The holiday season always seems to sneak up on everyone, and if you are anything like us here at Pool Scouts, the stress of thoughtful gift giving begins to rear its ugly head as this time nears. What do you get for the dad that has everything, or the mom that you can’t please? Or the friends and relatives you don’t see often but want to give a gift? Well, if they have a pool, we are here to help! Keeping up with all the latest pool trends can be tough. This year, give the pool owners in your life gifts that will keep on giving, to them and their family and friends who enjoy the pool. Here are a few ideas that are certain to be a hit come summertime! Emoji Beach Balls: These are sure to be popular with kids and grown-ups alike! Who doesn’t like a happy face? Put it on a beach ball, and make it fun for everyone! Underwater Light Show and Water Feature: For those pool owners that want to take it up a notch and make their pool THE place for parties, check out this combo water-light feature! This product not only adds a water fountain feature to your pool, it also puts on a light show on the floor of your pool at night! Towel Tree: Of course, there are those loved ones that prefer to be more practical in their gift giving and receiving. A towel tree is a perfect gift to keep towels within arm’s reach of the pool. A dual function gadget, it’s also great for drying towels in between dips in the pool. Towels: You got the towel tree, now you need the towels! Give your pool goers the gift of luxury, so they can wrap themselves in these fluffy and colorful towels. Pool Floats: And let’s not forget all of the pool float options. They now come in all shapes and sizes, everything from unicorns to floats with built-in drink holders, ice buckets and speakers. Our all-time favorite float here at Pool Scouts is the cockroach float, guaranteed to get a laugh! Gift Cards: Let’s not forget Pool Scouts Gift Card! Give the gift of a clean, healthy pool! Call your Pool Scouts for details. The options are endless these days when it comes to accessorizing a pool. A gift for a pool owner is bound to be a winner, one that will get used over and over again! Wherever your gift giving takes you, the Pool Scouts team hopes that you have a wonderful holiday season. And remember, summer will be here before you know it! Be sure to reach out to your Pool Scouts to schedule your opening service. If you keep your pool open year-round, we can provide a Kickstart service in the spring that gets your pool clean and cannonball ready, Scout’s Honor. Happy Holidays! 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.
Every year, summer is punctuated with our country celebrating Labor Day. It acts as a period on the end of our summer sentence. Labor Day, the “workingmen’s holiday” is celebrated the first Monday in September. According to the United State Labor Department, Labor Day “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” It’s a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. (source: https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history) Modern Labor Day tradition includes backyard bbq’s, pool parties, road trips, and quality time spent with friends and family. However, each year we’ve seen that more and more spend a portion of the weekend sitting in traffic to getting from point A to point B. So why not stay home and spend that time in your own backyard, especially if you have a pool? This Labor Day, we suggest you put the keys back in the bowl, unpack your bags and spend some quality time at home. Here are some compelling reasons to do so:
- Avoid the inevitable aggravation of holiday traffic
- Save money on traveling and gas
- More time to spend relaxing instead of packing and traveling
- Be a star and host friends and family at your house
- Kick back and have fun in the pool for one last summer weekend
- One of my favorites, have more time to get some stuff done around the house
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 large just-ripe freestone peaches, halved and pitted
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
- 6 scoops low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer until reduced by half and slightly syrupy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and black pepper. Cover with foil and set aside.
Heat a grill to medium. Brush cut side of the peaches with the canola oil and cook cut side down until nicely grill marked, 2 to 3 minutes. Give peaches a quarter turn and grill 1 to 2 minutes more for crosshatch marks. Flip over and brush tops with the melted butter. Grill cut side up until tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.
Arrange a peach half in each of 6 serving dishes and top with a scoop of frozen yogurt. Drizzle syrup over the top.
Servings Per Recipe: 6 PER SERVING: 199 cal., 6 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 34 g carb. (2 g fiber), 5 g pro.
I have a love-hate relationship with the end of the summer. While it has been nice to enjoy some beach time, to spend weekends barbecuing, and not have to worry about my kids getting their homework done, there is comfort in welcoming back the routine of the school year (and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING!) For pool owners around the country, closing the pool is one of the many items on the fall to-do list. For me, it is at the bottom of the list, as I like to leave the pool open as long as possible in the hopes of those Indian Summer days. Well Gizmo, the Pool Scouts mascot, is here to tell us that procrastinating the pool closing is okay…at least for a little while! The best time to close the pool is when the temperatures start dropping. This will stave off algae growth and help keep the water in better condition throughout the winter months. While it is okay milk those last few days of warm weather that fall sometimes affords us, you do want to make sure you winterize your pool before the temperatures drop too low. Otherwise, the system could sustain damage, like cracked pipes. In warmer climates, it is okay to leave your pool uncovered, but your pool will still require some maintenance. Your pool water will still need to be balanced, and the filter system will need to be monitored to ensure upkeep and proper operation. Pool Scouts can help prep your pool for the winter months. Whether you decide to bundle your pool up for winter or keep the pool open, our technicians can prep your pool for spring success! Some key steps involved in closing pools includes:
- Remove all leaves and debris from the pool
- Vacuum the pool
- Backwash the filter system
- Lower water to the appropriate level
- Test water and add wintering chemicals as needed
- Drain, disassemble and clean filter elements for storage
- Drain pump and heater
- Plug returns and skimmers
- Remove and store deck equipment (ladders and handrails ect…)
- Inspect and Install the winter cover
- Blow off pool deck area and equipment pad
- Balance the water
- Double check and monitor filter system
- Shift chemicals and timers for winter months
- Confirm and/or tweak maintenance schedule for the winter
Let me introduce myself. My name is Brooks, and I am lucky to be working at Pool Scouts this summer as I prepare to enter my final year of college. I’ve been given the opportunity to share my thoughts with you, our blog readers, and I thought what better time to do that than Father’s Day! This year, Father’s Day marks the beginning of summer, the best time of year for outdoor social events! Kids are out of school, the weather is pleasant, and family and friends are ready to have some fun. If you have a pool as well, it’s vitally important to keep it safe and well-maintained so that it’s capable of hosting summer birthdays, holidays, or casual parties. Pool parties foster a unique sense of community and togetherness, so you want to be ready to roll! Recently, my family invested in a pool for our backyard, and it’s brought us endless summer fun already! Lounging by the pool, hosting a cookout, competing in a diving board contest, or playing water volleyball or basketball are all opportunities to enjoy summer by the pool. Father’s Day gives us even more reason to celebrate this time of year as we reflect on all that fathers do. My own father has been extremely influential for me and my two younger brothers. Our family grew up swimming competitively and spending a lot of time at the beach surfing, swimming, and relaxing. In other words, we’ve bonded in and around wat er. The recent installment of our family pool has given us another reason to spend more time together. I look forward to another great summer with my father and family, where we grow closer just by stepping outside. This Father’s Day, remove the burden of pool maintenance and say, “I love you” with a perfectly prepared pool to enjoy together. Pool Scouts will prepare your pool for a memorable summer with friends and family by providing a clean pool deck, crystal clear water, and regular maintenance. So when Pool Scouts takes care of your pool, Dad can sit back and relax. A few additional gift suggestions to use in the pool with Dad:
- Floating Table Tennis
- Floating Golf Green
- Floating Corn Hole
- Remote Control Snack and Drink Float
May is water safety month. Last week we talked a lot about swimmer safety, which is of the utmost importance, but there is another side of pool safety that extends to the care and maintenance of the pool itself. Keeping your pool clean, healthy and swim-ready takes time, tools, and chemicals. In a world where organic reigns king it is sometimes tough to think about allowing your kids swim in a pool full of chemicals, but when properly maintained and balanced pool water is perfectly safe. Handling and working with pool chemicals and equipment takes a certain level of care and expertise. There are hidden dangers that can injure or create health concerns for inexperienced pool owners. Gizmo, our Pool Scouts mascot and this month safety scout is here to talk more about the details. Gizmo’s Guidance on the Technical Side of Pool Care: There are several aspects of pool maintenance that can present risks. The following are some of the substances and situations to consider when caring for your pool:
- Muriatic acid
- Diatomaceous earth
- Main drain suction
- Vacuum ports
- Exposed wires and GFCI outlets
Welcome to our Pool Scouts blog. We’ve been busy the last few months with the launch of our new pool service business and as we enter this new year, we’re excited to use this forum to keep you in the loop on all things Pool Scouts. We’ll keep you up to date with what’s going on with the company, help you get to know some of our Scouts, keep you posted on key industry news and throw in some fun facts about pools and swimming! For instance, did you know that Benjamin Franklin invented swim fins? Or that an hour’s worth of swimming burns 650 calories? All the more reason to keep that pool clean! We’re looking forward to a year full of exciting moments and are thrilled you took the time to learn a bit more. Stick with us and we’ll have fun as we get you ready and pumped about your poolside summer. To learn more about Pool Scouts, explore our website and connect with us on Facebook. We hope you’ll stay tuned for much more news to come! If there’s anything in particular you want to see us post about, feel free to let us know via the comments below.