How to Decide If You Should Close Your Pool for the Winter
As the leaves fall away and winter sets in, you might be beginning to ponder what to do with your pool for winter. Should you shut it down, or assuming it’s heated, continue to use it? Keep in mind that the easier route may not actually be what’s best for your pool.
If you are unsure of what to do with your pool this winter—no worries, here is a breakdown of the pros and cons to help you decide whether to keep your pool open or not.
Keeping Your Pool Open in Winter
The decision to keep your pool open is your choice, but your physical location may play a predominant role. There are several factors to consider before you decide to keep your pool open during winter.
• Maintain Your Pool
Deciding to keep your pool open comes with the responsibility to maintain it. It is imperative to maintain your pool throughout the winter season if you choose to keep it open. The maintenance of your pool includes cleaning the filter, balancing the water, and maintaining pool equipment.
You do not have to use as many chemicals to maintain your pool in winter. This is because the cold temperatures help preserve the chemicals in the water as less chorine is lost through evaporation. You can also reduce your pump’s run-time.
• Freezing Pool Lines
Many pool owners fear equipment damage caused by freezing temperatures during winter. Ensure a constant flow of water by running the pool to prevent the lines from freezing. You can also buy a pool timer with freeze protection for extra precaution.
• Salt Systems
If you are using a salt system for your pool, ensure that the temperatures do not drop to a certain degree because the salt system itself may stop working.
Closing Your Pool for the Winter
You may want to have more freedom during winter. Closing your pool will alleviate you of all the duties and responsibilities that come with keeping it open. However, it also comes with a price.
The process of closing your pool starts with adjusting chemical levels to ensure that chlorine, pH, and alkaline levels are stable. Next, if you live in a frozen area, ensure that you drain your pool 4 to 6 inches below the skimmer. Do not remove all the water because its weight keeps the pool in place. The expanded soil can pull the pool out of the ground without that weight.
Clean the pool by vacuuming it as well as scrubbing and sweeping the walls and skimmer baskets. Remove all the ladders, toys, diving boards, and floats from the pool area. An essential step before closing your pool is to blow pool lines because failure to do so might destroy the piping and equipment when the temperatures dip below freezing.
Finally, shut the pump equipment and cover the pool using mesh covers or safety covers.
Whatever option you choose for your pool this winter, Smith Pools can help. We offer both winter maintenance plans and pool-shutdown services. Get in touch today to get started.