Winterizing your New Orleans pool in 6 simple steps
Tips you can follow even in New Orleans
Most of us who live in southern Louisiana usually love our mild winters. And while we don’t have to deal with “Old Man Winter” on a regular basis, we can’t ignore our pools when they are not in use.
And while swimming pool maintenance isn’t a very fun task during the colder months, but it is one of the more important things you should do each year: properly winterize your pool.
We find a lot of people in New Orleans get lazy about winterizing their pool simply because “winterizing” isn’t something we think a lot about.
Here are our tips for doing this important task properly:
- Clean debris and vacuum the pool. Get the mess out before you move forward.
- Test the pool water and make the appropriate adjustments to correct the pH, Calcium, and chlorine levels.
- Shock the pool with a winter algaecide. You can find these at your local pool store, but they may not be effective if the water isn’t balanced before you add the algaecide.
- Drain the pool water so that the water level is below the mouth of the skimmer. This is enough water to support the pool cover but not enough to get into the other, more sensitive components of the pool system.
- Drain the pump and filtration system. Also drain the heating system if it is not part of the filtration system. This is a sensitive undertaking because these systems can be damaged easily by residual water as it expands during freezing temperatures.
- Cover your pool securely with a winter pool cover.
Don’t drain your pool!
Although some people might recommend you drain the pool entirely for the winter, this is definitely NOT something we recommend. Before you do anything like this, make absolutely sure to consult a pool professional to make sure you don’t cost yourself a fortune in maintenance and damage.