Closing Up Your Inground Pool for Winter

So before sunny days make way for snowy ones, you need to close up your inground pool for the fall and winter. Here are the steps you need to take to get the job done right.

  1. Don’t leave anything in the pool! Be sure that is it properly cleaned, which includes removing any toys and accessories. Then, be sure to skim and vacuum the pool to be sure that you didn’t miss anything.
  2. Be sure to balance your pool before you close it up for the season. This means adjusting your PH levels, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. Your next step will be shocking your pool with chlorine. Once your pool’s chlorine level gets back to 1 to 3 parts per million, you can add an algaecide made to work over a long period of time to clear the pool of algae and prevent it from forming throughout the winter.
  3. You’ll need to remove some water to prevent freezing mishaps throughout the winter. Depending on the cover you will use, how much you need to reduce your water level, ranging from 3 to 18 inches below the skimmer. Be sure to drain your pumps, filters, heaters, etc, by opening their drains and give them a good cleaning. Don’t forget to empty out the water line running to your pool, also, as well as add an antifreeze.
  4. Once you’ve found the right cover for your inground pool from Professional Pool Services, you’re ready to cover your pool for the cold days ahead.

Don’t worry. Summer will be back before you know it!

Don’t Save Pool Repair for Next Summer

While you may be thinking it’s time to close up the pool for the season and leave any repairs and maintenance tasks for next summer, you may want to think twice. It is actually more beneficial for you to take care of some of this in the fall than waiting for the long winter to pass.

If you’re concerned about a leak in your pool, the last thing you need to allow to happen is for the water to leak out during the winter months. As the water level in your pool drops and heavy snow settles on your cover, it can lead to tears in your cover or its straps. In the end, it will be more costly for you to have to deal with the problem later!

Another important thing to consider is that this is a great time to repaint your pool. The ground is still holding heat, which means that the paint will cure nicely on the surface of the pool.

As you get ready to make those last minute repairs to your pool, remember that we have everything you need to get prepared for colder days. Call us at (412)741-4774 to have leaks repaired, for a new paint job, or to pick out just the right cover for your inground pool. End this summer with a little bit of maintenance work so that you can start next summer with a splash.

Our MBA: Most Beautiful Accessory

While function is important when it comes to your inground pool and inground pool accessories, sometimes fashion is included in there also. If you’re looking some something beautiful and useful, take a look at the designer handrails and ladders in the S. R. Smith artisan series.

The sleek and modern sculpted rail good retrofit into your standard deck anchors, making it easy to add some elegance to your inground pool. We believe that they are the most beautiful new accessory of the year!

If you have any questions about accessories and design for your swimming pool, call us at (412)741-4774. We’ve got even more to offer if you have a different, unique, or more traditional sense of style.

Make Chlorination Simple with a Salt Generator

Not using a salt generator for your pool? Save yourself the trouble of buying, hauling, storing and adding chorine to your swimming pool.

Salt generators use a small amount of regular salt and the process of electrolysis to create chlorine for your pool. A fantastic benefit of salt generators are that they make your pool water become softer, which is easier on eyes and skin for swimmers. There is no more “shocking” water with granular chlorine. Plus, this chlorine can be used over and over again.

It is still important to maintain your pool when using a salt generator, and making sure that the proper amount of chlorination is taking place. PH levels will also rise as chlorine is added to the water, and it is important to keep a healthy level.

If you have questions about salt generators or would like to purchase one for your pool, stop by Professional Pool Services and we’ll be happy to help!