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'I'm just trying to keep my head above water': Local pool company making a splash during pandemic

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 18:11:17-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - It's the perfect way to enjoy hot summer days - cooling off in a backyard pool.

"There is always a little surge in the spring, but this is just unreal the amount of calls coming in," said Chris Freeman, owner of Bluewater Pools.

Freeman and his team are literally swamped.

"Just trying to keep my head above water, honestly, right now," said Freeman.

He told News 3 the phone started ringing off the hook in March.

"They really want something to do," he said. "I don't think people are going to be traveling as much... maybe they are investing in their backyard and read to enjoy time with family."

Freeman is getting about 30 new leads a week, but he usually only puts in 30 pools a year.

"We are booked up well into the fall, maybe until the end of the year," he said.

Another plus to having a pool is that the CDC says there is no evidence coronavirus can spread in pool water as long as it is disinfected and cared for properly.

Related: Is it safe to swim at pools this summer amid pandemic?

Freeman says putting in an in-ground pool takes about eight weeks, so many clients are just adding items to their backyard lifestyle.

"We are doing fire pits, waterfalls, grill areas, hot tubs - anything so people can truly enjoy their whole backyard," Freeman explained.

He says the time to call is now to get on the books for next year.

"Call and get an appointment now, but remember: This is a long-term commitment," he said.

To learn more about Bluewater Pools, click here.

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