Melanie and Jonathan Broga founded Potomac Pool Service, Inc. in 2003 to provide a higher class of service in the residential swimming pool market. While working in the commercial pool management industry over the last 12 years, it became increasingly clear that the residential market was lacking the professionalism that homeowners were expecting and deserving. For all too many pool owners, the pool had become a headache and a burden, and the problems most commonly stemmed from unreliable, uninformed service technicians.
Potomac Pool Service, Inc. technicians are friendly, knowledgeable, conscientious and reliable. We take pride in our appearance by maintaining clean uniforms and vehicles. We realize that a pool is an extension of one’s home, and may be the focal point of social entertainment, a private retreat for adults or a major part of family recreation. With this in mind we understand that the water must be clear and inviting, and equipment dependable and efficient. We work with a goal of minimizing surprises for the pool owner through routine preventive maintenance, and maintaining proper water chemistry. Water that is not carefully balanced can cause enormous destruction to a pool heating and filtration system in a short amount of time. Potomac Pool Service, Inc. only hires Certified Pool Operators and technicians trained by the National Spa and Pool Institute to ensure your water and equipment is adjusted properly.
If you are not happy with your current service provider, or if you are ready to stop worrying about the pool so that you can just enjoy it, call us at Potomac Pool Service, Inc. From major renovations to a one-time service call, we have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to provide a higher class of customer service.
Winterize a Swimming Pool
Jonathan Broga from Potomac Pool Service, Design and Construction demonstrates how to winterize a swimming pool.
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Jonathan Broga: Hello! My name is Jonathan Broga; I am with Potomac Pool Service, Design and Construction. Today, I am going to be showing you how to winterize a swimming pool. We are going to break it down into several steps, how to lower the water, to appropriate level and where do you put the water, how to blow out the lines to get the clear water, to prevent freeze damage, how to drain your filter system to prevent above ground freeze damage. We will wrap up with special considerations for winter time maintenance and then how to install your winter cover, depending on the type of cover you have. In order to winterize the pool you will need some basic tools, some of which are common, some of which are specialized. Not every pool is the same, so the tools we use today may not cover every situation at your pool. If you have any doubts about what tools to use and how to properly use them contact a pool professional. The tools that we will be using today are vacuum hoses that we will be attaching to electric submersible pumps to drain the water. I also have a gas pump, if necessary, to lower the water along with the appropriate suction discharge hoses. We have our pool cover, our cover grommets and our winterization plugs. An electric drill with a properly sized iron wrench will save you time and effort, when lowering and raising your grommets if you have a safety cover. Additionally, we will have special tools to install the cover, basic hand tools such as needle-nose pliers, channel locks, flathead and Phillips Head Screwdrivers, an air compressor with appropriate hoses and fittings to tie into our plumbing system and then chemicals such as chlorine, algaecide and antifreeze. When winterizing a swimming pool, there are few simple basic safety considerations to keep in mind. Make sure that your equipment is in properly work in order and that your chords are plugged in the GFI-protected outlets. Understand the affects of compressed air and know when you are releasing pressure, what the affects of that released pressure will be. Additionally, use care around your heater, we are mixing gas, water, electricity and flame all in one place. Lastly, understand that every pool is different, no two pools are built exactly the same and the steps and processes that we specifically use for this pool today may or may not apply to your pool. However, the concepts are universal, using air to clean and clear lines, using chemicals to treat water and shedding your electrical system down the winter.
As for my background and experience, I am the President and Co-founder of the Potomac Pool Service, Design and Construction. I have been working in and around swimming pools for the last 17 years and we built the pool that will be winterizing today. So let's get started winterize your swimming pool.