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 and Country Pool Builders, serving DC, Maryland & Virginia talk eco-friendly tech
Are the terms eco- and environmentally-friendly something that you and your family are passionate about? Do you want to find a way to incorporate these into your swimming pool as well as the rest of your lifestyle? The swimming pool contractors from Town and Country Pools can help you install eco- and environmentally friendly pool equipment and technologies into your new pool construction or a remodeling project.
Eco-friendly and environmentally-friendly technologies could save you money on pool operating costs in the long run. Ask your pool contractor for a breakdown on the potential return on your investment with these technologies:
- Remote control-operated pool equipment will help ensure that once a pump, or other pool equipment is turned on, that it is easily turned off.
- A variable speed pump is one of the best investments in pool equipment you can make.
- There’s probably an app for that! Ask us about the applications you can download to your smartphone or computer to remotely operate myriad swimming pool technologies and devices. You can turn on hot tub jets, the fountain in your pool, the jets on your swimming pool slide and more. These apps help save money because it allows you to turn on these accessories when you need them, and they don’t need to run all day.
Talk with us about any environmentally friendly practices you’d like to incorporate during your new construction or your pool remodeling project.
Town & Country Pool contractors, serving Virginia, Maryland & DC offer pool storage solutions
There’s a slight chill in the air and that means you may be thinking about closing your pool. You don’t want to, but it’s inevitable. If you’re at the stage of closing your pool for the season, you can take a few steps now to begin packing away your pool accessories and pool patio furniture. Many of these storage ideas can perform double duty for both in-season and off-season storage.
Here are a few ideas from the pool contractors from Town & Country Pools for storing your pool equipment:
- Using a storage bin as a way to have pool items accessible for the following season, but safely stored for the season. In a storage bin, they won’t be subjected to the ravages of winter. Wash and thoroughly dry all items before you store them. Inflatables should be hosed off, dried thoroughly and deflated before storage.
- Benches and outdoor ottomans can provide a place to sit as well as a place for storage. Look for items that are aesthetically pleasing, but functional to store toys, towels and pool items such as sun block or beach shoes.
- When you’re constructing an outdoor living space, consider vertical storage. For instance, you could have a fence constructed that is beautiful and functional and can be used to hold towels, toys, pool safety items such as your life jackets, pool cleaning items such as skimmers and outdoor cooking utensils.
- Have a pool house constructed. It can be as simple as a shed to hold pool items or as elaborate as a place for guests to change clothes, shower before and after swimming, hold a washing machine and dryer and a place large enough to accommodate overnight guests.
- An elevated deck or an above ground swimming pool has “built in” storage space. Consider the aesthetics of it when you’re storing items. Construct walls and add a door so the items are stored, out of view and the area remains aesthetically appealing.
- Store pool furniture during the off-season. times may mean you remove, then clean the cushions, allow them to dry and store them out of the elements. You may not have an area large enough to store the furniture itself and if this is the case you may want to consider buying tarps to cover them during the snowy, winter months as a way to protect them from the elements.
When we are out performing our winter pool closing and maintenance, we will remove items from your swimming pool and give them to you for safe off-season keeping and you will want to have an area dedicated to the storage of these pool items; it could be as simple as a dry area in your garage or other storage unit.
Town & Country Pool builders, serving DC, Maryland & Virginia offer water cool-down tricks
You may not think about it today — especially if you’re living in an area of the country that is being plagued by cold temperatures, but what happens when summer hits and hits hard and your pool water has turned into bathwater temperatures? For some people, that might be ideal, but for many, they don’t want to swim in water that is that warm — the purpose of a dip in the pool is to cool off, right? The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools offer this water cool-down advice.
Sure, you could drop blocks of ice into the water — extreme, to be sure, or you could add more water to the pool and that might help but it depends on how warm the water is and how much space you have available to add more water.
The best way to cool your pool water is to add a swimming pool water feature such as a fountain. Running a fountain may lead to more water evaporation because you won’t be able to use your pool cover, but circulating the water — especially at night when the air temperatures drop will help cool the water down.
Also, if you’re running the fountain during the heat of the day, you can swim under it to help cool off and take advantage of the water that will be evaporating into the air and cooling the area down — this is the same idea as is employed in the southern states when they have misters outside in shopping centers.
Talk to your pool contractor about the installation of a water feature before summer hits and your pool water gets too warm.
Town & Country Pool Builders, serving DC, Maryland & Virginia offer home organization tips
This is the perfect time of year to put together a plan for organizing both your home and your backyard (and that includes your swimming pool). The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pool Builders understand that organizing your home could potentially lead to more time spent in the family swimming pool!
Here are some things you can do to organize for the new year:
- Clean your closets. Donate clothes that don’t fit. Look for your summer clothing and your bathing suits – summer swim time will be here before you know it!
- Inventory your belongings. It’s easier to collect on a claim for a lost, stolen or damaged item if you have a photo of it.
- Inventory your outdoor living area – the pool equipment and your pool furniture and accessories.
- Contract with a pool service provider for the pool’s maintenance and upkeep. You will usually get a better price if you sign up for the season.
- Test and replace batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have any floating alarms in your pool, check those batteries as well. Don’t forget to check the battery in your pet collar if you have one that activates if it gets wet.
- List the home maintenance items you want to complete this year. This list should encompass your swimming pool especially if you’re in the market for a pool renovation or upgrade. Ask your pool contractor whether he feels your equipment needs replacing or upgrading or talk about items that might benefit from an update.
- Double check your safety items around the swimming pool. Check that it is all in place and in good condition. Make certain someone in the house who can perform CPR – this is a good idea whether you have a pool or not.
Talk with your pool contractor, prior to the season getting underway, to see if he feels there are items that should be addressed with your swimming pool or its equipment before the season gets underway.