In California, we are lucky to have mild seasons, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always summer out. When Fire season blows ash and debris into your pool special measures are required to restore the water chemistry and clarity. In Addition when the warm season starts to turn, and things become colder, you should think about winterizing your pool. Taking these actions will ensure that your pool is properly maintained through colder months and is ready to use again once summer rolls back around. Although it isn’t a necessary part of pool maintenance, we highly recommend that you let us walk you through the best practices, and seasonal services we offer, to keep your pool looking and functioning like new.
In a particularly harsh winter, water levels are one of the first thing that should be looked at for seasonal service and maintenance. This is typically more common in commercial pools, but it can also be done with residential pools as well. During winterization, water levels are usually dropped to below the skimmer levels. Usually water isn’t fully drained unless freezing temps or ice is in the forecast. With milder winters like ours however,water is left in the pool to encourage circulation of water and pool systems.
If you live in an area with higher water tables, hydrostatic pressure can cause issues if you decide to drain your pool. Rising water can put pressure on your pool shell, causing water to float up and out of the ground. This pressure needs to be relieved in some form, and that’s why hydrostatic relief valve installation is an option we offer. This valve works by allowing rising groundwater to flow in to your pool instead of pushing your entire pool upward. This can alleviate fracturing and splitting of your pool walls and liners which, in the long term, can save you a ton of money.
Having a pool cover installed is one of the most cost effective and easy ways to maintain your pool during rougher seasons. Pool covers help to keep debris out, control weathering, help to keep water levels in check and can act as a protective barrier. There are two types of pool covers: solid and mesh. Solid covers are more sturdy, but the usually collect rain water and debris on top of them, which needs to be cleaned and pumped off. Mesh covers protect your pool from debris, but allow rain water to pass in to your pool.
It is imperative that proper care be taken of your pool components in harsher months. If frost starts to form or temperatures start to drop to freezing levels, than disassembling your components is a good idea. Pumps, feeders, cleaning equipment and filters will all freeze if not broken down and stored. If these things freeze, they can crack, which will all but destroy them, leading to the need to purchase new items. Because this process can take quite a while, and be tedious, we’d love to take care of it for you. We promise we can prepare you for any future weather situation.