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 Pool - Blow Out Lines, part 2
Jonathan Broga with Potomac Pools shows you how to winterize a swimming pool including the second part of how to blow out the lines.
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Jonathan Broga: Hi! I am Jonathan Broga with Potomac Pool Service, Design and Construction. Today I am showing you how to winterize the swimming pool. Right now we are going to blow out the lines. Now that the main drain has blown air, we want to lock that as well. This valve is an either/or valve, I don't want to lock the Main Drain and unlock the floor. So I am going to move back to this valve, by closing this valve I have now locked the main drain. The floor is locked, the main drain is locked. Air is now traveling to our valve returns. We have two sets of valve returns here, two that are in the love seat, two that are in the shallow end on the wall. We can blow those out one at a time. Now that I have blown out the deep-end love seat, I am going to blow out the shallow-end valve returns. Those pipes are currently underwater, so I am going to plug them while they are actively blowing air to sufficiently seal those pipes. We are going to airlock the main drain one more time and airlock the spa main drain. This particular pool has a suction side main drain and a return side main drain. The reason you would return water to the main drain is a) safety, it presents no suction entrapment hazard in your deep end but it returns warm surface water from the skimmers down to the deep end of your pool. In this case they are tied in underground, it's important to understand that this pipe needs to be blown out just like that one did.
To do so, we are opening this suction side valve which allows the air to come up from our skimmer, shoot across here; it wont go through the filter system because we have plugged the filter system, and down our main drain. We will get air out of the main drain just like we did on the return side. Once we have air coming out our main drain, we want to air lock the spa main drain in the same manner. To do so, simply route the air to the spa main drain while locking the deep end main drain. Now our spa main drain should be blowing. In case you are not familiar with them, high quality winterization plugs are critical to seal in a pipe. Make sure your plugs are not dry rodded or stripped. The last line that is still full of water is the polaris line. Your pool may or may not have a cleaner with its own dedicated line, most that do however do not have a valve that specifically controls that's line. So now that we have plugged everything else, this line will blow on its own. So that's how we blow out the lines of a swimming pool, at least this particular specific swimming pool. Again, understand that every pool is built differently and the requirements of how specifically to blow out the lines of that pool maybe different from this one. The concepts are the same however, use the air blower to one at a time, blow out each individual line and plug it while it's under pressure. Next, we are going to move on to drain in and blowing out the filter system, the above ground components of the pool.