Professional Pool Closing May Save You Money
Many of you do not realize the dangers that winter poses to your pool. Ice is a powerful force and, left unchecked, it will destroy anything trying to contain it. That’s why it is important to have a pool closing performed. Technically a pool closing means to winterize your equipment and plumbing, then covering your pool. As an alternative you can make certain that your equipment is running and water is moving through all of the pipes whenever it is cold enough to freeze.
First, let’s look at the option to have us perform a professional pool closing. This is just a general overview and should not be looked at as a guide. Every pool is different and requires individual assessment. What works for one pool may not work for another and some pools should not be closed at all. That said, our standard pool closing consists of cleaning the pool, adding winter chemicals, removing any railings, and draining a small amount of water. We typically remove the directional fittings from the wall returns and then blow air through the entire system, plugging off the returns to keep water out. This insures that the pipes are empty and will not freeze. Once the pipes are blown out, we remove all drain plugs from the equipment, allowing any remaining water to drain out. Timers are disabled and electrical breakers are turned off for the winter. At this point, we cover the pool and you can forget about it for a while.
The other option you have is to make sure the pool is running any time the temperature is below freezing. This can be accomplished manually by turning the pool on as needed or with a device commonly referred to as a freeze guard. The problem with turning the pump on manually is that people tend to forget things. It seems simple at first, but somewhere along the way you may forget, and it only takes one time to cause terrible damage. You could just leave the pump running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but most people would never run their pump like that during the winter. That is why a freeze guard is an important device for any pool left open during the coldest months. If you have an automated system like the Jandy AquaLink RS or Hayward AquaLogic, there is freeze protection built in. It should still be tested to make sure it is functioning each year. If you have a mechanical time clock, you can have freeze protection added alongside the timer. Once again, it is important to verify that the freeze guard is operable every year. Even with freeze protection installed and working, you must make certain that water is able to flow through every pipe and there is one last worst case scenario; what if there is a power failure? Many times during our worst freezing weather, power lines fail and leave us without power for hours or days. This is enough to convince many people to just close the pool and be done with it.