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Beat the Rush – Plan Your Pool Project Now!

Now is the time to start planning your pool project. Once the temperatures start to consistently increase, we start getting an influx of telephone calls, emails and showroom drop-bys. They’re all ready to plan their designs for above ground pools for the upcoming season. Things start to get very busy for us at Brothers Pool around the beginning of May, with our schedule nearly full.

Now is the time to start the swimming pool design process so that you can beat the rush and have your pool ready to go early!

When Does Swimming Season Start?

Generally speaking, the official pool season starts around Memorial Day in late May each year. However, warmer temperatures each season mean that swimming pool projects are starting earlier and earlier so that they are ready as soon as it’s warm enough to swim. Of course, you can add in swimming pool accessories like a heater to extend your swimming season!

What About Pool Maintenance?

One of the most common reasons we see customers who want a pool delay on the design is because they just don’t want to keep up with the pool maintenance. They know that once the swimming pool installation happens, they’ve got to be on top of the maintenance.

Brothers Pool to the rescue again! We offer a weekly pool cleaning service that does all the necessary things to keep your swimming pool sparkling. We also offer pool opening and closing services each season!

You have no excuses – there’s no reason for delay! If you’re ready and determined that you want a swimming pool installation done in time for the summer, then don’t wait any longer. Get ahead of the crowd. The neighbors will be jealous that your pool is ready to go long before theirs!

Tips to Keep Your Pool Crystal Clear


Maintain Chemical Levels

Maintaining proper chemical levels in your pool is the most important step in keeping the water crystal clear. The key levels to monitor are the chlorine and pH. Chlorine is used to kill germs and bacteria in pool water, so it plays an important role in keeping the water clear. The pool’s pH level, which measures how acidic or alkaline the water is, influences how effective the chlorine is in keeping the water clean. Use a water testing kit to measure the chlorine and pH levels approximately twice a week – the chlorine should measure between 1.0 and 3.0 parts per million, while the pH level should read between 7.2 and 7.6. If the level chlorine level is low, replenish your chlorine supply. If your pool’s pH is too high, you need to add acid to the water to help lower it. Muriatic acid and sodium bisuphate are the most common acids used to lower pool water pH. If your pool’s pH is too low, add an alkali like sodium carbonate to reduce the acidity.

Administer Shock and Algaecide Weekly

Even if you maintain proper chlorine and pH levels in your pool, the water may need a little boost to keep it clear and sparkling. Once a week, you should shock or super-chlorinate your pool to kill any lingering bacteria or algae that may be growing. Shock treatments are available at your pool supply store; make sure to read the package instructions carefully to know how much shock to add to the water since it varies based on the size of the pool. If you’ve noticed algae growing on the walls of your pool, you should also treat the water with an algaecide, a product designed specifically to kill algae. Algae can turn your pool water green, yellow or cloudy, so it’s important to prevent the growth.


Your pool filter plays a key role in keeping the water crystal clear since it removes dirt and microscopic debris from the water to keep it clean. If you want your filter to remain working properly, however, you must clean it regularly too. This process is called backwashing and involves the water flowing through the system in the opposite direction to clean out the filter. If your water starts to look cloudy, it’s time to backwash your filter. You can avoid cloudiness, however, by making note of your pool’s normal pressure gauge reading and backwashing whenever the pressure is 5 to 7 pounds per square inch above the normal reading.

Skim Regularly

To keep your pool water clear and sparkling, you must remove organic materials like leaves, insects and other debris. While your filter will remove smaller particles, large items may not make it into the system. If they’re left to sit in the water, they can break down and leave the pool dirty and cloudy. Make a habit of skimming the pool regularly to remove larger debris. Depending on the landscape that surrounds your pool, once or twice a day may be sufficient.

Best Practices for Opening Your Pool

We’re approaching one of the most exciting times of the year: it’s almost time to open your pool! After a dreary winter, temperatures are warming up and soon it will be time for fun in the sun. Make sure your pool is ready for the first party of the season by following these best practices for opening your pool.


Clear Your Pool Cover

Leaves, debris, and puddles gather on your pool cover throughout the winter; you want to make sure all of this is cleared off before you open your pool in the spring. A pool cover pump is a great way to remove the standing water; however, the leaves, dirt, and debris can be a little trickier. Large piles of debris can be removed with a broom, but make sure you don’t use anything sharp or abrasive or it could damage your cover. Many customers remove the water, then wait a day for the cover to dry. A leaf blower is an effective way to remove dirt and debris from a dry pool cover. Remove your cover, making sure not to get any of the remaining debris in your pool water.

Clean & Store Your Winter Cover

Use soap, water, and a soft scrub brush to thoroughly wash your winter pool cover. There are winter cover cleaners available to use, too. Allow your cover to dry completely. Store your cover in a heavy-duty plastic container to keep bugs or rodents away, and to extend the life of your pool cover. If you secured your winter cover with water tubes, make sure they are empty and dry before you store them.


Prepare for Warm Weather

With cold temperatures a thing of the past, you can remove all of the winter plugs and replace the proper eyeball or jet fittings to your return lines. Remove the ice compensators from your skimmer buckets, and then replace the skimmer baskets. Now is also the time to re-install your deck equipment like ladders, diving boards, and step rails.

Fill Your Pool

Whether you drained your pool during winterization or it lost water over the winter, you’ll need to add more when you’re almost ready to start using your pool again. Fill your pool with a garden hose until the water level is above the midway point in the skimmer opening.

Prep Your Pump & Filter

Replace the drain plugs and the pressure gauge on your filter and on your pump. There’s one drain plug on your pump, and you might have one or two of those plugs on your filter. If you have a multiport valve, replace the pressure gauge, the sight glass, and the air bleeder. Reinstall all of your pool equipment, including your heater, chlorine dispenser, and booster pump.


Turn It On

Fire up your pump and filter to make sure they work properly. Check all around for leaks or drips. If the pump isn’t pulling water, prime it. Shut off the filter system, remove the lid of the pump, then fill the housing with water using your hose or a budget of pool water. Put the lid back on and turn it on; this should help get the pump working properly.

Clean and Shock Your Water

Remove any debris in your water using a plastic leaf net. Take your time so you remove as much of the debris as possible. Brush the walls and the floor of the pool with a pool brush to get the dirt off the walls where your filter will remove it. Bring a sample of your water to us for a professional analysis so we can help you make sure your pH and alkalinity are properly balanced. Add sanitizer to your water, and then double shock your pool using 2 pounds of shock (5 gallons of liquid chlorine) for every 10,000 gallons of water.

We are here to help you in any way we can with your pool opening. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, or we can do the work and open your pool for you. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help.

How an Aquabot Vacuum will save you buckets of time this year!


Aquabots are a great investment to help you maintain your pool.


We are happy to say over the winter in addition to our service manager Dan, our parts manager Cliff is also certified for repairs by Aquabot, this means faster return time.

OFFER DETAILS: Bring your vacuum in for service and we will wave the diagnostic fee ($20.00 value) and give you 25% off the regular labor fee.  It is recommended that you replace your drive belts every year to prevent loss of use during the swimming season.  Please print out the coupon below and bring it in with you to take advantage of this offer OR show it to us on your phone. 


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Aquabot robotic pool cleaners are engineered with the *strongest pumps and finest filtration in the industry. They remove more debris and finer particulate to keep pools physically cleaner… substantially reducing the amount of chemicals needed. In addition to saving you time so you can enjoy your pool more, Aquabots are great for helping you save: water, chemicals, and energy.


Save on backwashing. All debris is self-contained in the unit and does not add strain to your filter system. It all adds up to less backwashing and meaningful savings.


Better water circulation with the finest filtration in the industry (down to 2 microns) help you save up to 30% on your total chemical usage (actual savings rates may vary based on cleaner type, pool size and usage)


Aquabots cleaning cycle costs about 5cents per hour, saving you almost 40% on your pool electric usage

*more efficient than a standard main pool filtration system
† 93% more efficient than a standard main pool filtration systems

An Aquabot will also save you something that you can’t put a price tag on… Time.

By using an Aquabot robotic pool cleaner, you can gain time back to enjoy your pool instead of worrying about it. You can spend more time with family, friends or even just some quiet time poolside relaxing.

We look forward to seeing you in our showroom to learn more about our Aquabot Vacuums or get yours repaired early to save 25% with this preseason special!


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.

Non-Chlorine Pool Cleaners

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We know the role chlorine plays in keeping swimming pools clean and safe. The downside is the possibility of irritated eyes and skin.

There are options when you are shopping for pool cleaners.

Baquacil and Poolside, both offered by Brothers Pool, gives you some of those non-chlorine pool-cleaning options.

Baquacil allows you to transform your home’s swimming pool into a chlorine-free environment, without sacrificing safety. Baquacil contains a unique chemical structure that offers stability and reliability. Not only is it free of chlorine, it is also unaffected by pH fluctuations, sunlight and temperature.

Baquacil offers protection against swimming pool bacteria. Sanitzer by Baquacil can control bacteria levels for 10-14 days.

One of the products offered by Baquacil is a three-step pool care system that is completely free of chlorine. Stop into Brothers Pool today to find out more.

Brothers Pool is also proud to offer a full line of Poolife pool care products. Poolife features a non-chlorine oxidizer. This pool care products is designed to fight off organic molecules that accumulate in the pool over time. A strong, non-chlorine oxidizer will destroy soluble organic containments and add to the cleanliness and safety of your swimming pool.

Brothers Pool is committed to pool excellence and pool education. We welcome you to stop into our store and talk to an experienced member of the Brothers Pool team.

The Importance of Testing Your Pool Water

pool water testingIf you are a pool owner, you should already have a strong understand of why regular testing of your pool water is so important.

If you are a relatively new pool owner, or are considering buying a home swimming pool, you need to gain that understanding so that your pool remains clean and safe for you and your family.

Make no mistake, testing the pool water can be confusing. It can be complex. A balanced pool keeps the water safe and can also keep your pool corrosion-free, adding to the life of your pool’s liner.

One of the first things to understand about water testing is understanding your pool water. If you are using a salt-based pool or a chlorine-based tablet pool, pH balance is crucial. Without proper balance, your pool sanitizer will likely not be as effective. In fact, pH levels that are too high can render your pool’s chlorine ineffective. This means your pool may be home to bacteria, even if it’s not visually apparent at first.

Balanced water is tied to your pool’s safety. Too much chlorine can be damaging to your skin and eyes.

Then there’s the cost-effective aspect of testing pool. Safe water means less chance of costly pool cleanup.

Talk to Brothers Pool today and find out about their unique, safe and easy ways to properly test pool water.

Your Pool and Your Hair

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The unofficial start to summer is here, which means pool season is in full force.

This is great news because we love pool season. Some folks, however, are a little hesitant about pool season because of hair.

The likely reason for this is the reservations some people have about the impact of pool chemicals on hair.

Let’s be clear: Pool chemicals are a necessity. They help protect you and your family from bacteria while swimming. Don’t substitute or compromise pool safety. However, if you are concerned, there are ways to protect your hair.

• Wear a skin cap. This might not represent the most stylish of fashion statements but it keeps hair relatively dry from pool water, which should lessen the impact of the chemicals.
• If you have longer hair, consider tying it on the top of your head (this solution is less effective if you have a crew cut).
• Wet your hair BEFORE you get in the pool. Wetting hair beforehand is beneficial because damp hair soaks up fewer chemicals than dry hair.

If you’ve got pool chemical questions, talk to the team that knows all about swimming pools. We’re talking about the crew at Brothers Pool. Bring your questions to Brothers Pool and you’ll get your answers you need.

What is a Salt Generator?

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What’s a salt generator? Glad you asked. Step right up. It’s time for some pool education.

Life is about choices (well, actually, life is about a lot of things and choices is right up there). If you choose to have an outdoor swimming pool installed, you’ll have to choose the make and model of the pool. You will also choose what chemicals and cleaning methods you will use to maintain your pool.

Hopefully, you will use the knowledge available to you and make the right choices. After all, this stuff is important.

For instance, maybe you’ll decide a salt chlorinator is the way to go for your pool chlorinating needs. This brings us back to that original question: What is a salt chlorinator?

Let’s answer that question by taking a closer look at salt. When the ions of salt are passed over the specially-coated blades found in a salt chlorine generator and induced with a low-voltage electricity charge, the salt is converted into chlorine. This process is similar to the one that converts seawater into laundry detergent. It’s a natural process that pays wonderful dividends for your pool.

AutoPilot has been doing this salt chlorine generator thing for nearly 40 years. This goes back to education. Know what you want for your family swimming pool. If you want to talk to experts, talk to the team at Brothers Pool. Every member of the Brothers Pool team is trained to answer all your questions. Brothers Pool carries AutoPilot generators and other AqauCal products.


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Brothers Pool

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