It makes sense that most pool owners want to suspend or cancel their pool maintenance service during the Winter season. Don't make that decision too quickly. As a pool professional, we need to inform our customers and homeowners with pools what cold water can do to a pool over the Winter.
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Tips for Pool Maintenance Over the Winter Season
- Damage to swimming pools does occur during the Winter. It's because no one is really paying attention. DO NOT IGNORE your pool in the off season. Regardless of whether your pool freezes or temperatures get down to only 40 or 50 degrees, water temperature always matters.
- There is a complexity to the water chemistry of your pool. Basically, there are two sides of it: water quality and balance. 1) Water Quality is the reason everyone seeks pool maintenance. It keeps your water safe by preventing diseases, germs, and algae. Usually noted by water conditions clear and clean.
- Water balance keeps your water happy. By measuring and managing the pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, TDS and CYA during the Winter, you protect your surfaces and equipment which can etch, deteriorate, fade or even scale. Chemistry is always adjusted for the temperatures and conditions.
- People worry less about the sanitation in the Winter because water temperature makes it difficult for algae to reproduce or disease to flourish. However, dropping temperatures do impact the water balance. Pool service seems to make more sense when the weather is warm, and people want to swim. Everyone wants a crystal clear, pristine pool during Summer months. It seems like there is a direct relationship between the money being spent on pool service and the benefits received.
- If a customer views pool service as an unnecessary cost in the off-season, pool professionals haven’t done a good job of clarifying what you are spending your money on. Pools and the maintenance of them aren’t cheap. Yet, they do boost a home value and provide family and friends with great memories. We have home owner insurance, do preventative maintenance and get our homes inspected after major storms, we water our landscape; we hire professional for pest control.
- Winter pool service is an insurance plan. Many pool professionals will have a partial (chemistry) service during Winter months that will maintain your water balance and chemistry and reduce the cost. This replaces the “full” pool service including brushing and vacuuming. However, it allows a pool professional in your backyard to protect your investment. They can let you know when problems occur. Winter pool service may cost some money but it’s very little compared to the costs of cold-water damage to your surface and equipment. There is also frozen pipes and equipment to be worried about. These issues will cost thousands of dollars to resolve.
Don’t ignore your pool water chemistry in Winter months. Call us today at (214) 503-7171 to discuss pool service during the Winter season.