Opening / Winterizing
Let us take the worry out of opening and/or closing your pool or hot tub for you. Our team of experts offers this service while exceeding industry standards. Our specialists will provide you with the necessary tools and tips for properly maintaining your equipment.
Opening and Closing Pools
Depending on whether you have an in ground, above ground or semi-in ground pool, the work varies substantially.
Opening your pool is an important step before you can fully enjoy it. The procedures for opening the pool are as follows:
- Check the general condition of your pool (cracks, visible pipes, filter or pump damage, leaks, broken seals, abnormally low water level ... ). If repairs are necessary, you must do them before starting your filtration system, or risk aggravating the situation.
- Take off the protector cover, and remove any large debris found in the pool (leaves, trash ...).
- Fill the pool until it reaches three quarters of the skimmer.
- Connect the filtration system and clean your pool. Use the filter drain position to evacuate the larger particles of dirt. If you have a cartridge filter, use the bypass valve.
- Make a list of all your maintenance products, checking the expiry dates thoroughly.
- When your pool is clean, bring a water sample to our specialists who will balance the level of the chemicals. This way, you will maximize the chlorine action or other products used for disinfecting, and also protect the equipment.
Once your pool is up and running, a regular maintenance is needed. Consult our page: video tips for pool maintenance
The care in which you close your pool will make it easier when you re-open it. Therefore, it is very important not to neglect anything. Preferably, wait until the water reaches around 10°C (50°F). Warning, it is very important to continue filtering the pool water at all times until closing. The procedures for closing the pool are as follows:
- Clean the filter
- Empty the pool to below the backflow level by using the drain position on the filter.
- Store all accessories (solar cover, ladders, toys ... )
- Remove and clean the skimmer basket, then insert the protection tube.
- In some cases, one option is to drain from the bottom. For an in ground pool, you must remove the water from the pipes by using an appropriate vacuum.
- Place the filter in winter mode after draining.
- Disconnect the pump, drain the water, and then add some anti-freeze before storing.
- Other connections and storage may apply according to your pool installation.
- Install a winter cover on the pool (Warning: do not let children or animals walk on the cover). Water balloons may be placed in the pool to reduce tension on the cover.
These instructions are not complete and we strongly recommend that you call us at least once so we can show you the procedures in detail, which can be tedious and can vary according to your pool model or installation.
Opening and Closing Hot Tubs
Most SIMA hot tubs are equipped to operate in winter. One of the greatest pleasures of a hot tub is that you can also enjoy it in winter! Nonetheless, some outdoor hot tub models need to be closed in winter..
Opening a hot tub is not just filling it with water and taking a dip. There are a few steps to take to ensure that your hot tub is working properly.
First of all, set aside at least a half a day to clean and restart the hot tub, which consists of turning on the pumps for an hour or two with a cleaner. Next, you have to drain out all the water, and then fill the tub again. When refilling the tub, ensure that the level of water is always above the highest jets to avoid getting air in the system.
Once your hot tub has been restarted, add the first dose of maintenance products adapted to your tub. These products keep the water clear and stops limestone from occurring which can damage the system. You will find more details on maintaining your hot tub here.
To close the hot tub for winter, there are several steps to follow: draining the hot tub, pipes and pumps, storing accessories and insulating the plumbing. Note that cleaning and rinsing the hot tub before starting to drain are recommended to avoid an accumulation of limestone substances that can corrode or harm the components of the hot tub (pump, water heater, seals...). Once the hot tub is drained, the pipes, pumps, and water heater should be drained with a blower or a vacuum. Finally, add anti-freeze to protect the plumbing and cover the hot tub to avoid water or animals from infiltrating. It is important to use a polystyrene block to support the cover during winter. This will prevent the cover from collapsing if there is an accumulation of snow.
Closing a hot tub can keep you busy for a day or two. We suggest that you anticipate the first snowfall in order to avoid a catastrophe (components, broken hot tub ... ). Do not wait until mid-November to close your hot tub, or the end of October if you live in Quebec or in the north.