Preparing your pool for winter weather involves more than simply covering it with a tarp until springtime comes around. Not providing the proper care and maintenance for your pool during the off-season means you’ll have to spend even more time cleaning when you’re ready to reopen. Not to mention, a pool that isn’t outfitted with the correct chemicals is more susceptible to freeze damage. Winterize your pool to further extend its lifetime usage by following our expert swimming pool contractor’s, available in Montgomery County, PA, and beyond, tips below.
What is Winterizing?
When Should You Winterize?
When you enter the off-season really depends on where you live. Those who live in warmer climates can have their pools open up until October, or never see the need to close them at all. Pool owners who reside in colder regions usually say goodbye to their pool usage around September. If you have a pool heater, you can extend your pool usage a little longer.
As a general rule of thumb, if temperatures drop below 32oF overnight, it’s time to close and winterize your pool. Water that’s not treated or moving with the help of a pump will freeze in the pool, pump, and filter. This can cause catastrophic damage to these pool mechanisms.
How to Winterize
The process for winterizing your pool is simple and quick if you have the right products. Here’s a helpful guide to get you started:
- Test your water chemistry for pH, alkalinity, calcium, and chlorine. Balance them as needed.
- Clean your pool and skimmer one last time. Skim the surface and vacuum the pool to make sure it’s sparkling clean. Don’t forget to clean your filter as well.
- Add your winterizing chemicals. Adjust the alkalinity and balance the pH. Shock the pool with a chlorine shock, then wait a while before adding your winterizing algaecide.
- Winterize your skimmer. Remove the skimmer basket and store it someplace dry. To protect the skimmer, either lower the pool water or use a winter skimmer plate.
- Winterize your filter and pump. This step differs for different models. Read the owner’s manuals to identify the best practice of winterizing this pool equipment.
- Remove and clean your pool accessories. Store them someplace dry and safe.
- Lower the pool water. You don’t have to drain your pool if you’re using a winter skimmer plate. Otherwise, drain only enough water to uncover the skimmer.
- Cover the pool. Make sure the pool cover is tight and flat against the pool. This will prevent debris from finding its way inside.
There you go! Your pool is ready to brace the winter and everything that comes with it.
Winterizing your pool doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does have a lot of benefits. Even if you’re having your residential renovated this winter, it’s still a good idea to prepare the water and pool equipment.
If you have any questions regarding winterizing procedures for your custom swimming pool in Montgomery County, PA, and surrounding areas, give us a call at 888.372.0102 to speak to a Carlton Pools expert!