The winter months are almost here. It is high time you started preparing your pool for the freezing temperatures. Don’t know how?
This article will help!
In this post, we have compiled a 7-step guide to help you winterize your pool. Though this post focuses on in-ground pools, we include bits for above-ground and saltwater types.
That said, let’s winterize your pool!
Get An In-ground Pool Cover
The first step to a winterized pool is getting it a fitting cover. With one, you will protect your delight from winter and dirt.
However, note that there are various pool covers. So, take time to find custom-made types that fit your needs.
Pro tip: use mesh cover; they are lightweight and relatively affordable.
Drain The Pool
After getting your cover, check the manual/guide to see if there is a specification on how much drainage your pool needs. That way, you will only leave the right amount of water in your pool.
In any case, if you had used mesh covers as we advised, leave your water level at 1ft just below the waterline tile. Thicker covers, on the other hand, only require 3-5inches of water.
Pro tip: the lighter your cover, the higher the volume of water you will leave in your pool. But ensure you read the manuals.
Blow The Pool Lines
For a start, blowing out your pool requires a bit of expertise. So, you might want to get an expert to help.
Besides, you might not even need to blow out your pool lines. Drainage might suffice!
But if you still need blowing to protect the standing water in your lines from the freezing temperatures of winter, seek an expert winterizing company.
Clean The Pool
After you have drained (and blown) your pool to the required level, now ensure the water left is clean. If your pool has dirt or debris, it can cause headaches when the winter starts.
That said, get a hand skimmer to remove the debris. You can as well use a leaf net too.
Afterward, run your pool through the filter to remove smaller particles that your hand skimmer couldn’t capture.
Pro tip: you can use chemical cleaners. But be careful to get a safe type, and from trusted suppliers like Sprinklrite.
Clean Your Pool Filter Too
Since you’re cleaning small-particle dirt with your filter, it needs care too. And depending on the type of filter you use, the maintenance routine might be intensive.
Of all the types of filters, the cartridge kinds are the most comfortable. Even at that, you will still remove the set-up and clean out the dust.
Pro tip: don’t use diatomaceous earth filters, except you have the time for the intensive maintenance routines.
Clean The Pool Walls
Since the water level is down, this is the time to clean and scrub your pool walls. For this activity, a pool brush will suffice.
About that, do well to scrub the walls thoroughly. Else, algae might infest your pool.
Pro tip: use this window to check your walls for cracks and repair them as soon as you find the damages.
Use Your Winterization Chemicals
We have come to the final step to winterizing your pool. But first, ensure you have the fitting chemical kits for your inground pool.
Also, ensure you read the instructions on the kits carefully to avoid mistakes. In any case, know that winterization kits work similarly. They come with slow-release floaters and chemicals that protect the surface of your water and retain the neatness of your already cleaned pool.
Once you apply the winterization kits, shut down the pool and energy system.
Pro tip: while adding the winterization chemicals, do well to check that the pH is balanced.
So, what if you don’t use an in-ground pool?
If your pool is the saltwater type, don’t fret. The winterization processes here are similar to what we had already listed. The only difference is the salt cells.
What you will do is remove and clean the salt cells after draining your saltwater pool. After, replace the cells with dummies, and follow the earlier steps we have listed.
And in the case of an above-ground pool, get an air pillow and add it to your pool cover. Also, detach and store all the waterline aids.
Follow the steps we have listed, and your pool will survive the winter regardless of how long it lasts.