Service Industry News

For more than 29 years, Service Industry News has served as the voice of the pool and spa service professional. A twice monthly newspaper, the staff covers featured stories on equipment installation, trouble-shooting and repair; water chemistry and business issues facing the industry; and news pertaining to the interests of the pool and spa technician.

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Cold climate areas prepare for winterizing

By Marcelle Dibrell

It’s always a good idea to think ahead, and that’s exactly what our colleagues in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest are doing about now as they begin planning for the cold winter months ahead. 

Hard as it is for some of us to imagine, service professionals in these areas are already beginning to gear up for the winter, even in August, as swimming pools nationwide are providing a luxurious reprieve from the hot summer sun. 

We are entering one of the busiest and profitable times of year for service technicians that specialize in winterizing, and for those who work in cooler climates, that’s most of them.

Freezing temperatures can do permanent and irreparable damage to pools, pipes and equipment left unprotected in the off-season.  Veteran service professionals know that the best time to begin protecting their customers’ assets is before the first frost.    

And while the steps that are taken to winterize a residential pool are fairly straightforward, they can be extremely time-consuming for the non-professional.  A job that takes a service technician a few hours to accomplish can require multiple days for the novice, so many pool owners prefer to hire the professionals.

Even with a simple pool setup, the job of closing a pool for the winter season can be intimidating to many pool owners.  It’s not at all uncommon for a pool owner to get half way through the job only to discover a missing tool or plug, and another trip to the pool supply store is in order.  And not all local pool supply stores carry the chemicals and equipment that is commonly recommended for winterizing. 

Preparing a pool for the cold winter months is simply too much of a hassle for many pool owners, and therefore represents one of the last profit sources of the season for pool professionals in the colder climates.

The term “winterize” means different things to different people, and the definition seems to change based on where the pool is located.  It is necessary to truly winterize a pool only in areas that experience deep freezes.  In areas that experience only occasional low temperatures during the winter, it’s not really necessary to go to the trouble, although pool owners should be sure to keep the pump running when the temperatures are below freezing. 

In this edition of Service Industry News, we will look at some of the finer points of the job, for those professionals who are tasked with truly winterizing their customers’ backyards.

Paid subscribers have full access to the complete coverage on winterizing. Contact our circulation department at 949-916 0292 or email serviceindustrynewscd@yahoo com for details.