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Pool Closing Tips

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Closing a pool correctly means so much more then flipping a switch and putting on a cover.  Your pool and equipment must be winterized to protect them from the harsh weather and temperatures the winter months can produce.  Every step of the process from the winterizing your filter system to the properly installing the cover must be approached with every possible factor in mind.  The experts at the Windsor Pool Shop know these factors and will go to great lengths to make sure your pool is protected from Mother Nature’s toughest months.

During the fall and winter season humans are not the only animals gearing up for low temperatures and damaging storms.  Each and every animal from the tall to the small are looking for food and shelter to survive until the spring.  Your filter system, if not winterized properly will not only be subject to freeze damage, but will also provide insects, rodents, and reptiles with a cozy home and nesting materials for the winter.  Removing the motor and properly protecting filter tanks will help you avoid costly repairs and unpleasant surprises from creepy crawlers come next spring.  (We remove several snakes from filters each year, and repair dozens of motors damaged by insects and rodents.)

Freeze damage to skimmers, faceplates, and tile can be easily avoided by maintaining a proper water level on and or under the cover.  Water should never be allowed to accumulate on your pool cover, however snow and ice need to melt before your cover pump will work.  During this time the weight on the cover displaces the water under it, pushing it up to the tile and faceplates.  When the temperatures drop enough to turn your pool into a giant skating rink, the ice will pop tile right out of the mortar bed and crack skimmer throats and faceplates.  Removing the right amount of water during the closing process will help to curb freeze damage and save you time and money when its time to open the pool again.

Mesh cover allow water to pass through the material eliminating the need to pump water off of the cover.  This water will quickly accumulate under the cover.  Setting a pump under the cover to remove water as the level builds will greatly reduce the chances of any freeze damage.

Prevention is the best medicine.  Adding the correct chemicals in the right amounts to suit your pool will help to ease the burden of a swampy mess in the spring.  Winterizing the equipment properly will save you not only time and money, but stress and aggravation as well.  Have the Windsor Pool Shop winterize your pool this fall, and be ahead of the game next spring.