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Swimming Pool Closings

It’s hard to give up that lazy summer vibe but Mother Nature has other plans for us in the months ahead. Preparing and closing your pool properly for the winter  is an important component of swimming pool maintenance and ensures not only a quicker opening next spring but the continued use of your pool for years to come.

Here’s what you need to know:

Timing:
It’s important to close your pool properly by the first frost so it’s protected from potential freezing damage.
It is also important to book your closing date as soon as possible so that we can adequately stock our trucks. This is particularly important when it comes to winter covers.

What We Do:

  • Vacuum the pool and drop water level to winter level
  • Blow water from all lines with a 2 horsepower blower
  • Drain water under pressure from pump, filter and heater, removing all necessary plugs and the pressure switch
  • Check the chemistry and adjust water balance as required
  • Install chlorine, algaecide, winter cover and water tubes

What You Can Do Before We Come:

  • Test your total alkalinity
  • Ensure there are no leaks as this can lead to big problems over the winter

How do I know if I have a swimming pool leak?
You’ll have a sense of how much water you’re adding to your pool on a regular basis due to the usual evaporation, wind and splash out. As a general rule, however, if you are filling the pool more than 1-inch a week, you may have a leak. You can also run a couple of simple tests:

Mark the water level of the pool at the skimmer with a piece of (waterproof) tape and check it 24 hours later. If it’s dropped more than about a quarter of an inch, that’s likely an indication of a leak.

“The Bucket Test” fill a bucket with pool water and place it on one of the steps, weighting it with a rock if necessary so it doesn’t move.  Fill it with water until the level inside the bucket and inside the pool are the same. Check it after 24 hours and if the level of the pool has dropped more than the water level in the bucket, it’s an indication of a leak.

Perform the tests with the pump on and again with it off.

It’s very important to fix leaks and deal with any other major maintenance issues before you winterize the pool as  those problems will only get worse over the winter.

For Pool Closings, Cover & Any Pool Maintenance
Contact Bremner Pool & Spa today for swimming pool service, swimming pool renovations and repairs, safety tips and maintenance. Free Quotes Available.

About Bremner Pool & Spa:
Established in 1981, Bremner Pool & Spa is one of the premiere swimming pool service companies in Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Durham Region. We operate 11 state-of-the art vehicles and offer a variety of high quality and eco-friendly products & services including swimming pool repair, openings, partial swimming pool openings, swimming pool closings, weekly pool and spa service, pool leak detection & repair, heaters, liners, pumps and more. As well, Bremner Pool & Spa complies with all City of Toronto By Laws for Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas.

Swimming pool services including openings, renovations, installations and maintenance throughout Toronto and the GTA including Ajax, Durham, East York, Forest Hill, Markham, North York, Oshawa, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Thornhill, Unionville, Vaughan and Whitby, Ontario.