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Will a Swimming Pool Add Value to an Investment Home?


lv3-fiberglass-inground-poolA retirement home is an investment and most people will look for ways to add value to such an investment.

Take home swimming pools. There is more than one simple answer to the question of if a swimming pool adds value to a retirement home.

Some of it boils down to location. In some areas of the country, a home swimming pool can be an asset that attracts people and helps convince them they have truly found their retirement home. This is especially true if a large number of homes in the area have swimming pools. So how can you know if the pool adds value? Talk to a local realtor and review home sales data from the area. For instance, swimming pools often offer more value to homes in the southwest as compared to homes in the Midwest. Still, every area should be treated as unique. Talk to a realtor.

Beyond the monetary value of the home, there is also the personal preference. How important is it to have a swimming pool for your retirement home. Is a pool something you’ve always wanted in a home? Will you use the swimming pool on a regular basis?

If you are moving to a new area when purchasing your retirement home, make sure you educate yourself on the local regulations. There may be zoning regulations tied to pool installation. It’s best to know early, before any final decision is made.

Things You May Not Know About a Swimming Pool

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If you are new to the whole swimming pool game, you’re probably busy trying to soak up home swimming pool knowledge. This is a time to familiarize yourself with some of the terms and duties you’ll need to know if you decide to buy a home swimming pool.

If you are choosing an above-ground pool, you might have questions about the workings of the pool. Unlike an in-ground pool, some above-ground pools do not have a drain. Water flows in these pools thanks to a skimmer. Water from the pool flows through the skimmer to be filtered, then comes back in the pool through the return device. The return is generally located very close to the skimmer.

Another device you may hear about is the chlorinator. This is a canister that releases chlorine or bromine into your swimming pool. An in-line chlorinator feeds chlorine through the pool return.

How does a heated pool stay heated? Good question. A swimming pool’s heat pump removes heat, even from cool air, compresses than transfers it to the pool. This raises the temperature in the pool.

Cleaning the pool is very important, for many reasons. An automatic pool cleaner can certainly help with this choir. Some of these cleaners on wheels. Others use tractor-type treads. Some are powered by remote control and can be commanded to cross the pool floor and climb pool walls. Pretty neat, huh? The things you learn when you decide to buy a swimming pool.

You’ll also learn about opening your pool for a new season and closing your pool when fall meets the horizon. There’s a lot to know and we’ve only touched on a fraction of it here.

This is why a new pool owner really needs the support of a good pool team. Talk to the folks at Brothers Pool today. They are experts in the field of pool education.

Fiberglass vs Vinyl Pools

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Start shopping for a home swimming pool and you’ll have to wait all of eleven seconds before the question “fiberglass or vinyl” is raised.

What do you want from a swimming pool? There are any number of ways to answer this question. Folks in the market for a swimming pool have a number of options when it comes to shape and size of the pool and the material used to construct the pool.

One major decision will be choosing fiberglass or vinyl for your pool.

Fiberglass pools have been around awhile. Their popularity dates back to the 1950’s. Fiberglass tends to be the more expensive of the two options. Fiberglass pool shells are built from an existing mold. Once ordered, the shells are cast and delivered. The pools are built off-site so there is not a lot of installation time once the pool shell arrives at the home.

Many fiberglass pools have steps and seats molded right into the shell. There is a gel coating added to the surface that can prevent algae growth. The gel coating does require weekly cleanings.

Since fiberglass pools are built off-site and shipped to a home, the pools are usually limited to 16 feet in width.

Vinyl pools are pools that feature vinyl liners. The vinyl liner is placed over a steel or polymer pool frame. This allows for head-free installation and also allows for customization.

Vinyl pools initially cost less than fiberglass pools. However, at some point in time, the vinyl lining of the pool will need to be replaced. Choosing the right pool liner can be a great way to prevent against early liner replacement. There may also be more maintenance involved, since vinyl liners can be a little more sensitive to the environment.

Talk to a team of pool experts and decide what swimming pool option works best for you and your family.

How a Pool Heat Pump uses Electricity

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If you are a swimming pool owner, you already know the importance of a swimming pool heat pump. If you are in the market for a home swimming pool, you’re likely going to get an education in heat pumps.

There are lots of things to know about pool heating pumps. The first thing deals with cost. We all want to keep our energy bills at a reasonable cost, so one of the first questions will likely be, “How much energy is needed for this heat pump?”

It’s a fair question. Yet, it’s important to understand how energy consumption factors into the overall cost of a swimming pool heat pump. It’s also important to be aware of the impact the heat pump will have on the environment.

Pool heat pumps tend to be very efficient, at least compared to fuel and gas burners. The reason for this efficiency starts with the design process. Pool heat pumps use the surrounding air to heat the swimming pool. The air is pulled into the heat pump by a motor turning a fan blade. The motor consumes only a small amount of electricity. This allows for an energy-efficient and cost-effective method of swimming pool heating.

If you have questions about a pool heat pump, stop in to Brothers Pool. The team at Brothers Pool is prepared to provide answers to your heat pump inquiries.

Why Water Quality is So Important to a Swimming Pool

pool water testingWhether you are in the market for a pool or are a “seasoned” swimming pool owner, you’re going to hear plenty about water quality.

But what does water quality really mean? Sure, you want clean water. This is a given. Yet what are the real reasons and details behind water quality? If you own a home swimming pool, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on this topic.

This is also a good idea to talk to the qualified staff at Brothers Pool. The folks at Brothers Pool are in the business of pool education.

Good water quality goes way beyond eliminating visibly dirty water. If pool water is not properly maintained, your swimming pool can become a comfortable home to things like germs, bacteria and algae. Not all these things can be seen with the naked eye.

Regular pool maintenance means maintaining and checking the pool’s pH balance and chlorine levels of the pool water on a consistent basis.

This does not mean we just dismiss what we see with the naked eye. The eye test can be helpful. When you look at your swimming pool, make sure the water is clear. You should be able to see the bottom of the pool. The water should look clear on a day-to-day basis.

To learn more about swimming pools and pool water quality, talk to Brothers Pool. Bring in a water sample from your pool and discover how Brothers Pool can ensure your pool water quality is where it needs to be.

Watch Out for Pool Algae


swimming_pool_maintenance_101_algaeEvery swimming pool owner knows about algae. Green and slimy, it is an unsightly presence in any pool.

It’s also dangerous.

Bacteria such as E. coli can find a home in a pool contaminated by algae.

Green is the color often associated with algae, but this slimy stuff comes in an assortment of colors. Red, brown, yellow, and teal. Yes, teal. These colors in the pool can all be indicators of algae.

So how does algae get in our swimming pool water? It starts with bad water balance. Algae tends to thrive in pools with unbalanced chemical and pH levels. This underlines clean pool water.

Your pool filtration system must be working properly for it to truly safeguard against algae. Uncirculated water is more likely to be a breeding ground for algae and bacteria.

If you do find algae in your pool, it’s vital that you run the filter system continuously while treating the pool for algae.

Stagnant water is also more likely to attract algae. Keep active in your pool, if at all possible. After all, that’s why you have the pool. Stirring the pool water will help keep it clean and bring any dirt and debris to the surface.

When you are not using the pool, make sure it is covered. There are many reliable automatic pool covers on the market.

Don’t forget about regular water testing. If you have questions, check with the team at Brothers Pool. Ask about how the Brothers Pool team can help with water testing.

We want to remind you how you can save money at Brothers Pool this August. Here are some of the deals happening right now:

• Get a free pool closing with the purchase of a new pool safety cover
• 10% off all Aquabot auto vacuums
• 15% off outdoor GreatRoom fire pit tables

These deals and more expire August 15th. Stop in to Brothers Pool and find out how to maximize your year-round fun in your yard.


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250 Main Street. (RT 150)
Wallingford Connecticut 06492
P: (203) 265-5980
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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.

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