Richmond Hill Pool Closing

For half of the year, Ontario is a winter wonderland and for the other half, it is all about soaking up the summer sunshine. It is tough to say goodbye to warm weather but while you are throwing on layers and weatherproofing your home, swimming pools are left out in the cold — literally! Cold weather isn’t just a pain for you, it can cause serious damage to your pool so call Puddle for your Richmond Hill pool closing instead. 

Instead of scouring the internet for tips for fall pool maintenance, trust a local expert to protect your pool from cold weather as well as paving the way for an easier opening in spring. Just like anything, there is a right way and wrong way to close your pool. Just throwing on a winter cover isn’t enough to protect your pool for the off-season and taking this approach can actually lead to serious and expensive damage. Don’t deal with the aftermath of a DIY disaster when an efficient and reliable pool closing is only a phone call away. 

Fall Pool Care: What to Do & When 

It is common for pool owners to close their swim spaces down following the September long weekend. This might seem good in theory but in practice it might not be the best option. Closing too early means missing out on the last warm days of summer while waiting too long opens the door to damage caused by cold snaps. The best time to winterize your pool is when the average outdoor temperature reaches 15 degrees. 

Prevent Freezing: Everyone knows that when exposed to sub-zero temperatures water will freeze and become solid. It takes prolonged exposure to extreme cold for an entire pool basin to freeze over but for smaller amounts of water it will happen much quicker. This means that water sitting inside return lines or pool equipment will freeze quickly. Cold temperatures make plastic brittle and frozen water will expand up to 9% which is enough to cause pipes to burst. The best way to prevent damage is to drop the water level in an inground pool so it falls a few inches below the skimmer line. Winterizing drain plugs prevents water from seeping into vulnerable areas where it can freeze and cause damage. 

Winter Water Treatments: Water chemistry is a top priority at the height of summer but when pools are used less frequently it is easy to forget about chemical treatments. When going into the off-season it is important to apply a combination of winter chemicals that are designed to prevent freezing and algae growth. 

Prepare Pool Equipment: Sub-zero temperatures cause plastic to become brittle and crack. This puts key components at risk so it is important to care for internal water systems. By removing detachable components to be dried and stored during the off-season you are preventing damage and ensuring that these pieces will still be working when they are reinstalled in spring. In the case of an above ground pool it is a good idea to install a water bag to help combat freezing. This is also the ideal time to inspect key components like the pool pump, cartridge filter or sand filter. Keeping your pool covered is a no-brainer but different seasons need different covers. Mesh covers are great in spring because they allow sunlight to come through, helping to heat water but in cold weather these can help to contribute to algae growth. Swapping out mesh covers for solid winter ones will help to reduce the risk/rate of contamination. 

Puddle Pool Closing Services: Excellent Results For Your Fall Pool Care 

A basic test kit might help to maintain pool condition when it is in high use but these aren’t enough to help shut your system down for the off-season. After years of experience in the industry, Puddle technicians provide in-depth and reliable closings that keep your water systems in great shape all year long. A proper closing can help to reduce the risk of damage and water contamination, which means an easier opening in spring. 

With options to book seasonal pool care online or over the phone, there is never a bad time to schedule your closing. Puddle Pool Services offer affordable rates, transparent pricing and a great reputation for excellent services, done safely. 

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