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Simple Pool Closing Checklist

James Ashner | Aug 17, 2018 10:55:00 AM

 

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Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:  10 am to 2 pm

  

Simple Pool Closing Checklist

It’ll be September before we know it and as much as we hate to admit it, it’s time to start thinking about closing our pools. There are a few things that you can do to make the annual winter pool closing event go a little smoother. The Swimming Pool Store offers experienced pool closing services that ensure equipment safety during the winter and contribute to a smooth opening in the spring.

Even when a professional pool company closes your pool, you’ll need to prepare for your pool closing with a few simple steps.  You can save this year when you balance your water within two weeks of scheduling your closing.  Read more to learn how to have a successful pool closing.

 

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  • Clean your pool by vacuuming and skimming out any leaves or debris
  • Balance your pool water by making sure your chlorine is at a normal level of 1.5 - 3.5ppm, alkalinity is in the range of 80-100, pH is 7.6-7.8 and calcium hardness is between 150-250. The Swimming Pool Store will add shock and algaecide as part of the closing process.
  • Inspect your winter cover and make sure it wasn’t damaged over the winter. Some rodents like to make homes in pool covers stored for the winter, always use some mice deterrents when storing pool covers to deter pesky invaders.
  • Make sure you know where you’ll store your pool equipment. If your storage space filled up with other things over the summer, you’ll need to make room to store your pool equipment. Taking proper care of pool equipment is necessary to avoid costly repairs.
  • Check all equipment, your liner and winter covers for damage, wear and tear. Make sure that your winter pool cover is in good shape or ask The Swimming Pool Store about winter safety covers.
  • Call The Swimming Pool Store to close your pool within two weeks of balancing your chemicals.

 

 

 

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Opening Your Pool for a Successful Swimming Season

James Ashner | Apr 12, 2018 7:36:42 PM

 

Please note our new hours starting April 16, 2018: 

Monday - Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   9 am to 3 pm
Sunday:   Closed  (open from 10 am to 2 pm starting May 1)
 
 

 

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to start thinking about opening your pool.  There are some steps you can take to make this a smooth process, to start off a successful swimming season.  With the warmer weather coming, it will be important to open your pool before the temperature heats up too much as there is a greater chance of algae growth in warmer water.  Algae begins to grow around 40°F (5° C), so it is important to open the pool and treat with chlorine as soon as possible.

You’ll have to shock your pool when opening for the first time of the season by following the directions relative to the size of your pool and how many gallons of water it holds. You will need to shock your pool, add chlorine and test the pH and alkalinity before you had any other chemicals.  There are three different types of chlorine forms to use; granules, tablets and liquid. 

Chlorine granules are added to the pool like shock by sprinkling around the pool.  Granules are safe to use with the vinyl liners, dissolve quickly and usually have a pH level near seven which is in between liquid and tablets.  Chlorine tablets are ideal to use in chlorinators which should not be placed in a skimmer basket as that may contribute to equipment erosion. Tablets come with a lower pH of around three, so you may have to use pH increaser when you use chlorine tablets.  Liquid chlorine is similar to bleach although it is 4 to 6 times more potent and has a higher level of pH than tablets or granules, closer to 13.   You can pour liquid chlorine directly into the deep end of your pool wearing eye protection and close you wouldn’t mind getting a bleach stain on. 

While some home test kits will give you very accurate readings on these levels, a professional water analysis will provide so much more, and could reveal a water condition that may be unhealthy. 

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The Swimming Pool Store offers sophisticated water analysis with our LaMotte WaterLink® Spin Lab, providing fast and accurate results.  It is very important to get your water balanced quickly after opening as improperly balanced pool water can lead to cloudiness in the water or may cause damage to your equipment.  Pool water that is not properly balanced and maintained could also create a situation where the chlorine is less effective and may lead to a greenish color of your pool water.

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Preventing Winter Pool Cover Failures

James Ashner | Jan 20, 2018 3:36:29 PM

 

We have discussed winter pool cover maintenance, and the importance of inspecting your pool for accumulating debris or sinking and ill-fitting covers, but do you know just how bad it can be if you experience a failure with your winter pool cover? 

Pools are closed with a level of water still in the pool for a few reasons, one of those being to support the winter pool cover.  Your safety pool cover should not be lower than 12” to 15” from the top of the pool.

If your pool has a leak and your water level falls, you risk a failure with your winter pool cover as heavy snow will cause your pool cover to cave in under the pressure. 

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Winter Maintenance for Pool Covers

James Ashner | Dec 14, 2017 9:35:04 AM

 

Winter is in full force and the harsh New England winter is no different this year with most of our pools now covered in snow.  While we prepare for the Holidays, with visions of pool floaties and lounging rafts dancing in our heads, don’t forget about your pool cover underneath all that snow.  

Follow these tips to maintain your pool covers even over the winter, as we wait for the next spring thaw: 

  • For inground safety covers, you’ll want to prevent water from touching the cover and trapping debris by using a cover pump near the steps or from the skimmer. 
  • Inground pool covers that use water bags should be inspected to make sure the bags are not deflated or leaking, and that the pool cover is still fitting firmly in place around the perimeter of your pool.

 

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Off Season Swimming Pool Checklist

James Ashner | Nov 20, 2017 12:13:27 PM

 

With cold weather upon us and snowfall just around the corner, your pool should be cleaned, covered and winterized for the harsh New England weather.  It’s always a good idea to do an off-season swimming pool checklist to ensure a damage free winter and smooth opening next spring.   An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that couldn’t be more true for winterizing your swimming pool.

 Read the following checklist to make sure you have a worry-free Winter and a happy Spring with a clean and damage free swimming pool:   

  • Make sure that your pool cover is properly attached around the perimeter to avoid a sinking cover that will allow leaves and debris to enter and possibly damage your pool. 
  • Check the water bags around your cover if you use them, to make sure they are not leaking or deflated. 
  • Keep your pool cover clean even during the winter, heavy ice can damage and even rip winter pool covers.

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