Unfortunately, summer seems to go much faster than it takes to arrive. Labor Day tends to mark the end of summer and the time most people start winterizing their home water entertainment centers. But if you’re a first time pool owner or have had trouble in the past when it comes to getting your pool ready in time for winter, you may need some tips to help you out to make sure your pool is ready to go for next year.
Timing and the right moves are important to making sure your pool is safe for winter and doesn’t get damaged during the winter.
Making sure the water chemistry is correct, the water level, and making sure you’re doing everything you need to do by the time you need to do it is crucial to getting your pool ready for the winter.
For those ready to get their pool closed for the season, we’ve got some of the top things you need to remember.
Timing & Prep
When you decide to set a date for closing your pool, you need to start a week beforehand to get it ready. Add a phosphate remover to take care of algae and get the temperature to be consistently below 65 degrees Fahrenheit before you start the process. Give yourself at least a week to get this prep in place before you truly start closing the pool.
The water level is going to be important to avoid what’s known as the freezing area. Water that sits 4 to 6 inches below the surface is prone to freezing when temperatures drop. To keep the water from freezing make sure the pool is filled to the top, nearly to the point of overflowing. This will keep the water from freezing over throughout the winter, though it may seem counterintuitive. Water level requirements differ in different regions and with the type of pool you have so make sure to follow the guidelines of your professional pool maintenance service.
Just as you shocked your pool when you opened it at the beginning of the summer, you’ll want to shock it again a few days before closing it. This will prevent any lingering bacteria from making a home in the pool while the temperatures are still ideal for bacterial growth. Many bacteria can survive the winter cold and be waiting for you in the spring.
What Is the Ideal Chemical Balance?
When you utilize your test kit you want to make sure the alkaline level in the pool is between 80-120 ppm and the pH level is between 7.4-7.6. You should also make sure to monitor this chemical balance throughout the winter with monthly tests.
Do I Need A Safety Cover?
Safety covers are a good way to protect your pool against debris and weather. They tend to anchor either to the surrounding desk or ground and also help prevent against unwanted wildlife intrusion.
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