Five Reasons We Love Swimming Pools

three kids swimming underwater

In preparation for this year’s National Swimming Pool Day, we have compiled a list of our top five reasons why we love swimming pools.

There are so many reasons to love your swimming pool, these are just a few of our favorites!

1. Presents a Fun Fitness Opportunity for the Family 

Swimming in the pool is a great way to stay fit, and a fun way to exercise as a family! It can be especially motivating to exercise when you can do it from the comfort of your home, and we think this is a huge plus to having a swimming pool in your backyard.

The pool is also an excellent way to help your kids stay healthy and fit over the summer. Often your kids may end up spending two to five hours in the pool on a summer day, or sometimes even longer, which translates into a two to five hour workout they didn’t even know they were doing!

2. Helps Encourage Your Kids to Swim Earlier in Life father holding his toddler daughter up in the air in the pool

Another reason we love swimming pools is because they encourage your children to swim at an earlier age. The earlier your children become comfortable with swimming, the earlier they will understand the importance of water safety around both pools and natural bodies of water.

Having a swimming pool at home allows you to teach your children how to swim, on your own time, and at your own pace. This creates a personalized learning environment for your children, encouraging them to learn at their own pace, starting at an earlier age.

3. Serves as a Great Environment for Hosting Summer Gatherings

Swimming pools provide a great environment for summer gatherings of any kind. Nothing beats inviting a couple friends over for a poolside afternoon!

Hosting summer gatherings by the pool can be a great way to add a twist to an otherwise traditional summer house party. Encourage your friends and family to bring their bathing suits and hang out by the pool!

4. Creates an Outdoor Resort Right at Home 

We also love swimming pools because they encourage us to rest and relax! There is something about a quiet day by the pool that almost feels like a day at a tropical resort.

Give yourself the gift of relaxation and spend some of your free time lounging by the pool alone. This might be the vacation you’ve been waiting for, the only difference is you’re right in your own backyard!

5. Encourages Togetherness and Family Time Without Distractions

Finally, we love swimming pools because they encourage uninterrupted togetherness. The pool is fun for the whole family, and it helps take us away from other things that may be distracting us from each other!

Let’s be honest, who can deny a cool-off in the pool on a hot summer day? Add a backyard swimming pool to the equation and you have the perfect recipe for some uninterrupted, at-home family fun.

To ensure you’re taking full advantage of your swimming pool this summer, give Pool Scouts a call to help maintain and care for your swimming pool. There are so many reasons to love your swimming pool, and we want you to spend every minute enjoying it. Leave the cleaning up to us! Give us a call today at 844-755-2742, we will keep your pool in tip top shape all year long.

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4 Creative Ways to Celebrate Halloween This Year

Two groups of pumpkins, one happy and one spooky, decorating a yard

Spooky season is upon us! And in 2020, Halloween not only falls on a Saturday, but will have a full moon, blue moon, and daylight savings time all converging on the same weekend, making it a truly unique Halloween. With a pandemic still going on though, Halloween (just like most holidays) will feel a bit different this year. While trick or treating may be canceled depending on where you live, there are plenty of other fun activities you can do with the family to celebrate. We have a few tips and tricks to keep your Halloween feeling spooky and festive!

1. Make Your House Feel Festive with Decorations and Food

Close up shot of spooky Halloween desserts with fake spidersBring Halloween into your home, by decorating for the occasion! From pumpkins and fake (or real) spiderwebs on the porch, to black and orange streamers, the décor possibilities are endless. In addition to decorations, make festive food throughout the day for the family to snack on. From pumpkin shaped pancakes in the morning to this ghost s’mores dip for an afternoon snack, these will have the whole family feeling spook-tacular. For bonus points, you can make spooky spaghetti and eyeball meatballs for dinner.

2. Play Halloween-themed Movies

Have Halloween movies playing throughout the day, making them as scary or as family-friendly as you’d like. Here’s a list of Halloween movies playing on each of the different streaming services, ranging from family movies such as Hocus Pocus, to some newer thrillers such as Hush. These can be playing throughout the day in the background for ambiance, or be a planned activity for the whole family to participate in.

3. Use Zoom for Fun Social Activities

While we can all agree there’s a certain level of Zoom fatigue occurring, there are creative ways to put a fun spin to make it exciting and engaging for kids of all ages.

  • Zoom Costume Parade: For younger kids, set up a Zoom meeting with the neighborhood kids, and have them each take turns showing off their costume. This can just be a parade, or turned into a contest in which the other kids vote for best costume.
  • Virtual Trick or Treat: While this activity is aimed at kids, it’s also a great excuse for people of all ages to relive the best day of the year by participating in trick or treating without weird questioning looks of you being too old. With virtual trick or treating, you’ll ask each person participating a joke, riddle or question, and then reward them with a digital treat. These can range from things such as virtual wallpaper, to a credit for an app download, or an online gift card.
  • Scary Stories over Zoom: For older kids and adults, you can get a group together to tell scary stories over Zoom. For extra spooky vibes, participate in scary story telling from a pillow fort with all the lights turned off except a flashlight under your chin.
  • Virtual Scavenger Hunt: A scavenger hunt gets everybody engaged, and really brings out the competitive streak in people. Participants will break up into teams and receive a list of tasks they must complete in a set amount of time. Here’s a scavenger hunt list we found that’s perfect for Halloween. The team that completes the list first gets a spooky prize!

Orange tray filled with Halloween craft decor4. Make Halloween Crafts

There’s plenty of opportunity to get creative with crafts, making them as intricate or as simple as you’d like. Here’s a list of fun crafts for the family, ranging from paper bag monster puppets to a candy wreath.

 

These ideas for Halloween celebrations at the house will have your family feeling Halloween vibes throughout the day! The activities incorporate the essential parts of Halloween (costumes and candy), so that your kids won’t feel like they’re missing out on any of the best parts of the holiday!

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Top 5 Ways to Relax By The Pool

Woman reading by the pool and relaxing

Summer is in full swing, and with COVID-19 cases still on the rise across the country, it looks like our time at home won’t be decreasing any time soon. While this isn’t how you might have hoped to spend your summer, there are plenty of ways to come up with fun ideas for activities at home. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy your home, one of the easiest ways to kick back and relax is to take advantage of your backyard, starting with your pool. Read these easy tips on how to get ultimate relaxation right from your backyard!

5 Easy Ways to Relax by the Pool

  1. Make sure to keep a refreshing beverage with you at all times. No matter how cool your pool is, the summer heat will have you fading fast if you don’t keep a thirst quencher nearby at all times. Bring a cooler with a few waters to keep poolside so you don’t have to keep making trips into the house. And if you want to throw in a hard seltzer or a wine cooler for good measure, by all means do so!
  2. Four pool floats in a clear blue swimming poolKeep a few floats on hand. Finding the perfect float can be difficult, and when you’ve finally found the perfect one, it’s often unexpectedly carried away by the wind in a storm or popped by a rowdy kid. That’s why it’s important to do your research and keep a spare float or two tucked away. Things to take into consideration when finding the perfect float: how much you want to be submerged in the pool vs. out of the pool? Do you want a soft or firm float? There’s all the extra bells and whistles to think about too (drink holder, speaker, dry area for your phone, etc). Once you’ve decided on your float necessities, you can make sure you have the ultimate relaxation float on hand at all times.
  3. Have pool snacks nearby at all times. Ideally, snacks won’t be messy or in a container that will blow away in the wind. Here’s a list of easy recipes for easy poolside snacking, including snacks such as trail mixes and granola bars. Having simple, grabbable foods that you can leave out nearby will also be a great way to keep the kids occupied so you can get back to relaxing.
  4. Invest in comfy outdoor chairs. If you’re committed to having a relaxing day by the pool, you’ll need to invest in comfortable pool chairs. This is where you’ll be spending most of your time, so it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable.
  5. Create a relaxing poolside playlist. Whether your preference is simple steel drums in the background, or a hot country countdown playlist, having background music that makes you feel like you’re on vacation is key. Online streaming services like Amazon Music or Spotify have some great options for poolside playlists to set the mood. Close your eyes, relax, and transport yourself from your backyard to that Caribbean beach you’ve been dreaming about!

To ensure you’re taking full advantage of your pool for relaxation, let Pool Scouts take care of cleaning and maintaining your pool. You should be focusing on enjoying your pool, not cleaning it. Give Pool Scouts a call at 844-775-2742 so you can get back to relaxing!

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What to Consider When Buying a House with a Pool

House for sale with a pool in the backyard

Owning a pool is a glorious thing, particularly as our recreational opportunities outside of the home have been limited this year. One path to pool ownership is having a pool built custom to your preferences in your very own back yard, and there are many nice perks to that level of customization, but it requires significant time and resources and can be a disruptive process. A more common path to pool ownership comes by way of purchasing a house with an existing pool. This option allows more immediate pay off but involves a different set of risks and considerations to reach your desired goal of worry-free fun in the sun.

When you are buying a pool, there are a several considerations to be made around how much you want to spend, what type of pool you want, etc. When buying a house that already has a pool, the considerations are slightly different. Whether you are on the hunt for a house with a pool or perhaps a real estate professional looking to advise your clients on making smart decisions in their search, below are some recommendations for what to consider with each pool you see.

5 Key Tips For Buying a House With a Pool:

1. Make sure the pool is open and operational.

Seeing that the pool has been used recently, or appears ready for use, is a positive It will also allow more visibility into any obvious signs of damage in the structure or general components. If you arrive at a house where the pool is covered or it is evident it hasn’t been used recently, there is much more risk of encountering issues later (that may be hidden), and it may be a sign that it was not winterized or closed properly.

2. Get a pool inspection by a professional pool company before you make a purchase.

It is very important to use a professional pool company and not a general home inspector for the pool inspection, as general home inspectors may not be qualified to provide the detailed inspection you need. Similarly, if the inspection reveals any issues, make sure repairs are done by a licensed professional so you know they will be up to your county or state code. Additionally, most manufacturers warranties are void if service and repair work is not done by a professional.

3. Pay attention to the size, shape and design of the pool

Group of people in backyard swimming pool

It’s important to pay attention to these details to ensure it fits with how you will use the pool, and for consideration in future pool maintenance. For example, are you planning to use the pool simply for recreation or do you need a straight format for laps? How many people do you expect to be using the pool at any given time? Is it an above ground pool or in ground pool (tip: above ground will require more maintenance)? Do you prefer saltwater or chlorine? When making this type of investment, you want to make sure you get it right!

4. Put safety first.

Ensuring the pool is safe and up to code is vital. Just because the pool already exists, doesn’t mean it’s up to code with all the necessary state or local regulations or that it’s been taken care of properly. Getting a professional pool inspection is the first step in verifying things (per #2). Also look out for additions like diving boards or water slides, which must meet certain requirements to be up to local code. These are often added later and can have implications on both safety and insurance. If there is not an existing fence or barrier around the pool, you will want to add one to ensure no kids (yours or neighbors) access the pool unsupervised.

5. Seek professional advice or help for ongoing pool care. As a new pool owner, there are a few reasons not to try tackling pool care on your own.

First and foremost, it’s just much more fun to enjoy the fun aspects of pool ownership – the cannonballs, the sun and the splashing – without the hassles. Secondly, if you don’t have professional training and education on pool care, mistakes can be costly; so while you think you’re saving money in the short term, you could end up costing yourself even more. Working with a professional pool cleaning service company provides access to highly educated resources and keeps you up to date with the latest laws, pool care technology and tips to save you money along the way. Your realtor, neighbors or a quick online search can likely provide some great referrals for care; and of course if there’s a Pool Scouts location in your area, we would love to be your go-to resource for professional pool care and maintenance.

Becoming a pool owner is such a great experience, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you’re purchasing a new home and simultaneously becoming a first time pool owner. The more you know going into pool ownership, the safer and happier your family will be enjoying your new pool. While the excitement and busyness that comes with purchasing a new home can easily overshadow the importance of pool education and safety, we hope these tips help arm you to set yourself up for success and for a future filled with fun in the sun! If you have additional questions about pool education or care, please feel free to contact Pool Scouts for professional help.

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