Kitchen Pool Closing

It is easy to overlook the needs of a pool when you can’t use it! Colder weather or rain often means swim spaces see less traffic and that means they are getting less attention. All it takes is one missed cleaning for water condition to start to spiral and swim spaces to go cloudy, green or begin to smell. In addition to poor water condition, freezing temperatures can cause serious damage and Ontario is certainly known for frigid winters. If you want to protect your water systems through the off-season, call a Puddle technician for your Kitchener pool closing service. 

Cleaning your pool is a weekly practice during the spring and summer season, but as the temperatures drop, bi-weekly cleanings are often enough to keep pool water clean and flowing.  Even a long vacation is enough to let your swimming pool slip from clean and sanitary to dirty and contaminated. If you being to notice algae growth in water, there are definitely bacteria and buildup inside water systems and components. If this is the case, restoring water means deep cleans of pool basins, surfaces and internal systems. 

How to Close Your Pool 

As temperatures begin to drop swimming pools are used less frequently. A single cold snap won’t freeze your pool solid but it is enough to cause serious damage to surfaces as well as internal water systems. Closing a pool too early can mean missing out on the last warm days of summer while waiting too long can mean having to deal with frozen pipes and all the damage that they cause. Instead of waiting for the September long weekend to close, it is better to begin the closing process when the average outdoor temperature reaches 15 degrees. 

Winterizing chemicals don’t only reduce the risk of freezing, they go a long way in preventing algae buildup. When closing a pool for the off-season, the best way to get great results is with a multi-step approach that treats swim spaces inside and out. A test kit can tell you when your chlorine level is off but they can’t help you balance winterizing chemicals and condition — so let our Puddle technicians handle it! 

The first steps to closing a pool will always be cleaning and water treatments. In an inground pool, dropping water levels to a few inches below the skimmer lines can help to reduce sitting water inside plumbing lines which will freeze and cause damage. Flushing return lines also removes the risk of build-up and algae growth inside systems, as well as the risk of pipes bursting. 

An above ground pool doesn’t necessarily need to have the water level dropped but flushing lines is still important. Winterizing drain plugs will also stop water from seeping into vulnerable areas where it can freeze and cause damage. If debris is left to sit, it will rot and break apart or, if sitting against liners, cause permanent staining. Ditch debris with a thorough skimming, vacuuming and emptying of skimmer baskets to reduce algae growth. 

A changing of the season is also a great time to inspect pool equipment and change out mesh covers for a solid winter cover. In order to ensure that your swimming pool stays in good, working order, it is important that internal systems are kept in great shape. This means inspecting pool pumps, return lines, motors, heaters and filters. If you have a sand filter, checking pressure gauges will let you know when it will need to be emptied and replaced with new sand. Cartridge filters can be removed, cleaned and replaced. 

Puddle Pool Services: The Best Pool Closings in Kitchener 

The internet is full of tips for fall pool maintenance but not all of these are effective and some of them can even cause damage. From safety covers, chemical treatments and debris removal, each step of the closing process is important to the overall condition of your swim space. Call an expert for all of your fall pool care needs. 

When you want the best results for your swim space, look no further than your local Puddle Pros. By offering custom treatment plans that cater to the unique needs of homes and commercial properties throughout the area, our team of experienced pool experts are able to get the best results for any type, style and model of pool. In addition to years of industry experience, Puddle technicians undergo rigorous and on-going training. With access to top industry tools and resources, our experts have seen and done it all! 

Each member of the Puddle team is local to the Kitchener area so we understand exactly what your water system is up against. Fully insured technicians provide peace of mind, as well as excellent results, so don’t hesitate to call a local expert for seasonal treatments, as well as routine cleanings, service calls and inspections. 

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