In an abundance of caution, we are providing a detailed winterization of the pool equipment bay. We expect freezing temperatures this weekend coupled with the potential of power outages. We learned last February that communication is compromised during a power outage, as internet and cell coverage are diminished, hence the proactiveness.
The Winter Reminders For Your Pool guidelines should be followed for FREEZING temperatures NOT coupled with power loss. CAUTION – DO NOT COMPLETE THE STEPS DESCRIBED IN THE PDF BELOW UNLESS temperatures are below 35 degrees, AND you experience an extended loss of power.
In the event of damage, we will assist you with any home insurance letters you may need, should you need/want to make a claim to replace/repair equipment. Cody is a certified pool operator, certified pool inspector, and maintains an active Residential Appliance Installer License (RAIL) with the State of Texas and Harris County. These certifications and license give credence to any claim you may have, as your pool and equipment have been professionally maintained by selecting Pit Stop Pool Service as your pool service provider.
Most pool pumps with automated controllers have freeze protection built-in, meaning the pumps will cycle on and off in preset intervals when the air temperature sensor detects freezing conditions. HOWEVER, you should always double-check that the pumps are running when the temperature is 38 degrees or below. If not, turn them on. It is not necessary to heat your pool, as circulating water freezes at a slower rate. Booster pumps that pressurize a pool cleaner can remain off. However, pumps for waterfalls, slides, in-floor cleaning systems, or other features should be on continuously with the main pumps to keep circulation complete. When temps return to above freezing, you can place your pool back in auto. Continue reading “PSPS Winter Reminders for Your Pool”→
If you live in Houston, you know that during the months of June through November, we always have to keep abreast of the weather and what is stirring up in the tropics. It makes this time of year especially difficult for pool owners as we never know when our pools are going to get filled to overflowing from heavy rains. With that in mind, we wanted to address a frequent question we get when we receive excessive rain: What do I do if my pool reaches the top? First of all, don’t panic – there are safeguards in place with most swimming pools. Continue reading “What Do I Do if My Pool Starts to Overflow in Bad Weather?”→
This excerpt has been taken from the Jandy.com website regarding the new U.S. Department of Energy regulations for Dedicated Purpose Pool Pumps:
Effective July 19, 2021, new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regulations will go into effect that require Dedicated Purpose Pool Pumps (DP3) manufactured in or imported into the U.S. meet minimum energy-efficiency standards. The standards apply to all pool pumps with a Hydraulic Horsepower (HHP) rating ≤ 2.5 HHP, with some limited exceptions. HHP is approximately 50% of the pump motor’s total horsepower (THP) rating.
Most pool pumps with a motor rating of 5.0 THP or less will be required to meet the minimum energy-efficiency standards.
In Texas – at least in the Houston area – we really don’t close our swimming pools in the winter. However, we do have some surprises even as late as March with a freeze warning or two. With Spring right around the corner, we wanted to give you a few tips on getting your pool oasis ready for fun! Continue reading “6 Tips to Get Your Pool Ready for Spring”→
If you enjoy watching the seasons turn, you might be excited to welcome fall: turtlenecks, red leaves, crisp air, yada yada yada. On the other hand, you might still be outside shivering in your Speedo and cursing the cloudy gray skies. Whichever type of pool owner you are (but mostly if you’re the second kind) we wanted to provide some tips for fall swimming pool maintenance and care, so that even if you’re disgruntled, your pool won’t be. Continue reading “Six Things to Do to Your Pool Before It Gets Cold”→
Excerpt: Within weeks as the pandemic spread across the country in February and March, Amy and Cody Morgan lost their executive-level jobs, Amy’s in real estate and Cody’s in the oil and gas industry. Rather than try to find jobs, the couple, who live in Cypress, Texas, north of Houston, decided to start a pool servicing company called Pit Stop Pools. Continue reading “Pit Stop Pool in AP and Houston Chronicle News!”→
Coronavirus update: According to the CDC, there’s currently no evidencethat the new coronavirus causing COVID-19 is spread through pool water. However, social distancing should be practiced at public pools and owners of residential pools should continue to ensure pools are properly operated and maintained.
Summer is finally here, and you probably feel like you’ve been ready for pool season for months. But, before you and your family dive in, are you sure your swimming pool is ready for pool season, too?
Germs can be found almost anywhere, including in swimming pools and hot tubs. This means that proper cleaning and maintenance of your pool and hot tub are essential to preventing getting sick while swimming. Continue reading “Covid-19 and Your Pool”→