West Coast Pool & Spa is pleased to provide a range of information to help increase your knowledge. This material is prepared based on decades of in-the-field experience. We engage in ongoing training and research to stay on top of all the latest developments in the industry and to continually expand our knowledge base. We want to share our know-how with you, but please remember, general understanding won’t take the place of a qualified pool professional.
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Winterize or Close?
Is your pool prepared for winter? Your pool is likely closed - in other words: no swimming. But is it winterized? We want you to make informed decisions on the winterization of your swimming pool, spa, or fountain. Here is information to help you decide.
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 is always the risk. By the time a cold snap hits, it is too late.
When you stop using equipment, it needs to be winterized. Any equipment without water circulation is susceptible to freezing.This includes- but is not limited to- solar heat systems, water feature equipment, pool slide lines, jet pumps, negative edge pumps, and water treatment equipment.
An auto-fill with a concrete-encased chamber and pipes 18 inches underground should be adequately protected in a mild winter if installed correctly. However, to avoid risk in extreme cold, the auto-fill should be drained,plugged,and filled with anti-freeze. This involves some labour for both winterizing and then summerizinng.
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 heaters increases longevity, but the associated cost of winterizing and summerizing negates any savings. Also, winterization removes the ability to melt ice formation in the pool in extreme cold. To prevent damage to the whole pool, you might consider keeping your heater in circulation.
With this information in mind, please ask yourself again: is your pool truly prepared for winter? If not, phone us now for a consultation and appointment.
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High Performance Products
West Coast Pool & Spa is committed to a thoroughly modern approach to water care chemicals. Over the years, the standard approach to pool chemicals may have developed somewhat, improved sanitizers may be employed, but not many people have embraced real innovation. Most people still use the same old granular chlorine and pucks. Every week a serious amount of old-fashioned chlorine is pre-dissolved and thrown into pools. Also, simple pucks, that barely manage to act against basic organics, remain the mainstay for water clarity. But here’s some news: there are new, high-performance products that can turn this all around.