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Premier Pool Service- Pool Closing Program

Premier Pool Service: Seasonal Service

To ensure that your swimming pool is closed properly for the winter season, call Premier Pool Service today. We offer seasonal services, which allows you to have a pool prepared and closed for the winter, as well as opened early in the spring. Some pool owners are unsure of when to close a swimming pool, or even how to close a swimming pool. Find out what services are included in our pool closing program and contact us today.

Pool Closing Program

The best time to close your swimming pool is right after the warm weather goes, before it turns freezing. Algae growth is minimal during this time, which makes for an ideal and seamless pool closing process. Pool services typically involve a pool closing program which includes draining pool water to a proper winterization level, blowing out the plumbing lines and filtration equipment, adding pool & winterization chemicals, swimming pool cover installation as well as disassembling all pool accessories including ladders, diving boards and lights.

What does the Service Include?

Our pool closing service includes draining your swimming pool to the proper winterizing level, shut down pool heater, blow out water from lines & equipment, remove handrails, fittings, baskets, etc., remove cartridge from filter, balance, shock, & add winterizing chemicals, put on winter cover. These are the various items you can expect to be complete when you hire Premier Pool Service to close your swimming pool. To ensure your swimming pool is getting the proper care and is protected from harsh winter storms, we recommend that you close your swimming pool for the winter. Call us today to find out more about ways you can prepare your swimming pool for the winter.

How do you Close an Inground Pool

There are multiple steps that have to take place before putting a winter cover onto your swimming pool. You have to lower your pool’s water level, make sure the water is properly balanced, and remove and additional items in your swimming pool, so they don’t get damaged. You also have to make sure there isn’t any water left in the lines or equipment because they could get damaged.

  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.

Contact Premier Pool Service for any pool maintenance, cleaning, or repairs that you may need assistance with. Premier Pool Service has multiple locations across the country, so look to see if we’re located in your area.

Premier Pool Service will Open Your Pool

Now that the cold season is over, pool owners prepare to open their swimming pools for the warmer seasons. Even though the sun is shining and the water is warm, the pool isn’t quite ready for swimmers yet. Premier Pool Service is here to provide tips, on what to expect when you open your swimming pool, with the following easy-to-read instructions. With a little bit of work, you will be on your way to having a clean pool and a stress-free spring opening! Let us show you how to open a pool with this fail proof list of tips!

If you are a new pool owner or are taking care of your pool for the first time, you may want to call Premier Pool Service and request our Pool Opening Service. Premier Pool Service will be happy to send one of our trained and certified technicians to your house and have them assist you with opening your pool. They will also provide tips on how to easily open your pool in the future.

1. CLEAN THE POOL COVER

If you have a winter cover or a solid safety cover, the first thing you will want to do is sweep or blow all the leaves off of the cover before removal. This will not only lessen the amount of debris in your water, but will make for a happy closing next winter!

2. REMOVE THE POOL COVER

With an extra set of hands, if available, remove the cover from your pool. It is inevitable that a little water and debris will fall into the pool from the cover, and this is OK. You will be shocking and vacuuming the pool, so a small amount of water and debris won’t hurt anything.

3. STORE AWAY THE POOL COVER

After removing the pool cover, you will want to lay it out and brush away the remaining debris. Once the cover has dried, sprinkle both sides with Alkalinity Up or calcium powder to prevent mold and mildew buildup. Fold the cover loosely and store in a cool, dry place.

4. RAISE THE WATER LEVEL BACK TO NORMAL

Use a garden hose to fill the water level in your pool back to its normal level. This is typically around the middle of the skimmer opening or halfway up the tile.

If you didn’t winterize your pool, you can skip down to Step 9.

5. RECONNECT YOUR POOL EQUIPMENT

If you arranged for your pool to be serviced for freezing temperatures over the winter, you will want to reconnect all the pool equipment. This includes reconnecting your filter, pump, heater, and any other disconnected equipment.

6. REMOVE WINTER PLUGS AND RE-ATTACH DRAIN PLUGS

Make sure to take out all the winterizing plugs from your swimming pool equipment. This may include your pump, filter, heater, booster pump, and pool cleaners. Remember to reinstall each regular drain plug.

7. TURN YOUR SYSTEM BACK ON

Now is the moment you’ve been anticipating, you will want to start turning most of your pool equipment back on. This includes priming the pump and turning on the circulation and filtration system. If you have an air relief valve on your filter, make sure to open it to bleed the air from the system.

8. TEST YOUR POOL CHEMISTRY

Once the filtration system has run for multiple hours, you will want to test your pool water for pH, Total Alkalinity, and Chlorine levels using a good test kit. Ideal levels for these chemicals should be:

  • pH: 7.4 to 7.6
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
  • Chlorine: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm

9. REGULATE YOUR POOL CHEMISTRY

It is now time to begin regulating your pool chemistry to safe, comfortable swimming levels. You will be able to control the pH and chlorine levels in your water by adjusting the Total Alkalinity.

10. TIME TO ADJUST THE pH BALANCE

When the Total Alkalinity is within its proper range of 80-120 ppm, you can now adjust the pH balance in your pool. Bringing the Total Alkalinity back to a normal range should have pushed the pH level close to normal, as well. If the pH is not between 7.4 and 7.6, not to worry.

11. TEST AND REGULATE CALCIUM HARDNESS

Your pool’s calcium hardness level should always be above 150 ppm. If the calcium hardness is too low, you can bring it up by adding Hardness Plus.

12. BRUSH AND VACUUM THE POOL

After your pool chemistry has been regulated, there will still be some remaining dirt and debris from the colder seasons. Now is the time to thoroughly brush and vacuum your pool, giving special attention to areas near pool steps, ladders, or additional equipment you mat have.

13. RUN THE FILTRATION SYSTEM OVERNIGHTFiltration will filter out all the dirt, debris, algae, and bacteria still floating in your pool after brushing and vacuuming your pool.

14. SHOCK THE POOL

Shocking the pool will eliminate nearly all the remaining bacteria and contaminants in your water after the winter off season. Shock products will quickly and effectively shock your pool. Be sure to read the instructions to determine how much you should add to your pool.

Contact Premier Pool Service with any pool maintenance needs you might have. We offer multiple cleaning packages, as well as upgrades, repairs and installations. We are more than qualified to open and close your pool when the seasons change. Call Premier Pool Service Today!

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!

Keeping your Swimming Pool Open

It’s that time again; in fact, it’s always time to clean the swimming pool. Keeping up with pool maintenance is crucial to your safety and longevity of your swimming pool. There’s also the decision whether you want to have your swimming pool open in the winter or not. I mean, no one wants to swim in a dirty swimming pool, and there are various ways to keep your swimming pool clean. There are different pool supplies you can use and different pool maintenance tricks to learn that will help you keep your swimming pool clean. Even in the winter months, taking care of your swimming pool is important. Especially if you live in areas where it doesn’t get cold in the winter season. You have the option to close your swimming pool up for the winter, or leave your swimming pool open.

Keeping your Swimming Pool Open

There are Pros and Cons to leaving your swimming pool open. Here are some reasons to keep your swimming pool open for the winter.

The cost to open and close your swimming pool will be significantly less. Think about the money you’re saving when you keep your swimming pool open. You don’t have to go through the winter maintenance prep. There is no need to drain the filters and put them in storage, or break out the swimming pool cover. You won’t have to worry about the condition of your swimming pool because it’ll be open during the winter.

When you keep your swimming pool open during the winter it is better for your pool equipment. The pumps and filters are still working to keep water flowing, which means it will run better in the summer; where as, if you were to turn off the pump and drain the filter, it might have a harder time cranking back up in the summer.

Keeping your swimming pool open during the winter means you don’t have to use as many chemicals to keep it looking clean and sparkly if you were going to close your pool, and continuing your pool maintenance throughout the winter means your pool will be cleaner than if you closed it up and put a bunch of chemicals in it and hope for the best. Algae is less likely to grow, you won’t have to worry about debris creating dirt in your swimming pool because you’ll be there to clean up along the way.

Closing your Swimming Pool

Some of the factors to why you may want to close up your swimming pool for the winter is, when you close your swimming pool there is a process, which includes sealing your swimming pool with a pool cover. The pool cover is designed to keep out any of the excess rain and snow that may fall, as well as dirt and debris that could fly into your swimming pool from the wind. This is a minor factor that could help with your swimming pool maintenance.

One of the most important factors is that if you live in a place where it gets extremely cold, there is a chance that your pool pipes could freeze and crack. This causes greater damage and is costly to repair, which is why some pool owners drain their pool pipes and filters completely and store them away for the winter. It is better to keep your swimming pool open and let the water filter through the pipes, so you can prevent them from freezing and cracking, which will save you money in the long run.