Flocculant vs. Clarifier

Flocculant vs. Clarifier

If you notice that your pool water is cloudy after overcoming an algae bloom, most likely you need a coagulant agent. (make sure to rule out any chemical imbalances first)  Clarifier and Flocculant are types of coagulant agents, and their job is to clump these tiny particles into larger clumps so that your filter can collect them or be flushed to waste.

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Clearing a Green Pool

Clearing a Green Pool

Clearing a green pool is probably one of the most frustrating parts of pool ownership. Even the most caring pool owners can suffer with pool algae. We’ve been clearing green pools and helping pool owners clear green pools for a long time, so we know first hand the gut-wrenching feeling that can overcome you when you lay your eyes upon a green, swampy unsightly mess.

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Preparing For Your Opening

Preparing For Your Opening

Welcome back Browning family, we hope to find everyone rested and ready for fun in the sun! But first, if you have a scheduled pool opening with us, thank-you for choosing Browning Pools & Spas! We are dedicated more than ever to provide you with the best possible customer service, and a big part of that starts with communication so thank-you in advance for taking the time to read this. :)

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"Is it too early to open my pool, or should I wait?"

"Is it too early to open my pool, or should I wait?"

It’s official, it’s spring! Here in Maryland, this is the time of year when we start to get a taste of the weather to come. A chorus of birdsong fills the air as the migrating birds return, trees are budding, peepers are peeping, and it’s usually now that many people begin to wonder, “Is it too early to open my pool, or should I wait?” It goes without saying that weather plays a part in answer to this question, but as we all know our weather can be unpredictable, but you know what? That is nothing new. We have been at this a long time, and to answer the question, “Is it too early to open my pool, or should I wait?” we say it’s SO MUCH better to open earlier rather than later, and here are our top 4 reasons why:

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History Repeats Itself! Fiberglass Pools

Some recent reflections from Charles H. Browning, Jr.

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Browning Pools and Spa is an outgrowth of a business started in 1942 by C. Hanford Browning and his wife, Vivian Browning, doing custom farming and excavation for farmers and contractors. In the late 50’s a local contractor asked my father, Hanford, to dig for an inground pool. That pool had a concrete block wall similar to a small house foundation. It had a sand bottom floor and a vinyl interior. This was the early version of today’s modern vinyl liner pools and we have since installed hundreds of them in the central Maryland area.

A few years later Hanford saw an advertisement for dealerships of fiberglass pools. This was 1959 and there were not many companies using fiberglass for pools at that time. Most pools were some version of concrete or this new product called vinyl liner pools. Hanford had a friend fly him out to Ohio to see this fiberglass pool company and decided to buy a franchise.

My father sold his first Lancer Fiberglass pool to a Mr. Brown on Ridge Road in Damascus Maryland only about a mile from our current business location at 23731 Ridge Road, Germantown, formerly a Damascus postal service. That pool came to us in 4 sections, which, when assembled on site, made up a complete pool. The excavation site was hand shaped and the pool sections were screwed together and the seam was sealed with fiberglass to create a single piece. We installed a number of them until the manufacturer went out of business a few years later.

Today we are again excited about the fiberglass pools we install from River Pools. Conveniently, the pools are now delivered to the customer’s home in one piece.

There have been a lot of improvements in the 60 years since we installed our first fiberglass pool but the goal remains the same: to provide a high quality, low maintenance pool that allows families to spend time together in their backyard.