Winterizing a swimming pool takes a little more time and effort than routine pool maintenance. Still, it is important to protect your pool throughout the winter months. The little extra work goes a long way towards protecting your pool. To prepare for winter, follow these tips.
What to Do Before Winterization
About two weeks before you close your pool, you may want to add a natural enzyme product to eat the grease, oil and non-filtered waste in the pool. After, you may want to treat the bio-film in your pool. Bio-film contributes to the growth of white water mold, scale, algae and pink slime. You should also correct any issues with the pH level before you close the pool.
How to Prepare Vinyl Liner Pools
To winterize the pool, you need to remove the deck equipment and any ladders. You should ensure that the pool is clean from any debris. Then, drain the filter tank of all water and leave the winter drain plug off. Make sure that your pool filters are clean, that the pump and motor are safe inside. If you have a mesh-covered pool, you should not drain the pool lower than the bottom of the skimmer. Put on the winter cover to finish winterizing.
How to Prepare Inground Pools
For your underground pool, you need to blow out the underground lines and use a non-toxic pipeline antifreeze. If you have a diving board, make sure that it is stored in a flat and horizontal position. You may want to add a dosage of algicide if you plan to use a safety cover.
How to Prepare Above Ground Pools
With an above ground pool, you should use a sealing plate for the skimmer. This will let you keep the water at a normal level. To secure your cover, tighten the cable and use clips to ensure that it is secure all year round.
Once your pool is winterized, make sure that you do not let debris accumulate on the cover. Also, never let water accumulate over top. Winterizing a swimming pool can ensure that it lasts for a long time.