAS
SALE: 50% OFF 

VENDOR HOSTED CLASSES

12:00PM – The dangers of High Cyanuric Acid “The troubles that come with over stabilizing your pool” By: Gerry Mako w/Poolife

12:30PM – Inground Variable Speed Pumps “Do they really save up to 90% on operating energy costs” By: Rich Jones w/Starite

1:00PM – Salt Chlorine Generators “Maintaining your pool has never been so easy” By: Bill Starkie w/AquaCal

1:30PM – Auto Vacuum Electric Pool Cleaners “Fewer chemicals and a healthy clean” By: Aqua Products / Aquabot

POOL SCHOOLS

10:00AM – “How to Summarize your Aboveground Pool”

11:00AM – “Aboveground Weekly Maintenance”

12:00PM – “How to Summarize your Aboveground Pool”

1:00PM – “Aboveground Weekly Maintenance”

2:00PM – “Hot Tub Maintenance”

Please RSVP, so we can prepare for all our guests.

Call to reserve your seat at one of our Pool School sessions, or to get more information on this event. 203-265-5980.

 

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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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