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Pool Winterization!

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Steps of Pool Winterization !

Winter is officially here! It’s time to winterize the pool. You may be thinking “but it’s so warm out, I can use my pool year round!” but unless you plan on using the pool and cleaning it regularly, you may want to consider winterization to save time, effort, and money during the season you probably won’t want to swim.

Let’s talk about the steps of winterization.

Pool Winterization

  1. Remove debris. Using a pool vacuum or a net, remove leaves, dirt, bugs, and other debris from the pool water. Clean the skimmer and pump basket. Clean tile with tile cleaner, to prevent buildup over winter.
  2. pH levels: Adjust the water to the recommended pH levels to keep corrosion and build up from damaging your pool. Things like alkalinity, calcium, and chlorination should also be checked and adjusted. Some chemical kits are designed for winterization and should be considered. They often contain algaecide and extra chlorine.
  3. Be careful of chemical levels: More chlorine isn’t always a good idea. To prevent damage to equipment, avoid using tablets or floaters. If you’ve used a tablet or other chemicals recently, you may want to wait for those chemicals to wear off before adding a winterization kit.
  4. Drain water to below the skimmer: Do not fully empty the pool, it can cause freeze damage if temperatures get low enough.
  5. Disconnect pumps and heaters: Once the water is drained, unplug pumps and heaters, and if possible, turn them upside down to ensure excess water is removed. You can use a compressor or shop vac to assure all water is removed from a heater. Drain plugs should be removed and stored. Also remove jet fittings, skimmer baskets, and pump baskets.
  6. Remove water from all pipes: using a compressor or a wet-dry shop vac, force all air out of plumbing and skimmers, drain lines, gate valves, etc.
  7. Clean filter: Remove filter hoses, spray the filter elements and diatomaceous earth grids with Filter Cleaner, and rinse. Sand filters will need back-washing. Drain water from the filter as well.
  8. Flotation device: This is used to balance the rainwater and ice that will form on the winter cover and it eases the pressure on the pool walls.
  9. Cover: These covers are stronger and more reliable than summer covers, since they’re meant to withstand rain and ice. Ensure the cover has no rips, tears, or holes. They can be patched to an extent, but replacement may be needed. There are multiple cover options, so do your research or ask your local pool companies.
  10. Store diving boards, ropes, floats, and supplies: Keep things like ladders, diving boards, pump baskets, and anything that was removed during winterization and keep them in a garage or other dry place to prevent damage.

 

Contact Pool Daddy about Pool Winterization services. You can do this process yourself, but it never hurts to have the professionals do it.

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Pool Covers Different Types

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Pool Covers

Winter is fast approaching and for those not interested in using their pools year round, it may be time to start thinking about bringing out the cover or replacing the old one. Pool covers are the most important step towards prepping a pool for the off season. Contact us to discuss how to best prepare your pool for closing.

pool covers Plastic sheet covers: These are the least expensive options, but due to the low cost they can also become very high maintenance. Not only are these thinner than other options, but they can become torn easier and they need more maintenance throughout the use. Once installed, they may become weighed down by leaves, debris, rain, and snow. This can cause the cover to end up under the pool waterline quickly. They are kept in place (to a point) with water-filled plastic bags to keep the cover from blowing away in wind. However, this does promote the sinking problem previously mentioned. If someone walks onto this cover there is a high risk of drowning or other injuries, but it can be easily avoided if the area is fenced off or not used outside of pool use. These are a great option for those on a budget or those looking to only close the pool for a short time.

  1. Safety Cover: These  pool covers are made from a woven mesh material and are stretched tautly over the pool, resembling a trampoline. Springs and anchors embedded within the pool deck are used to hold the cover in place. While it may resemble a trampoline, it is still not recommended to jump on it, though the risk of injury or drowning is drastically decreased. Rain water and melted snow can get into the pool, reducing the need for regular maintenance of the cover as seen in the basic plastic and once it is time to re-open the pool, there is less of a need to pump water back into the pool (though treatment chemicals may need to be added for the new water once opening the pool).
  2. pool covers Automatic Vinyl Cover: These pool covers may cost exponentially more than the cheaper alternatives but it is the most impressive and it’s easier to close and open the pool year after year. Sides of a solid vinyl cover are attached to tracks along the side of the pool and an electric motor turns a pulley to draw the cover along the water’s surface. It is supported along the sides, allowing increased safety and it is said they can hold just over the weight of two average adults. Some compare it to a water bed since you can safely sit, walk, or stand on the surface. It is not recommended to do so, but it beats drowning.
  3. Hard covers: These pool covers are mainly used for Jacuzzis and hot tubs, especially of the above-ground variety. They usually come with the above-ground Jacuzzi but should still be checked regularly for rips, tears, mold, and more.Related Topics:Oval Pool Covers
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