As the summer season comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about closing your pool for the winter. Properly winterizing your pool can help prevent damage and make opening it up in the spring much easier. Follow this checklist to ensure a successful pool closing.
Balance the water chemistry.
Before closing your pool for the winter, it’s important to balance the water chemistry. This means adjusting the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels to the recommended range. If the water chemistry is not balanced, it can lead to corrosion, scaling, and staining of the pool surfaces. Use a water testing kit to check the levels and add the necessary chemicals to balance the water. It’s also a good idea to shock the pool with a high dose of chlorine to kill any bacteria or algae that may be present.
Clean the pool and remove debris.
Before you start the winterization process, it’s important to clean the pool and remove any debris. This includes skimming the surface of the water, vacuuming the bottom of the pool, and brushing the walls and tiles. Make sure to also clean out the skimmer baskets, pump basket, and filter. Any debris left in the pool can cause problems during the winter months, such as clogging the plumbing or damaging the pool cover.
Lower the water level and drain the equipment.
Once the pool is clean, it’s time to lower the water level and drain the equipment. Use a submersible pump or a siphon to lower the water level to below the skimmer and return lines. This will prevent any water from freezing and causing damage to the plumbing. Next, drain the pump, filter, heater, and any other equipment. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper draining and storage. Don’t forget to remove any drain plugs and store them in a safe place for the winter.
Add winterizing chemicals and cover the pool.
After draining the equipment, it’s time to add winterizing chemicals to the pool. This will help prevent algae growth and keep the water clean during the winter months. Follow the instructions on the chemical packaging for the correct amount to add based on the size of your pool. Once the chemicals have been added, it’s time to cover the pool. Use a pool cover that fits snugly over the pool and is secured in place with water bags or other weights. This will help keep debris out of the pool and prevent any accidents from occurring.
Store equipment and accessories properly.
Once your pool is closed and covered, it’s important to properly store all equipment and accessories. This includes removing and cleaning any pool toys, floats, and accessories, and storing them in a dry, indoor location. Drain and store hoses, pumps, and filters in a dry area to prevent any damage from freezing temperatures. It’s also a good idea to label and organize all equipment and accessories for easy retrieval when it’s time to open the pool again in the spring. Proper storage will help prolong the life of your pool equipment and make opening the pool next season a breeze.