1. When is the best time to schedule my pool opening?
A: We schedule openings on a first come, first serve basis. You can call our office anytime to schedule a date. Generally, our spring / opening brochures and agreements are mailed around Valentine’s Day. By the end of February the most desirable days are booked solid.
If you want to open your pool on the earlier side but are concerned about conserving energy and the cost of heating, run the filter on an abbreviated schedule and don’t run the heater unless you plan to go in that day or the following day.
2. Is there anything I can do to prevent my pool from opening “green” or “black”?
A: Testing the water chemistry at the season closing of your pool and making sure the water is properly balanced will go a long way in keeping the water clear for the opening. If your pool is closed for more than 5 months, a chemical boost midwinter is a good idea. Pull the cover back in the deep end, test the water and add the necessary portions. Remember to circulate the water with a submersible pump for proper disbursements of the chemicals. A small amount of chemicals applied one time midwinter could save you money and time at the pool opening.
3. What are some suggestions for saving money when it comes to my pool?
4. Should I cover my equipment for the winter?
A: It is recommended that only the heater be covered. If you plan on covering the heater, use only a recommended custom heater cover that will allow the air to breath and prevent condensation. Do not use a standard tarp - this will create condensation which has an extremely low pH and will cause rust, corrosion, and damage to equipment.
5. Why do I get a water puddle in the middle of my winter cover?
A: If your cover is solid, water will accumulate on top. It is a good idea to keep up to 1 inch of water on the cover at all times. However, more than 1 inch will cause the middle of the cover to sag and may stretch the material. If your cover is a mesh material, water will drain into the pool, causing the pool water level to rise. Keep a submersible pump under the cover approximately on the top step. By keeping the water level at that point you can avoid a water puddle in the middle of the cover. With a pool and spa combination, water can collect over the pool and over the spa. To avoid a puddle over the spa, place something under the cover to create a dome effect on top of the cover, usually called a spa ball or spa pillow. This will force the water to run off and prevent water accumulation over the spa.