“Last summer was miserable,” Lexi Denniston said recently, thinking back on the long, hot pandemic summer of 2020. “These poor kids were inside all the time. It was like maternity leave times a million.”
Denniston lives in the Village of Waxpool neighborhood with her husband, Andy, and two elementary school-age sons. Like many parents, she was caught off guard when the pandemic closed community and public pools around the country, as well as putting the brakes on travel to hotels and beaches. Water-loving kids were suddenly high and dry. That’s why this year the Dennistons are building a backyard pool.
“It’s the perfect time,” she said. “We can’t go through another summer having to keep our kids contained to the house.”
Local pool builders say the surge in requests is unlike anything they have seen — and national statistics bear that out. According to the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, a trade organization for pool builders, 2020 saw historic growth for the industry — up 24%. And it appears to be continuing into 2021.
“Our members are telling us that they are contracted out well into 2022,” said Janay Rickwalder, a vice president for the alliance. “Calls from prospective customers increased in volume significantly [last year] — from 150 to 700+ calls per week.”
To read more about what local pool builders are saying about the rush, as well as some of the unexpected hold-ups that can develop, click here and head over to the Ashburn Magazine website for the rest of the story.