The pool management company is responsible for winterizing the homeowner association swimming pool. They will also winterize the pool bathrooms and other associated pool facilities if needed. In areas that will reach freezing temperature, it is important to close a pool properly. The closing methods and times may vary between regions of the country but, by taking steps to properly secure the pool, it lessens the likelihood that the superstructure will be damaged or compromised by freezing water.
In preparation for freezing temperatures, an in-ground swimming pool’s pipes must be emptied. The plumbing is sealed with air, typically with rubber plugs, to prevent cracking from freezing water. Some pools can be covered to prevent leaves and other debris from falling in. The cover is attached to the pool typically using a stretch cord, similar to a bungee cord, and hooks fitted into the pool surround. The skimmer is closed off or a floating device is placed into it to prevent it from completely freezing and cracking. Floating objects such as life rings or basketballs can be placed in the pool to avoid its freezing under the cover. Sand or DE filters must be backwashed, with the main drain plug removed and all water drained out. Drain plugs on the pool filter are removed after the filter has been cleaned. The pool pump motor is taken under cover. Winter chemicals are added to keep the pool clean. The innovation of a composite construction of fiberglass, with an epoxy coating and porcelain ceramic tiles, has led to the Pre-form, Composite-type with significant advantages over older methods. However, it also has increased sensitivity to metal staining. WDPM
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