It’s likely that your swimming pool was not a cheap investment. After all there’s thousands of dollars of plumbing beneath your backyard. You don’t want to be responsible for blowing out the lines in your own pool and adding antifreeze - Do yourself a favor and hire a professional to winterize your pool. No fun.
A Utah Winterizing Service From Lifeguard Pools and Spas Includes:
- Testing and balancing chemicals for proper water chemistry
- Removing skimmer baskets, wall fittings, cleaners, and ladders (as needed)
- Draining all pumping, filtering, heating and chlorinating elements
- Cleaning pool of all debris
- Winterizing the plumbing to and from the pool
- Adding winterizing chemicals, including winter algaecide, winter shock and winter floaters
- Covering the pool
When Should I Winterize my Utah Swimming Pool?
It’s a pretty simple answer: you should winterize your pool when you’re done using it for the year and you don’t want to heat it any longer. Since this crazy Utah weather varies (especially up here around Salt Lake City) from year to year, this may mean anywhere from September to October.
Utah Pool Winterizing Options
What if you don’t want to fully winterize your favorite backyard accessory? Some pool owners will choose to turn off their heater,
but keep the circulation pumps going throughout the winter. We don’t recommend this high-risk option because if your electricity goes out
and the water stops circulating, a lot of damage can happen in as little as a day. The only owners who usually go this route are those are
confidant they won’t experience a total power outage because they have back up generators. The one advantage to this method is the water
on the top of the pool never freezes (because the water is always circulating) and you’re not going to have the same freeze-thaw issues
affecting your tile.
The other alternative to winterizing your pool is to keep your Utah swimming pool at a usable heat year round and continue to use it throughout the winter months. Believe it or not, many Utah pool owners opt for this and you can to, but only if you want to pay to heat that much water for the winter months. For those of you that can’t stomach the price tag, but do want to keep your heater going, make sure never to turn your heater below 80 degrees. Any lower, and you risk having water that is too cold entering the heater, which causes the water to condensate instantly when it hits the heater. The gathered water will then drip down on the burner tray causing an uneven flame, which will in turn cause the heater to soot. Bottom line: come spring, your heater is toast, and you’ll be putting in a new one.
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