Town & Country Pool Builders answer the age old question…
When should you open your swimming pool?
Is there a specific date on the calendar to open your swimming pool? In the DC metro, Virginia and Maryland area, you can’t always schedule your swimming pool opening by a date on the calendar. Instead you need to rely on the weather and what your local meteorologist says. Most people are anxious to have an open swimming pool as soon as the sun starts to shine and thesnow has melted, but you may need to take more precautions than that.
Pool Opening Schedule Depends on the Weather
When to schedule your pool contractor from Town and Country Pools to open your swimming pool really does depend on the weather – and the type of pool you have. Cool weather should not be a deterrent. If you have a pool with an ajoining hot tub, you will get use out of an open swimming pool far earlier than a swimming pool without a spa.
A pool heater or solar cover can help warm the water enough to swim in until there are several weeks of above freezing temperatures and nights that remain warm. Warm night air is more important to getting the water to a safe swimming temperature than warm days are. Spring days in the 70’s still, in some cases, lead to nights that are barely above freezing. However, an open swimming pool can be a nice place to gather until the water is warm enough to swim.
Do not wait for the winter weather to break to schedule your pool opening. If you do, you will be very disappointed that the next available appointment is in four to six weeks! For many pool owners, Memorial Day is the absolute latest you will want an open swimming pool. For most however, it is a personal preference. Make sure you plan accordingly when deciding when to schedule your pool opening.
When should you close your swimming pool?
As for when you will close the pool; it is typically done when the nights start cooling off and the days are no longer as warm. This however, should be before a freeze is predicted. If you’re running the heater frequently, this is a sign for many pool owners that the time is near to close the pool. Falling leaves can also lead to both algae growth and potential damage to your filters and pumps if they clog it up. Always listen to the weather forecast because both you and your pool contractor will want the pool closed before the first frost hits the area. Ask your contractor if he has a cut off date for a pool closing as he will not want to be out there working on it in freezing conditions. Frozen pipes can lead to broken pipes and that could be expensive to repair.
Your swimming pool contractor should be your go-to source for pool opening services and closings as this is his area of expertise and he has the knowledge to know the best time for both openings and closings.
Town & Country Pool builders, serving DC. Maryland & Virginia offer pool construction prep tips
The swimming pool construction season has likely been underway for several weeks now, or months, depending on where you live. If you have been wondering if you should make the leap into swimming pool ownership, now is the time to talk with the swimming pool builders from Town & Country Pools to get the ball rolling so that you may be able to have your pool constructed in time to swim this season.
If you’re planning to have a swimming pool constructed and have talked with pool contractors, but haven’t signed on the dotted line yet, here are a few items to consider when you’re at the point of making the investment into the best vacation spot in town — your own backyard!
Here are a few items to talk with a potential pool builder about, including:
- The way you light both the pool and your outdoor living space. Fiber optic and LED lights burn efficiently and are long lasting and this makes them a popular choice for both in-pool installation and deck lighting. In-pool lighting serves a dual purpose – enhancing safety when using the pool after the sun has gone down and setting the mood for parties.
- Will you have a deck around the pool? As a money saving measure some pool owners opt out of this but find that they regret that choice later. While there is no reason you can’t do a remodeling project and install a deck area, doing it all at once might be more cost effective. Go big and install an outdoor kitchen or a pool house!
- Think about the water features you may want installed such as a slide or a diving board fountains, rock waterfalls or sun shelves.
- A spa or hot tub built into one end of the swimming pool. You can have a separate hot tub or have a “swim up” spa which means you can go right from the pool to the spa without leaving the water.
In addition to choosing the most experienced contractor that you can, you will also want to be aware of any and all options available to you for your project as it will be an investment your family will enjoy for decades!
Town & Country Swimming Pool builders explain pool cover benefits
Swimming pool covers perform double duty; keeping your pool free of leaves and debris and helping your pool
retain heat. Pools consume a lot of energy and because of that you should be diligent with pool cover usage.
Energy is lost mainly through evaporation. Consider that to heat water by only one degree, it takes 1 BTU per pound of water – for each pound of water that evaporates. Covering the pool could save up to 50% on your heating bill.
The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders explain there are myriad styles of pool covers to choose. A low-tech option for a pool cover is the bubble/solar cover; these are inexpensive and while they aren’t ideal, they can certainly fill the bill. Ask your pool contractor for advice on a size, style and material that could fit your family’s unique needs.
Electric-powered covers glide across recessed tracks housed under the pool’s coping. They range in price from about $6,000-10,000.
Safety covers can support the weight of people – something that could come in handy if a child walks out without proper supervision.
Purchase covers that operate on a timer system so you can cover and uncover the pool and turn on pool jets or lights. Pool covers save you money in both water and chemical loss and could also be used an additional safety measure.
Town & Country Pool Builders, working with pool owners in Virginia, DC & Maryland explain pool service
In a perfect world you would have your swimming pool constructed and it would remain clean and shiny and the water bacteria-free all summer long. In the real world of swimming pool ownership, though, it is more complicated than that and owning a swimming pool means you will need to take measures to keep it cleaned and maintained. For some pool owners — the do-it-yourselfers — pool service and maintenance is a breeze, for others, they simply want to swim without the hassle and time it takes to clean and maintain the pool. Either method is acceptable, you just need to know that if you’re going to clean and maintain it yourself, you will need to be diligent about it or you run the risk of algae taking hold.
To find the best, and most qualified, swimming pool service contractor in Virginia you can work with the pool contractors from Town & Country Pools and they will take away the stress and concern of pool maintenance. What can you expect when you work with a swimming pool service contractor? Here are a few items they will address for you:
- Test the water chemical levels
- Add chemicals when needed to maintain the water balances
- Perform pool opening, pool closing and backwashing
- Scrub the pool walls and sides and behind the ladder
- Vacuum the pool
- Inspect pool equipment and plumbing to make certain it’s operating efficiently
- Inspect pool accessories
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact cost for a swimming pool service contract until your potential pool contractor comes to your house. He will need to know how big the pool is, the equipment you have installed, how often it gets used, whether you use a cover and the type of service contract you’re seeking. Plan to pay about $135+ per month.
Here are some questions you will want to ask a potential swimming pool service provider before you sign a contract:
- What is included in the price
- How often he will visit for the price quoted
- Is he licensed and insured
- If signing a contract for the summer offers a price break
- Ask for names and contact information for his current and former clients that you can connect with
- Does he offer emergency service repairs and at what cost?
You may opt to clean and maintain your pool on your own, but in some instances pool owners find it cost them less money to have a professional perform the tasks. Also, they didn’t have to make the investment, up front, in pool chemicals and you will also need a safe place to store them.
Town & Country Pool Builders explain “swimmer’s ear”
Swimmer’s ear is something that many people who spend a lot of hours in the pool may be prone to. What is swimmer’s ear (also called otitis externa)? A condition that can be painful and impacts the outer ear and ear canal. It seems to mainly impact children and teens who spend a lot of time in the pool. If you own a pool, of course they’re in it a lot, right?
The swimming pool builders from Town & Country Pool Builders say swimmer’s ear symptoms are easy to recognize, In some cases it can be cured through “home remedies” and definitely by your family physician. The name can be misleading because you can get swimmer’s ear from spending time in the shower or bath.
Here are some of the causes of swimmer’s ear:
- Cleaning your ears with cotton swabs can damage the lining of the ear canal and lead to an infection.
- Too much moisture in the ear canal.
- Using earplugs or headphones increases your risk
Symptoms to watch out for:
- Your ear is painful when you touch it.
- The outer ear could be red and might drain
- You may have ringing in your ear
Here are a few ways to cure it:
- A visit to the doctor who will prescribe medication for symptom relief
- Over the counter pain medications
- Apply heat to the sore ear to relieve pain
- Staying out of the pool until it’s cleared up
- Wearing a shower cap to avoid getting water in your ear when bathing or showering
Your swimming pool contractor will keep your swimming pool water bacteria-free and this, in addition to keeping water out of your ears could prevent swimmer’s ear.