Snow and ice are just around the corner, and if you haven’t closed your pool yet, it’s now or never. An improperly closed pool is susceptible to extensive damage throughout Minnesota’s long, harsh winter. If expensive pool repairs don’t sound appealing, taking the appropriate precautions now can save you thousands of dollars come next summer. At Royal Pool & Spa, we’re pool-closing experts, and we’ve seen the damage an improper pool closing can create. Here’s what can happen when you don’t prepare:

Cracks in Your Pool Lining

If you don’t close your pool properly or fail to close it altogether, freezing water can create cracks or tears in your pool lining. And if you had existing, minor cracks prior to winter, get ready to see those cracks expand significantly. When it’s time to re-open your pool, you may be unpleasantly surprised to find that it is unfit for use. Repairing cracks or tears in a pool lining is possible, but if they become severe enough, you’ll need to have a professional liner replacement.

Algae Overgrowth Come Spring

When your pool’s water chemistry is off-balance, you get algae growth. If you’ve ever missed a few maintenance sessions in the summer, you know this to be true. When your pool’s water chemistry is off for an entire season, you get tremendous algae growth — enough to make your entire pool appear green.

 

Cleaning an algae-infested pool come spring isn’t just a pain; it takes a long time. And if the growth is severe, you may have to drain your pool entirely to thoroughly clean it. Before winter sets in, it is critical that you ensure your pool water is at the appropriate pH and contains all the necessary chemicals to keep it algae-free throughout the winter.

Damaged Pool Components

Failing to remove water from the water lines in your pool can result in thousands of dollars worth of damage to the plumbing system and the pool deck. As water freezes, it expands, and if it expands far enough, it can crack your pool’s pipes. And it’s not just your pipes that are at risk.

 

Frozen water can also leave you with a damaged filter, skimmer, heater, water pump, and structural damage. Anything that’s full of water is susceptible to extensive damage when the temperatures drop below freezing and remain there. For the sake of your pool’s longevity — and for the sake of your bank account — proper pool closing is crucial.

 

Professional Pool Closing from Royal Pool & Spa

Do you need your pool professionally closed before the worst of winter sets in? Call the pool experts at Royal Pool & Spa to get the job done promptly. We know how vital pool closing is in our harsh Minnesota climate, and more importantly, we do it correctly. Each member of our highly experienced team has over 10 years of service in the pool industry — when you work with us, you can feel confident we’ll take the best possible care of your investment. For more information about our services or to schedule your appointment, give us a call at 651-779-7606, or feel free to message us on our contact page.