It’s important to protect your in-ground swimming pool from cold weather during the off season. Swimming pool closing can be a lot of work, but the steps are necessary to keep your pool in top condition. There are a few key steps that need to be done correctly to prevent extra work in cleaning and repairs the following spring.
Step 1. Reduce the chances of scale buildup and corrosion that occur when the pool is closed by testing the chemical levels and balancing out hard water and unhelpful pH levels. This should be done at least a few days before you close your pool, so the chemical solutions have time to completely mix in.
Step 2. Clean the entire pool. Decluttering is an essential step in swimming pool closing. Clean out anything in the pool that isn’t water, including heaters, pool toys, ladders, and other equipment. Once this is done, add a chlorine shock treatment to the water to kill off everything that might have had a hope of growing in there over the winter.
Step 3. Drain the water. Make sure any equipment such as filters or heaters are completely drained as freezing temperatures can cause water to expand and damage these components. Any pipes that go to and from the pool need to be completely dry to prevent damage. Alternately, you can add antifreeze to help keep the water from freezing and expanding.
Step 4. Cover the pool. Make sure nothing gets into your pool that doesn’t belong in there over the winter. Tight-fitting covers will keep rainwater and debris from entering the pool, but some mesh covers work well enough if your pool isn’t at risk from dropping foliage.
In every step of swimming pool closing, special care should be taken to avoid costly damages to the pool and equipment. The whole process can take several days when done properly. Tired of personally tending to these tedious chores? A trained pool professional can safely winterize your pool and save you time and effort.