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Our next Pool Project for the 2014 Summer Season

12 Easy Steps to Closing an Above Ground Pool

1) The very first step in closing a pool is to make sure that the water is completely
balanced. Chlorine preferably 3.0, PH 7.4-7.8, Alkalinity 120ppm-150ppm. Ifyou are not sure about these balances, you can take your water to either one of our
locations and we will be more than happy to help in this process. Ammonia has been a
huge issue along with Mustard Algae and Pink Slime/Mold. If you have had any one of
these issues with your pool please take extra precautions when closing your pool.
2) The next step would be to remove all debris from pool. The easiest way to complete
this process would be to vacuum your pool to waste. This allows for easy removal of all debris but also lowers the water level, thus preparing it for winterization. Now would be a good time to remove ladder or walk-in-stairs so the pool can be swept
3) After the water level has been reduced below the return your filtration system should now be off and ready for winterization.
4) You can now remove all your connecting hoses, baskets from pump and skimmer,
pressure gauge, sight glass, and drain cap from bottom of filter (please do not put
back on filter. Place it with all the other items that have been removed for winter storage). Water will continue to drain from filter until empty.
5) If you choose to move pump and filter indoors for winter this is ok….you may have to remove the sand from filter due to the weight of the wet sand. Whether the pump is taken
indoors or left out, all water must be removed from the strainer housing. If left outdoors you can add pool antifreeze directly into strainer housing for protection. If you have an automatic chlorinator you can also use pool antifreeze there too.
6) If you have not added your closing chemicals to your pool now would be a good time. Follow closing kit instructions. (If using copper algaecide please circulate 24-48 hrs. prior to closing.)
7) If you are not using an air pillow please skip to step 9.
8) Now when using an air pillow please position pillow in center of pool. Use a rope to tie down
the pillow in a stationary position.
9) Last major step…..place cover on pool. Run cable through eyelets pulling cover over top rails.
Use the winch to tighten the cover down. (When cover reaches 3 to 4 inches of excess water on top it is time to remove it by pumping it off.)
10) Make sure if you have a cartridge filter that you thoroughly clean it/dry it before placing it into winter storage.
11) If you have a chlorine generator (salt) please make sure cell has been cleaned thus preparing
it for next pool season.
12) Have a wonderful winter and we will see you in the spring!

Our latest Pool Project for Summer 2014

Poolside fire pits are becoming part of the backyard scene.



Pool Dedication Event at Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp




How would you Open an Above-ground Pool?

Remove debris and pump water off winter cover
Remove winter cover, clean, and store for the season
Connect all hoses
​Long hose from skimmer (box on the side of pool) to front of pump housing
Short hose from pump (located between the strainer housing and pump motor) to filter valve. (Your filter valve should have markings that state which hoses connect to each opening)
Long hose from filter valve to return (jet coming back into the pool)
Attach backwash (waste) hose to filter valve head. (We typically use a blue vinyl flat hose)
Replace plugs
​Attach the drain plug to the bottom of the sand filter
​Attach the site glass to valve head (This may not have been removed)
​Attach the pressure gauge to valve head (This may not have been removed)
Fill pool to appropriate level
Turn filter valve handle to backwash and turn power on. (This helps your pump catch prime, you will lose some water, and this will help you identify any hose clamps that may need tightening.)
Turn pool off, turn valve handle to rinse, and turn filter back on. Rinse for 30-45 seconds
Turn pool off, turn valve handle to filter. Operate as you normally would. Be sure to check for any leaks.
Add Shock and Algaecide to pool water and let circulate. Begin using Chlorine tablets as your normally would.
Be sure to bring a water sample to your Pool Professional 2-7 days after opening to ensure proper water balance.

This is what we do. See the video Slideshow.

When is the best time to replace my vinyl liner?

Is there a Pool Fence That Requires No Holes in the deck?

The “No Holes” Pool Fence is perfect where the landlord will not allow holes into the deck, the need is only temporary and you don’t want the holes, or you simply cannot stand the thought of holes in your beautiful deck.

Here’s how it works:

First lay out and connect the high-density polyethylene bases securely; surrounding the pool or area you want to block off.
Then, fill each base with water. Each one of these bases individually weighs around 65 pounds after being filled with water, but when they are connected; their combined weight is in the hundreds if not thousands of pounds, making this fence secure and immovable.
Once the bases have been properly placed and set up you can then install the guardian premier pool fence into the bases with ease.