The Ultimate Guide Preparing your Pool for WinterOctober 5, 2017
Unfortunately for those living in the snowbelt, winter is coming. And just like you have done all these years, it is time to prepare your pool for winter. One of the ways to get ready is covering it up. Here are a few steps that will keep it safe and functional for the entire winter. If you get it wrong you will be shocked by how much you will have to spend to get your pool back to its good form once the cold weather is over. Here are easy steps on how to prepare and have it ready for a swim once the frost is gone:
Balance the water PH
A week before covering your pool in readiness for winter, balance the water PH. Granular chlorine will easily do this for you. But why do it a whole week before covering the pool? This will make sure you will not do it again and the chlorine level will have reduced to an acceptable concentration. Just you know, high chlorine concentration can weaken the winter pool cover.
Thoroughly clean your pool
Make sure your pool is clean before you close it. It will be spotless when you open it. Algae and any other debris weaken the winter pool chemicals. The winterizing chemicals work on any organic matter in the water leaving them inadequate to prevent algae.
Add winterizing chemicals
When you buy your pool closing kit, it will come with other attachments such as borate floaters and algaecide. There are instructions on the package as well. It is recommended to add the chemicals before lowering the water level. But from personal experience, it is better you add the chemicals after lowering the water level to maximize on concentration. Well, it is no brainer but you can see the logic in it. Once you broadcast the chemicals over the water surface, use a brush to distribute it to every corner of the pool.
Clean the pool filter
If you are using a cartridge filter, remove it from the assembly and thoroughly clean it. Alternatively, if you have DE filter you will do the same but be sure to clean it leaving no traces for DE powder. Any DE powder left on the grids will lead to clogging, which will cause filtering problems when springtime comes around. After cleaning the filter, keep it safe in the tank. Make sure the filter clamp and lid are securely in place before and after blowing the lines.
Blow out the lines with air
In the entire process, this is the most important stage. Blowing out the lines makes sure that no water is left to cause any damage when the cold weather gets harsh. Make sure no equipment has any water in it. It is also a good idea to add non-toxic antifreeze in all the pump lines. After all this is done, plug back all the pump lines.
Place skimmer bottles in their place
The Gizzmo could effectively handle this one for you. If this is not good enough for you, a combination of skimmers with rubber freeze plugs will perfectly do the job.
Shut off power to the pump
Turn off the circuit breaker to the pump. To be on the safe side, remove all timer dogs on the clock just in case anyone is tempted to turn the circuit breaker back on.
Put the pool winter cover on
It is time you put on the cover on your pool. If you opt to go for a safety cover, your user manual will come in handy. For a simple plastic cover you must ensure that there are no tears and rips. And just like that your pool is ready for the winter.
Never take chances with your pool when winter is coming. Make the appropriate preparations before you place the cover on. Do this right and you will be assured of that first refreshing swim when spring comes.