We recently covered SALTWATER BASICS. If you’re educating yourself about saltwater pools, check it out here. The biggest takeaway was dispelling the myth that saltwater pools are not chlorine pools. With a saltwater pool, you are still using chlorine to sanitize your pool; you are just manufacturing your own. The chlorine that is produced by a saltwater pool is higher quality chlorine that does not have the adverse effects of traditional chlorine like, red eyes, itchy skin, and the strong smell of chloramines.Read More
THE BROWNING V.I.P. BLOG
VERY. IMPORTANT. POOL.
When you hear saltwater, most people think of the ocean, not swimming pool water. But now millions of pools worldwide are saltwater pools, so let’s take a look at what having a saltwater pool means. But before we get to that, I mentioned ocean water, and if you have ever gotten a mouthful of ocean water, then you know how salty the water tastes. A saltwater pool is not the same; in fact, just a drop of water from a saltwater chlorinated pool contains less salt than a human tear.Read More
"Filtration, filtration, filtration!" Another critical piece of equipment for maintaining clean, safe pool water is your filter. The filter helps keep the pool clean by removing undissolved debris and dirt particles from your pool water.
There are three types of filters available: sand filters, cartridge filters, and D.E. filters. Each one has its pros and cons, but when used properly, any of the three will do its job of keeping your pool clean and clear.Read More
The pool pump is the heart of your swimming pool's circulation system. It creates the flow of water that allows chemicals to circulate evenly throughout your pool and is instrumental in effectively sanitizing your water, and it moves debris through the circulation system and out of your pool.Read More
A part of living in Maryland is the spring rain and summer thunderstorms. Have you ever wondered how rain affects your swimming pool water or if there is anything specific that you should do after it rains? As a pool owner, it’s a question worth asking because, after it rains, particularly heavy rain, the water of your pool changes both on a chemical and physical level. The amount of rain is important to consider. Light rainfall and showers will not impact your pool nearly as much as a rainstorm with heavy wind.Read More
When it comes to maintaining your swimming pool and keeping your water balanced no chemical is more important than chlorine. Chlorine is the chemical compound that works to kill contaminants in your pool water like bacteria, sweat, urine, skin oils, and other microorganisms that could otherwise cause harm.Read More
What is Calcium Hardness in pools?
Calcium hardness is a concentration of calcium ions which appears in the pool water in the form of calcium carbonate. Calcium is naturally present in water, but when it comes to your swimming pool water, it needs to be maintained and prevented from going either too high or too low by keeping it within the target range of 200-300 ppm. If Calcium Hardness is not kept within range, your pool water can become too aggressive or end up scaling the surface of your swimming pool.Read More
Your swimming pool water chemistry is essential, and it needs to be kept in proper balance. Not only for swimmer comfort and safety but also to protect the swimming pool itself, and equipment. The pH level, in many ways, is the foundation of this balance.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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. :)Read More
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:Read More
Some recent reflections from Charles H. Browning, Jr.
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.