As the weather gets colder, no one wants to go swimming in a chilly outdoor pool. If you or your community has a pool, it’s time to shut it down for the fall and winter seasons. Check out these tips on how to properly winterize your pool, so it will be good to go when the sunshine returns.
Get the Pool Clean
Before you start getting your pool ready for winter, clean it. Remove any debris and bugs. A pool skimmer can get rid of the items floating on the surface of the pool, but for smaller debris on the bottom and side of the pool, a pool vacuum works best. Make sure to do a final cleaning when you are going to close it for winter. If you wait even a day, more debris will build up in the pool.
Balance the Pool’s Water Chemistry
The next step is to balance the pool’s water chemistry to the right pH level. You’ll need a water test kit to measure the pH and adjust it accordingly. You can also add a winterization chemical kit. These kits contain a lot of chlorine and algaecide to keep the pool clean and free of algae during the coming months. Be careful when adding the algaecide. You want to ensure the chlorine level is at one to three ppm before you add it, or the chlorine may destroy it.
Lower the Water Level
You don’t want to drain the pool completely, but you do need to lower the water level. This will prevent damage if the water freezes. Drain the water so it sits below the skimmer, but the exact level depends on the type of cover you’re using. If you have a mesh cover, lower the water to about 12 to 18 inches below the skimmer. If you are using a solid cover, lower it to 3 to 6 inches below the skimmer.
Drain the Equipment
Next, you need to drain the equipment. Be sure to include all the equipment, such as pumps, filters, heaters and chlorinators. If any water is left inside, and that water freezes, it can cause serious damage. If you are unable to remove any of the pieces of equipment, use a shop vacuum to blow air to dry it out. This is also a good way to dry out the pipes.
Cover the Pool
Last, you need to put a cover on your pool, but it isn’t the same cover you use in the summer. This winter cover is heavy duty to prevent any debris from entering the pool. These winter covers can also withstand the weight of snow and ice.
Outdoor pools are a joy during the summer, but when the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to close shop. These five tips are sure to help you safety close your personal or community pool for winter.