If you own a pool and you live around here you know pretty much what this is. If you don’t you must have had some very bad summer openings! That being said, we are mostly going to talk about proper winterization. In our book, if you go through proper winterization you should be able to open up in the spring to clear water and no problems at all. Of course, there are certain special situations that could derail the plan. We are going to go over some of those here in a bit. What we really want to make sure that you understand is that proper winterization equals better spring and lower maintenance costs overall!
When Do I Start The Process?
When do I need to close up shop? In this day and age, it is getting a lot harder to predict the weather. This is a real problem for us because actually if you try and winterize too soon you may be in for some trouble. For the most part, though this is a process that is going to last around 3 months or so. Mid October to early November depending on how the season is coming along could be the perfect time frame. So that we can also open up in mid-March!
What Goes Into Winterization
One of the things that we have to do to winterize that people tend to forget is to check the current state of the water. Regardless if it is good or not. Once we do that we are going to be able to know what type of chemicals we are going to add to help it through the winter. From there making sure we scrub the sides of the pool really well and remove all sorts of debris is a must. Also making sure that we are covering up the pool the right way could be considered that finish touch if you will!
What If I Decide To Empty The Pool Out?
We have talked about this a bit in other areas of the site. From our experience that is not always the best idea because you have all sorts of pipes and systems that are not going to fair as well against freezing for example if they are fully dry. It is more probable to have pool walls that are going to start developing all sorts of things like rust and mold. Especially if they are covered up. Covering up the pool becomes more difficult. So with water is what we recommend!
Maintenance During Winter Months
Winterization is there to reduce a lot of the maintenance that is involved with regular pools. For the most part, if done correctly we are going to be able to expect pools to hold up through the winter. We may come around and have a look at everything and make sure that things are fine. Especially with the systems. Overall though actual maintenance efforts will be at an all-time low if you will. We also offer pool and spa repair service.