From in-ground to above, salt-water to chlorinated, backyard to public, the unofficial start for pool season is now, which is leaving pool companies anything but high and dry.
It's now a scorching spring spent pool side for Scott Hertzog.
"Pretty busy is an understatement. Have a pretty large staff of people and everyone is running around like crazy," Hertzog said.
His Exeter Twp., Berks Co.-based company Apollo Pools and Spas has been swamped, fixing filters, concocting chemicals and eradicating algae, all to ensure those like Rosa Acuna have their backyard paradise ready for Memorial Day.
This weekend, pool companies typically receive a tidal wave of business, however, Hertzog said this year it's been more like a steady stream.
"This year, earlier peak when it got warm. Then wound down a little in April. Last two weeks very much ramped up, bit more busy," Hertzog said.
Some pools can cost nearly $50,000, so it's understandable that, with the economic downtown, business for the pool industry started to slide, but with people doing more "staycations," it allowed businesses like Hertzog's to stay afloat.
For private pools like Crestwood in Exeter Township, that same "staycation" philosophy is also creating a business splash.
Pool manager Pat Monaghan said membership's only been increasing since the recession.
"People say rather come to a pool than a vacation. It's cheaper," he said.
By membership, or through your back door, business pool side appears to be anything but sunk.