Blog & TECH TIPS

Winter - Is Your Pool Ready?

We want you to make informed decisions on the winterization of your swimming pool, spa or fountain. Here is information to help you decide if your pool is ready for winter. 

Standing water in your equipment and pipes can freeze. When water freezes it expands by 9%, easily causing damage. Although our winters rarely get cold enough, there's always the risk; if this winter's anything like last year, it’s a huge risk! By the time the cold snap hits, it's too late.

When you stop using equipment, it needs to be winterized. Any equipment without circulation is susceptible to freezing. This includes – but is not limited to – solar heating systems, water feature equipment, pool slide lines, jet pumps, negative edge pumps, and water treatment equipment.

To reduce the risk of damage during freezing temperatures, we recommend winterizing auto fills with exposed plumbing by shutting them down, draining any water, and filling them with anti-freeze for the season.

A pump that turns off on a timer will result in standing water all through the system which can freeze overnight. Timer stops should be removed or pumps should be programmed to run 24 hours a day when we enter freezing weather conditions.

Winterizing your heater can help extend its lifespan.  However, if done, it would not allow the heater to run during extreme cold.  To prevent damage to the whole pool, you might consider keeping your heater in circulation so it can be used if required.

With this information in mind, please ask yourself again: is your pool truly prepared for winter? If not, call us at 604-983-3333 to book an appointment.

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