Getting Your Pool Ready For Winter
As Labor Day approaches, homeowners tend to recognize the holiday weekend as the last good weekend for swimming. Preparing the pool for winter can be done in a few easy steps, but if it isn’t done right, you can damage the system and create a mess that you will have to deal with the next spring. Here are some tips for pool closings.
Depending on what part of the country you live, the chemical and closing requirements for the pool will be different. Some owners simply need to alter the chemical levels for the winter months. For other pool owners, you start the process by balancing the water chemistry. The pH readings need to be between 7.2 and 7.6, while the alkalinity needs to be between 80 to 120 ppm. The chlorine level should be increased to between 1.0 to 3.0 as well. Vacuum the pool thoroughly to remove dirt and debris.
Before putting the cover on the pool, you will need to remove all the accessories. Take the ladders, solar blanket, vacuum, skimmer basket, and the wall fitting out of the pool, rinse them off, and store them where they won’t be damaged. Be careful not to wind the cleaning hose too tightly, as it may crack during the cold weather. Use the filter pump to drain enough water to bring the level below the skimmer.
Pumps and Heater
Pool closings also need to include care and preventative measure for the pumps, filters, or heaters used with your pool. If some of the parts aren’t going to be removed for storage, open all of the valves or drain plugs to release excess water. If you are able to remove the pump and filter, it is best to do so and store the components in a garage or shed. You should also lubricate any of the o-rings on the pump lid, slide valve, or threads on the heater.
When it doubt, it is best to call in a team of pool specialists. With their help, you can make sure your pool will be ready to go in the spring without major damage.