‘Tis the Season of Giving: 5 Pool Gifts Under $20

Pool Scouts Gift Giving Ideas

Pool Scouts Gift Ideas Under $20

Written by guest author: Miranda Lindsey

It may be winter, but the pool fun doesn’t have to stop completely. This holiday season opt for gifts that can make summer a little more fun with LED lights, pool floats and accessories. Amazon sells a wide range of pool items that make last minute gifts for your favorite pool enthusiast.

Submersible LED Lights Several companies offer waterproof, battery operated lights that can work for more than just the pool. This gift will definitely be a conversation starter at your next barbecue with RGB multi-color changing lights powered by a wireless remote control.

Pool Scouts Gift Ideas Under $20

Giant Pool Floaty Perfect for the for the pool leisure devotee in your life. This 6-foot inflatable comes with a repair kit to extend it life, which makes it the perfect present for families with kids. This floaty is available in a variety of styles like pineapple, pizza, and swan, make gift giving personal.

Pool Scouts Gift Ideas Under $20

Inflatables for Baby This is makes a great gift for expecting families. Parents can relax with baby safely in the pool with inflatable canopy rings. This style offers and extra layer of protection for the sun in addition to special design that let baby float freely.

Electric Air Pump The textbook for the family that always has the neighborhood kids in the pool. Help Dad’s lungs out by getting him this electric pump that fills the pools toys up in seconds. This functional gift can be used outside of the back yard of camping or boat trips with high powered pressure and low noise levels.

Pool Scouts Gift Ideas Under $20

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker This mini speaker makes a great gift for the family who lives outdoors. This gizmo packs a powerful punch with 8-hours of battery life, universal compatibility, and the ability to be completely submerged for 30 minutes without being damaged! The speaker downright convenient making it a great gift for hikers, campers, and travelers alike.

Here at Pool Scouts, we think about pools year-round. These make gifts make great additions to any of our services and make perfect place holders for the off season. Make sure to check your local Pool Scouts for promotions and services. 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.

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The 2016 Election Reminds Us What Veterans Serve and Fight For

Veterans Day 2016 Pool Scouts

The 2016 election has just wrapped up and the results have the world in shock. The message from the media and the current administration is that elections (even ones as historic as this one) are what democracy is all about and to never under estimate the power that comes with that. The freedom to vote is a privilege and an honor, one that we can thank men and women in uniform for protecting. Appropriately, this week rounds out with Veterans Day, so let’s not forgot whose time, efforts and sacrifice afford us the opportunity to vote for whom we chose and continue to live a life of freedom and prosperity.

The Pool Scouts headquarters resides in Virginia Beach, VA is right down the street from the world’s largest naval bases. Team members from operations like our Chief Operating Officer, Brian Garrison, down to some of our Pool Technicians, Ralph and David, have all served in the Navy. Beyond those who have served themselves, we have many teammates whose family members are currently in the service, so many of the employees here understand the sacrifices service men and women make for our country.

As Veterans Day approaches, I urge you to not only remember all veterans’ service, but also take a moment to ask them their story. Even the simple question of ‘why they chose to serve’ could be enlightening for you, and show your thanks by hearing their story.

My mom is a veteran, and although I know it wasn’t always easy for her, I smile when I think about the stories she tells. The time she spent serving our country wasn’t without great stories we are all still telling! Upon Veterans Pool Scoutscompleting nursing school in the middle of the Vietnam War, my mom enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Army. A nurse trained in acute, critical care, her first station was in Alaska. The first story I remember fondly is about her deployment. In typical military fashion, her deployment date was moved up which meant she also had to move up her wedding date with my dad. She shipped out two days after the wedding! The day she was to fly out, there was a terrible storm. While she was waiting to see if they were going to wait out the storm or take off, the pilot approached her and asked her for the orders. She was totally surprised and immediately told them they should ask someone else. Turns out, she was the ranking officer and the decision was hers. So they took off, typical of my mom to go for it! I’m immensely grateful for her service and dedication!

My mom is just one example of how our service men and women commit and adjust during their time in the service. I am in awe of the tenacity she and so many others have and had to enlist in the midst of wartimes. There are so many amazing and interesting stories to glean from our veterans. So this Veterans Day, take a moment to thank those in your life who are serving or have served. Learn more about their experiences and be proud to know such strong individuals who represent our country!

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Meet-A-Scout: Gabe Jensen, Lead Technician a.k.a. “Scout Instructor”

**Our “Meet a Scout” blog series introduces you to one of the people that make Pool Scouts great. We’ll offer you a little insight into the members of our team, where they are from and what makes them tick!**

Meet-A-Scout: Gabe Jensen

For this round of “Meet A Scout” we’re introducing you to Gabe Jensen, Lead Pool Technician and “Scout Instructor!”  Gabe came to Pool Scouts from Florida in the very early days of the business and has been an invaluable part of the team since. As our resident Certified Pool Operator, Gabe brings a rich background of experience and skills. He has over 15 years of experience in the pool industry, and quite literally grew up in the business. Gabe’s family owns and operates a retail pool business and Gabe spent many hours at a young age learning about the trade. In addition to being our “Scout Instructor”, he is affectionately known as Scout MacGyver. Gabe can fix, patch, or build almost anything from the most obscure objects! One of his recent masterpieces is a Gabe original filter, built and installed on one of our customer’s pools that just wasn’t clearing. It worked like a charm!

At Pool Scouts, Gabe oversees and trains all local staff along with training franchise owners and their own staff. Even with all his years of experience, Gabe would be the first to admit that he, too, continues to learn about the complexities of the pool business and furthers his education by staying abreast of new information and developments in the industry.

We stole a few minutes of Gabe’s time to get to know him better.

What led you to work for Pool Scouts?

The Opportunity! My entire (almost) working career has been based around the pool industry. I love the industry and want to make an impact on how business should be conducted. I think we have the best vision and can remove the stigma that most associate with our industry.

What is your favorite part about your position at Pool Scouts?

I love the opportunity to train new franchisees about our trade. Our business is so dynamic that it is impossible to learn it overnight, but progress is overwhelming.

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What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Pool Scouts team?

Experience, skill, passion for the industry, a sense of humor and a big heart (Gabe would never write this about himself so I added it in).

If you could donate $1 million to any charity, which charity would it be and why?

Autism Speaks, I have a personal connection to this cause and stand behind this organization’s efforts.

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you?

Lighter, Knife, Shovel (That is all he would need to build a boat and MacGyver his way back to civilization!)

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Any of the Minnesota Vikings!

What’s your favorite room in your house and why?

The Bathroom – quietest room in the house (three boys in the house…their mom is fully out-numbered).

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I grew up wanting to fly planes and even considered joining the Navy to fly fighter jets but unfortunately couldn’t do so because of a heart condition. I’ve begun the process to get my pilot’s license and look forward to completing it!

 

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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Meet a Scout – Jennifer Young, Scout Captain

**Our “Meet a Scout” blog series introduces you to one of the people that make Pool Scouts great. We’ll offer you a little insight into the members of our team, where they are from and what makes them tick!**

 

MEET A SCOUT – Jennifer Young, Scout Captain (aka. Troop Leader, Local Operations Manager)

For our inaugural “Meet A Scout” post we are featuring a team member who goes by two names, Scout Captain, Troop Leader and Local Operations Manager, Jennifer Young.

For those of you in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area, you know Jen as our courteous, sharp, efficient and competent main point of contact you speak with on the other end of the phone when you call about your pool.
For franchisees across the country, you jen-photo-3know her as your go-to for all things office management, from scheduling and accounting to inventory and materials.

But to get to know Jennifer better, we stole a few moments with her to learn more about what makes her tick and how she spends her time away from work.

What led you to work for Pool Scouts? After 8 years, I was feeling a little bored with my previous job. It was time for a change and I wanted to use the knowledge and experience gained from my previous experience to go out on a limb (or step out of my comfort zone) and help start a business in an industry I was not familiar with. While I’m not a risk taker, this role leverages the skills and experience I have gained throughout my career, and that gave me the confidence to know I was up for the task.

What is your favorite part about your position at Pool Scouts? The seasonality of the business is appealing. The winters are slower and it allows me to spend more time with my kids as well as cart them around to their extra curricular activities.

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Pool Scouts team? Focus. Keeping the goal at hand in the forefront of my mind when making difficult decisions. Staying on track to get various tasks completed while multitasking is a daily challenge, one that I am up for.

What’s your favorite Pool Scouts tagline and why? “The Cannonball contest is back on, people!” Whenever I read it or hear someone say it, to me it screams “we’re about to have some fun in the sun.”
There’s a bit of mystery around who is the original Pool Scout. If you were to choose one person or character (real or fictional) to represent/personify Pool Scouts, who would it be? Me, because I’m kind of a big deal.

If you had to pick one song as your “theme song” what would it be? I have never really given much thought to what would be my theme song. I know that Another One Bites the Dust by Queen is the song I want playing at my funeral. I guess for my theme song I would go with Happy by Pharrell because it’s very positive and uplifting.

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why? George Harrison, Susan Tedeski and my dad.jen-photo-2

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you? Toothbrush, lighter, and a blanket. At the end of the night I like to have a clean mouth and somewhere warm and cozy to sleep.

You were just given a yacht. What would you name it? First I would have to learn how to drive a boat, then I would name it “Watch Out!”

If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go? Hawaii. I’ve actually been planning and saving for a couple years. Looking to go next summer with my kids, of course after pool opening season is over.

 

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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Home is where the heart is, even on Labor Day!

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

Here at Pool Scouts, the majority of us decided to stay put for the reasons listed above. But the number one reason being it means more time to relax!

Should you choose to take advantage of your back yard and spend time in the pool, top off your day with this easy, but delicious grilled peach dessert recipe from Fitness Magazine:

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegarScreen Shot 2016-09-02 at 5.21.31 PM
  • 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

Directions:

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.

Nutrition Information

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.

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipe/ice-cream/grilled-balsamic-peaches-and-frozen-yogurt/

As always, time spent by the pool means that you must keep safety top of mind. Please remember to have a designated person watching the pool at all times and that everyone knows the rules of the pool!

We hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend and find time to relax with family and friends regardless of where you decide to spend it!

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It’s A Love-Hate Thing

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!)

Gizmo_T-ShirtFor 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

Some steps for preparing your pool to remain open in colder months:

  • 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

As usual, this summer flying by, and before we know it, Labor Day will be upon us. While the change of seasons brings new adventures and an abundance of holidays to celebrate, we’ll long for the long, hot days of summer when that first cold day hits! While you too, will have a list of to-dos as we head into fall, be sure to plan ahead and cross “take care of pool” off your list. It isn’t too soon to reach out to Pool Scouts to schedule your pool closing!  Visit Poolscouts.com for more information or call 844-SPLASH-2 (844-775-2742).

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Sit Back and Relax this Father’s Day!

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!

Brooks'-familyThis 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 golf green

  • Floating Table Tennis
  • Floating Golf Green
  • Floating Corn Hole
  • Remote Control Snack and Drink Float

*All of these items and more are available on Amazon.com!

Father’s Day is the perfect time to show your dad how much he means to you. A perfectly clean pool is a special gift because it gives Dad not only time for himself, but time to spend with his family all summer long. Pool Scouts is dedicated to superior maintenance and cleaning, where perfect pools are our priority. A beautifully clean pool means a summer well spent with friends, family, and most importantly, our DADS!

Check out more about the Pool Scouts services, and call (844)-775-2742 today to give your dad the gift of a perfect pool!

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Pool Safety Extends to the Technical Side of Pool Care

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:Scuba Pup

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
  • Chlorine
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Main drain suction
  • Vacuum ports
  • Exposed wires and GFCI outlets

You may be familiar with some of these items listed but others you may not be aware of the risks. So let’s break it down.

Muriatic Acid. Muriatic acid is highly corrosive and can cause problem when it comes in contact with the skin or is inhaled. It is important to wear glove and safety goggles with handling the substance. Only work with muriatic acid in a well ventilated area and do not mix it with other chemicals without reading the label; it may be explosive! The good news is, once diluted, like in a pool, the substance is safe.

Chlorine. Chlorine is a powerful disinfectant and bleaching agent that can present a number of hazards. Chlorine is most hazardous when fumes are inhaled or if the substance gets into your eyes, mouth or throat.  Similar to muriatic acid, it is always a good idea to where protective wear, eye glasses and a mask, when working with chlorine. Also, be mindful of how you store chlorine. Always make sure the storage area is well ventilated, that the substance isn’t located next to a direct heat source, and that the container cannot tip over. When cleaning with chlorine, be sure to read the label first, as it can react to other substances. For example, chlorine mixed with ammonia can create a violent reaction. 

Diatomaceous Earth. Diatomaceous earth is another chemical used aid filtration in your pool, and while it is one of the least aggressive substances used, when inhaled in large amounts it can cause long-term lung problems. When handling DE you should always wear a mask to protect your respiratory system.

Main Drain Suction. While the main drain doesn’t impact someone caring for your pool,it would be remiss of us not to talk about the safety concerns with the drain system in your pool. The main drain, typically at the deepest point of your pool, runs suction that helps to keep your pool clean. In the event that a swimmer lies on top of or sits on the cover of the main drain and covers it completely, their body could become stuck and they might not be able to get to the surface because the suction is too strong. One incident sited that four men were unable to release a young girl from the pull of the drain. Very scary stuff. The good news is that they have developed drain covers that prevent someone from completely covering the drain and getting stuck. Additionally, the Pool And Spa Safety Act has guidelines that require pool professionals to alert pool owners of outdated covers and update them immediately. As a pool owner, it is important that you make sure you have an updated drain cover, keep scissors by the pool to release clothing or hair that may get caught in the system and if someone should get trapped, pull on one side of their body at a time to release the suction.

Vacuum Ports. Vacuum ports in the pool system can also be hazardous. These can be located in your  skimmer basket but also on the wall of your pool. The port located on the wall can present a similar risk for entrapment to that of the main drain suction. Breathe a sigh of relief, because this can be easily rectified by fitting the port with a safety latched cover. Simply remove the old fitting by unscrewing it and and thread the new one onto the port. DONE.

GFI Outlets and Exposed Wires. Pool systems run on electricity, and because the pool area is a place of entertainment, there can be outlet near by. It is incredibly important that all outlet by the pool are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets. GFCI outlets trip and cut power when the line is exposed to water. Similarly, when completing repairs to the pool system, it is important to cut power and make sure all wires are properly insulated and in good shape to avoid any risk of electrocution.

Pools are a place of fun and relaxation but their are risks involve in owning and maintaining a pool. The best defense is education and knowledge. I hope we’ve provided you with some background on keeping your pool safe.

Pool Scouts technicians are trained on handling all these situations and keeping your pool water clear and healthy and your pool area a safe place to be. Take a moment to ensure your pool and surrounding area are up to date and get out there and enjoy that pool!

Pool Scouts is a pool service company offering recurring, single service, opening, closing and minor pool repair service. 

 

 

 

 

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A Healthy Pool Means Healthy Swimming

As pool owners, we’ve all experienced the green or foggy pool. Who knows what’s lurking on the bottom.  I certainly don’t want to be the one to find out!  Beyond the beauty of a sparkling pool, there are also health concerns when pools aren’t maintained properly.  So get your No. 2 pencil and notepad ready; here’s a quick lesson in what makes a healthy pool.

There is more than meets the eye. Everyone loves to have a sparkling, clear pool. It’s a pool ready for cannonballs and one that’s pretty to look at, but there is more than meets the eye.  Contaminated water can look clear but still pose the risk of getting you sick. Red eyes and itchy skin isn’t necessarily indicative of too much chlorine. Contrary to what you might think, your pool might actually need more chlorine. Figuring out the chemical balance of your pool can be complex and technical, which is where professional services like Pool Scouts can come in handy!

Pool Scouts technicians complete an extensive training program to ensure proper handling of chemicals and treatment of pools, allowing you to kick back and enjoy.

Ah, the clean, fresh smell of…chlorine? The truth is that chlorine shouldn’t have an odor. Hard to believe, right? That “chlorine” smell comes from a mixture of chlorine and contaminants reacting with one another on the surface of your pool. A pool that is well maintained and cared for has little to no odor because the contaminants are nowhere to be found.

At Pool Scouts, we use the latest technology in water testing called the WaterLink Spin System. Gone are the days of test tubes and droplets, this technical system provides results in 60 seconds and removes any guess work to ensure accurately balanced water.

Water aerobics starting in 5 minutes! Exercising in the pool is a great workout, whether you’re doing a group exercise class or a few laps. But the truth is that breathing in the chemicals from an unbalanced pool can be harmful. Both the chemicals and the contaminants that aren’t eliminated by proper maintenance can be detrimental.

In addition to high-tech water testing, Pool Scouts uses the best vacuum in the industry. Rightfully so, it’s called the Hammer Head! The Hammer Head is a self-contained pool vacuum that has never met a pool it couldn’t clean. And a clean pool is the first step to a healthy pool!

Bottom line, take care of that pool! Pool ownership has so many benefits.  Among them, relaxation, fun, exercise, beauty and ambiance. But it does take a bit of work.

Pool Scouts certified technicians can help! For each and every service visit, our technicians walk through a series of checklists to ensure a thorough cleaning:

  • Remove the cover and prepare for storage (this includes cleaning the cover).
  • Remove plugs and prep pool lines.
  • Blow off pool deck area and equipment pad.
  • Examine pool shell for any visible damage, cracks, or tears.
  • Re-install and examine skimmer baskets.
  • Re-install and examine deck equipment (ladders, handrails, etc.).
  • Brush and clean waterline tile.
  • Remove all leaves and debris from the pool.
  • Start and prime the pool pump.
  • Inspect the filtration system.
  • Vacuum the pool.
  • Fill pool water to the appropriate level.
  • Balance pool water chemistry.

Check out our service plans to keep your pool healthy so you can get back to spending time enjoying it with family and friends!

 

Source: http://www.healthypools.org/resources/swimming-pools-myths-facts/

 

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Introducing the Pool Scouts Blog!

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.

Source: http://www.swimmingpool.com/games-safety/pool-fun/fun-facts

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