Winterizing a swimming pool is not as simple as throwing a tarp over the top. Then, reopening the pool for summer requires careful attention to ensure safe, clean water for your family to swim in. Here are the top six reasons why you should consider hiring a professional for the job.
Prevent Liner Damage
One reason you must close your pool properly in the winter is to prevent the water from freezing and thawing repeatedly, which could damage the liner. You might think draining the pool at the end of summer is the best remedy for this problem.
However, not only is draining the water wasteful, but it may cause a vinyl liner to shrink upon refilling or make a fiberglass liner crack. Concrete pools can even pop out of the ground! No, the best option to prevent liner damage is to keep the water in place and leave pool closing to a professional.
Protect the Water Lines
Swimming pool plumbing is susceptible to damage if you don’t blow out the pipes before closing your pool for the winter. Water can freeze in the line if it gets cold enough, resulting in leaks. A professional is the best person to blow out your pool’s plumbing before winter arrives.
Maintain Proper Water Chemistry
The right pool chemicals must be used in the proper amounts all year round. In the winter, a higher pH counters the effects of melting snow that may enter the pool, while chlorine helps keep algae growth at bay. In the spring, restoring the chemical balance to make the water safe to swim in may require “shocking” your pool. If you’re not familiar with this process, it’s best to leave it in the capable hands of a professional.
Keep Debris Out of the Pool
While much more is involved than just covering and uncovering the pool, this is an important step when closing your pool in the fall and reopening it in the spring. However, handling a pool cover isn’t as easy as it looks. This heavy component requires some understanding and experience to maneuver safely. It must also be cleaned before being stored for the summer to prevent mold and mildew. You can trust a job well done when you leave it to the pros.
Opening and closing a pool is a time-consuming endeavor. Hiring a pool opening and closing company lets you spend less time maintaining your pool and more time swimming in it! Plus, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing every step has been completed correctly.
Detect Problems Early
Your untrained eye might not spot a faulty filter, leaky pump, or damaged pool liner, but a professional will. The chance to catch and correct problems early helps you keep your pool in good repair.
Take the guesswork out of the opening and closing your pool—leave the job to Millennium Pool Service! To learn more about our open/close packages, please contact us in Frederick, MD or Springfield, VA.