How to Close And Winterize a Swimming Pool
The Definitive Guide On How-To Properly Close And Winterize a Swimming Pool –
Detailed Instructions For Closing In-Ground And Above Ground Pools
This guide on closing and winterizing your swimming pool is from poolandspa.com and provides an indepth look at taking care of your pool for the winter.
Pool closing time is usually a sad time of year. The weather is getting cold, the leaves are changing color and the warm memories of summertime fun are fading away. This is not usually the time of year that people like to think about their swimming pools, but this is really the most important time of the year to pay attention to the pool to avoid unnecessary problems and costly repairs come Springtime.
The following are generalized instructions on how to properly close an Inground and an Above Ground pool. Please note that all pools are somewhat different and your pool may need specific care not mentioned here. If you have any doubts about how to properly close your particular pool, either give us a call or contact a local pool professional. Remember…better safe than sorry!
Please visit their website for the entire article along with a video on closing an inground pool.
What to do for your pool after a storm
Heat and humidity are all a part of summer. It’s why a lot of people install swimming pools. Keeping them crystal clear and healthy is a part of pool ownership, but what do you do with the pool after those occasional heavy rains?
You may need to drain some water from your pool so that the skimmers work correctly. Every pool is different but if you have a main drain located in the deep end of the pool it’s recommended that you pull the water from there. Don’t walk away while your pool is draining! You could come back and find that you’ve taken more water out than intended. Do this step BEFORE you try to rebalance your water. There is no sense in adding chemicals to your water that you’re only going to drain out.
Your pool water might look clear after a storm but that doesn’t mean all that extra rainwater didn’t do a number on your pool’s chemistry. Rain is acidic and will lower both your pH and alkalinity. It will more than likely require you to shock your pool to raise the chlorine levels as well. Be prepared and have all your required chemicals on hand to act quickly after the storm ends.
Checking your pool’s chemistry isn’t the only thing that should be checked after a heavy downpour. Your skimmer baskets may be full of the storm’s wreckage. Empty them as soon as possible to make sure your water is being circulated properly. You may also want to backwash your pool’s filter to keep it from turning cloudy or green. Typically, you can get any large twigs or leaves out with a net or vacuum. You shouldn’t let debris sit on your pool bottom long. It can accentuate the chemical imbalance and leave stains in your liner.
For all your pool chemical needs, including liquid chlorine, give Wechsler a call at 845-794-9600 or complete the form below. We look forward to helping you keep your pool sparkling clean. We test pool water! If you’re not sure what you need to correct your pool water, bring in a sample and we’ll test it for you!
Knowing the difference can affect the balance of your pool significantly
Having a swimming pool and maintaining the chemical balance is sometimes like being a mad scientist. A little bit of this, many times has a huge effect on a little bit of that. This article by Rudy Stankowitz in the Pool and Spa News does a great job explaining the difference between soda ash and baking soda. It also demonstrates how you can get more bang for your buck by using the right chemical under the right circumstances.
You know you’re the only one who buys that,” the counter person at my local distributor would say as he headed to the warehouse to pull a 50-pound bag of soda ash.
The industry standard has always been to use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to raise total alkalinity and sodium carbonate (soda ash) to raise pH — the exception being if both total alkalinity and pH are low. Understanding that it is impossible to raise (or lower) one without effecting the other chemically, there is still a “right tool for the job” analogy that comes into play.
Using sodium bicarbonate will have a more measurable effect on total alkalinity, while only raising the pH of water slightly. Sodium carbonate will actually have a dramatic effect on both pH and total alkalinity. Using sodium bicarbonate to raise pH is the equivalent of driving a nail into a wall using the handle of a screw driver — it can be done, but a hammer would handle the job more effectively and at much less of a cost.
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Uses & Benefits
As you know, Wechlser Pool & Supply Company is the Catskills leading supplier of liquid chlorine. But did you know that household bleach and pool chlorine are the same thing? The difference lies in the concentration strength. Chlorine bleach is formed by mixing water with the chlorine-based compound sodium hypochlorite. Your typical household bleach is usually a 6% concentration, while pool chlorine is usually between 10 – 12%.
The biggest advantage of using liquid chlorine to sanitize your swimming pool is that there is nothing “extra” added to you pool except the water to liquify the sodium hypoclorite and a small amount of salt. Think of it as buying a boquet of flowers and getting all roses instead of dandelions.
It’s the fillers that go into powdered chlorine that can cause a variety of issue with your pool water. Consider this – chlorine tablets commonly have tri-chlor that adds a conditioner to your pool. This may lower your pools pH but it also adds CYA or cyanuric acid. This stabilizer typically helps prevent the sun from buring off the chlorine. What actually happens over time is that the CYA level gets to a point that your chlorine is not effective. Correcting this can be costly and take a lot of time.
You can see that staying as close to a pure chlorine is the best option, but who wants to handle liquid chlorine. The best option is to a liquid chlorine feed system. These systems feed the liquid chlorine into the pool and adjust the amount based upon your pools chemisty. Ask one of our help service techs how we can install a liquid chlorine system on your pool.
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