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THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR POOL!!!

The better you close your pool, the better it will open and the fewer problems you
will have.  Do NOT just say, “I’m done with this season”, throw the cover on and
walk away.  It is critical that you:

1.  Make sure ALL chemicals are at their correct levels – EVEN IF YOU ARE SPENING
MONEY TO CLOSE YOUR POOL. Low pH and Alkalinity can result in disastrous issues upon
opening, including a wrinkled liner, severe staining, pitted or scaled surfaces, and
more.  Spend the money now so you don’t have to spend 4 times more or greater in the
spring to hopefully correct your problem

2.  Vacuum all debris from your pool before closing.  Putting it to bed dirty means
it’s guaranteed to open dirty. Little elves don’t come in the winter and clean it
for you.

3.  GET RID OF ALL ALGAE.  Closing green means opening green – or worse. Those same
elves don’t eat algae either.

4.  Use a good cover when closing your pool, WITH THE PROPER ACCESSORIES.  Winter
covers with holes and tears only allow leaves and debris to pour right through and
dirty your pool or form algae.  Patches are available for smaller holes.  Winter
covers designed to be used with water tubes, cables and the likes should NOT be
replaced with cinder blocks, water trays, 4×4 treated lumber and the likes.  These
items only wind up in the bottom of your pool on windy, rainy days – tearing your
liner, cracking your gunite, or putting a hole in your above ground walls.  Use the
proper equipment.

Though it sounds ironic, your pool should be in the best condition of the year when
you close. And if you don’t have the time – hire a professional.  It’s worth every penny you
invested in building your pool.

Using Swimming Pool Antifreeze

Swimming pool antifreeze is non-toxic antifreeze and can protect swimming pool pipes down to -40°, when added in correct proportion. Here’s some Q&A regarding the use of pool plumbing antifreeze. Q: Is swimming pool antifreeze necessary? A: If you blow out your plumbing lines correctly, and if there is no water in the pipes to freeze, then there’s… Continue Reading

The Best Way to Close a Swimming Pool

Here is a great article on the best way to close your pool by Rob Cox www.poolcenter.com   The Best Way to Winterize a Swimming Pool Every swimming pool is different – different surfaces, sizes, shapes, and with all manner of pool filtration, heating and purification equipment. Winterizing a pool also has slight differences in… Continue Reading

Tile Repair & Replacement

Tile replacement is a great way to give your whole backyard a fresh new look. See how a complete new tile replacement can add value, color and a new look to an older pool. As a plaster or gunite pool ages, even minor settling can cause cracks in the coping expansion joint sealant or tile… Continue Reading

Protecting the Environment

Here in Frederick County there is a lot of beauty in the area and we always want to make sure it is preserved properly. But did you know your pool chemicals can affect your surroundings? A lot of people with pools or hot tubs know there is a lot more work involved than just filling… Continue Reading

What to do when cloudy water strikes

Every pool owner dreams of having an inviting swimming pool with crystal-clear water. The reality, however, may be a pool that is hazy, cloudy, and flat looking. The following are some things service professionals should check when their customer’s pool water gets cloudy this summer. Equipment First, check the filter and circulation system to make… Continue Reading

Vacation Pool Tips

Summer is in full gear and many people are going on vacation. Pools require some maintaining even during vacations. But its not hard to do. Here’s a checklist to help you out: – Test water and balance all chemicals – Shock the pool at a level of 1.5 times the normal dose per 10,000 gallons. –… Continue Reading

Things You Should Know About Salt Pool Maintenance

Keep pH at 7.2 despite the normal range being 7.2-7.8.  This helps the chlorine to be more effective and minimizes scaling. Use a phosphate remover annually to keep levels below 500 ppm.  High levels will make your cell ineffective at producing chlorine, can cloud your pool, and make the water fell less silky. Use Haviland… Continue Reading

How to Maintain Your Pool Through Stormy Weather

With many areas impacted by severe storms it is good to know how to maintain your pool when this happens. Here’s a good checklist to use: – Check water level and adjust accordingly – leave at middle of skimmer or slightly higher. – Balance water chemistry – Calcium, Stabilizer, pH and Alkalinity.  PP&P offers FREE… Continue Reading