Because opening a swimming pool in the spring, and then closing it again at the end of the season, can be so time-consuming and potentially difficult, many people opt to have Aqua Pool & Patio handle it for them. Not only will having our maintenance professionals take care of opening and closing your pool save precious time, but it will also likely lead to a cleaner, healthier pool.
In the spring, our PHTA (Pool and Hot Tub Alliance)-trained maintenance professionals – many of whom are licensed in the state of Connecticut – will remove your pool’s cover, chemically treat the water and check functioning of all aspects of the filtration system. At the end of the season, our crew will blow out your pool’s plumbing lines, winterize the heater, filter, and pumps, and add products that will ensure an easy opening in the spring.
Our swimming pool opening and closing services are very popular. We encourage you to contact us here or call us at 860-623-9886 well in advance to make arrangements.
As soon as warmer weather begins to appear on the horizon, many homeowners wonder when they should open their in-ground pools. While the optimal time for spring pool opening depends on factors like the current and upcoming weather conditions in your area and when you plan to start swimming, being strategic about when you open your pool will help you reduce costs and ensure that the water is clean, healthy, and sparkling when you’re ready to dive in.
Many people assume that the right time to open their pools is when the weather is warm enough for swimming, but there are several reasons for opening your pool earlier. As a general rule of thumb, it is best to open your pool before the daytime temperatures in your area start consistently reaching 70 degrees. Consistent temperatures are key, so keep an eye on the forecast or research the average monthly temperatures where you live. If you think that 70 degrees sounds too chilly to swim, consider the following reasons why such conditions are prime for pool opening:
- Opening your pool early ensures that you will have ample time to make sure everything is operating perfectly (have the fuel fired heaters serviced, address any issues that arose over the long winter month, etc). When opening “right before” you want to use your pool, you run the risk of not having enough time to address any issues.
- Warmer temperatures promote algae growth in covered pools. If your pool is still covered when the temperatures are exceeding 70 degrees, it is more likely that algae will grow rampantly inside the pool-which means that more extensive and costly cleaning will be required before you can swim in it. This is particularly true if you use a mesh pool cover, which allows sunlight to stream through, thereby encouraging further algae growth.
- Pollen poses a greater threat to pools when the water is not circulating. Throughout the springtime, pollen and other debris seem to coat everything-and swimming pools are no exception. If your pool is still covered and out of use, pollen will still enter it and simply sit in the water, which will then be much more difficult to clean when you want to use it. On the other hand, when the pool is open and the water is circulating, pollen will be pulled into the filter for easy removal-thus keeping the water relatively clean.
- We encourage those with an attached spa to open your pool as early as you want (after the ground has defrosted). Take advantage of beautiful cool days, allowing you to enjoy your backyard space earlier in the season. We can address freeze protection issues for the cold nights. Electrical costs are low and chemical costs are almost zero due to the lack of direct sun and the cool air.