Closing/Winterizing Your Pool
Winterizing your pool will provide protection from icy and cold weather conditions. Additionally, it will keep it as clean as possible and ready to be used for the next season. Also, closing your swim pool properly can save you a lot of work when it comes time to open the swimming pool in the spring.
It is recommended that you contact a pool professional to winterize your swimming pool and/or spa. If all the water is not properly removed from plumbing lines, you risk having broken lines and costly repair bills come spring. You can save money by removing your own hand rails and ladders and by installing your own winter cover. For those “do-it-yourself” folks, here is a brief overview of how to close/winterize your pool and spa.
Balance Pool Chemicals
First you will want to balance the pool chemicals. Take a water sample to a pool store and have them test it or you can use the testing strips at home. You will want to bring your alkalinity, pH, and calcium hardness in balance using the appropriate chemicals.
Get Rid of the Floater
If you are like most pool owners, you use a floater that contains the chemicals bromine or chorine. You will want to remove this from the pool for the winter. Unfortunately, it often gets stuck against the wall of your pool and can stain or damage your swimming pool
Weatherize the Pipes
As you can imagine, frozen swimming pool pipes can be costly to repair. To safeguard your pool pipes against damage if the winter temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, insulation kits are available. Contact a local swimming pool supply store in the Redding area to purchase your insulation kit.
Protect Your Skimmer
Simply purchasing a skimmer cover and place it over the mouth of your skimmer can save you money in possible repair bills. If water freezes inside of your skimmer, you’ll likely need to replace it. The pool skimmer cover acts like a dam, keeping the water from entering and freezing.
Get Rid of Excess Water
This is probably the most important steps in winterizing your swimming pool. If you do not remove all the water in the lines, you risk water freezing and breaking your swimming pool plumbing lines. Use a vacuum to remove any excess water. Then once the water is removed from each line, use a weatherizing plug to keep water out. You will also want to drain the pump, following manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damaging the pump/pump seals.
Check your Pool Cover
How is your pool cover? You will want to make sure it is in good condition before the winter. The swimming pool cover will help protect your pool from debris which can lead to bacteria and algae growth. You will want to avoid the surprise of a pool full of algae come springtime.
Contact a Professional
Although some feel winterizing their pool is relatively easy, having a professional guiding you through the process can be helpful. A local pool professional can often educate you about the process and the importance of each step. You may find yourself ready to exercise your newly found skills next winter or then again you may decide that this is one job best left to the professionals.