With the days getting shorter and the temperatures dropping, you probably use your pool less often than in the summer. Now is a good time to winterize your pool so that it remains in good shape and reduces the amount of work you need to do come springtime. If you’re wondering how to take care of your pool over the winter, here are a few helpful tips to make the process more straightforward.
Before making any significant adjustments, it’s a good idea to give the pool a good cleaning. Skimming the top of the water for any debris, scrubbing the bottom of the pool, and ensuring everything is free of dust and dirt does wonders for the winterizing process. Among the most common pool maintenance mistakes people make is failing to clean before making any big changes.
You should clean the filter and backwash thoroughly. After everything is clean, balance the water. Setting a proper pH balance makes the process much easier.
Draining the Water
An important way you can take care of your pool over the winter is by preventing the water from freezing. Depending on where you live, frozen water from cold temperatures can do a lot of damage to your deck and equipment.
You’ll want to drain most (if not all) of the water from the pool, and if necessary, you can add pool-safe antifreeze to fight the lower temperatures. Your main concern is with the rest of the equipment. Before shutting your pool down for the winter, drain the pumps, filters, chlorinating gear, and other moving equipment. Any water remaining in these devices may freeze over the winter, causing it to expand and doing costly damage.
Covering It Up
After thoroughly cleaning and removing the water from the pool, it’s time to focus on closing shop for the winter. Remove any pool accessories you may have lying around, and protect the pool with a suitable cover. If you live in an area with colder winters, we advise you to find an insulated pool cover to control the temperature of the remaining water and support potential snowfall.