6 reasons to continue pool service after summer

6 reasons to continue pool service after summer

The kids are back in school, the weather is starting to cool and the pool isn’t being used. Does this mean it’s time to bid adieu to your pool service company? Not necessarily. 

In many parts of the county, no one is going to be swimming once the weather gets cool. In these areas, many homeowners opt to close their pools for the winter. In this case, you won’t need weekly maintenance. However, in the warmer parts of the country you may want to retain service or opt for a bi-monthly service. 

Below are six things to consider before you break ties with the guys you have trusted to care for your pool through the summer.

1. Algae growth.

It’s true that cooler temperatures inhibit algae growth and algae problems are the number one reason homeowners turn to professionals for weekly service in the summer. However, even though algae is less of a problem in the fall and winter, it doesn’t mean you are out of the woods when it comes to pool care issues. 

As a matter of fact, the woods could be your number one problem. This time of year is beautiful as the leaves on the trees transition to all the glorious colors of autumn. Once those flame colored leaves make their pre winter dive, there is a good chance they diving right into your crystal clear pool. 

All year long, that kind of debris carries algae into your pool, but the most obvious problem you will face this time of year is keeping stains from forming in your pool as those once beautiful leaves settle on the bottom.

2. Avoiding stains.

Keeping the leaves and other debris out of the pool can be a full time job. If you have an automatic pool cleaner it won’t be quite as difficult, but many homeowners don’t enjoy dragging the cleaner from the pool to empty the acorn filled bag. 

In addition to handling that task, your service technician will ensure that the cleaner is working properly and will empty your skimmer baskets and pump baskets too. This will keep your fingertips from freezing all winter long. 

3. Preventing freeze damage.

When winter approaches, freezing temperatures become the big concern. It is imperative that the freeze guard on your system is working properly. If it isn’t, freezing water can cause serious problems to your pool and your pool equipment. 

A good service technician will monitor your system to ensure this doesn’t happen. Not only this, but they will be quick to discover other problems that might go unnoticed during those months that you spend less time outside.

4. Energy savings.

In the summer, the average pool filtration system will need to operate approximately 12 hours a day. In the cooler parts of the year, those hours can be cut back. 

Since the energy required to operate the pump can be one of your greatest expenses, this can bring big savings. A pool professional will know when it’s safe to cut back circulation time while still running the filtration system enough to keep the pool in good condition. 

5. Repair savings.

Some pool service companies offer discounts to their weekly service customers for required repair work or regular maintenance. Owning a pool can be an expensive experience and receiving a discount from a company you have an ongoing relationship beats taking a chance on some company you don’t know anything about. 

6. Pool readiness.

When your pool is maintained properly, it’s ready for the first swimming day of the year. Customers without regular service often don’t realize they have issues until swimming season begins. No one wants to wait until the pool is fixed when all they want to do is dive in.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Tricia Coleman is the office manager at AquaSense Pools, providing pool service in Dallas. Since 2010, AquaSense Pools has specialized in in weekly pool cleaning, pool equipment repairs, repair and replacement of tile, stone and coping and more. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @AquaSensePools.

As of October 30, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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