Category: Pool Maintenance

Swimming Pool Tips: The Winterizing Process

Swimming Pool Tips for the Winter Months

Premier Pool Service is providing swimming pool tips for this winter. There is a lot of responsibility when you have to maintain your swimming pool. During the summer there are procedures completed to ensure that your swimming pool is clean, and the same rules apply for in the winter. While you still have to keep up with your swimming pool maintenance, you don’t necessarily have to close your swimming pool for the winter season. In this blog we will address how to keep your swimming pool clean throughout the winter season, and how to close your swimming pool if needed.

How do I Close my Swimming Pool 

Prepping your swimming pool for closure is simple, and can be done easily by a professional. Premier Pool Service provides seasonal services for pool owners who are interested in closing their swimming pool for the winter season. When you’re closing your pool you have to balance your pool water with the right chemicals, drain all the pipes of water, and secure a pool cover onto your pool.

First, you have to test your pool water and see what chemicals need to be added.

Second, you should remove any pool accessories from your pool, and lower your pool water.

Third, you’ll want to shock your swimming pool, and backwash the pumps and filters.

Lastly, it is recommended that you install your swimming pool cover that way you don’t have additional debris flying into your swimming pool during any storms.

For a more detailed breakdown on how to close your inground swimming pool, click here.

Swimming Pool Tips

The best way to ensure that your swimming pool stays clean is to keep up with your swimming pool maintenance. Whether you’re in the winter months or the summer months, you have to keep up with your swimming pool. There are actions that can be taken to “close” your swimming pool that is essentially keeping it in a predominately clean state throughout the winter months. If you’re located in a warmer state, like Florida, there is no need to close your swimming pool because its warm and sunny the majority of the time. Premier Pool Service recommends that you clean your swimming pool weekly. The longest you can go without cleaning your pool may be one month; however, we don’t recommend waiting this long. There are weekly and monthly maintenance tasks to keep up with.  These tasks are crucial in the colder months because they offer safety to your swimming pool when the weather is cold.

Steps to a Clean Pool 

  1. Adding the chemicals. The first swimming pool tip Premier Pool Service is offering is that you keep your pool chemically balanced; therefore, the first thing you’ll want to do is test your pool water. You’ll want to add any chemicals that are off balance or missing from your pool water. Additionally, Premier Pool Service recommends that you use winter algaecide to ensure that algae is less likely to grow underneath your pool cover. After you’ve added the chemicals and waited for them to completely run through the filtration system, then test the water again to make sure nothing is off balance.
  2.  No more water. If you’re closing your swimming pool, make sure to back wash all of the pumps and filters. By doing this, you’ll be getting all of the water out of your pipes and filters. If you aren’t careful, and there is still water floating in the pipes, the water will freeze and can potentially damage your pipe lines. To prevent this from happening, deplete all the free water from your swimming pools pipes.
  3. Pool Cover.  Installing your pool cover is the finishing touch to closing your swimming pool for the winter. Make sure you watch your pool cover closely during the winter to ensure that it is secure on your swimming pool. Sweep any debris that fall on top of your pool cover, that way when it comes time to opening it, the debris won’t fall into your swimming pool.

If you need additional assistance with completing any of the following swimming pool tips above, call Premier Pool Service today! We offer multiple service packages for low prices. Our professional service technicians are eager to clean your swimming pool.

Maintaining your Pool Heater

A properly installed and maintained heat pump or pool heater can last five to ten years or longer, before having to replace or upgrade. However, if you follow these maintenance tips you can avoid common problems and extend the life of your pool heater.

Your pool heat pump does not require a lot of maintenance.  The main thing you have to be aware of is keeping the pump free of debris; such as leaves or pine needles and occasionally ensure there are no rodents nesting inside or chewing on wires.

Pool Chemical Balance

It is common during weekly/monthly pool maintenance to check the chemical balance in the water of your swimming pool. With the chemicals balanced correctly in your pool they also determine the performance of the pool heater/ pump.

We strongly recommend that you monitor your water pH balance weekly or hire Premier Pool Service to perform maintenance check ups on your pool. It is easy to maintain good  balanced water in your swimming pool; however, if the swimming pool water is unbalanced there could be possible damage done.

Most importantly, poorly maintained pool water is unhealthy for you, your family and your friends when using your pool.  That is why it is important to properly maintain your pool & keep your water chemistry balanced. This is something that Premier Pool Service can help you with.

Winterizing your Pool & Heater

Take time to close your pool for the off season

During winter months, it is important to remove water from your pool heater, PVC pipes, pump and filter to avoid damage from ice.  Water expands when it freezes and may lead to leaks or pipes bursting if you leave water in equipment during winter months. This kind of damage will require replacement.

You are not subjected to winterize your swimming pool. If you have a pool heater and you’re still going to operate and swim in your pool. Then the best thing to do is keep the pool water flowing. If there is constant movement between all the pipes, damage shouldn’t occur. The only time the pipes would freeze over is if the water is still. Therefore there is an alternative option, if you wanted to still use your swimming pool in the off-season.

Invest in a Pool Cover
If you decide to drain your pool pumps & pipes of water and close down your pool for the off-season, then you will want to invest in a pool cover. Pool covers protect your pool heat pump from snow, ice, rain, leaves, sand, pine needles, dust and other harsh elements. One of the benefits of investing in a pool cover is that your pool unit will look better and last longer for years to come.

Maintain Proper Water Flow Rate
Ensure your swimming pool filter has proper flow rate by washing debris from the cartridge regularly. Otherwise your pool heater may not function efficiently if water is unable to pass through the cartridge.

Hire Premier Pool Service

To ensure that your swimming pool is properly closed for the off-season, hire Premier Pool Service to assist you with any maintenance needs. We over multiple service packages that are low costing and get the job done. Have a clean swimming pool for a low price! Contact us today!

Getting Rid of Algae from Your Pool

We all know what that green swamp like water is when you open your pool up for the summer, and if you don’t you’re in for a real treat. That green swampy consistency floating in your swimming pools is algae, a form of bacteria that has subtly taken over your swimming pool because there was an imbalance to your chemicals in your pool water, or the chlorine levels were too low to fight of the bacteria. Do not fret, there is a fast pace solution to getting rid of algae from your pool.

The easiest way to keep your pool clean and algae-free is to destroy the algae spores before they develop into full-on algae blooms. A good circulation system, proper sanitizer levels, weekly shocking, and routine brushing should kill most of the algae spores before they become a problem.

If algae is already growing in your swimming pool cleaning it up is an easy task. The easiest method of getting rid of algae is to fight back with the proper chemicals. You’ll want to undergo a shock treatment to start the cleaning process of your swimming pool. Getting rid of algae takes some time depending on how advanced the bacteria has grown. There are different levels and strengths of algae, but the sooner you catch it the easier it is to get rid of it. This is why keeping up with your pool maintenance is so important.

  1. First, you’ll want to take the initial steps of scrubbing or brushing down your swimming pool. Make sure you’re getting all of the bacteria that is stuck to the walls of your swimming pool off, so it is floating around and the filter can pick it up easier.
  2. Shocking your pool is the next step, now depending on what your chlorine levels look like will determine if you use a shock that contains chlorine or not. Chlorine is the chemical that is able to break down the bacteria and makes your swimming pool look good as new again.
  3.  After you’ve shocked your swimming pool, which should take a day or two to process, keep your pool filter and pump on for a full 24 hours. This will help clear out all the algae and keep your swimming pool circulating well enough to clean it out.
  4. If your swimming pool is still cloudy after you’ve shocked it all you need to do is keep your pool pump running; by doing this the water is circulation and should clear up with in the next day.
  5. Once that is finished and your swimming pool is clean, keep up with your pool maintenance. Making sure your pool chemicals are all balanced and there is no dirt or debris stuck in your swimming pool.

The main cause of algae growth is having contaminants in your swimming pool, like dirt, leafs & other debris. Premier Pool Service is also a valued company in dealing with algae situations & we offer multiple weekly service packages, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning your swimming pool; We will do it for you!

How Long Should You Run Your Pool Pump?

Depending on the efficiency & effectiveness of your filtering system this determines how long you need to run the pool pump. Some other factors you should consider is the time of year, or water temperatures.

The average pool pump runs 12 hours summer, and 6 hours winter; However, there are multiple variables that affect how much filtering your pool water needs.

Filtering systems can fluctuate anywhere between 24 hrs to 6 hrs a day to keep the water clean in the swimming pool.

The question “How Long Should You Run Your Pool Pump?” is a question with several follow up questions; such as,

  • What type and size of pump and filter do you have?
  • What water treatment chemicals or purifiers do you use?
  • How much debris enters the pool? Precipitation?
  • Temperatures: Air & Water?

Pump & Filter

When a pool builder or pool contractor designs a swimming pool or inground pool, most use an 8-hour turnover formula to size the pool pump and filter. That is, the size of the pump and matching filter is large enough to pump and filter all of the water in the pool, in an 8 hour time period.

For a 20,000 gallon pool, an 8-hour filter system (pump, filter, valves, pipes) would be designed to produce at least 42 gallons per minute, or gpm.

Nevertheless, in the real world, filters get dirty and pump baskets get clogged with debris, which slows down water flow. Additional equipment like chlorinators, heaters, cleaners are often installed; slowing down flow rates by adding more resistance, requiring filtered pump to run overtime.

Another factor to incorporate is how old your filter is. Older filters, sand or cartridges, just don’t filter as well as they used to, and will require more cleaning and longer pool pump operation times.

And of course, not all pool filters are created equal. There are filters and pumps that work more efficiently; the D.E. pool filters are up to 10x more efficient than sand filters. A sand or cartridge filter will need to run the filter pump longer, than an equivalent sized DE filter.

Water Treatments

How clean is your water? Pools that are over-treated require less pump circulation and filtration, to a certain degree.

Using supplemental water treatments such as Ozone or Minerals can remarkably reduce the amount of chlorine needed. They also purify the water, which would be helping your pool filter significantly.

Specialty chemicals such as Enzymes, Clarifiers and Algaecides can also affect how long you should run the pool pump. Clarifiers are great filter helpers, enzymes remove filter clogging oils, and algaecides prevent tiny spores from growing into visible, filter clogging colonies.

We are all guilty of letting the chlorine level slip from time to time, or finding our water balance is out of whack. Running the filter pump longer each day provides protection against low chlorine or stabilizer levels, or high pH and alkalinity levels.

Debris in the Pool?

This question is pertinent because organic debris sucks up sanitizers, affects water balance and clogs up pumps and filters.

Pools that are in a desert environment can have nearly no debris (sand doesn’t count, it’s inert) – while pools in wooded areas can be prone to leafy & dirt debris from the surrounding landscape of dense forests or lush landscaping.

Debris can stain your pool if the water is stationary for too many hours. Circulation helps prevent staining, and brings micro-particles from leaves, twigs, bugs into the filter.

Heavy rainfall also means you should run the filter pump longer. Rain washes in lots of pollutants, dust and oils, and creates an imbalance in pool chemicals, making the pool more susceptible to the debris contaminating the pool. Heavy rain is a natural variable that you want to avoid when it comes to a swimming pool; which is when pool covers come in handy.

Temperature: Air & Water

During the off-season, with water temperatures below 60°, you can run the pool pump less than 6 hours per day, in most cases. But as the water warms up into the 70’s you should run the pool pump longer each day.

When the pool water reaches the 80’s, your water may need 2 full turnovers to stay clean and clear, or 12 hours at a minimum. For pools that get very warm with long, sunny summer days, you should run the pool pump as long as possible, which means 18 hours or more, so your pool water stays clean.

It is a smart idea to run the pump more when the air & water temperatures rise – but also consider the other factors above; regarding filter effectiveness, water treatments and amount and type of debris and rain in the pool.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Run the Pump?

During the daytime, when the sun is shining on the pool, and during the warmest hours of the day. Unfortunately, these are also peak hours for energy consumption, but it is the best time of day to run the pool pump.

Use a timeclock to operate your pool pump, and reset it as needed, to maintain water clarity. If you don’t have a timeclock, you may as well just run the pool pump 24 hrs/day, so you don’t forget to turn it back on.

It is better to over-filter the pool water by running the pump more frequently to help maintain the waters clarity. When the pool is clean and the chemistry is good, but the water is a little dull or hazy, run the pool pump [to filter the water] a bit longer each day.