Winterize Your Pool
Pool season in the South is a bit extended, however, we still get the rare snow day and afternoon below 70 degrees, which requires us to prepare our pools for the winter months.
Once the weather turns a little too brisk for swimming, it becomes important for you to protect your pool equipment, from freezing and getting damaged. Yes, even in the South temperatures can become low enough to cause damage to your pool. The following is a checklist that can help you get your pool winter-ready:
1. Balance and adjust chemical levels
Check to make sure your PH, chlorine and total alkaline levels are all stable, before closing your pool for the season. It is a good idea to shock your pool, as well. By doing all of this, your pool will be ready to start spring fresh.
2. Manage water levels
Even though some may recommend to empty your pool when it is not in use…do not do it! If you live in a non-freeze area, keep your pool filled to the top. If you do live in an area that freezes in the winter, then leave your water level about 4-6 inches below the skimmer.
3. Clean your pool
In order to clean your pool well, you need to vacuum, sweep and scrub the walls and skimmer baskets. Deep cleaning will prevent algae buildup and preserve the overall beauty of your pool.
4. Backwash your filter
Your pump should run a complete cycle before you backwash your filter.
5. Blow your pool lines
This is one of the most essential steps in maintaining your pool. If you do not blow out your pool lines and temperatures freeze, then it is highly likely that your piping and equipment will be damaged.
6. Shut off pool equipment
It is best to make sure everything is completely turned off when the pool is not in use. Go ahead and check this one off the list.
7. Cover your pool
You can get a variety of pool covers in different shapes and sizes. For example, there are standard winter covers, mesh covers, leaf covers and safety covers. Be sure to pick the one that works best for your needs and protects your pool from leaves and debris.
Preparing your pool for winter can be overwhelming. Remember you can always contact the professionals at Pleasure Pools to help with all of your pool needs, questions and advice.