SOURCE: Shasta Pools

December 01, 2008 18:21 ET

Protect Your Pool in Cooler Weather Even When You Live in a Warm Climate: Tips From Shasta Pools

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - Tips From Shasta Pools -- The warm weather is behind us and cooler temperatures are here for awhile. With the arrival of outdoor season it is likely you will be spending more time on your patio than in your pool. However, just because you are spending less time in the water does not mean that you can forget about your pool until next season. Your pool is an investment that will return years of pleasure to your family. But, just like an automobile, it requires preventative maintenance.

Spending just a few minutes per week maintaining your pool can save you time and money in the future. There are three key things you can do to protect your pool when it is being used less:

1. Test your water weekly with strips
2. Check your filter and pump for leaks and unusual sounds
3. Take a water sample to your pool supply store for testing each month

As part of a good maintenance regiment, testing your water weekly is the number one thing you can do to avoid higher maintenance costs later. During the cooler months you probably will not see algae on your interior finish. But, your pH could be off and maintaining proper pH is critical to protecting your pools interior finish.

Noisy equipment can be an obvious sign that your system needs maintenance. Just a quick glance is all it takes, but ignoring this could lead to more costly problems down the road. Consult your Shasta Pools Supply store or Shasta Pool Repair for help.

Over time Calcium, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), or Salt naturally build up in the pool water. The cooler season is the best time to drain, if necessary. The folks at your Shasta Pools Supply store can tell when it is time to drain and help you set back up when you do. Remember, if your pool's surface is plaster, you never want to drain your pool's water when day time temperatures average 80 degrees or more. Draining water when the temperatures are higher then 80 degrees will dry the plaster and create costly damage to the surface. More guidelines as well as Shasta Pools Six Steps to a Beautiful Pool pdf can be found at ShastaPools.com/Supplies/MaintenanceResources.

Even though we live in a warm climate most of the year, there are times when we can experience an extremely cold snap. During these periods nighttime temperatures could create the potential for water to freeze in the pool pipes. This does not happen often, however frozen water can damage your plumbing. To help prevent that from happening it is recommended that you have your pump circulating water during the coldest portion of the night, which is usually between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Consult your Shasta Pools Supply store, Shasta Pool Repair for more information.

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  • For more information, contact:
    John Neely
    Sr. Marketing and Creative Manager
    602.532.3700
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