As we say goodbye to summer, it’s a good idea to winterize your pool to protect it from potential damage caused by freezing water.
Winterizing can save you a lot of effort when it’s time to open the pool again so follow these 5 basic tips to close your swimming pool for the season.
- Make sure your water chemistry is balanced. You can add a winterizing chemical kit for extra protection as well.
- Lower swimming pool water level to below the mouth of the skimmer. The skimmer is easily damaged by freezing water, so be sure to protect it.
- Drain all water from filter equipment and hoses. Do not put plugs back into the equipment so if water gets in it can easily drain out.
- If possible, take the pump and pressure gauge inside for the winter to protect them.
- Cover your pool to keep out debris and sunlight to prevent most algae growth. You can also use “air pillows” to all water and debris to fall off the cover instead of creating puddles on the top. Air pillows are also a good idea to prevent standing water.
*Mosquito larvae can survive freezing temperatures, and mosquito moms come out in full force in the spring to feed.
Here are a few additional tips to keeping your pool sparkling for spring:
- Begin winterizing by adding a phosphate remover to help keep algae out one week before closing the pool.
- “Shock” the pool, or super chlorinating it, before you close up will kill and prevent bacteria.
- Clean the pool to prevent algae and make spring cleaning easier.
- Routinely check chemical balance, at least monthly, even during the winter.
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