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Winterize Pool

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 Do I Have To Winterize Pool?

Do I have to Winterize Pool ?

A lot of pool owners in Arizona use their pools year round—especially those who swim regularly for exercise. If you are one of those who wish to keep their pool open throughout the Autumn and Winter, we can help you out with that. With limited nights below freezing (or close to it), it’s usually very safe to keep your pool open, as long as you don’t neglect your regular care regimen.

Pools often get a little colder in the winter. While there are ways to heat it up, a lot of pool owners choose not to drain or winterize pool , but don’t use it when the water gets colder. Some do this on the off chance they’ll use it, and some just choose to keep up with the regular routine.

One of the hardest parts of keeping your pool open year round is maintaining the pH. The pH can increase much quicker when the temperatures drop, meaning you may have to alter the levels more frequently, and you’re more prone to stains popping up in your pool. Keeping these levels at their target range will make it much easier to get back into your pool in the Spring. Testing the levels once a week is recommended. Pool Daddy can provide these weekly services for you, just as we do in the Spring and summer! If you do choose to maintain your pool on your own, having a professional double check every month or so may be beneficial, as the sensitive equipment we use may be harder to come by commercially. We also may notice some trends you are missing, which can cause problems down the line.

 Do I Have To Winterize Pool?

Keep stains at by with regular skimming, brushing, vacuuming, and by keeping your skimmer baskets and filters clean. When this is neglected, stains and algae can run rampant, causing you more problems down the line. Take a little time out of your schedule every week or so to do some cleaning—or hire the professionals and stay warmer inside while we do our job.

If you are one of the lucky ones who either have a heating option (or you’re a dare devil and like your pool a little chilly), it’s incredibly important to make sure your pH levels and alkalinity are where they need to be, in order to keep you healthy. A clean pool is a happy pool, and a clean pool means happy swimmers. Keep an eye on your equipment and chemical balance to ensure you don’t have to have an emergency acid wash this Spring! If you need an acid washing , we can help with that, but   you don’t want to feel the need to get it done every year.

Winterize Pool? Call Pool Daddy today to schedule a visit or weekly services!

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Pool Winterization Is Important

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Why Is Pool Winterization Important?Why Is Pool Winterization Important?

A lot of pool owners live in areas in which the temperatures stay fairly stable year round. Arizona is one of those states where you may not think to winterize your pool. However, it may be in your best interest to shut it down and winterize it for the off season. Below we’ll talk about some reasons you may need to fully winterize your pool.

  1. Lack of use: If you don’t plan on using your pool year round, full pool winterization may be in order. If you plan on using your pool throughout Fall and Winter, you may be able to get by without fully shutting the pool down, and you do not have to drain it. Properly winterizing your pool reduces what you need to do weekly or monthly to keep it in working condition for the Spring or Summer.
  2. Temperature: Here in the desert, it can get very cold (even rare below-freezing temperatures in some areas). Properly winterizing your pool will keep pipes from bursting or other problems from arising due to decreased temperatures once the sun goes down.
  3. Save money: If you’re only using your pool a few times throughout the off-season, you don’t need to be spending all of that time and money maintaining your pool. It’s up to you if the weekly maintenance, chemical testing, and cleaning are worth it to keep it open year round, but if you know the monthly cost of running your pool, you may want to close it for the months you won’t be using it.
  4. Save Time: Most of the time, once a pool is winterized, you don’t have to think about it until you want to open it back up. It may be wise to check the levels periodically to make sure the pool winterization kit is doing the job.

Why Is Pool Winterization Important?If you need your pool winterized this season, give us a call. Our team of professionals will get it done quickly and correctly so you can start focusing on Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

In the meantime, use your pool as often as you can, and don’t neglect it. We have weekly pool services available for all of our customers at affordable prices. We can work with above-ground and in-ground pools as well as spas, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and more. Our services include cleaning, repair, installation of equipment, and more. If you have questions, concerns, requests, or require our services, don’t hesitate to call today.

We’ll get your pool winterization up in working condition in no time so you can enjoy it every day.

Our next post will discuss what to do if you want to keep your pool OPEN year round!

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Pool Winterization for Above-Ground Pools

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Winter is coming! Well, Fall is coming first, but it’s never too early to think about pool winterization. We’ve discussed pool winterization before, with a focus on in-ground pools. Today we’ll talk about winterizing the above-ground pool. A lot of people just choose to drain their above-ground pools for the winter, but that can be damaging to the pool walls and it can be hard to do for pols which have been installed into decks. Some above-ground pools are designed to be taken down and stored, but the high quality ones are still a semi-permanent fixture on your property, so we’ll be focusing on those styles of pools.

Steps of Pool Winterization for Above-Ground Pool

  1. Balance: Balance your pool chemicals as you would for any other weekly or biweekly balancing. Make sure all of your chlorine and pH levels are at optimal levels to keep your equipment working properly.
  2. Debris: Vacuum or scrub debris off of your pool walls and floor. Getting it as clean as possible will make it easier to open back up in the Spring or Summer.
  3. Shock: Once the pool is clean you may want to shock it to kill any remaining algae. Measure out the amount of shock chemicals as needed per the volume of your pool.
  4. Chemicals: Pools need specific chemicals for Winter. Once the pool is clean and shocked, add the specific chemicals to further prevent algae growth. Run all systems for at least one cycle (usually up to 6 hours) to ensure the winterizing chemicals get through the filter sufficiently and the chemicals are properly spread throughout the pool.
  5. Pool WinterizationIn areas where ice is a problem, there are further steps to be taken to ensure no ice enters the system. Generally, the ice equalizer needs to be filled with up wo 2/3 air to ensure air doesn’t leave the system. Winter tabs are then added (per the directions on the individual product).
  6. Water Level: The water level must be lowered below the return line and the filter is to be disconnected and taken to a climate controlled area. Other equipment like skimmer and return fitting may require additional protection to prevent water damage in the off season.
  7. Cover: It is important to cover your now-winterized pool. Most covers feature cover clips, but other options may be available for your size and shape of pool. Proper cover will ensure your pool is as clean as possible throughout the winter.

If you have any questions or concerns about winterizing your pool, contact Pool Daddy and we can help you out. We also offer weekly services as well as emergency services for all of your above-ground and in-ground pools, as well as hot tubs and Jacuzzis!

 

Try these pool winterization tips!

Clean out the pool.

Balance the water chemistry.

Don’t let your chemicals damage your pool.

The #1 enemy: freezing

Be good to your pump and heater

No water in the pipes = no freeze damage

Clean the filter.

Your final freeze insurance: the flotation device

Last step: The winter cover.


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Swimming Pool For Fall Preparation?

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Swimming Pool For Fall Preparation?Swimming Pool For Fall?

We’re in the last half of summer, so it might be time to start discussing fall preparations for your swimming pool. While some owners can keep their pool operating throughout the year, but there are a few things you want to keep in mind throughout the end of summer and through fall. Today we’ll talk about some things you may want to consider this season change.

-Early winterization: If you don’t plan on using your swimming pool or hot tub one school starts back because your kids are the main ones using it, getting a jump start on winterization may be a good idea. If it would go otherwise unused, keeping all of the pumps and filters running when the pool isn’t used but once or twice throughout the entire autumn, it may not be worth it. Contact us if you want to winterize your pool because it can be a pain to get every detail correct to prevent damage to your covers or pool itself.

  • Increase skimming: depending on the trees, bushes, and plants in your area, you may experience an increase in debris in your pool.
  • Chemicals: If the temperature drops as noticeable amount it may affect your chemical balancing. Lowered temperatures will mean you need less chlorine to keep the levels at a functioning point. You should still check it weekly, more so if the temperature drops or rises suddenly.
  • If the temperatures drop enough you may be able to decrease the amount of time you run your pumps. Let us know if you feel as if you can alter the time your pump runs and we’ll check it out.
  • Don’t ignore a cleaning schedule. It’s easy to forget to clean your swimming pool, including scrubbing the walls, checking the filters, emptying the baskets, and using a pool vacuum. Especially as your use decreases; if you go from using it daily to only using it on weekends you may lose track of time and when you last cleaned the pool. This is where weekly cleaning comes in handy.

Ask our technicians or a swimming pool specialist about any chemicals you may want to add in your slightly-off season. Some things you may want to consider or adjust may be minor, others may take a little more work, so call today and ask about seasonal changes you need to keep in mind for your swimming pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi.

Whatever you do at the end of this summer, stay safe, consult your swimming pool technicians, and have fun. Don’t let cooler weather ruin your fun because you can still use your pool, especially in such warm a warm climate like that found in Arizona. We get so much sunshine, many swimming pool owners keep their pool open year round—with the help of our employees at Pool Daddy.

Call Pool Daddy now for you swimming pool services needs..

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De-winterization Time : Spring is Coming!

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Time for De-winterization

Spring is fast approaching (19 days, people!) so that means the temperatures will be rising and it may be time to open the pool back up! Get it done for Spring so you don’t have to fight for scheduling in the summer to get our assistance. The sooner you get it done, the sooner you can be enjoying the sun and warm weather again in your personal pool!

Today we’ll talk about what goes on with opening a pool after winter. You winterized it, so let’s bring it back to its cool, wet glory!

  1. De-winterizationRemove debris, dirt, leaves, etc. from the cover. Allowing this to get into the water means more cleaning and strain on the filters. Before you store the cover, rinse it off and use some soap to remove dirt, mold, or mildew. Let it fully dry before storing.
  2. Once the cover is removed, your pool should be mostly clean, spare some dirt on the bottom. If this is not the case, some more extreme cleaning measures may be needed.
  3. Reconnect any equipment and reset circuits. This includes power to the pool, pumps, and heaters. Reattach filter cartridges or replace the sand in the filter. Use water-based lubricant on all o-rings, remove winterizing plugs, and free the skimmer basket/
  4. Contact your water company to check for pool-fill-up discounts since your water loss was due to evaporation, meaning it didn’t go through the water treatment plants. Some companies will offer a yearly discount on your water bill for pool filling.
  5. Ensure water is covering the skimmer. While filling, Hook the outflow hose from the skimmer to the pump and tighten clamps. Turn on the pump once the skimmer is covered. Check for leaks in hoses and gaskets.
  6. De-winterizationVacuum the pool. Do this before adding chemicals.
  7. Test the pH levels of the pool if the water is clear. The levels should range from 7.8-7.8. Adjust as needed. Add your start up kit once the pH is balanced, following the directions of the kit.
  8. If your pool is green, you may need to use a chlorine shock process accompanied with a lowering of the pH. Once the algae is dead the pool sufaces need to be brushed to remove the remaining algae, using a clarifier to cause everything to sink to the bottom. A vacuum should suffice at this point.
  9. Test chlorine and other chemical levels before allowing swimmers to enter.
  10. For heating the pool, a solar cover may help if you don’t have or don’t want to use a heater.

This process can be done on your own, but out Pool Daddy technicians can do this quickly, efficiently, and with no effort on your part. This can start up weekly services or it can be one of the few times you need our services during the pool season. Whether you have an above-ground or in-ground pool, residential or commercial, we can de-winterize your pool so all you have to do is jump in when the temperatures start rising and enjoy your pool!

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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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