It’s a time of year all pool owners dread, but eventually seasons change and pools must be closed. Preparing your pool for winter, a crucial part of pool maintenance can seem like a daunting and depressing task, but if you follow these steps closely, winterizing your pool should be a snap.
1. One week before you are scheduled to close your pool, add the manufacturer-recommended amount of phosphate to prevent algae build up.
2. Vacuum, brush, and sweep out all visible debris. This also reduces risk of algal build up and will make reopening it in the spring that much easier.
3. Fill or drain your pool to the appropriate level. Those living in areas where temperatures may reach freezing levels should drain their pool about 6 inches below the normal fill level. You should also drain any pool lines or piping and add antifreeze to avoid bursting. People living in areas where temperatures do not reach freezing levels should fill their pool to the brim.
4. Balance your PH levels, Total Alkalinity should be between 80-120 ppm, pH level should be between 7.4-7.6. Check your pools instruction manual to be sure, or call a qualified pool maintenance expert.
5. Shock and Chlorinate your pool to kill any bacteria.
6. Backwash your filter to clear any chemical or dirt residue built up inside.
7. Inflate your air pillow via pump and position it in the center of the pool, then install your safety cover, winter cover, and leaf net (if you need one)
8. Finally, be sure to check on your pool’s chemical balance monthly to ensure nothing changes over the winter months.
Have other questions related to winter pool care? To find out more about winterizing your pool, or if you have any other pool related questions, need service, or are considering making a purchase, don’t hesitate to call Elite Pools at 1-800-277-0254. You can also visit our contact page.
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Source: Leslie’s Pool