Do you wonder what you’ll do with your pool once the weather cools down? Learn how to prepare your pool for the winter so that it is ready for use next summer.
Although a few fortunate owners may indulge swimming, soaking, and wading in their homes during the summer time, all great things would come to an end sometime, including pool season. Even before you can feel the crispness of autumn in the breeze, you can start making plans to ensure that your pool is ready for next season. This entails taking precautions and learning how to winterize a tub.
Why Winterizing A Pool Matters
Having your pool winter-ready accomplishes three significant goals, as per the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP). To begin, knowing how to winterize your swimming pool will enable you to maintain its water quality all year. Second, winterizing your pool ensures that your pool equipment is safe and in good working order. Finally, winterizing your pool is critical for maintaining the structural integrity of your pool, as well as the surfaces and finishes (such as your pool’s tile work) and avoiding expensive repairs.
How To Winterize A Pool
The type of pool you own (above ground or in-ground), the type of water in your pool (salt or chlorine), and the type of equipment you use to keep your pool clean and working all influence the winterization process. The extent to which you will need to winterize will also depend on where you live in the United States. If you live somewhere where winter doesn’t bring several days and nights of sub-freezing temperatures, the preparations would be much simpler.
Check all pool-related manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines as the first step in the winterization process. You’ll want to stick with them the whole way. You should start winterizing after you’ve written out your basic checklist.
Clean Your Pool
First, use a skimmer and/or net to clear any debris, as well as any pool toys or temporary attachments like ladders or diving boards. This is also a good time to clean your pool’s walls and filtration system.
Check Your Water Chemistry
The next step is to ensure that the chemicals in the pool water are properly balanced.
- The pH balance of your pool water should be between 7.2 and 7.6.
- Calcium levels in pool water should be between 175 and 225 parts per million.
- If your pool is made of gunite or plaster, the alkalinity of the water should be between 125 and 150 parts per million. Alkalinity should be between 80 and 125 parts per million if this is the case.
- If you have a chlorine pool, make sure the levels are consistent.
Now that these modifications have been made, it’s time to incorporate algae-preventative chemicals like granular chlorine and algaecide.
Drain Your Pool
You’ll also need to lower the water level in your pool to prepare for the winter. Remove enough water from the pool to ensure that the water level is now at least six inches below the skimmer opening. This number can vary depending on the type of pool and the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Finally, switching off the pool’s filter pump. Drain and store all equipment according to the instructions. You will also want to apply pool anti-freeze to the water before covering it if you live in a cooler climate.