For many clients, spring openings and fall closings are an essential part of pool and spa ownership. If done correctly the pool when opened will be operational, clean and ready for use. If closed correctly the pool will be safe from freeze damage and ready to open in the spring without any major problems.

Openings

Pool and spa openings can be performed any time of the year. In normal circumstances the cover is removed and left on one side to dry. The water level is then checked and the equipment started.

Once this is done the pool is cleaned and chemically balanced. In many cases return visits will be needed to ensure that the pool is in pristine condition before use. The cover will also need to be folded and stored until the pool is closed again.

The condition of the pool at closing and the preventive maintenance performed on the pool during the time it remains closed (winter service) will depend upon the condition of the water when the pool is opened. This in turn will determine how many return visits will be needed to ensure that the pool is sanitized, clean and ready for use.

In some cases it may be necessary to drain the pool and either acid wash or chlorine wash the surface to remove stains or stubborn algae growth.

Openings can be scheduled by either calling or emailing our office during business hours.

Closings

Pool and spa closings can also be performed at any time of the year although these are normally done in the fall. Prior to the closing, the pool is cleaned and chemically balanced. If the pool is to be covered, the cover is carefully unfolded and checked for any damage.

Pool closings can either involve winterizing the equipment or leaving the system on freeze guard. When the system is winterized the water level is normally dropped below the skimmer mouths and the lines drained and plugged. Water is also drained from the equipment to prevent freeze damage. Systems equipped with freeze guards remain operational so that the system will run but only when the temperature drops below freezing.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of closing. Deciding which type of protection will work best for your pool is best left to a qualified company after evaluation and inspection of the pool and the equipment. Once this decision has been made, the pool is then covered and put to rest for winter months.

It is strongly recommended that at least every four to six weeks, the pool be checked for leaks, water clarity and algae growth. Any problems caused by neglect once the pool is closed can lead to expensive repair problems at a later date. Winter Service is therefore strongly recommended.