Winterizing Your Swimming Pool

 

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The leaves are changing color and the weather is getting cold. As the warm memories of summer months start to fade away, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your swimming pool.

Pool closing time is usually a sad time for everyone, but this is beneficial as it can protect your pool from damage caused by frozen water. Plus, it saves you a lot of time and money when you re-open it in the spring.

Follow the steps below to make pool winterizing a breeze.

Balance the water

Adjust the water to its recommended levels of chlorination, pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness 4 to 7 days prior to closing your pool. This protects the pool from scale buildup and corrosion.

Clean the pool

Make sure that the pool is clean before winterizing. Scoop out any dirt, insects, leaves and other debris. You can either use a vacuum or just fish them out with a net. Then, clean the skimmers and waterline with a brush. Also, remove handrails, ladders, pool cleaners, vacuums, slide, wall fittings, heaters, skimmer baskets or anything else that shouldn’t be on the pool.

Reduce water level

Lower the water level to approximately 6 inches below the return jets and skimmer line. Never drain your pool completely during the winter months as this can lead to damage.

Drain the equipment

Water that is not drained out of your equipment can expand and crack in the winter. Make sure that the filters, pump, heaters and chlorinator are totally drained of water. To do this, you’ll need a shop vac or a compressor. Disconnect hoses from the filter and skimmer. Then, store them in a dry place.

Cover the pool

Place a winter cover on the pool’s surface. Make sure it is installed and tied down securely. This is important so as to prevent dirt, leaves and other debris from getting in.

If you’re not confident that you can winterize your pool on your own, we highly recommend hiring a swimming pool professional.

 

 

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