What Are the Benefits of Winter Pool Service?

Dina Cheney
Written by Dina Cheney
Updated February 15, 2022
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 Why servicing your pool during the colder months holds water

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You live in an area without frigid winters, but don’t use your pool quite as often during the off-seasons. Although you might want to close your pool to save money, reconsider that strategy. That’s because maintaining your pool during the colder months will help your pool function more swimmingly and last longer. Let’s dive into the many benefits of servicing this valuable amenity year-round. 

1. Your Pool Will Be Swim-Ready Faster

If you address pool maintenance year-round, you’ll immediately become aware of any problems and can address them quickly. Otherwise, you could discover issues that delay usage when you open your pool. Think: clogged filtration systems or busted heaters.

2. Your Pool Will Probably Last Longer

Cooler weather is hard on pools and can cause a lot of damage. Among other issues, cold water calcite crystals can form and deteriorate equipment and surfaces. By servicing your pool year-round (including the winter), you’ll help safeguard it against potential problems and—when they arise—can resolve them immediately so they don’t worsen.

3. You’ll Help Prevent Freeze Damage

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Running your filtration system year-round will help prevent pool components from freezing and cracking, breaking, or bursting. Consider running your filter four or five hours a day, rather than the 10-12 hours you would in the summer.

4. You’ll Cut Down On Debris

Regular cleaning will prevent debris from collecting in your pool’s filtration system. It will also help guard against leaves and other items settling on the bottom of your pool and staining its surface.

How to Still Save Money With Winter Service

On average, basic pool upkeep costs between $1,200 and $1,800 per year. If you add in repairs and utilities, you could spend as much as $3,000 to $5,000 per year. To lower these costs while still protecting your investment, ask your local pool service company if they offer a simplified service plan for the colder months. Instead of coming weekly, they’ll likely service your pool once or twice per month.

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