Preparing your pool for the winter is as important as preparing it for the summer. Have in mind that most of the issues happen during the off-season. During this time, your pipes are likely to burst, there may be some issues with heaters or microorganism may start accumulating. This is why you have to take precautionary measures and protect it from elements.
Here are some tips that will help you do it.
- Clean your pool
Even though this seems like unnecessary step (given that the season is over) there is a good logic behind it. There will always be some remaining debris or insects in the pool. Instead of waiting for the next spring when the filth sets in, take it out immediately and reduce future work.
- Regulating the water chemistry
This is something that needs to be controlled both during the winter and during the summer. By regulating chemical properties of the water, you are able to protect the pool from corrosion. Besides that, it is also a great way to deal with scale buildup. Naturally, you can purchase various devices and testers that will help you during the process.
- Dealing with chemicals
During the summer season, you use various chemical products that help you eliminate microorganisms, such as chlorine. Now, at the end of the season, all of them need to be flushed out. These products can have a very negative impact on your equipment. Instead, you should use winterizing chemicals that will protect your pool during the off season. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions when using them, similarly to any other chemicals.
- Clean the filter
When the season is over, make sure to thoroughly clean your filter. Cartridges need to be pulled out and either rinsed with water or backwashed. There shouldn’t be anything in them. Simply put, filter needs to be as clean as it was when you first bought it.
- Take care of your pipes
Pipes should receive the same treatment as the filter. The biggest enemy of the pipes is water. During the winter, when temperature falls below zero, all the water within them will turn into ice. As a result, they will be severely damaged. If you have anything else within them, such as dirt or debris, it also should be flushed.
- Take care of your pump and heater
First thing that you have to do is to disconnect pump and filter. There shouldn’t be any water within the pump. Sometimes, water may be stuck due to the drain plugs. Make sure to remove them. After that, you can turn it on in order to flush any water that remained. Similar goes for heather. It also should be completely drained and devoid of water. Like with the rest of the equipment, water within heater may freeze leading to damage.
- Use a floating device
Floating devices are a very important for preservation of your pool. They work in unison with a pool cover. When rainwater and ice start accumulating on top of your pool cover, floating device helps balance it. This helps reduce pressure on the pool walls as the water and ice go towards the device.
- Use a winter cover
After you have done everything else, removed all the equipment, cleaned it and drained it, it is time to put a winter cover. This item has a two-fold function: it protects the pool from water and it prevents people from falling into the pool. Naturally, this cover has to be completely intact. Any type of hole can be disastrous as it allows passage of ice and snow. The cover needs to be stretched properly. You have to ensure that water cannot reach the pool.
- Store your equipment
Everything that was removed from the pool needs to be stored in a safe and clean place. Even though pool chemicals are often put in the same place as the rest of the pool equipment, make sure that they do not come into contact with anything humid.
Although this preparation can be very tedious, it is a necessary thing for protection of your pool. Here is a definitive guide on how to clean your pool. You need to put a same amount of effort when preparing the pool for winter as you did when you prepared it for summer. This way, you will save a lot of money in the long run as you preserve your pool.
Short bio: Nick Stoyanov is a pool maintenance expert at forpumps.com.au. 4 Pumps Pty Ltd (4 Pumps) is Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.