It’s not to late to winterize and make sure the pool is covered

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Swimming pool covers are extremely important for maintaining a pool and preventing damage from occurring.

Having a properly installed and utilized swimming pool cover will ensure that the pool is protected from the elements and ready to use when uncovered. Here are just a few reasons why a cover is recommended for a well-maintained pool:

Reduces Evaporation

Every day that a pool is exposed to the air, evaporation occurs. This results in higher water costs. Additionally, a lower water level can cause damage to the parts of the pool that are exposed to the air. Tile, plaster, and vinyl in a pool should not be exposed to air; doing so can cause them to crack, dry out, and become brittle.

Keeps Debris Out of Pool 

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Proper Winterization for Swimming Pools

With autumn and winter just around the corner, Swimming Pool Inspection Services has seen many in-ground and above-ground swimming pools sustain damage because they were not properly winterized for the cold months.

Pool Care in Autumn

During the autumn months, when trees shed their leaves, and the weather begins to change, pools are at risk for damage from leaves, pollen, and other debris. The first step to winterizing a pool is to make sure the pool and pool water are clean. Skim the pool for leaves and debris, and run the filtration system to ensure that pollen and dirt are not allowed to remain in the pool during the winter.  Allowing pollen and dirt to remain in the pool during the winter months can result in staining to a pool liner that may require professional service to undo.
Because the pool will be getting less use in autumn, the pump can be run less frequently, and homeowners may be able to use fewer chemicals, thereby saving money. The important thing to remember about pool care in autumn is to keep leaves and debris out of the pool. Skimming may need to be done more often than it was in the summer, but the rest of the pool maintenance routine should ease up some.

The Winterization Process   

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The months between freezing winter and the thaw of spring are the perfect time for damage to occur to your clients’ swimming pools and spas.

Homeowners can become complacent with their pool maintenance, allowing problems to not only begin, but to remain unaddressed until they want to use their pools later in the year.
Encouraging your clients to keep up pool maintenance will help reduce damage from occurring, thereby reducing claims that are made for pool repairs. Here are some gentle reminders to pass on to your clients, so they can take care of their pools from now until spring:

Check Pool Covers Throughout Winter Months

During the winter months, pool covers can be damaged when snow, rain, or debris are allowed to remain or pile up on the cover. The heavy weight of snow can cause a cover to break, and most pool covers are not designed to hold an extreme amount of weight. Pool covers should be kept clear of snow and debris, and should be checked after rain to ensure that the cover is properly in place. In addition, keeping the pool cover clear will help ensure that rainwater, debris, and melted snow do not fall into the pool water when the pool is opened in the spring.  Rain water and melted snow can upset the chemical balance in the pool water, which can cause staining and damage to a swimming pool liner.
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Caring For Your Pool During El Nino

El Niño, Your Pool, and You

With scientists and weather experts warning that this could be one of the most severe El Niño’s we’ve seen in years, it is important for homeowners to prepare their homes for the deluge that may be coming.

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Why Do Pools Turn Green?

Why Do Pools Turn Green?

Testing Tips and tricks on keeping your pool water blue, and what to do if your pool turns green.

Why Do Pools Turn Green?

If you followed the 2016 Olympics in Rio, you have undoubtedly seen the now-famous diving pool, that turned a murky green color and had a foul odor coming from it. Before they ultimately shut down the pool and completely drained it, divers were still using the pool for events, and complaining of itchy skin, irritated eyes, and infections spreading through the swampy water. While a green pool may be an inconvenience for a homeowner, a green pool at the Olympics is nothing short of a nightmare.

Many people wondered, can’t they just put more chlorine in the pool and clean it up? Why did the pool turn green in the first place, and why was it so difficult to turn back to clear blue? Swimming Pool Inspection Services has some tips and tricks for you on keeping up the health and well being of your pool’s water.  Read more

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