Do you know how to prepare your pool for the coming winter season? If you want to keep it in good condition until springtime, you need to do some things to help it survive until then. When the temperature drops when the snow starts falling, it can cause the water to freeze. This can cause problems if it is not dealt with properly. Not only will you be caring for your swimming pool, you will also make it easier to prepare the water for swimming when summer time comes.
The big question is, what do you need to do before the snow comes falling down?
Prep the pool for winter
Start by turning off the heater first. It will be easier to work this way. After it is turned off, you can remove all the accessories that you see. This includes the ladders, rafts, toys, and various items that can be found in and around the area.
In case your swimming pool is above the ground, you need to completely drain your pump so you can store it in a protected shelter – where it will be safe from the cold. All the water hoses will have to be kept and the water line should be covered.
Once all of these are done, you need to balance the chemicals in the water. Make sure you know the right levels to place in it. Having the water treated properly will protect it from hard water buildup and similar problems. Make sure you test the water for pH levels, calcium hardness, alkaline levels, and chlorine, etc. It will probably help if you show the water too. If anything, this will help increase the chlorine level in the pool.
After taking care of the chemicals in the pool water, run the filter for a couple of hours. Ideally, you should run it for 8 to 12 hours. This will make sure that the chemicals will be mixed properly and evenly distributed. You can also add winterizing chemicals.
Clean the pool and gears
At this point, you want to make sure that you will leave everything clean. Wipe the tiles and the floor. You should also walk around to ensure that there will be no debris and dirt in the area. Vacuum the water and the surrounding area for a thorough cleaning. This will keep stains from causing permanent damage.
You should also take this time to clean the equipment that is used to keep everything in good working order. This includes the skimmer basket, chlorinator, filter, etc. Use clean water to hose them down and make sure they are cleaned properly.
When everything is clean, you can now cover it completely to keep the dirt and debris from falling into the water.
What to do during the winter time
Once the snow starts falling, there are still some things that you need to do to care for your swimming pool.
First of all, you need to lower the level of the water. If you have the above-ground type, you need to lower it enough so you can remove the pump. Ideally, you want to drain until the return line. Just make sure it will never go beyond 18 inches. This will keep the stress off the cover. It is usually not advised to completely empty the above-ground types – otherwise, you might cause structural damage. Keep around 1-3 inches of water over the winter cover so it will not be damaged when strong winds blow. It is also helpful if you place clips to hold the cover in place.
Throughout the winter season, you have to keep on checking the snow that is gathering on top of the cover. Make sure it does not get too heavy as to damage the cover. If you notice that it is already accumulating, you need to remove the excess water on top of the cover.
You also have to keep untreated water from getting under the cover. This will cause damage and all your efforts to prep before the snow fell would be for nothing. Keep on checking the level of water so none of it will be displaced. That can cause problems in the general area. If the water becomes frozen, do not add water to it. Just get the snow off the top. Just leave it alone for now. You can also use an antifreeze product. If worse comes to worse, you can use a powerful reverse (vacuum or air compressor. It is also important to consider the drainage of the pool. Remove the snow from inside the skimmer drain.