The Quick Breakdown of Pool Winterization
The time of the year to say goodbye to backyard pool parties is almost here. Winterizing your pool will ensure that when Summer rolls back around you can jump right back in where you left off. Pool winterization can be handled by the team at Smith Pool. Or, you can always do it yourself. Here is a quick breakdown of what you should do to get your pool winterized.
Deep Clean The Pool
Step number one for winterizing your pool is to clean it! Use your pool vacuum or net to fish out any stray bits and pieces that have fallen into the pool. Empty out the pump basket and scrub any leftover scum off the liner while you’re at it. If the pool looks good enough to throw a swimming party, you’ve accomplished the deep clean. It is a lot of work, but when you get ready to take a dip next summer, you’ll be glad you already did all the hard work last winter.
Test the Pool Water and Get Ready for Freezing Temperatures
Winterizing your above ground pool isn’t just about keeping things looking nice for the next swimming season. By investing a little time now to prepare for the lower temperatures of winter will save you hundreds of dollars in pool damage. It is important to test the pH and alkalinity levels of your pool water. You can bring a water sample by either of the Smith Pools showrooms or you might invest in a kit for testing your pool water. Don’t forget to review chlorine and calcium levels as well.
Drop You Water Levels
Even during mild winters, it’s a good idea to drop the water level in your pool. When the water freezes in your pool, it causes major pool damage. Drop the water level down just below the level of the skimmer. It is never a good idea to completely drain your pool. Finally, be sure to keep an eye out for freezing temperatures. When freezing temperatures begin, you’ll want to keep the pool pump running to prevent freezing from occuring.
Cover It Up
It is time to put the pool cover on. If you are using the same one from previous years, look for any rips or snags that need to be repaired. Major tears in the pool cover indicate that a new cover is needed. Some pool owners also find it helpful to use a cover pump. These devices manually or automatically drain excess water from the cover, preventing damage.
Don’t forget about your above ground pool while you’re bundled up inside. Keeping an eye out for any changes or extreme weather is essential to maintaining it during the winter season.
If you’d like the team at Smith Pool to handle your pool closing tasks, just give us a call today!