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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.

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.

Why Should you Install Pool Automation?

New age technology is making things easier for the everyday person. With pool automation you can control lights, pumps and most of the functioning equipment in your swimming pool & backyard. Being able to turn on your spa or even turn your backyard lights on with a click of a button is incredibly handy.

If you already manage your life via mobile device, and you enjoy new technology to make life more convenient, pool automation is like second-hand nature to you. With backyard/pool automation you can control, schedule, and manage everything from adjusting the pump speed, to turning on the spa, from where ever you are.

Whether you just want your pump and heater to run on a schedule, or to get the spa ready for when you get home from work, you’ll have the power at your fingertips. All it takes is Wi-Fi, a good automation system, and a few hours of setup, and your smart pool control will be ready to obey your every command.

How Does Pool Automation Work?

With the help of your pool builder or pool service technician, you can access all of your pool equipment via mobile device. However, without the proper connection this process isn’t achieved. Make sure to tell your pool builder or pool service technician that you want an automated system installed and wired to your phone.

The first thing you want to ensure when adding smart pool automation is, making sure you have a dependable internet connection, ideally with upload and download speeds of at least 3 Mbps available wherever your pool pad is located. It’s easy to check the strength of your internet connection with online speed testers.

The main source of your pool automation system will be a control hub that is connected to your pump, heater, and smart relays, which control alternative devices such as lights or booster pumps. A touchscreen control pad means you can consistently operate all your equipment from the pool pad, even if you know longer have internet connection.

Furthermore, some automation brands will control valve actuators, which allows you to switch back and forth from pool to spa with just a tap of a button.

While newer products have made it fairly easy to add automation to your existing pool equipment, installation involves working with electricity and some basic software setup. The latest generation of automation systems can be installed in about two hours.

Important: Safety first. If you’re fine with software setup, but aren’t a savvy electrician, hire a pro. Aside from ensuring the system will be installed correctly, it’ll keep you and your system safe as well.

Do I Really Need Pool Automation?

There are additional features that you would be able to access based on having your swimming pool automated. Life will be easier with the touch of button, beyond simply scheduling or adjusting settings from your smartphone. These accessible, by mobile device, features are going to be an exciting element to your life.

Relaxing Spa Night

You’ve just wrapped up a delicious dinner date, and it looks like you might be headed for a swim, or a soak in the attached hot tub. However, there is one thing holding you up. You aren’t even home yet, and your spa is still cold. You want to walk through the door and take your date straight to the water.

Don’t let your night stop there. Just open the app on your smartphone and initiate the theme (also called routines or group functions, depending on the app) you named “Relaxing Spa Night.” While you drive back to your place, your spa heater will get the water up to a comfortable temperature, and your landscape lights will turn on; leaving you with a relaxing night in the spa and under the stars.

Vacation

You’re lying there on the beach outside your hotel, enjoying the sand and surf. The last thing on your mind is arriving home to cold water, or an algae problem in your pool.

Not to worry. With a “Vacation” theme set up before you go, you can set your automatic pool cleaner to work at specific times of the day, keeping your pool spotless for when you get home.

You can also schedule your pump to run at lower speeds automatically every day, and at certain times such as during off-peak hours when power rates are lowest.

And if you’re traveling during winter, you can set your pool or attached-spa heater to turn on automatically if the temperature drops below a predetermined setting.

Party Time

You’re busy decorating, preparing food, and setting up extra seating. You don’t have time to run out to your pool pad and mess with controls. Instead, you can tell your voice assisted device to initiate your “Party Time” theme.

With that simple verbal command, all the actions programmed into your theme will begin. It will turn the pool heater on and bring the water up to the ideal temperature. Run your pump, and turn on water features as well as backyard lights. Your backyard oasis pool will be party-ready with just a touch of a button.

Once you’re pool is built and you’re ready for the perfect service company, contact Premier Pool Service and we can help get you set up with an automated pool! We also offer a variety of service packages, pool installations & pool repairs!

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!