All posts by Bridget Cardillo

Spring Cleaning Your Home, Inside and Out

Patio Furniture under Gazebo - Spring Cleaning Your Home, Inside and Out

Spring is here! And that means it’s time to kick it into high gear to get your home and your yard fresh and clean. Now while all of us might not exactly become giddy with excitement at the thought of spring cleaning, it’s a great way to make a fresh start and honor the turn of the season. Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming, so if you don’t know where to begin, we’ve put together some quick and easy areas of focus, complete with tips and tricks for freshening up your outdoor and indoor spaces!

Easy Steps to a Cleaner Yard

  • Pool technician kneeling next to clean poolGet Your Pool Swim Ready:  If you have a pool, make sure it’s ready for warmer temps! If you closed your pool, open it early. If pool care is not your forte, leave it to the experts. Find your local Pool Scouts and give them a call today! Make sure to take care of all your pool care needs early this year. With the delay in shipping of supplies and chemicals this year due to COVID-19, it’s best to avoid the backup by getting your pool ready before the mad rush. Not to mention, you’ll get to enjoy swim season a little longer!
  • Clean Out the Shed and Garage: After the winter season, it’s amazing what can accumulate in these spaces! Remove anything that’s broken or worn out. And for the remaining items, determine what you can donate or trash! Even take it a step further and install some easy shelving so you can keep everything in view and organized throughout the year. If you have a pool, this is also a good time to go through all the pool toys and throw away any that are damaged. There’s always at least one pool float that isn’t able to withstand the shed all winter.
  • Get Ready for Grilling Season: With spring weather comes grilling season. Whip that grill into shape so it can be burger and dog-ready. The ultimate cleaning hack involves beer! Pour a half bottle of beer over the top of greasy grates on a warm grill. The beer will break down the oil and grease, and it will come right off when clean with a bristle brush. Good as new and ready for grilling all season long. 
  • Patio furniture that's been cleanedFreshen Up Your Patio Furniture: With warm weather quickly approaching, be sure your outdoor furniture is ready for some serious lounging! Add a squirt of dish detergent to a bowl of warm water and then wipe down chairs and tables. And for a final touch, give it a spray of water from your hose! Your patio furniture will look good as new! And as a bonus, add string lights to complete your patio ambiance.
  • Update Your Garden Bed: After the winter months, your garden will be covered with loose leaves, mulch, dead plants, weeds, unwanted compost, and maybe even poop from your pets (ew!). Removing larger pieces of debris by hand, such as dead branches and bushes, will give you a clearer view of the garden bed. This will allow you to see new weeds, smaller debris you will want to collect with a hand rake, along with plants and bulbs you may want to relocate to a different part of the garden. Here’s a handy list of what to plant in your garden in early spring, and best times to harvest.
  • Doormats: Freshen up those doormats by hosing off and air drying the ones that sit outside. Give your inside doormats a good vacuum treatment. Pro tip: to trap more dirt coming from outside, use two mats – one outside the door and one just on the inside.

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home

  • Marie Kondo Your Closet: Your closet is a great place to focus on during spring cleaning. Remove anything stained, in need of repair or just plain worn out – Marie Kondo style! For remaining clothing items, ask yourself, “when was the last time I wore this?”. It’s a great opportunity to make a large donation to Goodwill or other similar charities.
  • Bedding: Tackle those bulky items we call bedding! Pillows and comforters should be cleaned at least two or three times a year, so they should be at the top of your list during your spring cleaning. Pro tip: Check the manufacturer’s label before tossing them into the washing machine to make sure you’re cleaning them the proper way.
  • Deep Clean the Kitchen Sink: In addition to giving your sink a good wipe down, clean the inside of it too! Put a few lemon rinds in the drain and run your garbage disposal to leave your sink smelling fresh. Bye-bye funky smells!
  • Fridge Clean-out: Remove everything from your refrigerator and give those shelves and doors a thorough wipe down. This also a great opportunity to throw out any old or expired food/condiments! Pro tip: Our friends at Home Clean Heroes can clean your fridge for you! Ask about this add-on option to any residential service. Hint, they can clean your oven too!
  Following these easy steps will get you that much closer to spring cleaning bliss! If your pool is in need of some serious TLC before the warm temperatures arrive or if you’re looking for regular pool care maintenance, give us a call today at 844-775-2742! We’ll keep your pool cannonball ready at all times. Happy cleaning!

Bundle Up Your Pool For Winter

Swimming pool with snow covering it and the surrounding yard and trees

Do I Need to Close My Pool?

… if you live somewhere with a notable change in the seasons (i.e. not Texas or Florida) then the answer is likely yes! Once the water temperature remains consistently below 65°F, it’s time to start thinking about closing up shop.

We get it. Closing your pool indicates putting the swim cap on summer. With all the fun (and warm!) memories from those balmy months, it can be hard to admit that it’s finally time to take the plunge and close up your pool for the season. But the last thing you want is for your pool to freeze! In fact, that is the number one concern.

Reasons to Close Your Pool

Fall leaves floating in swimming pool water

There are multiple reasons why you should close your pool in colder climate regions. Simply put, when water freezes it expands and there is the potential for pipes or equipment to be damaged. Properly draining your filter, pump, skimmer and return lines will help to ensure that your equipment does not crack during the cold winter months, resulting in costly repair or replacement.

Additionally, covering your pool offers convenience. It will help reduce the leaves and debris that end up in your pool, and if you take time to close your pool properly, the opening process can be much easier in the spring. Pro tip: when you schedule your pool closing with Pool Scouts, go ahead and schedule your pool opening as well!

What if I want to keep my pool open?

Leaving your pool open all year is a viable option for some and may save you a few dollars in the long run! Just make sure to do it right. Here are a few things to keep in mind should you decide to keep your pool open through the winter months:

  • The filter will still need to run 4-5 hours a day (compared to the 10-12 hours recommended during the summer months)
  • Should temps drop below freezing, run pump continually so pipes don’t freeze during this time
  • Pool should be maintained and checked bi-weekly or monthly, which we are happy to do during the winter months

Two pool technicians putting a pool cover on a swimming pool

For your pool closing service needs, Pool Scouts is your go-to source. Give us a call at 844-775-2742 or click here to find a location near you. We prep your pool for hibernation and make sure it’s ready to use the following season. In fact, when you call to schedule your pool closing, you can go ahead and schedule your opening service! That way, you can count down the days until you are swimming laps again or enjoying a cocktail at the water’s edge.

If you’re planning to keep your pool open year-round, be sure to keep us on the schedule bi-weekly or monthly for your pool maintenance needs.

Still unsure what to do with your backyard oasis? No worries. Pool Scouts is more than happy to answer your pool closing and winterizing service questions! Give us a call or drop us a note with any inquiries you might have.


Why Hair Turns Green In The Pool And 9 Ways To Fix It!

Picture of the back of blonde's head

All you blondes out there are probably dealing with similar struggles this summer. If your hair turns green after taking a splash in the pool, you’re certainly not alone. Green hair can be an irritating setback during a season expected to be fun and free, so we are here to explain the mystery and solve the problem!

At some point in time, you’ve probably heard that blonde hair turns green after a swim-session because of the chlorine in pool water. You most likely believed chlorine to be the culprit from that point on. You’re not completely wrong, but the truth is, copper is actually the main factor at fault. Copper is a metal found in water. Even tap water with a high copper content can give your hair a green tint! However, the green color is more likely to show up after swimming in the pool because pool water contains chlorine. Chlorine and copper bond together to form a film that sticks to the proteins in each strand of hair, causing the hair to turn green.

How to Prevent and/or Fix Green Hair

We know this is an annoyance, even while knowing it isn’t permanent. Whether you’re hoping to prevent green hair before it appears or trying to wash the green out of your hair after a swim, here are a few solutions to test.

  1. Leave-in conditioner – If you apply a leave-in conditioner before swimming, the pool water won’t stick to your hair as easily.
  2. Wet hair – Don’t get in the pool with dry hair. If you start with wet hair, chlorine and copper won’t hang onto your hair as tightly.
  3. Always, always, always wash your hair as soon as you are done swimming for the day.
  4. V8/Tomato Juice – Coat your hair with tomato juice or V8 and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Wash and condition as normal when you are finished.
  5. Ketchup – Coat your hair in ketchup. Either wrap it in up tinfoil or put on a swim cap and let it sit for about 30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.
  6. Aspirin – Crush 6-8 aspirin tablets inside a bowl, add warm water to it, and let it dissolve. Put the aspirin-water mixture into your hair and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse it out with clean water, then shampoo and condition normally.Illustration of One Lemon Cut in Half with Juice Dripping
  7. Baking soda – Use ¼ – ½ a cup of baking soda and mix water with it in order to make a paste. Massage the paste into green hair and rinse it out with clean water, then wash and condition normally. The amount of times this needs to be done will depend on the intensity of the green color.
  8. Lemon juice – Saturate your hair with lemon juice and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as normal.
  9. Lemon Kool-Aid – Mix the Kool-Aid with water and apply it to the green areas in the hair and let it sit for several minutes. Shampoo and condition normally.

Try these tricks on yourself or your kids. You’ll finally be able to enjoy a pool day without having to worry about losing those gorgeous golden locks! Good luck!

Get on the Schedule

Give your local Pool Scouts a call at 844-775-2742 for all of your pool service needs! Or fill out the form to the right for a free estimate. We’ll keep your backyard oasis cannonball ready at all times. Your hair might turn green, but your pool certainly won’t be. Perfect Pools, Scout’s Honor.


Salt or no Salt? That is the Question.

Salt System Benefits

The average age of a pool in the United States is 21 years old, no that does not mean we should fill them up with beer, but it does mean that many pools are in need of an equipment upgrade.  Typically, there are two types of pool: chlorine and salt water. Traditional chlorine systems use chlorine in either tablets or through auto-chlorination to sanitize the water in your pool.  Pool owners with chlorine systems understand they have to store and handle chlorine, a hazardous chemical at their homes. But what about salt water pools?  So what is a Salt Water system and how does it differ from these traditional chlorine systems? salt system pools and pool scouts Salt water pool systems actually still use chlorine as the sanitizer to keep algae away but they do it differently.  What happens in a salt water system is that chlorine is not added externally by you but rather is generated by a salt cell which converts the salt into chlorine through a process called chemical electrolysis.  This process means chlorine levels are generally lower and the water is less drying to the skin. Additional benefits include easier maintenance, and generally less chemical required. Salt does not dissolve out of water, so you only need to add salt when there is heavy rain causing dilution or water is being splashed out of the pool and requires refilling and again dilution.  Adding salt, which comes in 40 pound bags that cost about 10 dollars each, is simple and once the pool is balanced should not be needed often in comparison to a manually chlorinated pool where the pH balance need to be constantly monitored and alerted. But how does the water feel to me and my children? Salt water pools traditionally have less chlorine in the water which can be easier on the eyes and less drying to the skin. Because of lower and more regulated chlorine levels, the odor of a salt water pool is less prominent than that of a traditional manually chlorinated pool. What about pool coststhe cost? The addition of a salt cell includes a control panel.  Both items require electricity and professional installation.  The cost to convert a traditional 25,000 gallon pool to a salt system (not converting the filtration system) can run between $400.00 to $2,000.00.  If you don not have a control panel already, expect cost to be on the higher end.  The labor to install a system should run between $300.00 to $500.00 dollars depending on the plumbing and electrical needs. Ongoing maintenance and chemical use, as mentioned earlier, are usually cheaper with a Salt System.  The one drawback of a Salt System is that the salt cell typically needs to be replaced every 3-5 years and the cost to replace the cell is between $200.00-$700.00. Ask yourself a few questions when making the conversion decision:
  1. How long am I going to be in my house?
  2. How much time do I spend on my pool and how much money do I spend on chemicals?
  3. Do I want to store chlorine in my garage or shed?
Do I need to change my filtration system if I convert?  Pool Scout cleaning Salt water systems work with DE, Sand and cartridge filtration systems so there should not be a need to change the system.  That said, it is a great time to clean your filter, change the media, and tighten things up when you go through this process.  Your pool professional can take care of this work and you will appreciate having it done and starting with a clean slate. Don’t forget to call Pool Scouts for your openings, cleanings, maintenance and repairs!   ABOUT POOL SCOUTS Pool Scouts is a premier pool service franchise focused on delivering a quality, consistent brand experience while providing pool cleaning, maintenance and minor repair services at residential properties. Technicians are trained in testing, monitoring, treating and servicing pools and can provide ongoing service as well as help at the beginning and end of the summer season. Growing from its first location in Virginia Beach, Pool Scouts offers a great opportunity as a low cost franchise in the pool services industry with available territories across the United States. For more information or franchising opportunities, visit