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When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go! Tips on how to clean your pool after an accident

Pool Scouts Pool Accident Blog

As the old adage goes, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go! And for those of us who are old enough to remember Caddyshack, we know the impact that “doody” can have on your pool and pool goers – cue the screaming and yelling children (and moms) at the country club pool.

But even when talking about residential pools, pool owners need to be aware of how to properly sanitize their own pools. As any parent who has taken their toddler swimming will tell you, you are holding your breath the entire time, hoping they don’t get the urge to go! But as we know, it can happen.

Pool Is Now Closed

So, what do you do? First, don’t panic, but do get everyone out of the pool! The pool is now closed. Follow the steps below to get your pool sanitized and swim-ready as quickly as possible:

  1. Close the pool to swimmers until the disinfection process is completed.
  2. Remove as much fecal matter as possible. Scoop with net. By all means, DO NOT VACUUM.
  3. Clean and disinfect the item used to remove the fecal matter by leaving it in the pool while you sanitize the water.
  4. Maintain proper pH of 7.5 or less.
  5. Solid Poop: A 15,000 gallon pool will require roughly 1/2 gallon liquid chlorine or 9oz Granular Shock (Calcium Hypochlorite). Must maintain 3.0 ppm free chlorine for minimum 19 minutes.
  6. Diarrhea Exposure: A 15,000 gallon pool will require roughly 3 gallons liquid chlorine or 4 lbs. Granular Shock (Calcium Hypochlorite). Must maintain 20.0 ppm free chlorine for minimum 28 hours. Test water frequently and add more of above if needed during this period.
  7. Confirm filtration system is operating during the process. Test and maintain proper pH and Chlorine Levels.
  8. Re-open the pool for swimmers once Chlorine and pH are back to normal operating levels. Typically 1-2 hours.

Things to Keep On Hand

Here are a few items to have on hand in case you’re ever faced with a stinky situation:

  • Up to date test kit
  • Shock (Calcium Hypochlorite) 65% or higher from reputable pool store
  • Pool net to remove fecal matter

By all means, a fecal pool accident is not the most pleasant part of being a pool owner, but is it a reality! Not to worry. If you have any questions or find yourself dealing with the “doody” and not sure what to do, be sure to call your local Pool Scouts for help! We’re not afraid of a little dirty work. Check out more tips from a Pool Scouts rep here.

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Turn Your Pool Into A Destination

Woman relaxing in a tranquil swimming pool

Have you ever seen those shows on the DIY Network or the Discovery Channel where they build these big, beautiful pools with grottos and lazy rivers? Yeah, me too. As a Do It Yourself enthusiast, I have come to realize that you don’t have to demo your pool and start over to achieve a pool destination. There are small things you can do to make your pool the ideal place to hang! Being in the pool industry, the list of possibilities could be quite lengthy, so I’ve put together a quick list of easy things you can do to improve your pool’s ambience. Read on for pool destination tips and tricks!

Green plant in vase next to swimming pool#1 It’s All About the Green (and pink and blue and purple)

This is one of the more important aspects of making your backyard and pool area a resort-like destination is to plant lots of foliage and flowers. Using nature to enhance the space only makes sense. Scout tip: leveraging potted plants and flowers can really help create that feeling of a tropical getaway!

#2 It’s Game Time

There’s nothing better than taking the pick-up game to the pool! Be sure to have lots of pool games available to keep everyone having fun in the water. Basketball hoops and volleyball nets vary in cost but really give pool-goers that competitive spark. Browse the options below to add a game time element into your pool space:

#3 Making It in the Shade

Be sure to offer your guests enjoying your newly designed pool oasis a reprieve from the sun. This can be a simple umbrella set up next to the pool or a portable shade sail that can be moved with the setting sun. Shade really creates some ambience and helps to make your backyard feel like a resort. But we warn you. By the time you add some festive seating with pillows underneath the shade, you’ll have to start kicking your neighbors out!

#4 Ahh, the Relaxing Sounds of Running Water

Fountain in pool with dog in backgroundNot only does the sound of moving water help to relax the mind, it helps keep your pool water cool and clear. Running water features at night help to reduce temperatures and keep the water moving. This creates a better experience for folks trying to cool off in the pool.

There are some easy and cost-effective options on the market, and some even have built in lighting! Here are a few products to consider:

#5 Keeping It Clean

No one wants to swim in a dirty pool, but keeping the surrounding area clean has the same impact as a clear pool. Remember that pool show that dazzled us? The big reveal of the pool area is always perfectly staged and clean. It just wouldn’t look the same if there were a bunch of leaves and debris by the lounge chairs. And when you are watering your new plants, go ahead and spray down the deck and the pool surroundings while you’re at it!

Here are some quick and easy things you can do to keep your pool area clean:

  • Use a blower to clean the pool surrounding area
  • Empty simmer baskets
  • Skim the pool surface
  • Pick up pool toys and floats

Check out this easy, DIY pool storage unit. Scout tip: paint it a neutral color and tuck all those fun toys in one place:

BONUS: Don’t Forget About the Lighting!

Lighting your patio and your pool are important to continue that destination feel. Whether it is string lights, landscape lighting or floating pool lights, they all contribute to the vacation vibes! Check out these lighting options for after the sun goes down.

No matter what kind of pool destination vibe you are going for with your backyard aesthetic, Pool Scouts is here to help keep your pool water clear and your equipment running smoothly! Give us a call today to request a free quote or schedule your next pool maintenance service.

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Water Safety Month: The Importance of Teaching Your Kids to Swim

Learn To Swim

By Dana Robinson

The month of May brings to mind images of spring flowers, warmer weather, and of course, Mother’s Day. But in the pool community it’s also known as National Water Safety Month!

The annual campaign was created by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals to raise awareness about water safety and to help everyone have safe, fun experiences in and around the water. So, we’ve enlisted the help of Gizmo, Pool Scout’s lovable safety mascot, to explore the importance of teaching your children to swim.

The Stats

Let’s talk about the not-so-great numbers first: Last summer at least 163 children under the age of 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Nearly 70 percent of those victims were children under the age of five.

During the same time period in 2016, 205 children under age 15 drowned in swimming pools or spas. Nearly 70 percent of those victims were children under age five.

And now for the good news: Learning to swim can do more than save a child’s life. A four-year study by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research found that children who were taught to swim by age 5 experienced a number of cognitive and physical advantages over children who did not know how to swim. They were also more advanced in mathematics, counting, language, and following instructions.

A recent national survey commissioned by Swimways, a pool and outdoor recreational products manufacturer, revealed that parents were largely unaware of the fact that teaching a child to swim had such benefits.

“We believe that teaching a child to swim is one of the single most important things you can do for your child,” says Monica Jones, vice president of marketing at Swimways. “Just as you would teach them to read and write, we believe that every child deserves to be able to know how to swim…[its] not only important for their safety but [it] also opens up a lifetime of joy and discovery that only swimmers can experience.” Swimways celebrates National Learn To Swim Day, the third Saturday in the month of May, hosting an annual Learn to Swim Day event focusing on the importance of swim lessons.

Resources

If you haven’t signed your children up for swimming lessons yet, or perhaps you’d like to check out some adult classes for yourself, there’s still plenty of time to get water-ready for the summer.

The Red Cross has classes available nationwide. You can also find lessons via The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative, which aims to offer free or low-cost swim lessons to 1 million children this year.

Keeping Kids Engaged

But don’t go thinking that water safety simply begins and ends with a few swimming lessons. Elizabeth Beisel, two-time Olympic medalist and USA Swimming Foundation ambassador, offers up the following tips to keep kids safe and happy in the water:

  • Once your children have learned to swim, create consistent practice time to enhance their skills and increase their confidence.
  • Consider using water toys, pool floats, pool games and swim training gear to make learning to swim fun
  • Swimming uses a ton of energy. Remember to take breaks and keep kids hydrated to maintain their level of confidence in the water.

Pool Scouts is consistently striving to help spread the word about water safety. In addition to keeping your pools clean and healthy, our goal is to help everyone stay safe while enjoying all of the fun and relaxation that water can provide.

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 PoolScoutsFranchise.com.

 
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Argh, I Need To Deal With The Pool!

Pool Closing, Pool Cover, Winter Pools, Winterize Pool

If you are a pool owner and a pool owner like me, you’ve uttered the words in this blog title once or twice, “Argh, I need to deal with the pool!” This time of year in addition to raking the leaves and cleaning out the gutters, dealing with the pool is one of the bigger to-do’s on the list. While caring for your pool can be time consuming, confusing and let’s face it, a bit of an annoyance, it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to your pool, you have options. Whether you decide to have a chlorine or salt water pool, you have a choice. If you decide to heat or not heat your pool, you have a choice. Or if you’ll have a vinyl or gunite pool, you have a choice. Well good news, when it comes with pool maintenance this winter, you have a choice! For those pool owners who live in milder climates, and that would include anyone Maryland and south you have the option to leave your pool open in the winter months. While there are some very valid reasons for closing a pool during the winter months, there are some good reasons for leaving open year round. Check out the pros and cons of each.

Good Reasons To Close Your Pool This Winter

  • Safety for your pets and small children
  • Minimize wear and tear on your pool equipmentWinterize Pool, Cover, Close, Pool
  • Increases the life of your pool
  • Helps to keep the Fall and Winter elements out of your pool
  • Freezing temps and pipes bursts potential
Freezing pipes is the number one concern when it comes to keeping your pool open year-round. Simply put, when water freezes it expands there is the potential for pipes or equipment to be damaged. Properly draining your filter, pump, skimmer, and return lines during the closing process will help to ensure that your equipment does not crack during the cold winter months resulting in costly repairs or replacements. 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.

Reasons to consider keeping your pool open during the winter months

  • Minimize costs for the closing and opening process
  • No need to worry about condition of or ordering a new cover
  • Keeps equipment running and minimizes minor repairs needed when opening season arrives
  • Minimal chemicals needed to rebalance water when warmer temps return
  • Aesthetically, it looks awfully pretty to see a pool surrounded by snow
Some important 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 Pool Scouts is happy to do during the winter months The other choice you have in all of this is that you can allow your local pool professional manage and maintain your pool for you, giving you back the time and luxury of enjoying a pool! Pool Scouts can be that pool professional and will happily maintain or close your pool this season! Pool Scouts uses a thorough checklist for all visits including closings. As a customer, you will come to expect a different level of professionalism, communication and clarity of how your pool is being maintained. Our promise is Perfect Pools, Scout’s Honor! ABOUT POOL SCOUTS Virginia Beach, VA-based 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 PoolScoutsFranchise.com.
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Green Pool Got You Down?

green pool

The summer is flying right by and we cannot believe it is already August. Thankfully, we still have plenty of fun in the sun ahead of us, and whether you were ready two weeks ago or not, the kids still have half of their summer break left. Around this time of the summer, we often see many people dealing with the same, ever-so-irritating situation–a green pool. Lucky for you, we are here to tell you exactly why your pool is green and how you will make it look good-as-new!

So, why exactly is your pool green?

When the chlorine in a pool drops below 1 ppm, algae often grows. When algae grows in a pool, it will obviously begin to change color. In order to get rid of the algae, you may need to “shock” your pool. In other words, you will need to super-chlorinate the pool because chlorine kills algae. For regular pool upkeep, one lb of hypochlorite granular chlorine (calcium hypo-chloride) for every 10,000 gallons of water is necessary for shocking. During an algae infestation, it is going to take a lot more.

The water is probably one of three colors:

  1. Teal–this is the least adverse of the greens. In order to shock a pool of this shade, you will need 2 lbs of calcium hypo-chloride for every 10,000 gallons of water.
  2. Green (may appear swampy)–this is slightly serious, but don’t fret. This color calls for 3 lbs of calcium hypo-chloride for every 10,000 gallons of water.
  3. Black–if you have a black pool, it may (it will) need more work, or 4 lbs of calcium hypo-chloride for every 10,000 gallons of water.

Professional Pool Cleaning Company - Pool ScoutsProcess Break Down:

  • Before shocking, you will need to test the chemicals to ensure that the pH balance is between 7.4 and 7.6 and the alkalinity is between 100 ppm and 150 ppm. You will also need to make sure the filter is running.
  • Shocking should be done at night. To begin, pour the bag of calcium hypo-chloride into a bucket of pool water.
  • Next, evenly disperse the mixed bucket around the perimeter of the pool.
  • Once the first attempt is complete, wait until the morning to decide whether or not a second shock is necessary. If so, repeat the process.

Stay in Control:

  • After you’ve shocked once or twice, the pool will appear cloudy instead of green. At this point, you will keep the filter running and watch for a rise in filter pressure.
  • If the pressure rises 20-25%, clean or backwash the filter.
  • Continue to test the chemicals to make sure that the pH levels are between 7.4 and 7.6, the alkalinity is between 100 ppm and 150 ppm, and the chlorine reading stays between 1 ppm and 3 ppm.
  • Keep the filter running 24 hours a day. When the cloudiness fully clears up, take it down a notch and only run the filter for 15 hours a day.
  • Don’t forget to continue balancing your pool water weekly. Cyanuric acid (CYA) is what we add to chlorine in order to stabilize the water because it protects chlorine from the sun’s UV rays. This makes free chlorine levels last much longer. If CYA levels are low, the sun dissolves the chlorine. This will cause the need for you to add chlorine more often. However, if there is too much CYA, the chlorine will lose some of its necessary sanitizing properties. In order to keep your pool properly balanced, CYA levels should never surpass 50 ppm, and chlorine levels should always be about 7.5 percent of CYA levels.
  • Of course, always empty the skimmer baskets a few times a week.
  • Finally, you go back to only running the filter 10-12 hours a day.
Once the pool is back to normal and the water is glistening in the sunlight once again, the job should be done! You may choose to add an algaecide weekly to keep your pool sparkling, but this is up to you. Good luck from Pool Scouts! 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 PoolScoutsFranchise.com.
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Fun in the Fourth of July Sun

Get Your Pool Clean for the Fourth of July

Proud to be an American and ready to rock the red, white, and blue? Well, it’s your time to shine! On the Fourth of July in 1776, the Continental Congress of America adopted the Declaration of Independence. The federal holiday, also known as Independence Day, has been celebrated yearly ever since. You’re in luck, because July is right around the corner and this is the perfect opportunity to invite your neighbors and friends over to the backyard for a one-of-a-kind patriotic pool party. Here are eight unique party planning ideas that will appeal to not only those giddy grown-ups, but also the little ones. Start planning early and you’ll have a party worth talking about until next year’s!

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Ideas to Delight Your Pool Guests this 4th of July

  1. Of course, decorations should be red, white, and blue. Don’t worry, this won’t be hard at all. You can even allow your kids to join in on the fun and make it a bonding activity. Cover mason jars in red, white, and blue duct-tape or paint and put eating utensils in them. Place the jars at the end of your classic cookout buffet line. Choose a bright, patriotically spirited table-cloth!
  2. Decorate the area surrounding your pool with miniature American flags and fill the pool with red, white, and blue noodles and floating devices. String red, white, and blue bandanas or festive decorative garlands between trees and spray paint stars on the lawn.
  3. Don’t forget the music! Play catchy, upbeat tunes to set the happy tone of the party and keep the energy alive.
  4. Fill red, white, and blue balloons with water and divide your guests into teams of two for a water balloon toss. Each time a balloon is tossed without bursting, have them take a step back so they are further apart. This might not be fun to clean up, but it is well-worth the laughter.
  5. Conduct a cannonball contest. The kids love these, but the dads usually win.
  6. Throw red and blue diving sticks into the pool and divide the guests into two teams. Team one has to collect all of the red sticks and team two has to collect all of the blue sticks. Whichever team finishes first, wins.
  7. Hand out sparklers to all of the guests when the sun starts to go down–this will make for awesome pictures to commemorate the event!
  8. While having fun is the most important part of a party, don’t forget to keep it safe. Before your party starts, go over safety rules with the kiddos and make sure these rules are listed where everyone can see them in at least one spot outside the pool. Nothing takes the fun out of a party like worrying, so hire a designated lifeguard-on-duty to watch the pool during the party. This will make for tons of unforgettable stress-free fun for everyone.
Perfect Pool for the Holiday Of course, all of this wouldn’t be perfect without the perfect pool. Be sure to reach out to Pool Scouts to get your pool serviced either in anticipation for the big bash or after to help clean up post fun! You may be exhausted after pulling of this great party, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s bash! 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 PoolScoutsFranchise.com.  
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Keep Furry Friends Safe by the Pool

May is National Water Safety Month, and we’ve already talked about some key steps to keeping your pool safe. Those tips include being vigilant by the pool, keeping emergency numbers and kits nearby, and ensuring your perimeter fence is well maintained and up to code. Since it is so important to make sure all swimmers and guests in your pool area are safe, Gizmo, our safety mascot, asked us to share some ideas on how to keep our four legged friends safe around the pool too. Since dogs seem to be the real lovers of water, let’s focus on them first. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you and your pup are hanging out by the water.

Not All Dogs Love Water

First off, not all dogs are natural swimmers. Although most dogs know how to swim, not all are good at it. For example, I have two dogs, one of which swims like a fish, the other does the most uncoordinated version of the doggy paddle as possible! Needless to say, they don’t exactly get along in the pool.

Safety Gear

It is always a good idea to put a life jacket on your dog when out in open water or if your dog is getting tired from swimming in the pool. Lifejackets are also useful tools to help get your furry friend more comfortable in the water. Additionally, always be sure your dog knows where they can exit the pool either by the stairs or a ramp. The Scamper Ramp is a handy attachment that makes it easy for dogs to see and exit the pool.

Keep Your Pups Hydrated

Dogs can get overheated and exhausted swimming in the hot sun, so be sure to provide fresh water by the pool. Although pool water for the most part is harmless, ingested in high quantities, it can cause digestive irritation, so keep that water bowl nearby.

Let’s Not Forget Our Other Four-Legged Friends

If you own a pool, you know that dogs aren’t the only critters that end up in the water. Many a chipmunk and frog have found their demise by unwittingly falling into a pool. Use this easy ramp to give the little guys a fighting chance to get out, The Frog Log Critter Ramp. Check out more information here about protecting all creatures great and small when taking steps to keep your pool safe. Here at Pool Scouts, we can’t get enough pictures and videos of animals in pools. Like us on Facebook to see some of those fun posts and send us pictures of your own furry friends in the pool! Whether you are just opening your pool for the season or are in need of regular maintenance, give Pool Scouts a call. We offer weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly pool cleaning options to keep your pool up, running, and ready for your furry friends at all times!
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5 Steps To Keep Your Pool Safe This Season

Pool Scouts Water Safety Gizmo

Welcome to National Water Safety Month!  Each year Pool Scouts will spend the month of May talking about how we, as pool owners, can keep our backyards safe for family, friends and neighbors. Last year we introduced Gizmo, our Pool Safety Mascot, and he is back to offer up more advice. Part of my job here at Pool Scouts is to keep up with events and activities within the industry. Because of that, I am all too familiar with the statistics that are associated with the dangers of pools. It seems like every day I read about another drowning that could have been avoided with a few simple steps. So let’s get to them so we can focus on enjoying our pools! SECURE THE PERIMETER Ensure that the perimeter around your pool is secure and up to state requirements! This means that in some states, fences and gates should be at least than 5ft high and latches should be located on the inside of the gate. Your fence is the first line of defense to keeping your pool safe. Whether it is the yard fence or a life fence, making sure it is in good condition is so important. SUPERVISE AND REMOVE TEMPTATIONS The best way to keep all swimmers safe is to be a responsible observer. Keeping a watchful, undistracted eye on swimmers is key. Pool goers of all ages are susceptible to getting into trouble, leaving anyone unmonitored for any amount of time could make a difference. Additionally, be sure to remove all pool tools and floats from the pool and store in a secure place. These items are too tempting to little children to reach out and try to grab. BE PREPARED Should you find yourself faced with a swimmer in trouble, time is of the essence. Be sure to keep the pool area and those in charge of watching swimmers, prepared:
  • Keep safety equipment readily available: pool hook, flotation devices and first aid kit (equipped with scissors to cut hair or clothes that may get stuck in filter suction)
  • Post emergency phone numbers in the pool area and keep a phone within arm’s reach
  • Be up to date on CPR certification. The organization CPR Party make it easy and fun to get and stay certified
LEARN TO SWIM The USA Swimming Foundation states that the risk of drowning decreases by 88% when someone takes swim lessons! That is an impressive statistic, and with so many organizations promoting programs that help people learn to swim, it is easy to find readily available lessons that don’t cost a lot. TAKE THE PLEDGE With so many alarming statistics surrounding swimming, organizations around the country have committed to raising awareness and making efforts to educate others on the dangers of swimming and being near water. The USA Swimming Foundation runs the “Make A Splash” program, offering information and resources for adults and parents interested in lessons for themselves or their children. Both Pool Safely and The National Water Safety Month organization encourage you to “Take the Pledge” to be safe swimmers. The American Red Cross also offers an app to promote safe swimming for people of all ages. Summer and fun are synonymous, but keeping safe is important. As pool owners, it is important we do our part to ensure our pool is safe!    
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Quick Tips to Make Your Outdoor Space Pop

Pool Patio decor

Ah, spring! That first warm day after a long winter is unbeatable. Getting outside and basking in the warm sun makes it the best season of the year. But building the list of to do’s to spruce up the yard makes springtime a love-hate relationship for me. Part of me can’t wait to get out there and get my hands dirty, but as the list keeps growing, it gets a bit daunting. Let’s skip the dirty work (tree trimming, weeding and planting) and get right to the fun stuff – the final touches! I been busy researching tips for making my backyard and pool to make them an oasis this summer. Some of the trends I am seeing this year include plant walls for privacy and ambiance, furniture flips to make the old new and colorful again, and upgrading the lighting to make your yard more like an additional living space.

Tips for Enhancing Your Outdoor Space

There are so many ideas out there, but I decided to go to my fellow marketers to find out what their favorite ways are to decorate their outdoor spaces: I’m all about candles, I get pretty holders that add a pop of color to my backyard area, the bonus is that they’re also great for keeping the bugs away. – Kyle, Graphic Designer

Outdoor Pool Patio DecorI keep cushions and outdoor decor in plastic totes in my shed so it is easy to grab and set up.  I like to use bright colors and easy to clean items to keep it fun but simple.  – Amy, Dir of Direct Mail

I’m a big fan of a good outdoor rug. We put one on our patio and it made it feel so much more homey, but also brings color into the space. – Julie, Marketing Manager Do not being afraid to use fun pops of color, throw pillows, rugs, and don’t forget the flowers and plants. A small citrus tree can do wonders for a space. – Bridget, Online Marketing Manager

I’m a big fan of bistro lights. They’re a classy, easy way to brighten up any patio or yard, and you don’t need a lot of them to have a dramatic effect. Plus, they can double as holiday lights during the winter months! -Tracey, Marketing Assistant

Bistro Lights by pool patioMy tip is to use lighting to set the mood and personality of your space. It used to be the only option for lighting your outdoor space was Christmas lights but now you can get really creative with unique lanterns, string lights, Edison lights and more. It’s an easy way to make a big difference. -Angela, VP of Marketing

A few ideas I would love to incorporate include using a bar cart as a cute and convenient way to have beverages and snacks at arm’s reach. Additionally, hanging art on fences and in outdoor seating areas can really bring color outside and tie the space together. -Amanda, Online Marketing Specialist

Don’t Forget About The Pool

The most important component of a luxurious, comfortable back yard is a sparkling pool! I love looking out my back window to see a clean, inviting pool. Pool Scouts can help, whether it is answering your pool maintenance questions or showing up on time to get and keep your pool swim-ready all summer long. Have fun decorating your outdoor space and we look forward to helping you keep your pool pristine.
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Dreaming Of Summer? Tips To Have Your Pool Ready When Warmer Temps Hit

Woman sitting by her pool and watching the Pool Scouts technician clean her pool

At the Pool Scouts’ headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA, we’ve been spoiled with some summer-like weather even though it’s the dead of winter. This week was downright beach weather. Yes, it was that nice out! Granted, the water was freezing, but the weather was splendid.

What is it about that warm weather that makes us feel so good? As a former New Englander, I love the winters. I spent my childhood skiing and sledding on the weekends and building snow forts on snow days. It was the best! Now living in the south, I don’t miss those freezing cold days, and while I still enjoy a snowfall once in awhile, I don’t miss the blizzard conditions.

Woman in sunglasses at the beach looking towards the sunScience tells us that there is a chemical reason why we crave sunshine. Sunshine provides us vitamin D which is essential to good health. Vitamin D helps to fight illnesses, boosts weight loss, and even helps to fight depression.

What does this have to do with pools? These warm weekends are giving us a taste of what’s to come and believe it or not, warm weather will be here before you know it. That means pool owners need to start thinking about getting their swimming pool ready for summer. Whether you covered your pool this winter or left it open, we have some tips to make sure your pool is swim ready and your backyard is party worthy when the temperatures rise over the next few months!

Spring Time Pool Opening Tips:

  1. Open Your Pool Early. The earlier you open and/or kickstart your pool, the less algae growth you’ll see, which ends to bloom more in warm weather.
  2. Protect Your Pool Surface and Liner. Heightened algae growth can be detrimental to your pool surface and liner, causing discoloration and staining.
  3. Keep equipment working smoothly. Equipment that sits dormant for too long can prove to cause issues at the beginning of the season. Minimize time that pumps and motors are shut down.
  4. Schedule Your Opening or Kickstart Service: Be sure to call your local Pool Scouts to get on the schedule! We offer full pool opening service as well as a kickstart openings.

Spring Gardening Tips From Better Homes and Gardens:

  1. Prep the beds. Remove older mulch from the winter, or if well composted, work into the top layer of the soil.
  2. Trim the shrubs. Spring is the time to prune, prior to blooming. On flowering bushes, be sure to prune above the buds to avoid cutting potential flower blooms!
  3. Plant those annuals. If you’ve been housing plants or growing veggies indoors during winter, late spring is the time to bring them out into the sunshine.
  4. Apply fresh mulch. If you mulch now, you’ll avoid weeding come summer time.
  5. Maintain the hardscape: Now is the time to repair patios and decks or refinish before the weather gets hot.

As we all grind through these winter months, some lucky enough to get a sneak peek of what’s to come, we encourage you to dream of summer! As one famous snowman once said, “I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved the idea of summer and sun and all things hot!” He was on to something!

Be sure to reach out to your local Pool Scouts with any questions or concerns about your pool, or to schedule your springtime service so your pool is cannonball ready when you are!

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