What You Need to Know to Prepare Your Pool for the Fall & Winter
Owning a pool can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a fair amount of work. There’s so much that goes into owning and maintaining a pool that it can leave some people feeling dizzy, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.
At Pleasure Pools, we get lots of questions from our clients about how to get a pool ready for the winter months, so we’ve put together several key things to consider.
Disconnect pump and filter
The number one problem pool owners have is forgetting about their pump and filter. While everyone wants a clean pool, the filter can easily get clogged in the fall, and freezing water can damage or even break your pump in the winter.
Make sure that when it’s time to close everything up, you switch these two devices off, first thing.
Backwash the filter
Filters are far from glamorous. To be fair, it’s their job to be kind of gross but that doesn’t mean you just put them in and forget about them. You need to clean your filter out regularly, and this goes double for the fall.
After all, this is when you have the greatest number of contaminants getting into your water, which means your filter has the best chance of clogging up once the leaves start to fall.
Remove return jet fittings
Jet fittings can be really nice in the summer, but they are one of the first pieces to expand and break once freezing temperatures arrive. Make sure that these tools are safely removed, dried, and stored before the depths of winter.
H2: Blow out main drain line
You might think this isn’t necessary, as water might be draining out already. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of buildup in your pipe.
Make sure to blow out your drain line and keep it clear for the winter. Once spring comes, you’ll want to hook it back up quickly, and this can be difficult if you have a season’s worth of gunk in there.
Balance the pool
Your pool is a delicate system of chemicals, and as such, it needs to be tended regularly. While it goes without saying that you should balance your pool in the summer, you still want to keep the water fairly balanced in the winter as well.
This will keep things from growing in your pool, and also keep it cleaner for the spring.
Apply an algaecide (winterizing)
Algae can build up in a pool at any time, but when it’s not in use, it can build up even faster.
Before you seal your pool for the winter, make sure you’ve applied a good amount of algaecide to keep things from forming. Not only is algae disgusting, but it can damage the lining of your pool, and that can cost a lot to repair come spring.
Remove equipment and toys
This should be common sense, but a lot of people think they can throw their plastic toys and tools into the pool before sealing it up. That water might freeze, and if it does, it is going to destroy anything you’ve left in there. Please clean out your pool!
Scrub the Pool
Before you seal it up, make sure it’s clean and ready to go. You don’t want anything nasty to take hold and grow while you’re not looking, do you?
Release drain and plumbing water
Again, why would you let this sit? Any water you have in your pipes might freeze, which will then cause the pipes to burst. Don’t let a careless mistake cost you hundreds!
Cover the pool
Finally, make sure your pool is properly covered. Whether you are using a soft cover or a hard top, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that the pool itself is protected, and that the majority of things that could get in, won’t.
Your pool can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. If you make sure that you take the time care for your pool in the fall, there will be that much more time in the spring spent enjoying it.
If any of this sounds like too much for you to handle, call us about our maintenance program that will take all these annoying tasks off your hands! We’ve been serving the Gulf Coast for over 20 years, and we’ll be happy to help you get the most from your pool this season and beyond!