Winter Pool Maintenance

a before photo of a pool before winter pool maintenance filled with leaves and dirt

Many homeowners believe they do not need weekly pool maintenance during the winter, because the majority of pool maintenance involves chemicals. High winds experienced during the fall and winter are often worse than during the summer. The picture shows a prime example of why pool service is needed year round. This will also cause the water to not circulate properly, which in turn causes the equipment to not run properly. And freezing weather can cause damage to equipment.

The amount of leaves technicians have to scoop out can fill 5-10 leaf trash bags per pool. This also affects pool chemistry, can stain plaster, and clog the system if the skimmer baskets and pump pots are not emptied daily with the help of the homeowner. And one acorn setting on the pool floor for two weeks can cause a large stain in the plaster.

an after photo of a pool that underwent winter pool maintenance to get rid of leaves and dirt

Part of our standard monthly charge is based on a twelve month average fee for normal pool maintenance chemicals. A pool uses substantially more chemicals in the summer than in the winter. However, this works to a homeowner’s advantage because they do not have to pay the extra chemical charges during the summer. And at Sterling Pool Service, we do not charge extra for months that have five weeks, which is another benefit as one of our weekly pool service customers.

We strongly hesitate servicing a pool other than on a weekly basis because if we have severe storms or high winds, two weeks – and sometimes three – will go by before we return. The same amount of time spent for weekly maintenance would be spent on twice a month service, and the same amount of maintenance chemicals would be added on as weekly service. So there could be additional chemical fees as the pool chemicals are not being checked and balanced weekly.

Our long-term customers – some up to 18 years - recognize the necessity and advantage of year round pool maintenance. Another benefit of winter service is that during freezing weather, our technicians know how to weatherize equipment to prevent freeze damage. Even for customers who have a freeze guard there is an exception: rolling black outs.

From our experience, twice a month services never work to the customer’s expectations and they end up being upset because their pool does not look as pristine as it does in the summer.

Experience the Sterling standard of excellence and call our office at 888-973-0274 for more information about our weekly pool maintenance.