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, 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, serving Maryland, DC & Virginia, offer pool party tips
Do you want to throw a pool party that will be the talk of the season? The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools – while they’re not party planners! — do work with their customers to make certain the pools are party ready beforehand and help with pool maintenance and chemical balancing once the festivities are over!
Here are some tips you can use the next time you’re planning or pondering about hosting a swimming pool party for friends and family:
- Choose a date and time for the party. It’s always good to have an alternate date in mind or an indoor location in case of inclement weather.
- Plan your party theme.
- The invitations to your party can mirror the theme. For example, if it’s a simple “pool party” you could write the invitations on a flip flop and give your guest its mate at the party! Flip flops are always welcome for walking around the yard and the deck!
- Choose a menu that matches your theme. If your guests offer to bring a dish to pass say “yes” and give them some suggestions based on your menu.
- String a clothesline so your guests can drape wet towels over the line between dips in the pool. Also, have additional towels on hand.
- Keep sunblock handy. You don’t want anyone to leave your party with a painful sunburn!
- Plan in-pool and out of pool games for all of your guests.
- Have safety devices such as telescoping poles, a poolside telephone, life jackets and someone who knows CPR if possible.
- Keep umbrellas and folding chairs available for those times when your guests want to get out of the sun and simply relax poolside.
- Have fun!!!
It may be wise to schedule your pool contractor for an additional pool cleaning visit after the party because a poolful of people could lead to chemical imbalances. Enjoy the day safely!
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 Builders, serving Virginia, Maryland & DC explain pool language
You may not have considered it, but autumn is the best time of year to begin researching for a swimming pool construction project. Why? Because this time of year swimming pool contractors are not as busy, prices may be lower and before the snowy or rainy season arrives, installing a swimming pool now means that it will be ready for you to swim as soon as the next pool season rolls around. If you’re thinking about talking with a swimming pool contractor from Town & Country Pool Builders it’s best to have an understanding of some of the terminology before you do so.
- Pool filters. When your swimming pool pump is on, the filter will draw the water from the skimmer and the main drain and push it through the filter. The filter’s job is to remove debris from the water, clean it and return it back into the swimming pool. When you’re looking into your pool construction project, be aware there are three types of pool filters: cartridge, DE and sand. Ask us what would be best and ask us to explain the pros and cons of each style.
- The heart of any swimming pool is the pool pump. This is what circulates the water, helps push dirty water into the filter and also circulates the chemicals when they’re added. The pump is charged with moving all of your pool water through the filter daily — it’s a big job! The pump draws water from the skimmer and the main drain then pushes it back into the pool through the pump, heater and filter — it is a seamless process that the pool owner never notices — until something goes wrong. When we come for a pool service we inspect the filter to assure it’s in working order.
- The care and maintenance of the swimming pool water. When you own a swimming pool, it’s important that you assure the water is clean and bacteria-free at all times. This can be accomplished by using pool chemicals such as chlorine or by installing a salt water chlorine generator. In addition to adding chemicals, you will need to test the water to assure the calcium hardness, pH and total undissolved solids are in proper ranges. This can sometimes be a delicate balancing act act and that is why many pool owners rely on the services of a pool contractor to test and balance the water chemistry.
These are three of the many items you will want to ask your pool contractor about when you’re working with him to get a pool project underway. You will also need to discuss whether you want a heater, a diving board or other accessories, the construction material itself and if your builder will also be you pool maintenance contractor once the project is complete. It is a long process, but if you start now, you could be saying, “Everyone into the pool!” at the start of next summer!