The Facts About Closing And Opening Your Pool

by Pool Builders on 05-22-2011 in Articles

Closing and opening a pool are practices that you must master in order for you to be a great pool owner. Some people think that it can be a daunting task. Some people may even be scared to do it. Here are some questions and answers that are often asked about closing and opening a pool. These facts will definitely help you address and conquer your pool fears.

QUESTION:

Would I need another person to help me open my pool for the swimming season?

ANSWER:

Well, it would really depend on how handy you are. But of course you know what they say, two heads are always better than one.

QUESTION:

Is opening a pool really that hard?

ANSWER:

Not really, if you have the right steps to follow.

QUESTION:

Where should I store my pool cover?

ANSWER:

Before storing your pool cover, make sure that you have cleaned it thoroughly. Dry it completely and store it in a plastic box. Never place it on a wooden store-room or shed as it may be ruined by ants and rats.

QUESTION:

Why do I need to attach ice plugs on my above ground pool/ in ground pool?

ANSWER:

This will hinder your pool's system and insides from freezing up. This is a step that you must never skip when closing your pool. You can remove them after winter is gone, as you open your pool for summer.

QUESTION:

I am having a hard time removing my ice plugs. What should I do to make my endeavor easier?

ANSWER:

There is a way to make your endeavor easier indeed. There is such a thing called a plastic key which can help you remove them faster. Plastic keys are readily available through pool and hardware stores. They are very cheap and they can definitely help make your job trouble-free.

QUESTION:

Why do I need to cover up my skimmer?

ANSWER:

You need to cover up your skimmer so that it wouldn't freeze up. It serves the same purposes as your ice plugs. This will also hinder dirt, dust and debris from entering into your skimmer line.

QUESTION:

What should I cover my skimmer with?

ANSWER:

You can cover them up with a thing called the aquador. This is actually a plastic lid that is a snug fit to your skimmer.

QUESTION:

I am having a hard time placing the aquador on my skimmer. What should I do?

ANSWER:

Boil some water and put it in a hard plastic bucket. Cool it for approximately 3 minutes. Next will be to quickly dip your aquador in the bucket of hot water. This will help soften up your aquador.

QUESTION:

Why has my aquador suddenly become brittle and hard?

ANSWER:

This usually happens when your aquador is 3 to 5 years old. You can solve that problem by dipping it into hot water. Just be reminded that nothing lasts new forever. You have to think about replacing your aquador after its 5th yearly birthday.

QUESTION:

Will my filter freeze up if I don't take it inside for winter?

ANSWER:

It really depends on your country and region. But it is highly advisable for you to always detach your filter for the cold season so just go with it.

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