It was the best of times. Now, it seems like the worst of times. Swimming, splashing, partying with friends. You were enjoying the good life in your own backyard pool when all of a sudden, the winter pool maintenance schedule put a lid on the fun—literally—until spring.
You don’t necessarily have to close down your swimming pool for the winter months, especially in the Haslet, Texas, area, where extended periods of below-freezing temperatures are few and far between. But most pool maintenance experts will tell you there are way more reasons to properly close your pool in the winter than not to.
What’s involved in preparing my swimming pool for winter?
A good, year-round pool maintenance program usually includes winterizing your pool. This prevents pipes and parts from cracking or bursting, keeps leaves, insects and other debris out and provides an important measure of safety with a winter cover to prevent accidental drowning.
So, the process begins with a thorough cleaning of the pool surfaces, including the tile line. Next, you clean the water in the pool. Make sure the water itself is “balanced,” with the right chemicals adjusted and distributed throughout the pool. Properly treating the pool water you’ll be covering up for the winter is extremely important. After all, it’ll be working all winter long to discourage growth of algae, bacteria, mosquitoes and other insects, and other nasty things you won’t want to find in your pool when you take the cover off in a few months.
Prepping the pool for winter also includes gathering up, cleaning and storing all the parts and accessories, like skimmer baskets, wall fittings and ladders. All the water has to be drained from pumps, filters and heating and chlorination equipment, and the plumbing to and from the pool has to be winterized. The timing and order of all the steps in the process are critical.
When should you winterize and close your pool?
The timing of closing your pool should be more about the climate and temperatures outside than the dates on the calendar. When you take your pool out of service will depend on where it’s located. For example, a family living in Montana, with its long, frigid winters, will probably have a shorter swim season than a family in Texas. So Texans are likely to close their swimming pools later in the year.
The general rule of thumb: keep the pool open until the air temperature stays consistently below 65 degrees. Experts caution that closing and covering your pool before then provides a warm environment that invites algae growth and other problems you won’t see (or smell) until you open up the pool in the spring.
Top off the swimming season with a safe, high quality winter cover
Once everything inside the pool is up to standard, it’s time to think about the winter cover. Research this well or get a recommendation from a pool maintenance professional you trust. This is not the place to skimp.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 350 children under the age of 5 drown in the nation’s swimming pools each year. Most of these drowning deaths occur in backyard swimming pools. There are many more near-drownings that, while not fatal, cause severe, permanent brain damage in children.
Safety experts say any pool cover you choose should be certified by the ASTM, that’s the American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM certification establishes minimum requirements for pool covers with the intent of reducing the risk of drowning by preventing children under five years old from having access to the pool water. If you already have a winter safety pool cover, check it for signs of wear and tear to make sure it will perform as it should.
Beyond the potentially life-saving benefits of winter safety covers, there are other reasons to cover your pool well in the off-season. Winter pool covers keep pools cleaner, help minimize evaporation, better maintain chemical balance, and save you a lot of work when you open the pool back up in spring.
Can I maintain my pool myself, or should I use a pool maintenance professional?
Well, it depends. It depends on a number of factors:
- how much time do you want to spend cleaning and taking care of your pool?
- how much money are you willing to invest in time-saving tools and new equipment with the latest technology to keep your pool beautiful, clean and operating efficiently (tools and equipment your pool maintenance company already has)?
- how much experience do you have with pool maintenance and how much time and commitment are you willing to devote to learning all the facets of pool maintenance (If you’re new at it you’ll have a lot of studying to do.)?
- how much space do you have to store the pool cleaning equipment and all the pool chemicals, some of which can be hazardous if not stored properly?
- how much patience do you have for achieving the right water balance by trial-and-error?
- how much is in your budget for operating your pool efficiently and doing preventing maintenance to ensure your swimming pool lasts many years?
If you want to have a hand in the pool maintenance but don’t want to take on all of the pool chores yourself, find out whether the pool maintenance company you’re considering offers different levels of services for different prices.
Metroplex H2O Solutions in Haslet can handle your pool maintenance program…and much more
If you’re ready to talk to a professional about your swimming pool, you’re in luck. Metroplex H2O Solutions in Haslet, Texas, has the knowledge and experience to handle all facets of pool maintenance. And that’s not all. Metroplex H2O Solutions also sells and installs whatever equipment you might need to keep your pool or hot tub running efficiently. They practice preventive maintenance measures to help you get the longest life possible out of your equipment, and they do expert repair work when it’s needed.
Do your pool and surrounding area need a little freshening up? Metroplex H2O Solutions can completely remodel your pool, including doing plaster and tile work and coping installation—and even enhance the decking around your pool.
Metroplex H2O Solutions has a decade of service in the Haslet area, is locally owned and operated, dependable and affordable. They are fully licensed, bonded and insured. They offer free estimates on repairs and remodeling and offer a range of maintenance packages. They can help you figure out which package suits your needs so you will get the most splash out of your dollar.
To learn more, visit http://metroplexpoolsolutions.com or call (817) 223-5646.