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As coronavirus closes public pools, kiddie-pool sales are surging — and pool builders’ phones are ‘ringing off the hook’


The coronavirus pandemic is casting a dark cloud over prime pool season, so some people are making their own splashy fun at home. Aquatics fans desperate for a dip are turning to inflatable kiddie pools or building socially distant swimming holes in their backyards.

More than 35 million people are out of work, and many households are struggling to pay for basic expenses, including food and rent. But Americans are still finding ways to spend on swimming pools, from under-$30 blow-up versions to full-on construction projects. Pool builders say they are seeing a surge of interest from homeowners looking to create a personal pool paradise on their property.

“The market right now has been…


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