Three Key Steps to Winterizing Your Pool
It’s always hard to say goodbye to swimming parties, spontaneous cannon balls, and a relaxing dip in the pool as winter months begin. However, if done properly, winterizing your pool can make it easier to jump right in once summer rolls around again. Check out these three tips to prep your pool for falling temperatures and make the process a little less painful.
Get Things Sparkling Clean
The first step to winterizing your pool is to clean it and clean it well. It might seem easier to just do a surface clean and pick out a few leaves here and there. But when you get ready to take a dip next summer, you’ll be glad you already did all the hard work last winter.
Start by picking up any pool toys, ladders and floats. Next, use your pool vacuum or net to fish out any stray bits and pieces. 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.
Test the Waters and Prepare for Freezing Temperatures
Winterizing your pool isn’t just about keeping things looking nice for the upcoming summer months. Taking the time to prepare for low temperatures can save you hundreds of dollars in pool damage. After cleaning, be sure to test the pH and alkalinity levels. You may choose to invest in a kit especially made for closing down your pool for the winter. Don’t forget to review chlorine and calcium levels as well.
Even if you live in an area with mild winters, it’s a good idea to lower the water level. Frozen water is one of the main causes of serious pool damage. Take the water down just below the level of the skimmer. Never completely drain your pool of water. Finally, be sure to keep an eye out for freezing temperatures. If they do occur, you’ll want to keep the pump running and/or purchase a timer with freeze protection.
Lastly, place your winter pool cover on. Look for any rips or snaps that can be patched up easily. Major tears indicate that a new cover is required. 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 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.