As the dog days of summer drag out, owner Jenny Lowery reminds customers and pool owners in general about the importance of proper chemical maintenance. Offering water testing and chemical supplies at their 1208 Joe Frank Harris Parkway retail store, Green Acres Pools & Spas advises regular monitoring to ensure chemical levels are controlled.
“We encourage water testing, because we want to be able to help people. We want to be able to teach them how to handle the water chemistry in their pool,” Lowery said. “It is very important health-wise to maintain proper chemical maintenance because kids can get ear infections. It can cause itchy, burning eyes and dry skin if the water isn’t balanced properly.”
As summer nears an end, however, pool owners will soon start to decide whether or not to close their pool for the winter. Offering tips on how and when to start the process, Lowery suggests closing late and opening early, but now may be the time to start looking at necessary supplies and equipment.
“We always tell people the best thing to do is close late and open early. That avoids really bad green situations in the spring. October is a good time to close your pool and open in April. But if folks are looking to order pool covers, now is the time so that we can have them ready for them,” Lowery said. “It’s important to close your pool to keep out all the leaves and things. It becomes a lot of work if you leave it open. People have really good intentions and want to keep them open because they’re pretty when they’re open but they usually end up with a mess in the spring.”
Winterizing is another crucial step before the pool is closed, includes emptying the pool lines, motor and pump. Other efforts to take before colder months set in includes cleaning sand if using sand filters or replacing the sand if it has not been changed in the past couple of years. To prevent a green pool in the spring, Lowery advises using holidays as a benchmark for adding chemicals. Since the water will be more stagnant during the winter, she suggests using liquid chemicals at or around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines Day.
Jenny, along with her husband Scott, took over the Bartow County establishment in 1996 when the previous owners retired. For the past 16 years, the Lowerys have continued the work of their predecessors and introduced new technologies as the pool and spa industry evolved.
Green Acres Pools & Spas installs in-ground and above-ground pools — both vinyl and custom-built Gunite. In addition to a range of services, including water testing and salt cell testing, the Lowery’s offer weekly maintenance plans. Currently, Green Acres services a number of neighborhood pools plus 40 to 50 residential pools each week. Services also include liner replacements and installations, pool renovations, pump and motor repairs, and polaris repairs.
Outside of pools and hot tubs, Green Acres has an expanded outdoor-living section with Big Green Egg smokers and accessories, outdoor kitchen supplies and PlayNation playsets.
As for the company’s future, Jenny Lowery looks forward to serving the Bartow County community for years to come as they remain committed to fulfilling their motto, “Putting fun in the backyard.”
“We’re from here and we love supporting our home community. We always try to do business ourselves with small business and we would encourage people to support local businesses,” Lowery said. “We’ve been here a long time, we’ve withstood the storms of economic downturns and our staff is very knowledgeable.
“We stand by our word and integrity is important to us.”
Green Acres Pools & Spas, 1208 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 770-382-0111 or visit www.greenacrespools.com.