Monthly Archives: July 2017

Enjoy a summer date – end with a romantic spa soak

Summer is a time to slow down and enjoy the season – and each other. What better way that a date night? In the Wallingford area, there are so many options for great evenings (and days!) out. Why not spend the summer trying out a few of these top local options? Then, cap things off with a romantic soak together in your spa from Brothers Pool!

Gouveia Vineyards

If you’ve never been, you’re missing a local jewel. Set on 140 beautiful acres, the vineyards and winery offer wine tastings, lovely picnic spots and more.

Oakdale Theater

The Oakdale Theater traces its history all the way back to 1954. Today’s modern venue is one of the area’s top concert venues, bringing in a wide variety of acts. Check their calendar – you’re sure to find something that you’ll love!

On Track Karting

Are you a kid at heart? You’ll love this place. No, it’s not romantic, but it sure is fun to race around some of the longest and fastest indoor tracks in the country. Sometimes, spending time having fun and laughing together can be exactly what your relationship needs.

Catalyst Art Studio

Catalyst offers all types of classes. For a date night, try one of their evening painting classes. They’ll offer instruction for the painting that night (Sometimes, stencils are even available for specific parts of the painting.), and you can BYOB. (Just be sure to follow the limits.


Escape rooms are one of the hottest crazes in the country. Quandry offers a variety of games. Play is by group ad by appointment, so if it’s just the two of you, be sure to call ahead, and understand you’ll be matched with a group of other players. That’s OK, though. You’ll still have fun!

After your date, head home to your spa from Brothers Pool. Set the mood with lighting, music, aromatherapy. Have fluffy, cozy towels or robes ready on hand for when you’re done. Then sit back, enjoy each other’s company, watch the stars and reflect on the perfect summer date you’ve just enjoyed.


Grandkids by day – Relaxing spa by night

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?


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?



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.


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

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