Summer fun is in full swing and the pool is open for all to enjoy! The water is perfect and the family fun is non-stop. There is no better time to take a second look to double check the pool safety preparations for your family and friends.

The best way to approach this is to look at 3 main areas:
• Equipment and Surroundings
• Family Training
• Rules for the Pool

Equipment and Surroundings:
1. Check to see that the fence self-closing gate works properly and locks automatically when left open. Above ground pool – when not in use, be certain that the pool ladder is removed or the top step lock gate is secure.
2. Be sure that all lawn chairs, trees or shrubs do not provide easy access to boost anyone over the fence.
3. Check the bottom edge of the fence or barrier to be certain there are no openings, which may invite small children or pets to access the pool area.
4. Mark water depths properly with a safety float line where the bottom slope deepens.
5. Check all equipment periodically for protruding bolts, sharp edges, broken ladders and replace non-slip materials when worn out.
6. Confirm that rescue devices and first-aid kit are in the immediate pool area.
7. Check and maintain proper chemical balance.
8. New pet? Check to see that you have a pet safe ladder.

Family Training:
9. No one should swim alone.
10. Children must have an adult to enter the pool. Adult stays to supervise.
11. Teach children to float or swim. Grab the edge when startled.
12. If diving is permitted, clearly designate the safe area to dive.
13. Confirm your pet can swim or prevent any access.
14. Teach everyone to swim or float without assistance.

Rules for the Pool:
15. Never push people into the pool.
16. No electrical items permitted in pool area.
17. No running on the pool deck.
18. No diving thru inner tube or float.
19. No diving in a pool that is not deep enough.
20. Remove all toys from the pool, when not in use.

Have fun! Be safe!
PS: check out and Take the Pool Safely Pledge!

Ready to dive right in and purchase a new pool for the family? Most people think that the only option is a fresh water pool and miss out on the real benefits of owning a saltwater pool.

According to a recent article in Livestrong.com1, saltwater pools provide continuous disinfection through an electrolysis process that breaks down the salt in water to form the hypochlorous acid that is responsible for disinfection in traditional chlorine based systems.

A big benefit is that the salt levels required are far below salt concentration in ocean waters and avoids the red itchy eyes, lung irritation and smell associated with unbalanced chlorine.

In another article titled “Going Chlorine Free: The Pros and Cons of saltwater Pools”2, even more advantages are sited. Safer than chlorine, which can be risky to store and transport. The water will have a “soft water” feel and smooth to the touch and there is less maintenance with saltwater pools. The disadvantages are a higher cost for initial installation, more complexity to the system which may require an experienced technician if an issue arises and the fact that salt water can damage some components, so proper selection of heater, liners, etc. is important when purchasing a salt water pool.

So when deciding what option to take, consider all of the options and choose what works for you. If you can invest a little more up front, you may find the investment is perfect for years of family enjoyment!

The experts at Van Dorn Pools and Spas are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding your selection and purchase of you new inground, semi-inground or above ground pool. We look forward to serving you at any of our 3 locations! Stop by today!
107 Main St., Reisterston, MD 21136
(410) 526-9990
12100 Belair Rd., Kingsville, MD 21087
(410) 817-9991
58 East Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury, PA 17361
(717) 235-5495


1. What are the benefits of a salt water pool? – Barrett Barlowe May 25, 2015 –
2. Going Chlorine Free: The Pros and Cons of salt Water Pools – Matt Jobe June 10, 2013 –

There is nothing better after a stress filled day, than to have the ability to passively unwind, relax and massage your joints and muscles for a good nights rest.

This is all possible with a quality hot tub/spa installation. Once installed, it is ready to use at a moments notice. In just 10 minutes, the combination of warm water and hydro massage will deliver key benefits:

  • Stimulate the bodies production of calming endorphins
  • Circulation will be increased to the skin and muscles to relieve tension
  • Tight muscles will relax and sooth that aching feeling

In fact, the Arthritis Foundation states that “Research has shown warm water therapy works wonders for all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and low back pain… It reduces the force of gravity that’s compressing the joint, offers 360-degree support for sore limbs, can decrease swelling and inflammation and increase circulation”. 1

In addition, the ability to get a good night sleep is enhanced. “A drop in body temperature near bedtime triggers the subjective sense that it’s time to go to sleep. Responding promptly to this internal signal may help you fall asleep faster and sleep more restfully“. In addition, “People with trouble falling asleep might benefit from taking hot baths about 90 minutes before bedtime, the researchers speculate. When they get out of the bath, body temperature will drop rapidly, and that might help them to fall asleep faster“. These attributes are supported by a published article in Sleep, which is the journal of the American Sleep Disorders Association.2

Hot tubs and spas are a valued investment that you can count on to support your healthy lifestyle and get the most out of living every day.

The dedicated staff at Van Dorn Pools and Spas would like to help you get started today. Simply select this link to request a free consultation or visit today!

We look forward to serving you at any of our 3 locations! Stop by today!
107 Main St., Reisterston, MD 21136
(410) 526-9990
12100 Belair Rd., Kingsville, MD 21087
(410) 817-9991
58 East Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury, PA 17361
(717) 235-5495

  1. Arthritis Foundation –
  2. Trouble Sleeping? Chill Out – Rochester, MN –


Summer is drawing to a close and Van Dorn Pools and Spas knows that you would like to extend the season. Visit one of Van Dorn Pools and Spas three locations, so that you can get more information about heat pumps that will allow you to keep your pool open for a longer period of time.

Save Money on a New Heat Pump

As summer comes to an end, many homeowners have not yet had the opportunity to fully enjoy their backyard pool. By adding a heat pump, you can increase the temperature of your pool, without spending a lot of money. This added heat will allow you to continue using your pool, when others have already closed their pools for the season. Squeeze a few more weeks out of the pool season with a new heat pump.

For a limited amount of time, Van Dorn Pools and Spas is offering a sale on the price of new heat pumps for your backyard pool. Take a look at a selection of heat pumps designed for above ground pools.

Van Dorn is Devoted to Customer Service

Why should you visit Van Dorn Pools and Spas for any of your pool needs? They have been in business for over 60 years, selling and installing quality Doughboy pools. They remain the best option for reliable above ground pool installation and are devoted to customer service. Their staff will ensure you understand how to maintain your pool and can help you pick out a heat pump for your pool.

Get Your Heat Pump Today

If you want to keep your pool heated, so that you can enjoy the pool season a little longer, then consider purchasing a brand new heat pump for your pool. The Van Dorn Pools and Spas heat pump sale will not last long, so make sure you stop into one of their three locations soon, to get a great deal on a new pump.

Discover the Van Dorn difference – visit Reisterstown or Kingsville, Maryland or Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania to stop inside a Van Dorn Pools and Spas retail location and save money on the price of a heat pump for your pool.

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If you ever have considered purchasing a hot tub, you’ll want to learn more about Jacuzzi Hot Tubs. Van Dorn Pools is a 5-star Jacuzzi dealership that offers year-round-in-house customer service warranty that includes zero cost out of coverage for exceptional customer service. Jacuzzi is THE brand that invented hot tub industry. Discover the benefits of owning your own Jacuzzi premium hot tub from Van Dorn Pools.

Perfect Hydro-Therapy

Jacuzzi hot tubs have always led the way in relaxation and hydrotherapy. Jacuzzi hot tubs are the only hot tubs that use a combination of 50% water, 50% air in their jet technology. This is the perfect combination of air and water which allows results in exceptional hydrotherapy. With a Jacuzzi hot tub, you get high volume and low pressure for a deep massage that is still gentle on your skin. It is an excellent method for resting tired muscles.

Easy Maintenance

In addition to perfect hydrotherapy, Jacuzzi hot tubs want to make maintenance easy. They accomplish this by using the UVC Clear-Ray Water Purification System. This purification system is capable of eliminating and sanitizing 99% of all contaminates automatically. With the combination of circulation pumps and the clear-Ray Water Purification System you are able to clean even the smallest amounts of contaminants from the water in your hot tub. When you own a Jacuzzi premium hot tub, you can focus on relaxation instead of worrying about maintenance.

Create the Right Atmosphere

Jacuzzi wants to make owning a hot tub easy and is focused on luxury. The addition of pro-light LED lights and an elevated waterfall allow you to adjust the lights and water flow to your preferred setting.

Test a Jacuzzi Premium Hot Tub

With a Jacuzzi premium hot tub, you can create your own backyard paradise. Visit Van Dorn Pools to wet-test a Jacuzzi model. Just bring your bathing suit, and they’ll provide the towels!