As the folks in Pennsylvania know, winter is unforgiving when it comes to the damage it can do to a swimming pool. Pools that are not properly winterized risk permanent and costly damages. With a team that has served southeastern Pennsylvania since 1968, Arrow Pool is well equipped to provide a variety of residential pool closing services to people in this area.
For pool owners not in our service area or for those who prefer to do it yourself, here are 5 tips from the professionals on properly closing your pool.
1. Balance the Water Chemistry
Whether you use a chlorine or non-chlorine shock, it’s very important to carefully follow the instructions on the package and let your levels return to normal before adding algaecide or a pool cover. The pH, Alkalinity and Calcium hardness should be balanced about one week before pool closing.
2. Remove and Drain all Equipment
Your skimmer baskets and ladders should be removed and stored safely. All pumping, filtering and heating equipment must be drained completely in order to prevent freezing and cracking over the winter.
Arrow Pool specializes in motor maintenance, salt cell maintenance and pool cleaner maintenance over the winter. We take this equipment back to our office where we deep clean, inspect and repair anything necessary.
3. Clean the Pool
Prior to pool closing is the best time to skim, vacuum and brush your pool. Removing dirt and debris from all areas of the pool help prevent clogging and when you open your pool in the spring, it’s as clean as new!
4. Add Algaecide/Winterizing Chemicals
It’s crucial to remember not to add algaecide and shock your pool at the same time. One of Arrow Pool’s services is to add algaecide in March, just before opening, under your pool cover to keep levels down. Contact us for chemical treatment and complete winterization kits.
5. Install a Pool Cover
A tight fit and a durable cover is essential for protecting your pool from the winter elements. Supplemental products such as air pillows, wall bags and cover seals help protect against the expansion of ice, high wind and other factors. A leaf net comes in handy if your pool is surrounded by trees.
For a high-quality, professionally installed custom winter pool cover and many other pool closing services, request a specific service from Arrow Pool today.