Fort Erie Pool Closing

Homeowners in Ontario are no strangers to winter weather. It’s easy to bundle up to avoid the cold but your swimming pool isn’t so lucky. When you start to feel a chill in the air, it is time to start thinking about winterizing your swim space for the off-season. A professional Fort Erie pool closing protects your pool through the winter and makes opening easier in spring. 

When the fall season rolls around you might be more focused on the upcoming holidays but prepping your pool for the season should be a top priority. Some pool owners choose to close their systems following the September long weekend but this might not be the opportune time. For a schedule that works, in-depth closings and top customer service, no one does a pool closing service better than our Puddle Pros. 

Fall Pool Care: Protecting Your Pool From the Cold 

When you want to winterize your pool, it’ll take more than throwing on a cover and hoping for the best. Whether you are working with an inground pool or an above ground pool, an improper closing is a huge problem. Instead of taking a risk on damage and disaster, our team of expert Puddle technicians have broken the closing process down into multiple steps for the best possible results. 

Set the Stage For a New Season: The best way to go into a new season is with a clean slate. Before you close your pool for the winter it is important to do a thorough cleaning to remove any potential contaminants. 

Drop Your Water Levels: In an inground pool it is important to keep water out of internal systems before it gets cold. As temperatures drop you run the risk of freezing inside water lines. Once frozen, water will expand and can cause pipes to burst resulting in serious water damage and flooding to surrounding areas. Technicians drain the water so it falls a few inches below the jets and skimmer lines, as well as winterizing drain plugs to keep water out. 

Remove Detachable Pieces: Cold temperatures make plastic brittle and can cause breakage. It is a good idea to flush return lines and remove detachable components wherever possible. By drying these and storing them for the winter season you reduce the risk of damage and extend the lifespan of your equipment. 

Apply Winter Chemicals: When in use pool water chemistry is a high priority but as it is used less frequently it is easy to let condition slip. You might not have to balance chemical levels in the same way over winter but it is important to add cold weather treatments. Pool antifreeze and algaecides will prevent water from freezing and reduce the risk of algae growth. It is important to apply these when closing and again mid-way through the season. 

Cover it Up: If your pool is just left open to the elements it won’t take long for it to be overrun with debris. Swapping out mesh overs for a solid winter cover not only keeps unwanted items out, it will reduce exposure to sunlight which feeds bacteria and encourages algae. A safety cover keeps debris out but it is also safer for those properties with pets or young children. 

Puddle Pool Services: Closings That You Can Count On 

Each member of the Puddle team is local to Fort Erie and the surrounding area, so we understand what your swim space is up against. Instead of struggling through trial and error our experienced technicians hit the ground running with an established plan of attack. Not only does hiring a professional for your closing protect your pool through winter, it can help you make the most out of the swim season. It is a lot easier to open your pool when it has been properly closed. Instead of pulling back a pool cover to see a swamp, fall pool care can help to reduce the risk of contamination and debris. 

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