It is easy to get excited about getting the pool ready for the summer. You’ve been spending time inside all winter and are itching to get back in the water again. It just isn’t as thrilling to close the pool up again when the weather gets cold. However, winterizing a pool is a critical part of pool maintenance. If you want to find your pool in great condition again in the spring, learn how to prepare your pool for the winter.
Take an afternoon to clean the entire pool. Remove leaves, bugs, sticks, and other garbage from the skimmer basket and filtration devices. Use a pool vacuum to clean out any garbage that has sunk to the bottom of the pool. Is there algae growth? If so, wipe down the sides of the pool to get rid of it.
During this cleaning process, take the time to empty the skimmer basket on a regular basis. This allows the water to flow smoothly from the return back to the pool and maintains a strong vacuum suction to clear out larger garbage. Finish the cleaning process by backwashing the pool to clear out tiny debris.
As you consider how to prepare your pool for the winter, don’t forget to consider pool toys and other pool equipment including life preservers, inflatable rafts, cleaning tools, and long poles. Rinse off all of the pool toys and deflate them for storage. Ideally pool toys should be stored in a basement or heated garage where they will not get brittle.
Detach the hoses from the filter, skimmer, and pool vacuums and drain them completely. Water left in hoses may contract and expand, resulting in cracked or torn hoses. Don’t forget to check your pool filter as well. If it has a winterize setting, turn it on before closing up the pool. Take off the drainage plug or cap to prevent moisture build-up.
A pool requires a final dose of chemicals before it is closed up for the colder months. This treatment helps the water get through the winter, leaving it ready for warmer months. Make sure to include a super-chlorinator or check treatment and a dose of algaecide to prevent algae growth during colder winter and spring days. When you’ve finished with the chemical treatment, do one last check to ensure that the chemicals are balanced.
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