10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Pool & Yard

Clean and neat backyard with pool and pool chairs

Like everyone else, the coronavirus quarantine has us spending most of our time at home these days. While that sounds a bit daunting and restrictive at first, a small change in perspective turns this situation into a great opportunity for cleaning and organizing our outdoor spaces. Not to mention it’s spring, and with that comes a new beginning, a fresh start, a time to prep things for the coming months of sunshine and fresh air.

We get it, cleaning your backyard after a long winter, when the future is uncertain can feel overwhelming. With that in mind, here are 10 tips for spring cleaning both your pool and your yard. Because if the coronavirus is good for anything, it’s good for getting us outside on the daily.

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Pool and Yard

1. Start small and de-grease your grill.

Remove the grill grates and the flame shield (if you have one). Using warm soapy water and a wire brush, brush the grates, the flame shield and the inside of your grill. Rinse everything with clean water and dry with a cloth. Heat the grill for at least 10 minutes to burn off any additional grime or soap scum.

2. Clean patio furniture.

Wash metal and plastic furniture with warm soapy water, and rinse with a hose. Vacuum wicker or rattan furniture to remove loose dirt and pollen from the crevices and then wipe it down with a soft cloth, dipped in warm soapy water. Let all furniture dry completely in the sun.

3. Wash deck surfaces.

Unattended items left on a deck for an extended period of time trap moisture and allow mold to grow. To remove mildew stains, mix 2 cups of liquid chlorine bleach and 2 1/2 tablespoons of powdered laundry detergent into 1 1/2 quarts of warm water. Saturate the area with the solution and allow it to set for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub the stains with a stiff broom and rinse thoroughly.

4. Remove stains on your patio.

After moving everything off of your patio, sweep away debris and hose it down. Mix together 1 cup baking soda and 2 cups distilled white vinegar. Spread this solution over your concrete patio with a mop. Let it sit for 30 minutes and use a nylon-bristled scrub brush to scrub it clean.

5. Clear out flower beds and pots to give your flowers room to grow.

Rake fallen leaves, dig up dead plants and shovel out last year’s mulch.

6. Straighten up your lawn.

Remove all twigs and branches, clean up pet messes and rake up dead leaves. Be sure to rake when the soil is dry, as raking when it’s wet can tear out healthy grass.

7. Re-seed bare patches.

If pet messes, heavy traffic or harsh weather have left you with bare spots in your grass, sprinkle each patch with a combination of soil, grass seed and fertilizer. Keep the dirt moist until the seeds sprout into grass.

8. Prune your trees, shrubs and perennials.

Snip ornamental grasses as close to the ground as possible. Cut back perennials to about four inches tall. Prune injured foliage on evergreens. Remove dead and crowded stems from flowering trees and shape them however you’d like.

9. Open your pool.

If you have a pool and don’t know how to properly open it, or are unsure if buying pool chemicals falls within the rules of a quarantine, call your local Pool Scouts and schedule an opening. They’re operating business as usual and taking extra precautions to keep both you and your pool safe and healthy.

10. Organize your shed and garage.

Throw away old and broken tools, install shelves for your gardening supplies and donate the holiday decorations you no longer use. Organizing these spaces will leave you feeling 10 pounds lighter and set you up for endless hours of relaxing outside.

Sure, the uncertainty of this quarantine is stressful, but who says you can’t make the most of it? And if prepping your pool and yard for better times ahead isn’t making the most of it, then we don’t know what is. Need your pool opened now? Call us today at 844-775-2742, and we’ll make it cannonball-ready.

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How to Enjoy Your Pool During Social Distancing

Family playing in their backyard swimming pool

While spring and summer may look a little different than normal, it’s still important to get outside! Just because you’re social distancing doesn’t mean that your backyard activities have to take a hit. After all, the CDC has explained that coronavirus, or COVID-19, is not spread through pools or hot tubs as long as they are properly maintained and disinfected. (More on that here.)

Little girl relaxing in a pool float in the swimming poolWith all the benefits that Vitamin D brings to your body and immune system, we’d argue that soaking up sunshine and fresh air is more important now than ever.  Not to mention, swimming is a great form of exercise to support cardiovascular health. Going outside for pool time can also help manage some of the stress and uncertainty during this time and support your mental health in addition to your physical health.

Pool Activities for the Whole Family

We’ve come up with a few fun pool games to share with you and your family. Need more ideas? Here’s a list of 40 pool games to continue the family bonding.

  • Create an obstacle course race involving your pool. This can include as many or as little objects as you’d like and can be changed up to be easy or difficult depending on the racer’s skill sets. Have teams race to the tree in the backyard, then hula hoop for 10 seconds (if you drop it, you have to start the hula hooping over). Once you complete the hula hoop challenge, walk to the pool and jump in, grab a pool noodle and swim from one end of the pool to the other. Whoever finishes first is the winner and gets to come up with the next obstacle course.
  • Boat Racing. For this activity, you can choose teams or play individually. Each team or person has 30 minutes to create a boat made of whatever supplies you have lying around the house (cardboard, colored paper, markers, etc). Make sure to name your boat! Once the time is up, teams will put their boats in the pool, and the one that stays afloat longest wins!
  • Diving board contest. You can get as creative as you’d like with this one. Have contestants compete by jumping off the diving board one at a time with whatever jump the “judge” comes up with. It could be biggest splash, best belly flop, most creative dive, etc.
  • The Invisible Bottle Game. For this game, you’ll split up into two teams and fill an empty clear 2-liter bottle (or water bottle) with pool water. Both teams will face away from the pool, while one person throws the bottle into the pool. When they hear the splash, they can turn around and try to find the clear bottle. Whoever finds it first is the winner.

These are just a few ideas of games to get you started, but pool time really opens up the door to get creative. We encourage you to think outside the box and invent games of your own. The sillier the better! During a difficult time like this, it’s important to stay positive, keep moving and lean on loved ones. Pool games are a sure fire way to take your mind off of current health concerns and focus on fun.

If you have concerns or questions around what’s safe in regards to your pool, we’ve put together a page that answers some of your questions, as well as sharing the benefits of utilizing your pool.

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Pool Openings 101

Swimming pool in summer

For pool owners across the country, rising temperatures means summertime and getting the pool ready! This task jumps to the top of the to do list every spring! While many in the southern, warmer areas of the country don’t have to worry about pool opening service, the majority of pool owners debate when and how to get their pool open and ready in a timely manner.

Get Your Pool Opening on the Books

It never fails that as soon as there is an unusually warm weekend in April, everyone wants their pool open immediately. You can imagine how difficult that can be to manage for any pool service business, so be sure to call and schedule your pool opening early! There is no harm in opening your pool a few weeks early, and wouldn’t you rather have your pool open and ready for the heat than sweating out that first heat wave without a backyard oasis to dive into? So pick up the phone now and get it on the books for when you want it to happen. Scheduling early means you get your preferred date on the schedule and peace of mind to boot.

The Opening Breakdown

Whether you decide to open your pool yourself or leave it to the professionals, there is a standard practice and procedure for opening your pool. So, let’s get to it:

  1. First things first, that cover needs to come off. This is where things can get interesting. The earlier you open your pool and beat the heat, the better your pool will look when the cover comes off and the easier it will be to get it ready for swimmers! But the longer you wait, the more opportunity the algae has to feed and reproduce, creating a beautiful swamp! That means extra time and steps to get your pool clean and clear.
  2. Get with the flow. Next you want to remove any return plugs and replace filter plugs that were removed to drain the lines.
  3. It’s time to declutter! Any debris needs to be removed from your pool. That might mean scooping if there is an excess or vacuuming if your pool cover did its job. Take your time to remove as much debris as possible, as this will make getting the water clear that much easier.
  4. Let the magic happen. So now that we’ve removed the cover, prepped the lines to start moving water, and removed most of the debris, we can test the water. Testing the water will determine the next steps in the process, and this is really where experience comes in to play. To get the pool water crystal clear, several products and steps might be required to get the pool swim-ready.
  5. Maintenance is key. Once you get your pool cannonball ready, it is important to take steps to keep it that way. Unless your pool is serviced weekly, it is important to empty skimmer baskets, manage pump schedule based on temperatures and if your pool starts to turn green, catch it early and treat as soon as possible!

Opening Isn’t for the Faint of Heart

Opening a pool takes a lot of hard work. In addition to the heavy lifting, it can be a dirty job dealing with pounds of debris and even critters who’ve taken up residence in the murky waters.

While many decide to open their pools by themselves, pool professionals can make the process more efficient and set your pool up for summer success. Pool Scouts has a 10 point check list they complete when opening a pool, and while it may be frustrating that it can take more than one visit, this is to ensure a well-balanced, clear pool for the duration of the summer vacation! Give us a call today at 844-775-2742 to schedule your pool opening and make sure you’re ready for summer.

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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

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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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Tips To Keep You Relaxed During Hurricane Season

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Tips To Keep You Relaxed During Hurricane Season

Every fall in conjunction with the falling leaves comes hurricane season and it can be stressful. In Virginia Beach (where the Pool Scouts headquarters is located) we shut down schools in anticipation of an impending storm that never hit, literally, not one drop of rain! But the threat is real and there is more you can do, beyond mixing up a Hurricane Cocktail, to sleep with ease this time of year. And while we would rather talk about the ingredients of the season’s namesake cocktail (rum, lemon juice and passion fruit syrup in case you were wondering) we are tackling more important topics that involve hurricanes and our swimming pools. You’ve invested in your home and a great outdoor space to entertain so how do you protect it from natural disasters?

Five Key Things To Do Before The Storm

  1. Pool pump next to houseDo not drain the pool. Hydrostatic pressure under your pool can cause havoc during a storm.  It is best to allow the pool to overflow as opposed to potentially allowing the pool to pop.  If the pool is plumbed with an auto-drain, ensure it is not clogged.  Also if the pool has an auto-fill or water leveler,  please turn that off pre-storm.
  2. Add super chlorinate. Add extra shock to help the pool fight any pollutants that might contaminate the water. Remember to not swim for 24 hours after the shock treatment.
  3. Secure loose items around the pool area. These can become projectiles during the wind portion of any storm and cause further damage to the pool surface or surrounding area.  Strap down any items too large for storage. Also remember to store any chemicals used in your pool care safely, high and dry.
  4. Turn the power off. Be sure to turn off power at the electrical panel leading to pool equipment and lighting. No need to risk the mix of water and electricity during the storm. The equipment is more likely to fail if operating in saturated conditions and potential surges in the power grid could cause damage that would be costly.
  5. Document with pictures and video the pre-storm swimming pool and equipment area. This will help with any potential insurance claims.  You will also now have a game plan to follow for future storm preparedness.

Preparing Beyond the Pool Area

Besides the care of your swimming pool, there are other safety measures to consider during the event of a hurricane or other tropical storm. The following resources will help keep you, your family, and your home safe ahead of the storm.
  • The National Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service has helpful tips for ensuring preparedness for a hurricane’s arrival.
  • The American Red Cross has great information on disaster alerts and preparation.
  • Ready.gov has information on hurricane preparation, as well as information on preparing for other natural disasters.
  • The National Weather Service is one of the best resources to get up-to-date information on hurricanes that are headed your way and those which are still forming.

Post Storm Assessment and Clean Up

Pool technician cleaning a poolAfter the storm has passed and your property is safe to access, follow these steps assess damage and begin to clean up:

Remove all debris from the house, patio, and swimming pool. Be sure to dispose with the local standards.  Often there could be delays in trash removal from the property. Plan ahead for weeks of disposal.

Inspect the pool surface, patio, plumbing, and equipment.  Any cracks should be inspected before operating equipment. Try to reach out to your pool technician for any repairs needed. Remember these techs generally are your neighbors and are experiencing the same potential hardships you are.

Test water chemistry and plan on testing frequently over the next few weeks. Adjust the chemistry after step 4.  If unable to run equipment, at least treat the water with liquid chlorine “bleach” or chlorine tablets in a floater. This will help keep the water from becoming stagnant and infested with bugs. Run filter equipment and keep filter clean as it will most likely capture debris quickly. Watch and listen to your equipment to ensure all components have returned to their normal operation.

Along with some of these basic tips, be sure to reach out to your local Pool Scouts or other pool service provider, so they can help get your pool back on track. Pool Scouts can assess any damage, remove debris and get your pool swim ready in no time! Click here to find a location near you.

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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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5 Simple Upgrades for Your Pool

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Is your pool still stuck with the basic equipment package? Chances are, your pool builder most likely installed what was best for them and not for you. Innovations in technology have taken leaps and bounds in the pool industry over the past few years, everything from coordinated lighting to sophisticated water features. We’ve compiled a list of five simple upgrades to enhance your swimming pool experience. Check it out!

1. Automatic Robotic Cleaner

After five years, most cleaners don’t work quite as well as they did in the beginning. Robotic cleaners are now available as stand-alone units. There’s no need to run the pool pump anymore. Most have the ability to schedule cleanings, are enabled with Bluetooth, and some are even remote controlled. Pro tip: you should save on your electrical bill as they simply plug into a GFCI 110V outlet, which is a typical outdoor plug.

2. LED Light or Bulb

Not only will LED bulbs will brighten up your evenings by the pool, but they will save you a few pennies on electrical costs. Similar to the bulbs in your home, a simple swap from Halogen or Incandescent to an LED light or bulb will make a significant upgrade to your pool. And most have color selections and preset color change shows to extend your daytime party into the night!

3. Chlorinator

Tired of watching your tablet floater moving around the surface while playing, or even worse, collecting in front of the skimmer? A few simple tools and a new offline chlorinator could be the fix. Easy installation by the equipment pad will help ensure you are efficiently dosing your pool with chlorine.

4. Chemical Monitoring

Recent technology now affords pool owners the opportunity to remotely monitor their pool water. Some systems in the market are simple to install. Connect the system to your home network, download the app, and drop the unit in the pool. Easy as that! The notifications you receive when the water chemistry needs attention is a game changer. Correcting an out of balance pool can cost time and money, so install a chemical monitoring system to get ahead of the game.

5. Timing and Automation

Once mechanical, timers have now moved to the digital age – finally! Whether you are activating a Home Hub to automate the pool through a home assistant or simply adding a digital timer, automation is now affordable and simple. Many older units can be converted to incorporate digital timers so the pool equipment operates when you want it too. Some systems come with remote monitoring which is essential while on vacation or away from home for an extended amount of time.

Utilize Your Scouts

Implementing some of these simple upgrades will help you spend more time enjoying your pool this year. And take your backyard experience to the next level by sprucing up the landscape and surrounding area. You can integrate automation for those outdoor lights and sprinkler system too! You’ll be the most popular house on the block. Remember, Pool Scouts can help you select and install some of the above-listed items. We are your go-to source for professional pool service, so you can enjoy your pool all season long! Click here to find a Pool Scouts location near you or give us a call at 844-775-2742. We can’t wait to help you upgrade your backyard oasis!
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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 get your yard (and your home) in tip-top shape. That’s right, it’s time for some good, old fashioned spring cleaning. 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.

Don’t know where to start? We’ve put together some quick and easy areas of focus for your spring cleaning this year, complete with tips and tricks for freshening up your outdoor and indoor spaces!

10 Easy Steps to a Cleaner House and Yard

  1. Shed or Garage: After the winter season, it’s amazing the amount of stuff that 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.
  2. Swimming Pool: Do you have a backyard oasis? Make sure it’s opened and ready for warmer temps! If pool care is not your forte, leave it to the experts. Find your local Pool Scouts and give them a call today!
  3. Patio Furniture: With warm weather (very) 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Grill: With backyard entertaining comes barbecuing! 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!
  6. Doormats: Freshen up those doormats! Hose off and air dry the ones that sit outside and give your inside doormats a good vacuum treatment. Pro tip: to trap more dust, use two mats – one outside the door and one just on the inside.
  7. 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. Bye-bye funky smells!
  8. Fridge: 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’ll can clean your oven too!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Following these 10 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!

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Deep Freeze: Pool Tips for Freezing Temps

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This time of year, the weather can keep us guessing. Just when you expect the warmer temperatures to roll in, a Polar Vortex hits.  What happens in the winter, and even early spring, can impact your summer fun by the pool.

So let’s talk about how to keep your pool in good condition when the deep freeze hits and the snow starts falling. Proper closing of your pool along with investigating a few things during the winter months can help keep your pool in top shape.

We just spent months inside, time to get outdoors soon and enjoy.

Play I Spy…with your pool

A simple way to determine that your pool is currently in good shape is a simple glance under or through the cover.

Try and peel back a corner near the deep end, and check a solid cover.  If it is a mesh cover, cup your hands around your face and look through the mesh screening as if looking through a store window.

Image of pool pump buried in snow next to house

Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Is the pool still holding water?
  • Can I see the bottom of the pool?
  • How much debris is on the bottom?

View around your equipment and check:

  • Any cracked pipes?
  • Any items still frozen?
  • Any standing water that might re-freeze?

Status Report

Each question is important for the rest of the winter and leading into the warmer season ahead.

Share the results from the items above with your local pool service company.  Especially the company who may have closed your pool.  Not only does it give you the opportunity to ask questions, the company will gain valuable insight to the local conditions.

Compare notes with friends and neighbors who also own pools.  Although no two pools are ever the same, identifying a trend over the cooler months with your pools condition might help prevent problems before they occur.  Encourage your friends with concerns to address them quickly.

Image of little boy getting thrown in the air in a pool with floaties and goggles, and dad in the backgroundEarly fixes could save you time and money

Don’t shy away from any repair that may be needed before spring.  Often companies are looking to handle repairs now before opening many pools over the next few weeks.

3 Tips for communicating winter repairs:

  1. Take plenty of pictures and e-mail them to your local pool repair company.
  2. Ask for their work schedule this time of year and get on the calendar
  3. Ask about upgrades if you need to replace key components.

Take the time today and plan to get your pool opened early if you suspect any damages, and contact a swimming pool repair company if you see any damages. And remember, Pool Scouts is your go-to source for professional pool service, and we service pool years round in many markets.

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Top Pool Tips for Snowbirds

Older couple splashing along the edge of a pool and smiling

What Are Snowbirds?

No, it’s not an actual bird. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the definition, winter visitors (the more politically correct term), more commonly known as “snowbirds,” are seasonal travelers, usually retirees, who head south when colder weather approaches. Some of the most popular warm weather states that these travelers head to are Florida and Texas.

Do Snowbirds Have Pools?

Back view of Elderly couple lying by pool at hotel resortYou better believe it! In fact, snowbirds frequently have pools in both their northern, more permanent residence, and at their sunny, southern getaway home. While they must close up shop before heading south as colder weather approaches, they then get to migrate down to warmer temperatures and a pool that will stay open all year long. Since these different locations require different pool care and maintenance, we have a few tips on how Pool Scouts can help prep a pool for the cold winter weather, and also how to maintain for a year-round perfect pool.

How To Close and Open A Pool When Heading South

Pool Scouts has locations in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina to help with your pool closing needs, and will also be around once it’s time to open your pool back up in the spring. Here are a few of the services that a professional Pool Scouts technician will perform. To read the full list, visit our Closing Services page.

Closing and Winterizing Service

  • Test and balance water
  • Blow off pool deck and equipment pad
  • Lower water level and backwash filter
  • Add winterizing chemicals

Once you’re ready to head north as things warm up, Pool Scouts is ready to dive in and take the plunge. Take a look at our Opening Services page for the full break-down of what’s included.

Pool Opening Service

  • Remove, clean and prepare cover for storage
  • Remove plugs and prep pool lines
  • Blow off deck area and equipment pad
  • Start and prime the pool pump

How To Maintain A Year-Round Pool Once Down South

Pool Scouts has a recurring swimming pool cleaning service that will allow winter visitors to make the most of their time in the warmer weather. The last thing you want to worry about is your pool! We’ve got your back. With multiple locations throughout some of the more popular snowbird destination states such as Florida and Texas, we are happy to service our winter visitors. Here are a few of the steps included in our year-round pool cleaning service.

  • Remove leaves and debris from pool surface
  • Clean tile surface at the waterline
  • Empty and clean the skimmer baskets
  • Clean or backwash the filter
  • Check the filter pressure 

While snowbirds have the ultimate dream of a getaway home, and often times getaway pool, this results in more maintenance. Not to worry, Pool Scouts is there every step of the way to make sure that relaxation is the only item on their checklist, living their ultimate luxury lifestyle without the worry of taking care of a pool. Give us a call at 844-775-2742 today!

 
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