CLOSING THE POOL FOR WINTER

Closing for winter

Bennington Pool & Hearth can show you why winterizing is the most important thing you can do to make your spring pool opening as easy as possible. There are enormous benefits to correctly closing your pool, including:

  • Protecting your pool surfaces and equipment.
  • Keeping water looking its best all winter long.
  • Protecting equipment from freeze damage.
  • Saving money on extra maintenance when you open your pool.

Whether you completely cover your pool or just reduce maintenance, BioGuard® can make winterizing painless. Convenient Artic Blue® Winter Kits include the products you need for cold weather care.

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If you do not feel comfortable closing your pool, call Bennington Pool & Hearth, and schedule your pool closing, our experienced service technicians will take the worry and work out of closing your pool.  Call to schedule your pool closing today, call 802-442-5237

 

5 KEYS TO BASIC POOL CARE

The 5 essentials of pool maintenance described here will give you a basic understanding of how your pool functions.  Pool care can be simple when you have a plan for routine maintenance and use the right Bioguard products.

KEEP IN MIND……..

Each Pool maintenance key is very important.  Consider each key, as a simple, preventative maintenance step.

CIRCULATION

Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitizer effectiveness. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold. Debris is captured by your filter, too. The best time to circulate the water is during the day, for 10 hours or more.


FILTRATION

The filter is one of your most important pieces of equipment. It removes both visible debris and most microscopic matter. Generally, a filter should be backwashed (the removal of material trapped on or in the filter media) when the water pressure in the filter reaches 8 to 10 psi above normal. (Check manufacturer’s guidelines.) Because backwashing does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter needs to be chemically cleaned regularly. Your BioGuard Dealer can help you establish a filter maintenance program.


CLEANING

Some swimming pools have areas with little or no circulation. This is where algae and bacteria can begin to grow. At least once a week, the walls and floor should be brushed and vacuumed to remove debris that the filter misses. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service.


TESTING

Every pool has characteristics that must be regularly measured and adjusted. Most important are the pH and the level of active sanitizer. By testing these two factors at regular intervals, you’ll understand how bather load, weather and product application affect the water. Test your pool water two or three times per week. Also, take a sample to your BioGuard Dealer when you open and close your pool, and every four to six weeks during the season. This will help you maintain proper water balance and greatly reduce the potential for problems.


CHEMISTRY

The last step in a total pool maintenance program is applying the right products to your pool water at the right time. This will help you:

  • Provide a sanitary swimming environment.
  • Balance the water to protect the equipment and pool surfaces. Unbalanced water can permanently damage both.
  • Provide brilliant, sparkling water that’s inviting.

OPENING YOUR SWIMMING POOL

The end of cold weather signifies the beginning of pool time for you and your family. Starting up your above ground pool is a quick and simple process. By following a short list of startup measures, you’ll ensure your pool is swim ready when you are:

  1. Remove your winter cover. Clean and protect it and store it in a cool, dry place.
  2. Remove leaves and debris from the pool bottom.
  3. Inspect your plumbing and check all connections for proper installation and operation.
  4. Add water up to the level recommended by the manufacturer.
  5. Once the water is at the desired level, add Bioguard’s algecide 28-40, polysheen blue, as recommended by your pool care professional and shock the pool.
  6. Run the filter until the water runs clear.
  7. Check the water balance.

We at Bennington Pools are proud to use the state of the art water testing system by Bioguard.  Bring in a water sample to have it tested.

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BENEFITS OF EXERCISING IN WATER

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BENEFITS OF EXERCISING IN WATER

There are many benefits of working out in swimming pools.  Not only is it easier to stay cooler in a pool, but the workout itself has massive perks.  Here are some of the additional benefits:

–The average thirty minute pool workout burns approximately 300 calories.  It takes the elimintaion of 3500 calories to burn off a pound of body fat.  Three to Four weeks of swimming will result in measurable weight loss.

–Pool workouts are a great way to build up cardio endurance.  When in cooler water, the blood moves through the body at a faster rate to warm it up.

–Unlike many exercises, the pool provides a soft enviroment for workouts.  The water supports the body in every position, which helps alleviate feelings of fatigue because its supporting so much of the body’s weight.  In addition, flexibility results due to the wider range of motion the body can achieve due to the absence of gravity acting on the joints.

–Like any regular exercise , pool workouts are great stress relievers.  The exercise stimulates the brain to release chemicals that make the body feel good.  When performing pool exercises in warmer water temperatures, the movement of water against and over the body results in both massage and relaxation.  This calming effect can decrease or eliminate the pain resulting from a workout.

The benefits of pool workouts are numerous.  If accessible, give pool workouts a try to begin an exercise program or enhance an existing program.