The kids are back in school, the weather is beginning to cool and the pool isn’t getting used. Does this mean it’s time for you to say goodbye to your pool company? Not always. In most parts of the county, no one is going to be swimming once the weather gets cool. In these areas, many homeowners opt to close their pools for the winter. In this case, you won’t need weekly maintenance. However, in warmer areas you may want to retain service or opt for a bi-monthly service. Below are six things to consider before you break ties with the guys you’ve trusted to tend your pool over the summer.
1. Algae growth.
It’s true that cooler temperatures inhibit algae growth and algae problems are the number one reason homeowners turn to professionals for weekly service in the summer. However, even though algae is less of a problem in the winter and fall, it doesn’t mean you are out of the woods when it comes to pool care issues.
As a matter of fact, the woods might be your number one problem. This time of the year is beautiful as the leaves on the trees transition to all the glorious colors of autumn. Once those flame colored leaves make their pre winter dive, there is a fairly good chance they diving right into your crystal clear pool. All year long, that kind of debris carries algae into your pool, however the most obvious problem you will face this time of the year is keeping stains from forming in your pool as those once beautiful leaves settle on the bottom.
2. Avoiding stains.
Keeping the leaves along with other debris out of the pool can be a full time job. For those who have an automatic pool cleaner it won’t be quite as difficult, but many homeowners don’t enjoy dragging the cleaner from the pool to empty the acorn filled bag. In combination with handling that task, your service technician will make sure the cleaner is working properly and will empty your skimmer baskets and pump baskets too. This will keep your fingertips from freezing all winter long.
3. Preventing freeze damage.
When winter approaches, freezing temperatures become the big concern. It is imperative that the freeze guard for your system is working properly. If it isn’t, freezing water may cause serious problems to your pool as well as your pool equipment. A very good service technician will monitor your system to make sure this doesn’t happen. Additionally, but they is going to be quick to find out other conditions that might go unnoticed during those months that you not spend as much time outside.
4. Energy savings.
During the summer, the average pool filtration system will need to operate approximately 12 hours a day. In the cooler parts of the year, those hours can be cut back. Considering that the energy required to operate the pump is usually your greatest expenses, this could bring big savings. A pool professional will be aware when it’s safe to cut back circulation time while still running the filtering enough to keep the swimming pool in excellent condition.
5. Repair savings.
Some pool service companies offer discounts to their weekly service customers for required repairs or regular maintenance. Owning a pool can be an expensive experience and receiving a discount from your company you have an ongoing relationship beats taking a chance on some company you don’t know anything about.
6. Pool readiness.
When your pool is maintained properly, it’s ready for the first swimming day of the year. In Southlake check out Southlake Pool Service. Customers without regular service often don’t realize they have got issues until swimming season begins. No one wants to wait until the swimming pool is fixed when all they want to do is dive in.