Protecting your tile

Tile installation for your pool or deck As cold weather approaches, you will want to start thinking about protecting the tile installation for your pool or deck. Winter is the hardest season on your swimming pool tiles, and this can only happen by properly winterizing your pool. The main purpose in winterizing your swimming pool is to protect it from damage caused by freezing water. Another reason for closing your pool correctly is to keep it as clean as possible. Closing your pool or spa properly can save you a lot of work when it comes time to re-open the swimming pool next spring. Here are some simple steps to follow, that will help your pool endure the winter, and keep the necessary maintenance to a minimum when warm weather returns:

Balance the pH

About a week before you close your pool for winter, bring the water pH in the range of 7.6-7.8. Pool alkalinity needs to be between 80-100, and calcium hardness should be in the 150-250 range. Shock the pool with a chlorine shock, bringing the chlorine level up to 10-12ppm. Allow the pool chlorine to return normal level, (about 1.5-3.5ppm) before adding algaecides covering the pool. If you are unsure of how to balance the water, take a sample to your local pool retailer,and they can make recommendations.

Remove pool accessories

Remove the skimmer, heaters, slide, wall fittings, vacuums, ladders, and even the handrails. Scoop out any debris that has settled on the bottom of the pool. It is advisable that you invest in a winter conditioner or a winterization treatment kit in order to keep your pool water chemistry on track. You will need to perform one final brush and vacuum as part of your effort to winterize your swimming pool. Once this is done, you will need to back-wash your filter.

Water level

This is the most important step when it comes to saving your tile installation. You should lower the water level until it is about 4″-6″ below the lowest plumbing line, certainly below the tile line, but be sure that the water level is at least below the skimmer.

Draining accessory equipment

Your pump, filter, heater, and chlorinator, are all outfitted with a drain plug. Drain the water out of them, or blow the line out with a shop vac. It is crucial to ensure that all of the water has drained and none is left inside any plumbing lines. Now would be the ideal time to take out filter cartridges, clean the grids, and store them away for the winter. Leave the plugs out of these units. Place the plugs in your skimmer basket so that you will know where they are when you need them next spring.

Winter Pool Covers

You need a pool cover to keep the debris out of the pool. Choose a solid cover that keeps will also keep sunlight out. This not only keeps the pool clean, it also prevents algae growth.

Swimming pool renovation for your pool or deck in Charlotte, NC

Adding or replacing your swimming pool tile requires the expertise of an experienced and highly regarded pool contractor. Pool repair and renovation is a complex undertaking and if you are unfamiliar with any of the Charlotte pool companies, consider Carolina Pool Plastering. They understand that your pool is a permanent feature of your home. Pool builders need to be experienced and competent because their work must last for decades. To learn more about protecting the tile installation for your pool or deck, contact Carolina Pool Plastering, in Charlotte NC, for a consultation and quote


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