Pickering Seasonal Pool Maintenance

All pool owners understand how demanding water systems can be. At the best of times swimming pools require consistent cleanings and monitoring and this is even worse during a changing of the season. Getting ready for the fall season means dropping water levels and in-depth treatments while getting ready for spring means a ton of skimming, scrubbing and water treatments. Missing just one step of this process can lead to serious damage and health hazards, so leave it up to the experts instead. Pickering seasonal pool maintenance services protect pools from winter weather and help you make the most out of the swim season. 

There is a big difference between having to clean your pool at the height of summer when it has already been in use and opening it up for spring. After months of sitting idle, your pool water is likely very contaminated so you are almost guaranteed to pull back your pool cover only to see a swamp underneath. Spring pool care focuses on restoring water condition and internal water systems so it can be used throughout spring and summer. Fall pool care, on the other hand, shuts systems down for the off-season protecting it from freezing, as well as reducing the rate of algae growth, bacteria and contamination. 

Seasonal Pool Care: What to Do & When 

Test kits and skimmers can be incredibly useful when swimming pools are in use but they aren’t enough to open or close swim spaces. Seasonal pool care isn’t a step-by-step plan, it is a science — and an art! Instead of focusing on one day of the year for your opening or closing, it is better to focus on temperature for the best possible results. 

Pool Closings: It is common practice to close pools following the September long weekend but this isn’t always the best time. Closing too early means missing out on the last warm days of summer while closing too late opens the door for a whole lot of algae, bacteria and contamination. When the average outdoor temperature reaches 15 degrees it is time to shut your system down for the off-season. In Ontario, the closing process involves dropping water levels and winterizing plugs, as well as applying a specially developed winter chemical treatment plan designed to prevent freezing and reduce the rate of algae growth for an easier opening in spring. 

Pool Openings: When you want to open your pool you are likely dealing with a ton of debris, green water, algae growth and terrible smells. A shock treatment isn’t enough to fix these issues! It is important to restore water levels, open drain plugs and remove any debris that has built up on the bottom of the pool, sitting in skimmer baskets or floating along water surfaces. There is no way to instantly clean water. An initial shock treatment can help to clear away some cloudiness or discolouration but sanitary water takes multiple application of specialized pool chemicals. Once chemical treatments have settled in, it is time for a final balancing of chlorine levels, pH levels, total alkalinity and calcium. 

No matter the time of year it is always a good idea to keep an eye on pool equipment like pumps and filters. The pool filter and circulation systems are the unsung heroes of swimming pools but they often don’t get the attention that they deserve. Calling Puddle for your seasonal pool care means in-depth treatments that keep your water systems running smoothly all year long. 

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