Pitfalls of Pool Closing
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It’s pool closing time. You sigh just thinking about it don’t you? Winterizing your pool can be a pain in the rumpus and very expensive if done incorrectly. If you want to save yourself the stress, the alternative is hiring a professional pool company to winterize your pool. However, the average winterizing price is north of $400. For those who take the Ice Pool Challenge of winterizing your pool, here are some pitfalls to avoid that will preven…

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Aboveground Pool Steps: a Buyer’s Guide
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…e 5 year, limited pro-rated warranty Ladder guard operates manually, includes lock   Here’s some additional information taken from our Help File FAQ’s Q: Do these steps stay in the pool all winter? A: If you winterize the pool, remove the pool steps before closing. Q: Are these pool steps heavy enough to stay in place? A: Not by themselves, just fill the ballast container with sand or water. Q: Do I need to use a Step Pad? A: It…

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Above Ground Swimming Pools: A Buyer’s Guide
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…a ladder is generally not included with a steel-wall pool, aluminum-wall pools may have a ladder included in the package. Since these pools are generally left out for the winter, you may need to consider what you need for to winterize your pool – if you live in the snowbelt. This will include things like a pool cover, cover air pillows, cover clips, closing chemicals, and other winterizing supplies. While it may seem that more will need to…

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How to Blow Out Pool Lines for Winter
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Back when I had a pool service company, we had a few customers we saw only once per year. These were very hands-on, DIY clients, who would have their pool completely closed, and called us out for our blow-only service, to winterize the underground lines. Blowing out the lines is not so complicated, anyone can do it, with the right equipment. The right equipment for the job, in this instance, is the Cyclone pool blower, shown right. A suitable su…

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Top 5 Winter Pool Accessories
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…t Kit Skimmer Blowout Kit: For inground pools, you need the tall skimmer guard. But that’s not the only reason this skimmer gizmo is unique – this skimmer guard allows you to blow air through the skimmer guard and winterize the pool, without having to lower the water level. Includes plug with o-ring and skimmer adapter. Fits 1.5″ and 2″ skimmers.   Pool Antifreeze Concentrated Pool Antifreeze: We love this product, b…

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Install a Solar Pool Heater this Weekend!
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…that is needed to secure them to a solar panel rack. Again, a by-pass system is recommended for these panels so you can dial in the flow rate or send the water around the solar panels at night or on a cloudy or rainy day. To winterize you just disconnect the solar panels, blow out any remaining water with a wet/dry vac, roll them up and store in a freeze-free space like a basement or garage. Left out all winter, they suffer UV degradation, and y…

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