Monthly Archives: April 2019

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.

What Do I Do to My Swimming Pool After a Flood?

As Alexander Graham Bell said, “Preparation is the key to success.” So, to help you be prepared to handle a flooded pool should the need ever arise, we’ve put together a list of the key issues you might encounter in that situation, and how to manage them.

Electrical Dangers

One of the biggest dangers when flooding occurs is from electrical hazards. In fact, according to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals®, electrocution is responsible for many deaths after a storm. Your very first step, before even evaluating what clean up efforts will be required, is to disconnect the power to your pool at the circuit breaker. This includes the power to all pool and spa equipment, outdoor outlets, lighting fixtures, and appliances. Ensure you don’t touch the circuit breaker with wet hands or while standing in water. For safety, use a plastic or rubber tool to flip the switch, and use only one hand. If the fuse box is damaged, contact an electrician to inspect it before you handle it.

Even if wires and electrical equipment have dried out, they still present a fire hazard. You can anticipate that you’ll need to have all electrical components replaced by a professional electrician.

Contaminated Water

If flooding occurs, you’ll almost certainly see murky or cloudy water in your pool; however, even if it appears pretty clear, don’t use the water or let your pets swim in it. A catastrophic flood will contaminate your water with hazardous chemicals like fertilizer, and other dangerous contaminants like sewage. While the water can be rehabilitated in some instances of flooding, in the case of storm surge or catastrophic flooding, the water can’t be salvaged. It will need to be drained, the pool and all hardscaping cleaned, and the plumbing lines purged before the pool can be refilled.

It is important the contaminated pool water is disposed of according to the guidelines of local water and sewage regulations. Additionally, if groundwater levels are high, it isn’t safe to drain your pool. Believe it or not, doing so in that case can cause an inground pool to “pop” out of place and cause major structural damage. If you have any questions about whether it’s safe to drain your pool, contact us to verify or to let us handle draining the pool for you.

Wildlife

For our Florida friends, a flood can mean discovering alligators and poisonous snakes enjoying your pool when you return. Which, makes it good to live in Connecticut! While we don’t have to worry about alligators, mosquitoes love stagnant water and not only are the little buzzers annoying, they can carry infectious diseases. So, the sooner you can deal with a flooded pool and rid it of mosquitoes the better. If you’re unable to rehabilitate the pool immediately, you can use a larvicide or pesticide in the water, which would then make it a requirement to drain the pool completely.

For more information and further directions about handling a flooded pool, please read this fact sheet from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. Most importantly, remember that when you buy a pool from Brothers Pool, you become part of the family, so should a flood occur, we’ll be here to help you handle the situation safely, in the most cost effective way!

15 Fun Facts About Swimming Pools

Historically Speaking

*One of the earliest known structures similar to modern inground swimming pools called a “public water tank” is the Great Bath, which was found in the ruins of the Indus Valley Civilization in Pakistan and built in the 3rd millennium BC. It was lined with bricks and covered with a sealant made from tar.

*But people have been swimming much longer! Egyptian drawings from 2,500 BC show swimmers using an over-arm stroke much like the front crawl.

*Swimming and enjoying pools as recreation was very popular in ancient Greece. In fact, it was Greek philosopher Plato that said, “A man is not learned until he can read, write, and swim.”

*Ancient Roman baths included cold water pools, tepid water pools, and heated pools. We’ll pass on the cold pool, thanks!

*The Deep Eddy swimming pool in Austin, Texas is the first recorded concrete pool. First established as a swimming hole in 1915, you can still visit the Deep Eddy today.

 

One for the Books

*The swimming pool at San Alfonso Del Mar resort in Chile is the longest in the world, measuring in at more than 3,000 feet long and covering 20 acres. At its deepest, it’s 115 feet deep.

*Perhaps the most unusual pool you’ll ever see, the Library Resort’s Blood-Red Pool in Koh Samui, Thailand is as red as you might expect from its name. The color comes not from anything done to the water itself, but from the red, orange, and yellow mosaic tiles used in the pool. How’s that for unique tile selection?

*Which US state is home to the largest backyard pool in the world? Texas, of course! Larger than most community pools, the Mobley Family pool in El Campo, Texas, holds 600,000 gallons of water and includes a lazy river and 6 waterfalls!

 

By the Numbers

*There are more than 10 million residential pools in the United States.

*A bit more than 50% of those pools are in-ground.

*An estimated 65% of Americans don’t know how to swim.

*One of the most popular pool additions? Diving boards! 38% of pools have one.

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, swimming and other water exercises are the 4th most popular exercises in the US, behind walking, weightlifting, and using cardio machines like the treadmill.

*Swimming is a great workout! Depending on your pace and your body weight, you can burn 100 to more than 500 calories in 30 minutes. Not only does swimming work all the major muscle groups at once, but it’s also low-impact!

*The average person swims in a pool 6 times per year. Thankfully, you don’t have to be average! Add a pool to your own backyard and you can enjoy a daily swim all summer long.

5 Must-Know Tips for Opening Your Swimming Pool

If you’re like us, the thought of summer and pool season has you bouncing with excitement. We just have to get through spring and then we’re there! Speaking of spring, that is actually the perfect time to get your pool opened and ready for the upcoming season. Follow these tips, and your pool will be ready and waiting for you to jump in as soon as that summer sun comes out.

Remove, Clean, and Store Your Pool Cover

The first step in removing your cover is to clear off all the leaves and debris that’s accumulated on top. You don’t want any of that gunk to fall in the pool and make your job any harder, so use a broom or pool scraper to pull it all off. You’ll also need to use a pool cover pump to remove any standing water.

Here’s an expert tip for you on this one: remove the water first and then wait for the cover to dry for a day or two. Then you can use a leaf blower to blow off most of the debris from your pool cover and around the pool.

When it’s relatively clear, have a friend (or more!) help you remove it. As you pull it off, you can fold it inside on itself, accordian style to keep the leftover debris from falling into your pool.

Lay out the cover and clean it with a winter cover cleaner or soap and a gentle scrub brush. Inspect the cover as you clean it for any damage. Once clean, let it dry thoroughly before you fold it for storage. Pro tip: sprinkle it with talcum powder to prevent it from sticking. Store it in a plastic container to protect it until next winter.

Reinstall Your Equipment

Remove the winter plugs and replace the eyeball or jet fittings to the return lines. Next, out come the ice compensators, and then you can replace the skimmer baskets. Clean and install the drains. Clean and inspect your filter, pump, heater, automatic cleaner, and any other equipment. Then reconnect.

Inspect, clean and reattach hand rails, diving boards, ladders, etc. Pro tip: lubricate bolts, screws, and o-rings now. You’ll kick yourself for skipping this step if they rust over the summer!

Add Water to Your Pool

Assuming you didn’t drain your pool for winterization, you’ll just need to top it off with water until it’s at the appropriate level (right above the halfway point in the skimmer opening). Or, if your pool was drained, fill it up.

Prep and Turn On the Pool

Start with replacing the drain plugs and the pressure gauge on your filter and pump. Before you hit the power, make sure the valves are in the open position. Prime the pump by filling it with water, and make sure air is purged from the plumbing. Once the circulation system is going, check your pool for cracks, damaged hoses, and leaks. If there’s any damage, shut off the power and call us for service.

Clean the Pool, Shock Your Water, and Add Algaecide

Clean leaves and other debris from the bottom of the pool with a telescoping brush. Let your filter run for at least 12 hours to circulate the new water you added into the old. Then, take a water sample and bring it by for professional testing. Pro tip: to get a good sample, you should reach about elbow deep (around 18” inches) and fill a clean bottle with water. When you bring it in for testing, we’ll give you advice and recommendations on how to get your pH and alkalinity balanced.

You’ll want to first adjust alkalinity, next pH, and lastly calcium hardness. This is a good point to run your pool vacuum and brush your pool. That will start taking care of any algae in your pool and make the shock more effective. Then let your filtration system run overnight.

Finally, it’s time to sanitize and shock your water. For opening your pool, always do a double shock. Use 2 pounds of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water. Pro tip: use safety goggles and gloves when shocking your pool. Once shocked, let the filter run for a minimum of 2 hours before adding algaecide, an important step to prevent scale and stains.

Once you’ve done the shock and added algaecide, let the filter run another 24 hours and then test your water. Your pool should be ready to dive in at this point!

Our final tip is to call in the pros! If you have any questions throughout the opening process, or run into any issues, contact us, or if you prefer, let us open your pool for you so you won’t have to worry about a thing.

 

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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.

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

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