Winterizing Kits: Swimming Pool Closing Kits
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Time to winterize the pool! These words either bring you sadness or joy. For those who have been relaxing in the pool, and enjoying the time swimming, splashing, and lounging around, you are saddened this time of year as the weather will soon be getting colder. On the contrary, those who have been maintaining the pool all season, this is a welcome time of year. Soon, there will be one less item on the “to-do” list! Now Please, before you sta…

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Off-Season Care for the Sunbelt Pool
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If you live in an area where you don’t winterize the pool, but don’t use the pool during winter – you are by my estimate, about 35% of the pool owners in the U.S…. You still need to run the filter everyday, and maintain good pH and chlorine levels. Black  algae can grow in a winter pool, taking advantage of the situation (dirty pool, low chlorine, little filtering). Salt Chlorinators in Winter If you didn’t know, yo…

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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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Aboveground Pool Winterizing Procedures
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Labor Day has come and gone, and for many it will soon be time to close the pool. If you are like me, this is one day I tend to dread. Gather your family or willing friend, and schedule a Saturday to properly close your pool – so depressing! Today’s blog is going to help you close an above ground pool the proper way, to make for an easier spring opening. How to Winterize Aboveground Pools It is good advice to wait until your pool water is…

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